Discovering the Algarve: 6 Best Algarve Tours and Experiences

Written By Lara Silva

The Algarve, located on the southern coast of Portugal, is a popular holiday destination known for its stunning coastline, amazing beaches, and quaint towns. With a wide range of tours and experiences available, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful region.

From cave explorations and dolphin watching to historical tours and sunset cruises, the Algarve has it all. Let’s take a look at the 6 best Algarve tours and experiences that you cannot miss on your next visit.

1. Dolphins and Benagil Caves from Albufeira – Allboat

Looking to explore the best of Albufeira’s sea? This tour takes you on a boat ride along the stunning coastline, where you can see the impressive rock formations and explore the many caves that are hidden along the shoreline such as the Benagil Caves. 

The highlight of the tour, however, is the chance to see wild dolphins in their natural habitat, an experience that is sure to be unforgettable. You will get to see these intelligent and playful creatures swim alongside the boat, jumping and diving in the water.

The knowledgeable tour guides will provide you with insights into the region’s history and geography, making this an educational and informative experience as well as a fun one.

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2. Half Day Tour with Jeep Safari in the Algarve Mountains

The Algarve is also beautifully explored by land. We recommend this half day tour in the Algarve Mountains on a quaint jeep safari. This is a great way for tourists looking to explore the beautiful natural landscape of the Algarve region. 

The tour begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Albufeira and a short drive to the Sierra Algarve. The Jeep ride itself is an adventure, with visitors bouncing along rugged dirt roads and taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

You will have the chance to visit traditional Algarvian villages and meet the friendly locals, who are known for their warm hospitality and delicious cuisine. This is a unique opportunity to experience the real Algarve, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist resorts.

Another highlight of the tour is the chance to explore the stunning natural beauty of the Sierra Algarve. You will have the chance to take in the stunning views of the mountains and valleys, as well as explore the many rivers, lakes, and forests that are hidden away in the countryside.

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3. Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

This Ria Formosa tour is a great way for you explore the stunning natural beauty of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected area of wetlands and lagoons located near Faro. A guide will teach you about the region’s flora and fauna, as well as its history and geology.

This tour takes you on a boat ride through the park, stopping at four of the most beautiful islands in the area, allowing you to relax on the beaches, explore the dunes and nature trails, and take in the stunning views of the coastline. You will also get stunning views of the wetlands, marshes, and sandbanks that make up this unique ecosystem through your boat ride.

If you’re lucky, you might spot some dolphins and turtles on the way. The four islands are unique in both their nature and local culture and offer a variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars, where you can enjoy a delicious seafood meal or drink.

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4. Albufeira Beach BBQ with Caves and Coastline Cruise

Another great tour of the Albufeira region, this experience takes you on a boat ride along the coastline, stopping at caves and beaches. The highlight of the tour is the chance to stop at a secluded beach for a delicious barbecue lunch.

The tour begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Albufeira, followed by a short transfer to the marina. From there, you board a comfortable boat and set off along the coastline. The tour guide will let you know all about the the region’s geology, history, and culture. You will also get to stop at multiple rock formations and caves, including the Benagil Caves. 

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5. Private Sunset Yacht 2h Cruise from Albufeira Marina

This sunset yacht cruise is a perfect way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Algarve coastline in an elevated setting. This two-hour tour allows you to see the stunning views of the cliffs, beaches, and caves that make this area so famous, without crowds of people. 

This tour includes hotel pick-up and a guide to tell you all about the area, including the region’s geology and history. You will pass by landmarks and Algarve attractions along the way.

Along with witnessing a magical sunset, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink or snack from the onboard bar. 

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6. Historical Algarve – Full-Day Trip

While many often overlook it, the Algarve has a rich history that you will want to learn all about. This full-day trip focuses on the history of this region, allowing you to explore some of the most significant historic landmarks and attractions in the Algarve.

You will be able to explore ancient castles, fortresses, and other historical sites, learning about the events and people that shaped the region’s history. They can also visit charming towns and villages, admiring the traditional architecture and experiencing the local way of life.

The tour also allows you to explore the region’s natural beauty, including stunning beaches and rugged coastline.

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