When you think of the Algarve, fun and adventure probably don’t spring to mind. This is an area known for its golf resorts and sandy beaches, after-all.
But if you look a little deeper, there’s actually a tonne of activities – suiting both first-timer and seasoned adrenaline junkies – in Portugal that will get your heart racing. All while enjoying the Algarve’s sizzling heat and stunning scenery. Here are 5 of our favourite extreme adventures in the Algarve:
Rock climbing in Portugal is like nothing you’ve experienced before – the locations are simply awe-inspiring. For the best experience contact a local rock climbing service, they work with climbers of all levels, adjusting locations based on experience. They also provide all the equipment you need so you don’t need to worry about your baggage allowance.
Rocha da Pena is one of the most popular climbing spots in the area due to its decent quality limestone rock. It’s also a fairly quiet area, away from the popular tourist hotspots.
By mixing the thrills of motorsport and off-road riding with the paradise that is the Algarve, you get a truly memorable experience. Available for singles or large groups (of any experience) buggy expeditions take you away from the popular areas of the Algarve, to areas usually only frequented by locals. Expect to speed through various terrains – you might even spot some locals weaving wicker baskets. An expert guide will be in hand to tell you all about the area and the best driving spots, as well as talented mechanics who can help with any problems on the road.
Coasteering is similar to canyoning – both consist of abseiling, swimming, climbing and jumping – but instead of from one canyon to another, coasteering involves the coastline cliffs. In the Algarve, expect to wade and swim through warm waters surrounded by spectacular waterfalls as you explore hidden grottos and sea caves. With the help of an expert instructor, coasteering is safe but challenging – some areas are easier than others, so be careful not to be lulled into a false sense of security.
Sure, the Algarve is known for tourist-filled beaches with people working on their tans. But the beaches of the Algarve are also perfect for those of us who love water sports like surfing, waterboarding, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Due to being on the corner of the Iberian Peninsula, the Algarve has the largest swell window in the country. There are various local surfing clubs where you can hire equipment or take lessons – try to avoid the peak summer months though as these can be busy with large flat times.
Of course, nothing quite gets the adrenaline pumping like a sky dive. And what better location to jump out of a plane than in the scenic Algarve? Not only will the gorgeous weather mean you get a clear view on the way down, but the Algarve has some well-established sky diving centres that offer sky dives to both beginners and veterans – there’s even an accelerated freefall course.
Be sure to note that Western Algarve has the best beaches for most extreme sports – particularly water spots – and is generally quieter than the East. To make the most of the Algarve’s adventures, hire a campervan and travel up and down the coast as you please. Or, for larger groups or longer stays, rent one of the villas dotted along the Algarve coast. No matter what you’re into, Portugal truly is a haven for all types of adrenaline junkies.