Here are some of the top things to do in the Algarve.
Perched in the southernmost part of Portugal, the Algarve is one of those places you plan to visit for a week but after falling in love with the place end up staying forever.
It’s famed for its amazing Mediterranean climate, world-class golf resorts, and bewildering coves. But most importantly, the pristine coastline of the Algarve sets a perfect ground for a wide range of thrilling activities.
If you’re ready to explore this beautiful region, here are some of the top things to do and places to visit in Algarve Portugal;
- Marvel at epic rock formations at Ponta da Piedade
Located approximately 1.8 miles south of Lagos, Ponta da Piedade is one of the best beaches in the Algarve thanks to the fantastical rock formations that line the shoreline.
A huge stretch of craggy beachside, sculpted cliffs, hidden coves, plus astounding ocean panoramas makes this place a must-visit.
The brown-shaded dramatic rock formations create an interesting contrast with the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean below.
- Explore Benagil Cave
Often dubbed as Benagil Cathedral because of its imposing formation that resembles a cathedral, Benagil Cave is possibly one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Portugal.
It features a huge sea cave with an oculus in the ceiling and two ‘entrances’ that open up directly into the ocean.
The cave’s interior is jaw-dropping and accessing it is an adventure since the only way you can enter it is from the water.
This means you’ll enjoy a form of water activity before you get to the main attraction! There are several options to get there including a boat trip, swimming, kayaking, or even stand-up paddling.
- Enjoy sun and sand at Praia de Odeceixe
If you’re looking for the best things to do in Algarve with family, visiting Praia de Odeceixe should be top on your list.
Set in a perfect location on the border between Alentejo and Algarve, this beach is an excellent choice if you want everyone in the family to have fun.
Since the beach is right where River Seixe flows into the Ocean, the whole family can enjoy swimming on the river where the waters are calmer while avid surfers can ride the waves on the Atlantic Ocean.
- Go Kayaking, scuba diving or Surfing
The coastline in Algarve is so expansive and boasts different wave conditions which allow you to explore various water activities.
There are sheltered bays such as the beautiful Praia Don Ana which is a great spot for kayaking. Or you can go to Praia Camilo where you’ll find a lot of awesome places for surfing.
For scuba diving, the Portimão area boasts a lot of secluded beaches where you can come up close to the local marine life.
- Watch the sun go down from Praia da Marinha
Algarve is loaded with a lot of nice places where you can sit and watch the sun go down but Praia da Marinha cuts above the list with its beautiful rock formations and towering cliffs all around.
As the daylight fades off, the sky lights up with tawny hues behind the dramatic rock formations. You can also choose to visit at dawn – the sunrise here is just as magical.
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