18 March 2019
The Algarve has long been a firm favourite on the European holiday scene, and with its glorious beaches, shimmering turquoise seas, beautiful scenery, delicious food and plentiful sunshine, it’s hardly surprising. Home to immaculate golf courses, stunning hiking trails, superb cycling tracks and incredible dive sites, the stunning Algarve is also the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and get active. Here are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy during your stay.
Considered to be one of the finest golfing destinations in the world, the Algarve is home to a plethora of spectacular championship courses; each one surrounded by stunning landscapes and fabulous stretches of sun-kissed coastline.
Another sport that’s a must when you’re staying in the Algarve is tennis. Whilst the famous Quinta do Lago is perhaps best known as a golf resort, it’s also home to The Campus, which features a unique tennis academy providing professional-level training to both residents and guests. Meanwhile, the five-star Pine Cliffs Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy and offers five floodlit courts, as well as a wide selection of coaching courses for both adults and children of all ages and skill levels.
“There are superb facilities for children of all ages at Pine Cliffs, including the Porta Pirata kids club, a tennis academy, mini golf and bicycle hire. There is also a championship golf course which makes this hotel perfect for golfing breaks, in addition to an indoor pool, gym, beauty salon and sauna, which means that you can also revitalise and pamper yourself.”
Sally, Travel Counsellor
Whether you’re riding on the soft sands of magnificent beaches, through the spectacular lagoons of Albufeira or exploring the relatively unknown tracks of the inland countryside, the Algarve is a horse riders’ paradise.
If you’re ready to explore the undiscovered side of the Algarve, there’s no better way to do so than on a bike. Home to quaint fishing villages, working windmills, ancient castles, fields filled with flowers and fragrant olive groves, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable cycling experience in the beautiful Algarve.
Don’t miss the chance to cycle along the Ecovia do Litoral - a special off-road track that takes you along the entire stretch of Algarvian coastline. Part of the EuroVelo European Atlantic Coast Route, the Ecovia connects Vila Real de Santo António to Sagres, taking you along 241 kilometres of the Algarve's southern coast. Along the way, you’ll pass through towns, cities and areas of unspoiled nature, including the Ria Formosa Nature Park.
The Algarve Bike Challenge is also running throughout the month of March and it’s Portugal’s most important mountain bike event. Beginning and ending in the historical centre of Tavira, the challenge includes two competitions, the Algarve UCI Bike Challenge for elite mountain bikers and the Algarve Bike Challenge Open Race, which is open to ambitious amateur cyclists.
If you’re a keen walker, the Algarve has a vast network of routes and trails to explore. With a dizzying variety of landscapes, historical treasures and unique flora and fauna, strap on your hiking boots and discover the Algarve that remains hidden from those who choose to take the car.
Amongst the favourite options are four major routes that all interconnect with each other, allowing you to explore the entire region in all its glory: Rota Vicentina, Via Algarviana, Grande Rota do Guadiana and Ecovia do Litoral. Whichever route you choose, you’ll appreciate the very best that the Algarve has to offer, including scenery, climate, cuisine and the warmth of the friendly locals.
If you can prise yourself away from sipping cocktails on your sun lounger, you’ll discover there’s much more to do at the beach than sunbathing. Take to the sea on a sailing trip and explore the breath-taking coastline or set off on a scuba diving adventure to discover old wrecks, colourful reefs and fascinating caves.
For the more adventurous, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy water-skiing, jet skiing and also parascending activities, whilst one of the most popular sports in the region is still windsurfing. With breezes coming in from the Atlantic, the Algarvian coast is one of the best areas in all of Europe for windsurfers of any ability.
TC tip: Getting active doesn’t mean you have to participate in sporting activity. Why not visit one of Algarve’s popular water parks? Aqualand Algarve has a river rapid run, a surf beach area with a wave pool, Kamikaze – the highest waterslide in Portugal – and the Kidzworld water play area.
If you’re ready to get active in the Algarve, contact your Travel Counsellor today and enjoy exclusive access to benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.