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Albufeira

Immerse yourself in the beaches, nightlife, and traditional Portuguese culture of this old fishing village.

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Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

1. Albufeira: Benagil Caves & Dolphin Watching Speed Boat Tour

Enjoy a guided boat trip between Albufeira and Benagil Caves on a tour that combines nature and adventure. Discover the Algarve coastline's most iconic landscapes and keep your eyes open for playful dolphins on the way. Start your journey at the meeting point, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Skip the line at the check-in kiosk and benefit from a special welcome package. Have a coffee or some water at the coffee lounge while you wait to board the boat. After priority boarding, start your tour by cruising along the beautiful, 18km-long Algarve coastline. Listen to your knowledgeable guide and learn all about the sights you pass by. Feel the relaxing sea breeze and be amazed by the coastal view. Head inside the famous Benagil caves to admire this rock formation. Take amazing pictures of the caves and capture the light entering them. Spot São Rafael and Marinha beaches, among the most emblematic beaches in Portugal, famous for their cliffs and fine golden sand. Make a short swimming stop and immerse yourself in the crystal clear waters of the Algarve coast. During the tour, look for the dolphins on the way. If they are spotted, see them playing in their natural environment and take photos of them jumping in and out of the water.

Algarve Aquashow Park Admission Tickets

2. Algarve Aquashow Park Admission Tickets

Book your day ticket here for the Aquashow Park, Portugal’s largest and most popular water and thematic park. There’s plenty to enjoy and enough thrills to keep the kids happy all day. You’ll find an amazing variety of slides for all ages: • The 32-meter-high Free Fall/Kamikaze, a combination of 2 slides giving you the sensation of surfing on a big wave • The fabulous Speed Race, where you can compete with other guests to see who is the fastest slider • The White Fall which invites the bravest for a unique slide • The Wild Snake offering a ride into the dark The little ones can safely play in the water in their own mini-park world. There are slides and other water attractions to ensure they have lots of fun. For those looking to relax, the park offers a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, and green areas with sunbeds. One of the park’s main attractions is the wave pool, simulating real sea waves. You’ll also find the biggest Water Coaster in Europe, reaching a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour. The Air Race is a thematic ride that has you sitting inside a real airplane doing aerobatics and stunts. Top Swing is one of the favorite thematic attractions, offering a new and unique experience.  In the show area you can take in shows featuring birds of prey, exotic birds, and reptiles. When you finally realize that you’re hungry you’ll find some good meal choices at one of the snack bars or BBQs. You can also find a small souvenir shop, changing rooms, lockers, and other facilities. Due to COVID-19, AquaShow Park is currently operating at a lower capacity. After booking, you'll receive a link to check-in at AquaShow Park and choose a date to visit.

From Albufeira: Benagil Hidden Caves Tour by Kayak or SUP

3. 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.

Albufeira: 2-Hour Falesia Beach Surf Lesson

4. Albufeira: 2-Hour Falesia Beach Surf Lesson

After stepping out of the van, you will be able to see the waves on the beach underneath you. How they conceal the sand, only to reveal it again a second afterward. You can breathe in the salty air and feel the sun on your skin as you slip into your wetsuit. When your feet touch the sand of the beach, your adventure is just one step ahead of you. In the hands of this surfing and snorkeling school based in Albufeira, you will have the opportunity to start from the ground up and learn how to surf. You will be brought closer to the ocean to experience memorable moments underwater and on your surfboard. You can try something new that you will broaden your horizons, it’s all about the experience.  Your lesson will be adjusted according to your skills, meaning that you can start on the sand or hit the water straight away to further your skills. Enjoy a hands-on, personal learning experience, as each instructor looks after around nine participants.

Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

5. Albufeira: Coastline and Benagil Caves Tour by Catamaran

Start your tour from Albufeira Marina, where you'll set off on the spacious and comfortable catamaran. From here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the beautiful rock formations and deserted beaches. The team will tell you more about our fantastic coastline and all its hidden secrets. Relax to some nice music and enjoy a cool drink. Visit the beautiful caves and rock formations as far as Benagil (Cathedral Cave). Head back east towards the marina before stopping off for a swim in the sea.

Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

6. Albufeira: Dolphin Watching and Benagil Cave Boat Cruise

Climb aboard a small boat in Albufeira marina and journey along the coastline of the Algarve for 18 kilometers. Enjoy watching dolphins in their natural habitat with commentary from a guide and marine biologist. See the Alfanzina Lighthouse and the seaside Benagil Cave. Journey with a captain with expert knowledge of this part of the coastline. Sail to the Alfanzina Lighthouse and be amazed by the beaches and rock formations along the way. Marvel at the stunning sea caves, including the famous rock formations of Benagil Cave. Cool down with a swim in the sea, if conditions permit, and then look for the lovable dolphins as they frolic in the water. Feel the sea breeze on your face as you take in the scenic views. Learn about the surrounding marine life from the local marine biologist onboard.

Albufeira: Off-Road Quad Tour 90-Minutes

7. 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.

Albufeira: Parasailing Boat Trip

8. Albufeira: Parasailing Boat Trip

Go for an exhilarating parasailing boat trip off the coast of Albufeira, taking in the panoramic sights of Portugal’s beautiful resort city and sandy beaches. For a thrilling 10 minutes, feel the wind in your face while flying over the water, and enjoy the scenery from a bird’s-eye view.   This activity starts from Albufeira Marina, where the crew will share a safety briefing, and you’ll be given a life jacket and a harness that will connect to your parachute. After boarding the boat, you'll head out onto the open waters. The skipper will strap you into the harness, open the parachute, and slowly release the cable to start the flight. Reach a height of up to 80 meters and feel the adrenaline rush as you fly above the ocean for an unforgettable experience.   The overall boat ride lasts up to 1. 5 hours depending on the number of guests. 2- or 3-person flights are subject to sea conditions and techniques. After everyone has a chance to fly, enjoy the boat ride back to the marina.

Albufeira: Kayak Tour of Hidden Caves and Secluded Beaches

9. Albufeira: Kayak Tour of Hidden Caves and Secluded Beaches

Take a beginner-friendly kayaking tour leaving from Albufeira. Scout out hidden caves and beautiful secluded beaches on the Algarve Coast. Cruise along the coast with an instructor and admire beautiful views on this tour suitable for all skill levels. Begin the tour from the white sand of São Rafael Beach in Algarve. Venture through the calm and clear ocean near the shore, exploring the beautiful Albufeira coastline and caves. Store your belongings on the beach and receive a briefing on kayaking techniques and be fitted with a life vest. Get in the water with the instructors and learn the basic skills of how to turn and maneuver the kayak. Explore the caves near Sao Rafael Beach, and explore different caves according to the tide conditions. Paddle for 45 minutes, and stop on a desert beach to relax and explore the land if the sea conditions are good exit the kayak and explore. Follow the tour guide as they lead the way and assist if you are too tired to continue paddling. Return back to Sao Rafael Beach and finish the tour where we started. Exit the kayaks safely at the beach at the end of the tour and collect your belongings before heading home.

From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

10. From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

Discover inland locations not easily accessible on foot or by public transport on a half-day ATV tour of the Algarve countryside from Albufeira. Soak up sweeping views as you rumble along rural trails and benefit from the insider knowledge of your local guide.  Spend more time riding as you rumble through off-road trails and observe the beauty of the untouched nature. As a special highlight, visit the historic Paderne Castle, an ancient fortification constructed in the 12th century by Berbers.  Along the way, stops are made for photography and time to relax time. The trails are sure to be challenging for all levels of experience.

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What people are saying about Albufeira

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 11,069 reviews

We booked a day trip to Seville from the Algarve. Jorge was an outstanding tour guide & he made the day truly memorable. Incredibly professional and always went out of his way to accommodate us (providing water, breaks, recommendations, bridging the language). Jorge is brimming with knowledge, & his enthusiasm for the city is infectious as he guides you through the streets & landmarks! An amazing photographer too - truly unique that he takes professional photos for you, capturing memories from your trip. Without him, we wouldn't have gotten to experience Seville to the fullest, in just a day alone!

We had a great time. The whole game took 4 of us about an hour and 20 minutes and was really good fun. The surroundings are lovely and the course is quite tricky in places. The only improvement I would suggest would be somewhere to leave your bags etc.

It was amazing seeing all those caves and amazing coastline. After that we went out to open sea to spot some dolphines and we found them - about 12-15 of them swimming and jumping out of water. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

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We had a wonderful time, the guys on the Catamaran were fantastic