Things to do in Alvor

Our most recommended things to do in Alvor

Portimão: Tandem Skydive from 10,000 or 15,000 Feet

1. Portimão: Tandem Skydive from 10,000 or 15,000 Feet

Get an exciting introduction to the world of skydiving and free fall from 10,000 or 15,000 feet for the ultimate adrenaline rush! Ideal for first timers and those with little prior experience, the dive will be completed in safety with professional instructors who have thousands of dives worth of experience. Jump with an instructor and large parachute specifically designed for the activity. Experience the thrill and excitement of a free fall for up to 70 seconds and get breathtaking views of the coastline of the Algarve. Start with a short flight aboard a fabulous aircraft before you take your exhilarating leap. Your instructor will open the tandem parachute after 20 or 70 seconds of free fall. You will be offered an optional video and photo package taken by your tandem instructor during the experience for a unique souvenir to show to all your friends and family.

Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

2. Algarve: Seville Full-Day Shopping and Sightseeing Tour

Visit to the historic city of Seville, capital of the Andalusian Region, dazzled by the greatness of its monuments. The arrival is an unforgettable moment overlooking the oldest Triana bridge in Seville. There will be free time to visit the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Royal Alcazar Palace, and the magnificent Maria Luisa Park, next to which another must-see, the great Plaza de España. You can also shop in the city or in the legendary district of Judiaria de Santa Cruz. When leaving Seville you will also have the chance to drive by and admire the pavilions of the 1st Ibero-American exhibition of 1929.

From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

3. From Portimão: Catamaran Cruise to Benagil Caves with BBQ

Discover the beautiful Benagil Sea Cave on a catamaran cruise from Portimão. Admire views of Ferragudo fishing village before landing on Benagil beach. Head into the cave on a small boat and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch prepared for you on the beach. Depart from Portimão and pass by the pretty fishing village of Ferragudo and the historic castle that overlooks the beach. Cruise at ease towards the east and don’t forget your camera to capture the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Head towards the grottoes at Benagil, where on small boats the tour will take you into different grottoes. Marvel at the natural rock formations and be transported to the beach, where you can soak in the sun. In the meantime, the crew prepares a delicious BBQ for you on the beach with bread, salad, mixed grill, complete with an open bar with red or white wine, water, orangeade.  Travel back while passing by some of the beautiful, secluded cove beaches around Carvoeiro. Enjoy the beautiful views and create a holiday memory that you won’t forget.

Ponta da Piedade: Half-Day Cruise with Lunch from Lagos

4. Ponta da Piedade: Half-Day Cruise with Lunch from Lagos

Start your journey in Lagos marina by boarding the comfortable catamaran Freddie. Head to the Ponta da Piedade coast, where your captain will find the best spot possible to drop the anchor. Before lunch, jump into the water and taste the clear refreshing waters of the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy a complimentary lunch, including cheese and chorizo starters, followed by roasted chicken, salad and chips with drinks of your choice, including wine, beer, juice, water, and others. Savor a dessert of fresh fruit, cake or pastel de nata. Vegetarians can choose from vegetarian pizza or a salad. Drinks are free during lunchtime. Finally, return to the original boat and discover more secrets of this outstanding coast.

Faro Airport: Private Transfer To/From Portimão or Alvor

5. Faro Airport: Private Transfer To/From Portimão or Alvor

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer between Faro Airport and your accommodation in Portimão or Alvor. Choose from a 1-way service to or from the airport. Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Algarve: Silves Farmers Market and Orchard Private Day Tour

6. Algarve: Silves Farmers Market and Orchard Private Day Tour

Taste the freshest oranges possible on this private day trip to Algarve orange country. Visit the Silves farmers market and have a walk by the Arade river, learn about orange farming at an orange orchard, taste an orange plucked straight from a tree, and enjoy a glass of just-squeezed orange juice. The tour starts in the town of Silves, the heart of Algarve’s orange country. Visit the farmers market and wander by the Arade river – its pretty views of the Roman bridge and the red-hued town are not to be missed.  Next, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of one of the largest orange orchards in the region, where you can learn about the farming process. The Algarve region produces what are considered to be the best oranges in the world, and the Silves area, in particular, is known for its sweet, fine-skinned, aromatic, and incredibly juicy oranges.  Your guide will instruct you on a variety of species, grown so that oranges can be enjoyed all year round. You’ll even get to pluck an orange straight from a tree and enjoy its delicious taste, farm-fresh. The tour ends with a serving of a delicious, naturally sweet, vitamin-packed glass of just-squeezed orange juice. 

Algarve: Guided Half-day Trip to Lagos and Cabo Sao Vicente

7. Algarve: Guided Half-day Trip to Lagos and Cabo Sao Vicente

Travel back in time to the era of the Portuguese Discoveries on this day trip from the Algarve. Visit the golden Church of St. Anthony in Lagos, the fishing port of Sagres, and the most southwestern point in Europe, Cabo Sao Vicente. After getting picked up from your hotel in any of the main Algarve cities, travel to your first destination, Lagos. Here, marvel at the golden architecture of the church of St. Anthony and visit one of the 16th century's main slave markets. Continue towards the well-preserved fishing port of Sagres, where you can admire a 15th-century fortress. Finally, visit Cabo Sao Vicente. This is the most southwesterly point in Continental Europe and was once considered the end of the world. Admire Europe's most powerful lighthouse before returning to your hotel at the end of the day.

Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

8. Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

See the Algarve from a unique perspective as you travel around the wine-growing region in a Volkswagen T2 van. Your trip will be punctuated with a lot of history and local knowledge while you explore the beauty of the region.   After getting picked up from your accommodation, board the charismatic Volkswagen T2 for a 2-hour wine tour. On a private tour with just your group or as part of a public tour open to others, visit a local winery (Quinta do Francês Winery, Monte do Além or Dos Santos). Upon arrival, be welcomed with a guided visit of the winery and the cellar, while you learn about its unique wines and how they are produced in the Demarcated Region of the Algarve. Later, enjoy a tasting of 4 delicious red, white, and rosé wines and feel free to purchase some extra bottles as souvenirs. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of your tasting.

Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

9. Marinha Beach and Benagil Sea Cave by Car or Scooter

Collect your scooter or convertible car in Praia da Rocha, and then take a scenic coastal route towards the legendary caves of Benagil to swim into one of the most impressive sea caves in Europe. Marvel at the stunning cliffs along the coast as you make your way to Praia da Marinha, named by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Continue to Praia de Benagil, where you can leave your personal items safely as you swim into the stunning caves.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will lead in their own vehicle and stop at panoramic spots along the way. They will also accompany you into the caves and give you advice on how to swim in safety.

From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

10. From Alvor: Silves Castle & Monchique Mountains Bus Tour

Discover southern Portugal with a bus trip from Alvor to Silves and Monchique. Listen as your guide details the history of Silves Castle and Silves Cathedral, both of which were built from a red stone indigenous to the area. Ascend the Monchique mountains to Fóia and taste a traditional liqueur. Begin your tour by meeting your guide in Alvor and enjoying an air-conditioned bus ride to Silves. Explore the first Arab capital of the Kingdom of Algarve, including Silves Castle, estimated to have been built around 200 BC, and Silves Cathedral, a national monument built in the 13th century. Then it's time to head into the Monchique mountain range, known for its diverse array of plants and vegetation. Visit Fóia, the highest peak, to take photos of the magnificent panoramic views and taste-test a liqueur native to the region. Then it's time to board the bus and drive back home to Alvor.

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What people are saying about Alvor

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,204 reviews

Absolutely amazing trip. Mario was a wonderful guide, we were very novice paddle boarders and he made us feel completely safe and comfortable throughout the trip. The sunrise was awesome, Mario took photos and videos all the time so we had plenty of memories. Going into the caves and following the rocky coast line was a once in a lifetime experience. We are all mid 50’s and not super fit. This trip is easy to do and Mario is always on hand to help. The breakfast was really fresh and tasty and they even catered for one of our group who was vegan. Highly recommended please try it you will not be disappointed.

We went on a relaxing ride along the coast of lagos and our guide pointed out various things. She was excellent and discussed history and fun facts. They took us to a nearby bay for lunch as the water was a bit rocky and they didn’t want us to get seasick. There we went swimming and paddle boarding.

The staff on this trip were amazing, one of the best boat rides we have had. Everything was organised well and the team worked hard to make sure everyone was involved. Would definitely recommend, they know what they are talking about and have so much knowledge to give you & suggest to you.

Lovely day! Visit to caves was lovely, but beach afternoon made the day.. couple of hours on a semi quiet beach, with use of the paddle boards. Def my highlight of the day. Staff are super friendly and happy. Would thoroughly recommend x

Beautiful locations, fun staff, good food and amazing atmosphere!!