Love the Algarve but looking for fresh ideas on what to do while you are there? Check out our top 5 things to do
The Algarve is a favourite on the package holiday scene. But it offers more than all inclusive deals and beach breaks. If you are looking to do something a bit different on your next trip there – here’s our top 5 favourite things to do
1. Eat at Estaminé Restaurant
Seafood is a major draw for the gastronomy scene in the Algarve and there is no better place to sample the delights than that of the Estaminé Restaurant at Ilha Deserta (ilha-deserta.com/estamine-restaurant). It is the only property on a deserted island off the coast of Faro and serves up fresh fish and seafood from a solar-powered kitchen. We took the Animaris ferry which cost €30 for a family four and took about 25 minutes each way. Approximate cost of a full three-course meal and drinks is €45 per person.
2. Golf taster at Taylormade Performance Centre
If you are a beginner, we would highly recommend the Taylormade Performance Centre (www.quintadolago.com/en/golf/learn/taylormade-performance-centre/) in the exclusive golfing development of Quinta do Lago. It offers a great 50-minute session suitable for children and adults of all levels for €80.
3. Visit the Quinta do Lago lake
Staying with Quinta do Lago, you’ll find an 11.5-hectare lake about a 20-minute walk along a coastal trail from the entrance of the beach. The lake has a sandy shore and a great water sports centre (arturwatersportsacademy.pt) offering sailing, pedalos and kayaking. Kayak hire is around €40 per person.
4. Dolphin watching
Head down to the marina in Albufeira and you’ll be able to embark on a boat ride to spot dolphins. But we can’t guarantee you’ll spot them. We had a trip out with the Dream Wave team (www.dreamwavealgarve.com/en/) which costs €35 per adult and €25 per child. They were hugely informative about the area and its history, and also took us around the many stunning caves and secret islands off the Algarve coast so all was not lost!
5. Explore Ria Formosa on bikes
The Ria Formosa is a protected expanse of land featuring lagoons and salt marshes and a haven for wildlife. It has been a national park since the ’80s and is one of Portugal’s seven wonders. We would highly recommend hiring bikes and exploring the area. Enjoy the scenery while spotting various species of birds. Here you can also head across a wooden bridge that connects the beach and take a closer look at the wildlife living in the lagoon from crabs to birds.
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