Insiders Guide to Top 5 Algarve Adventure Holidays

Flights are booked, you are in the process of looking at a cheap Algarve holiday villa but what to do once you reach your destination? Whether you have been to the Algarve before or are a complete newbie to the area, apart from the obvious days at the beach, hours lazing by the holiday villa pool or a round on the golf course, check the out the latest top five adventure holiday ideas.

Dolphin Tour and Caves

Taking to the sea allows Algarve visitors the perfect opportunity to see dolphins at play in the wild. Despite no guarantee of any sighting, these curious and beautiful creatures are not ones shy away from a chance to entertain willing onlookers with their playful antics. The warm waters of the Portuguese coastline the backyard of many a school of dolphins it is more than likely that visitors will come away with some fantastic photos. With several options of dolphin tours, one the most highly recommended comes complete with a tour of Albufeira caves, a series of natural and beautiful structures.  Perfect for all ages, any of the dolphin and caves tours make for a wonderful day out.

Catamaran Cruises

What better day off than a relaxing cruise along the shores of the Portuguese coastline. With lunch included and a stop at a scheduled beach a catamaran cruise is the best way to explore what the Algarve coast has to offer. Boasting some of the biggest caves and tunnels in Europe and stunning rock formations, there will much to see. Return to shore and spruce up at a luxury holiday villa ready for an evening out on the town.

Guadiana River Boat Cruise

For something really different why not sail the beautiful scenic Guadiana River and stop at the quaint and timeless village Foz de Odeleite or take the River Arade and head to the ancient Moorish town of Silves. Food and entertainment is provided along the way leaving nothing but getting to the meeting point to worry about. Enjoy views of the stunning and untouched Portuguese countryside, a perfect opportunity for flora and fauna enthusiasts to enjoy a spot of bird watching. There a number of companies offering a selection of riverboat cruise packages so be such to find the one that best suits your budget.

Faro City Tour

Built in the 13th century, there is plenty to see in Faro and often requires a full day. Whether you hire a car or join an organized tour, some of the Faro must-sees include: the marina, old town, Arco da Vila and the Sé Cathedral, Capela dos Ossos (Bone Chapel), Archaeological Museum and the Teatro Lethes among other sites. Sight seeing in hot spring and summer months can be tiring work so be sure to plan your day before you go with regular pit stops for refreshments. If taking an organised took, look to really get your money’s worth with a tour that also includes other historic places such as the Moorish town of Olhao and beautiful town of Tavira.

Deserta Island

Also known as Barreta, Deserted Island or Santa Maria Cape Island, this small island is offers some of the purest and most pristine beaches in the Algarve.  Only 11 km wide, there is only one restaurant but despite being uninhabited it is not totally deserted, the Animaris beach offering deck chairs and awnings along with a handful of water sports. Enjoy a day of pure tranquility away from the busier more crowded summer beaches. A public ferry departs every day from Porta Nova Pier in Faro so getting there is easy and extremely affordable.

Relax in the shelter of your luxury Algarve villa upon your return or pick up sample of local food and wine for an evening soiree under the stars. With plenty to keep you busy, the Algarve is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway weekend or a family week of fun.

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About Premier Holidays: Premier Holidays is a British company specialising in luxury holiday villas and apartments for the discerning traveller looking for a different holiday experience. Premier Holidays was founded in 1994 initially specialising in high-end villa holidays to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and has subsequently grown into one of the most trusted and established villa holiday specialists in Europe.