Albufeira Nature & adventure

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Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

1. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave

Look for dolphins and other marine life off the coast of the Algarve on a 2.5-hour cruise by boat. Explore sea caves, including the Benagil Sea Cave, enjoy close ocean animal encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches. Depart from the Marina de Albufeira and head towards Carvoeiro Beach enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, pleasant weather, and crystal-clear waters of Portugal's southern shore along the way. Marvel at the contrast of colors between the rocky cliffs and caves, the blue of the sea and the indigenous flora and fauna. Get a safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable once on board the boat, and enjoy the services of an experienced captain throughout the journey. Benefit from life jackets and raincoats to keep you safe and dry on the trip. Explore a selection of sea caves along the coast of the Algarve, looking for dolphins and other animals on your adventure. Enter the caves for up-close encounters, and swim next to beautiful beaches to make this an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Albufeira: Off-Road Quad Tour 90-Minutes

2. Albufeira: Off-Road Quad Tour 90-Minutes

Choose from a 1-seater quad bike or 2-seater quad bike on this tour from Albufeira. This tour is suitable for beginners, families with teenagers, and keen novices. After the safety briefing, you will drive a 300cc quad ATV in the countryside where you will be able to face various challenges and test your abilities. This 90-minute tour does not have any stops so you will be always driving. Our tour leader will show you the route and set the pace to guarantee your safety. The perfect choice for those who are wondering about something bold and different to do in the Algarve.

Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

3. Catamaran Cruise: Caves and Coastline to Benagil

Embark on an adventure by catamaran. Discover the caves and outstanding beauty of the Benagil coastline, and take a swim as you go. Departing from the Albufeira Marina, you’ll start by cruising westward along the coastline of the south of Portugal. Learn about the places and sights that you pass by from the skipper and crew – in particular, you’ll get a great view of the rock formations and caves of the areas of Benagil, Galé, and Carvoeiro. During the cruise, the captain will choose somewhere to stop the boat so everyone who wants to can take a dive and swim in the ocean with the supervision of the crew. Take advantage of free wi-fi on board the vessel. On the way back, before you reach the Marina again, you will be served a cup of champagne while the background music is still playing, to toast the end of a relaxing cruise.

Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

4. Albufeira: 2.5-Hour Caves & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Look for dolphins and hidden caves on a half-day dolphin watching cruise of the Algarve from Albufeira. Bring your swimsuit and towel, as the activity includes a stop for a swim. Marvel at the rock formations, and access areas that other vessels can’t reach. A marine biologist will be on board to provide all necessary information about these wonderful creatures. Be aware that as dolphins are wild animals, sightings can not be guaranteed.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

5. From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

Capture the essence of the Algarve aboard a 4WD jeep on a half-day off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Portuguese countryside. Depart Albufeira and travel through beautiful landscapes to see regional architecture, dense forests of cork trees that supply the wine industry, and groves of fragrant orange trees. Sample the gastronomical delights of the region at a local farm, and taste their honey and homemade liquors. Go to an old distillery to try some of the legendary Medronho (Aguardente de Medronhos). Drive along hidden tracks and encounter historic villages, swim in a local river, and marvel at spectacular waterfalls. Learn about the customs and traditions of the rustic villages from a guide full of knowledge about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

Albufeira: Off-Road Buggy Tour and Visit to Paderne Castle

6. Albufeira: Off-Road Buggy Tour and Visit to Paderne Castle

Discover the Algarve countryside on a buggy ride experience departing from Albufeira. These carefully selected off-road trails are suitable for all levels of experience. Soak up the scenic views as you cover a wide variety of terrain and observe the beauty of the unspoiled landscapes of the Algarve and surrounding hills. As a special highlight, stop at the historic Paderne Castle, an ancient fortification that was constructed in the 12th century by Berbers.

From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

7. From Albufeira: Dolphins and Caves 2.5-Hour Boat Trip

Climb aboard a unique catamaran in the marina of Albufeira for a 2-hour trip along the coast of the Algarve. Look for native wildlife, including whales, sharks, turtles and sea birds, and encounter dolphins in their natural environment. Benefit from the chance to admire these friendly animals in the water, and keep your eyes open for the prevalent, short-beaked common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins that can live for up to 45 years and reach 4 meters in length. Along the way, marvel at the caves and rock formations that make the south coast of Portugal one of the most beautiful in the world.

Algarve Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

8. Algarve Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

Head off the beaten track in a 4X4 Jeep for an off-road safari in the Algarve countryside. Admire beautiful landscapes and regional architecture and experience the tastes of the Algarve. You’ll have the opportunity to taste local honey and liquors and visit an old firewater distillery, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous medronho drink. In addition, you’ll be able to try local favorite local dishes at lunch. Discover the hidden Algarve in a 4WD Jeep, visit the area’s centuries-old villages, and marvel at the spectacular natural scenery. During the ride, your professional guide will tell you about the history, customs, and traditions of the region’s rustic villages.

Albufeira: Safari Excursion in the Algarve Mountains

9. Albufeira: Safari Excursion in the Algarve Mountains

Venture off the beaten path – literally – on an off-road adventure through Portugal's Algarve region. See beautiful landscapes, chat with local vendors, and snap pictures of the regional architecture. The day starts with pickup from a central meeting point. From there, you'll travel through traditional villages with stops to admire wooden windmills, Roman-era irrigation systems, and medieval monuments. Stop at a local market to try some regional products such as liqueur, honey, and jams, all made from fruit from the surrounding plantations. To cool off, jump in a traditional canal that's fed from water from the Algarve mountains. At the end of the adventure, your guide will bring you back to the meeting point.

From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

10. From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

Uncover the treasures of Benagil's coast on a stand-up paddle and kayak tour from Albufeira. Follow your guide to hidden caves and secluded beaches, and enjoy a drink on your boat ride back to the marina. Start your Benagil tour and depart from Albufeira Marina on a specially-built boat. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline as you sail in the boat for 40 minutes, before stopping and transferring to the Kayak or SUPs. Paddle into the caves and caverns and stop to take pictures of the rock formations. You can choose to paddleboard and embrace the freedom to move around. You can reposition yourself to wherever you feel comfortable, standing up or on your knees. Have a safe and rewarding experience regardless of age or skill level. Alternatively, you can ride in a single kayak or double kayak. Gain confidence even as a beginner with a water safety briefing from your guide before starting the tour. Take a dive in the ocean before returning to the marina by boat, where you can enjoy a cool drink on board.

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,605 reviews

Gil was amazing! He definitely was as big of a star in the tour as the rest of the surroundings. Thank you so much for having us!

George was amazing and very knowledgeable had a great croup of people with us just a fab day xxx

Benny was great. Mega knowledgeable, great fun. Poured rain all day but still a great laugh.

Our guide was fantastic. The trip was well worth it. Would recommend

A good informative tour with a funny host . Well worth the money