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From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

1. From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

Departing from Marina de Portimão, your guide will take you on this 1 hour 45 minute cruise to the world-famous Jurassic caves and rock formations of the Algar de Benagil and Carvoeiro. On the way, take in views of the amazing beach of Praia da Rocha, followed by the Ponta do Altar Lighthouse, Carvoeiro village, Algar Seco, and the Alfazina Lighthouse. Cruise along before arriving at the journey's highlight, the Algar de Benagil. Stop here for some time to take photos and admire the hidden beach of this magical and ancient cave. Head then towards Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Relax while sailing along the coast on the way back to the marina in Portimão. Prepare to be amazed as you pass magnificent scenery and all your favorite spots from the way there.

Lagoa: Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

2. Lagoa: Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

Your experience begins as you are welcomed to Morgado do Quintão for a walk around the estate to observe the vineyards. This will also include a brief introduction to the local grape varieties. Following that, enjoy a tour of the grounds throughout a wine-tasting experience that explores the history of the estate, as well as the terroir-driven wines. You will also learn of the estate's plans for the future as they continue to create Algarve’s landmark wines. Your guides will also tell you all about Algarve’s local grape varieties as you enjoy a tasting 3-4 of their wines. As you sample the wines you can learn about how they're made, as well as how to best pair them with food.

Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

3. Algarve: Landscapes, Pottery, and Winery Tour

Much of the charm of Algarve, Portugal, resides in its ability to provide top-class tourist facilities while retaining its own identity that’s easily visible in the traditional villages and activities of the area. Explore the region’s villages with a guide and stop at a pottery shop and winery. Visit Porches Pottery, home of original ceramic art. Learn how many of the traditional methods of pottery production are still used here today. See artisans making and painting pottery by hand. Then, visit the fishing village of Benagil that’s perched above the Atlantic. See the village’s tiny but picturesque beach and hear uninterrupted sounds of the Atlantic. Heading towards the resort of Carvoeiro, stop at Algar Seco where you can see mesmerizing caves and grottoes carved from the coastline over the centuries. Later, take a stroll through the village of Ferragudo along the cobbled streets and down to the small harbor. Before finishing the tour, stop at a winery and enjoy a tour and tasting of the wines produced in this region.

From Portimão & Lagoa: Algarve Coast Tour in a VW T2 Van

4. From Portimão & Lagoa: Algarve Coast Tour in a VW T2 Van

Enjoy a pickup from your accommodation and board a charismatic Volkswagen T2, complete with a road trip playlist, for a guided nature tour. Explore the Algarve in a unique way with 4 sightseeing stops. Choose the private option to book a tour guide for just you and your family. Begin by stopping at Marinha Beach. Here, you can walk through the cliffs and vegetation, see an “algar” and the famous natural arches in the sea. Then, proceed to Praia do Carvalho, which was once only accessible by sea, with its only entrance by land through a staircase carved among the rocks. After, visit Algar Seco, complete with its curious rock formations which are easy to navigate. Finally, enjoy the scenery that is presented to you at the Ponta do Altar cliffs. Your trip will be punctuated with history and local knowledge, and no rush, there will be plenty of time to explore the beauty of the trip and the places you will visit.

Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

5. Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

From the pier of São Francisco in Portimão, you will board a boat. After a warm welcome, the safety procedures will be explained. Then, the journey towards the famous Benagil Cave will start. Along the way, admire other beautiful caves along the coast and hear old stories about them from your guide. If you're lucky, you will be able to see dolphins. All the boats are equipped with radios that will be tuned in to the same channel as the dolphin watching boats. If dolphins are spotted, which is very frequent on the Algarvian coast, and they are within 2 nautical miles, you will have the opportunity to see them. After stopping at the Benagil Cave to take pictures, the boat will continue to the breathtaking Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve. The marshland of the Alvor estuary is one of the finest places on the Algarve for birdwatching, so it's likely you'll spot pink flamingos and many other bird species. On the way back to Portimão, admire the impressive Praia do Alvor, one of the largest sandy beaches of the Algarve.

Portimão/Carvoeiro: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

6. Portimão/Carvoeiro: Volkswagen T2 Algarve Flavors Tour

After pickup from your accommodation, board a classic Volkswagen T2 for a 4-hour flavor tour and get ready to see and taste the Algarve in a unique way. Punctuated with fascinating history and local knowledge, discover the rich palates of Portugal’s southern coast, complete with a road trip playlist. Start with a stop at the Convent'Bio. This space belonged to the Carmelitas Calçados d 'Alagoa Convent and was founded in 1551 under the influence of Queen D. Catarina. The space was abandoned before being recently recovered and transformed into a local store, café, and biological market. Whilst there, drink orange juice or tea. Following that, visit the picturesque Market of Silves to discover and taste some new Algarve products. Then, have a nice picnic with local products. After, proceed to Quinta do Francês to admire its unique views, before encountering one of the most famous wine producers of the Algarve. Conclude the experience with a tasting of 3 different flavored wines.

Portimão: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Carvoeiro

This is such a great tour. The tour guide was informative and fun which made the boat trip that much more pleasant. The caves are incredible and with the small boat we were able to enter many of them. Also, the stop in the small fishing village is a great bonus to get fresh fish and see a small area that you may not plan to visit otherwise. Highly highly recommend.

Really great experience. So informative, informal but a real elevated experience. We even had a resident kitten just on our tour. Highly recommend and the nibbles we’re gorgeous too.

Very well organized wine tasting in a beautiful location! Nice explanation about wines, corks, bottles etc. in a beautiful setting.

Excellent boat tour. Amazing views. The two guys made the trip. Thank you. Lots of laughs.

Très bon guide ,belle excursion ,très bon driver ,un peu froid mais moins qu’au Canada