11 April 2018
Situated on the southernmost region of continental Portugal, the Algarve is famed for whitewashed fishing villages, golden beaches and breathtaking cliffs. There’s so much to do in this year-round destination. It's warm and sunny from March through to October, peaking in July and August, and the winter is short and mild. Visit the Algarve to discover beautiful beaches and a wealth of fun activities for all the family.
Dolphin and whale watching
The Mediterranean is home to so many incredible creatures and there’s no better way to see them than on a fascinating guided dolphin and whale watching tour, with a Marine Biologist on board to educate you on the animals and surrounding areas. The tours take you into the natural habitats of dolphins, whales and porpoises, and it’s best to head out in the early morning as the sea is calmer. You’ll be able to see bottlenose dolphins as well as sharks, whales and orcas on these trips, and experience the animals up close.
Choose a half-day tour and explore the beaches and caves of the Algarve and take in the scenic coastline and landscapes along with way. Dive into the sea and snorkel to discover a fascinating and colourful underwater world, then enjoy a BBQ lunch on the beach of grilled shrimp and fish, Algarvian salad and sangria.
Being such a popular destination for families, the Algarve is home to a huge selection of waterparks, so the kids can splash about while parents relax. Aquashow is home to the biggest waterslide in Europe – a 740m slide where you can hit speeds of up to 70 km/h! There’s also the adrenaline-inducing White Fall, White Snake and a wave pool for to cool off in. Otherwise head to Aqualand Algarve – there’s loads of thrilling slides as well as a lazy river and an Olympic standard swimming pool for when you’ve enough of splashing around.
Sagres is a great option for both advanced and beginner surfers, and with a huge offering of surf schools and camps, surfers can hire equipment and practice on the quieter and more sheltered beaches.
Beginners should head to Praia de Faro. This beach is situated on a sand split and the waves are consistent enough for beginners to learn on. More advanced surfers can ride the waves in Tonel, an ideal surfing beach all year round with more varied surf. Tonel is also a great place to stay with a bustling town centre full of restaurants and bars.
If you don’t feel like braving real waves just yet there’s always XFlow Algarve. Based in Albufeira, XFlow is the only surf simulator in Portugal and is a great family activity for children both young and older.
Ready to discover what the Algarve has to offer? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor today.