Destinations, Golf

Algarve Features Monumental Rock Formations and Stunning Beaches

October 12, 2013 by


Algarve is a favorite beach destination for a holiday in Portugal, and Western Algarve is located in the nature reserve of Costa Vicentia along the coast. It features clean beaches and curious rock formations perfect for a whole host of water activities and sports.

Hop aboard a 2-3 hour flight from most European capitals and you’ll be ready to feel the sand between your toes.

Couple on Beach Algarve

Things to Do

  • Windsurfing: The Algarve provides ideal speed and freestyle conditions for windsurfers on the south coast around Lagos and Sagres. Experienced riders will find the challenge their looking for at the famous wave spot, Tonel.
  • Kiteboarding: Kiteboarding is quickly growing as a favorite water sport as it combines elements from surfing and wake-boarding with paragliding skills. For kiteboarding, riders don’t need a wave or boat, but only an inflatable kite and the wind to carry them across flat water. The large lagoon and steady winds are the perfect spot for beginners as well for those who are experienced but who want to practice their rotations and other tricks.
  • Golfing: Golf season in Algarve runs from late autumn to late spring with mild winters and sunny days with the exceptional rainy day here and there. The Algarve offers 35 pristine golf courses in all.
  • Paragliding: Paragliding is available for beginners, those with experience, and even those with disabilities. Conditions are best for paragliding in the Algarve in the spring, fall, and winter.
  • Diving: Divers can enjoy an amazing variety of marine life in the waters off the Algarve coast.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing: Paddlers can enjoy canoeing near the majestic Monchique mountain range, try ocean kayaking along natural rock and cave formations, or kayak to secluded beaches where you can stop to snorkel.

Algarve not only offers plenty of entertainment, mild climate, and leisure activities including reasonably priced restaurants; it is also known for affordable apartments and rooms near the beach.

Photo credits: F H Mira, justin

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