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From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

1. From Albufeira: Half-Day Algarve Jeep Safari

Capture the essence of the Algarve aboard a 4WD jeep on a half-day off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Portuguese countryside. Depart Albufeira and travel through beautiful landscapes to see regional architecture, dense forests of cork trees that supply the wine industry, and groves of fragrant orange trees. Sample the gastronomical delights of the region at a local farm, and taste their honey and homemade liquors. Go to an old distillery to try some of the legendary Medronho (Aguardente de Medronhos). Drive along hidden tracks and encounter historic villages, swim in a local river, and marvel at spectacular waterfalls. Learn about the customs and traditions of the rustic villages from a guide full of knowledge about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

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Algarve Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

2. Algarve Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour with Lunch

Head off the beaten track in a 4X4 Jeep for an off-road safari in the Algarve countryside. Admire beautiful landscapes and regional architecture and experience the tastes of the Algarve. You’ll have the opportunity to taste local honey and liquors and visit an old firewater distillery, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the famous medronho drink. In addition, you’ll be able to try local favorite local dishes at lunch. Discover the hidden Algarve in a 4WD Jeep, visit the area’s centuries-old villages, and marvel at the spectacular natural scenery. During the ride, your professional guide will tell you about the history, customs, and traditions of the region’s rustic villages.

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From Albufeira: Half-Day Shopping Trip to Faro

3. From Albufeira: Half-Day Shopping Trip to Faro

Travel from your hotel in Faro to Albufeira with this convenient transport service. Experience the shops and restaurants in the charming old town. Get picked up from your hotel, or a nearby location. Relax, as you are driven to Faro, the largest city in Algarve. Get the chance to visit the many local shops in the busy center. Take in the vibe as you stroll along the vibrant marina. Marvel at the architecture of historic buildings such as the Sé Cathedral. Explore the restaurants and the historic part of the town in the old city walls. Admire views of the Ria Formosa lagoon.

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Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve

4. Algarve: Historic and Cultural Group Tour of West Algarve

Departing from Albufeira, get picked up from your hotel (or another convenient, close place) and enjoy the views as you drive towards Silves, one of the oldest cities in the Algarve. In Silves, visit the oldest cathedral in Algarve as well as its largest castle. Stop at Monchique, the tallest mountain in Algarve. Immerse yourself in the lush natural surroundings. Go to the top to see amazing views from the highest point in Algarve. Stop at a local restaurant for a nice lunch on the way down. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Lagos, another important city in Algarve. Admire the inside of the golden church of Santo António, and go to a 15th-century slave market, the old town, and the fortress. Finally, stop in Sagres, popularly known as "the end of the world", as it is the most southwestern point in continental Europe. Let the splendid views of the coast, beautiful rock formations, and the great lighthouse take your breath away. After your last stop in Sagres, return to Albufeira.

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From Albufeira: Tuk-Tuk Tour to Benagil Caves

5. From Albufeira: Tuk-Tuk Tour to Benagil Caves

Delight in a tuk-tuk tour of some of the most beautiful places on the Algarve coast. Find all the best viewpoints with your guide, and stop anywhere you like during your tour. Set off from your accommodation in Albufeira toward Benagil, and pass through the village of Armação de Pera on your way to Our Lady of the Rock. Admire the spectacular views of the surrounding area from the chapel on the beach's promontory. After your visit to Our Lady of the Rock, make your way to the famous Praia da Marinha (Marinha Beach) and discover its Seven Hanging Valleys. Explore the 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of the Seven Hanging Valleys trail, and take a traditional photo with the heart in the background. Next, head to 3 more picturesque sites, the Cathedral and Benagil Caves, and Praia do Carvalho. Marvel at the scenic views, and have plenty of time for photo opportunities in these beautiful places. Finally, drive back toward Albufeira. On the way, stop in the village of Alcantarilha to pay a visit to the unusual Chapel of Bones there. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Albufeira.

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From Albufeira: Algarve Sunset Jeep Tour with Tastings

6. From Albufeira: Algarve Sunset Jeep Tour with Tastings

Head off the beaten path to explore the most beautiful landscapes, regional architecture, and gastronomical tastes of the Algarve on this sunset Jeep tour starting in Albufeira. Stop for a swim, taste local products, and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine. Starting with pickup in Albufeira, visit the ancient villages, passing streams and the spectacular scenery of Algarve. Stop at a local river for a swim, then visit a small Moorish farm to taste the famous medronho, liqueurs, and honey. As you explore, discover local customs such as cork making and learn about the traditions of rustic villages from your expert guide who knows about the local history, nature, lifestyle, and landscape.

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Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

7. Albufeira: 6-Hour Cruise and Beach BBQ

Your 6-hour cruise begins in the morning with a departure from the Albufeira marina. Heading to the west, you’ll hug the Algarve coast as you take in the beautiful scenery of this part of Portugal. You’ll transfer to a dinghy and then disembark at a secluded beach that’s inaccessible by land. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities, sip refreshing drinks, and enjoy a unique meal prepared by the crew. During your time at the beach you’ll have water and beach sports equipment available, including stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and balls, rackets, and other beach games. After a BBQ lunch you’ll have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the deserted beach and the calm, translucent sea.

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From Albufeira: Half-Day Off-Road Quad Tour

8. 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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Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

9. Ria Formosa: Tour to Paradise Boat Tour

Get back to nature in the barrier islands of Ria Formosa Natural Park and discover a unique lagoon system that constantly changes according to the movement of the winds. Experience the natural beauty of the Algarve away from the tourist resorts and marvel at the area's amazing biodiversity. See birds nests and learn about the mollusks and crustaceans that provide revenue for the local seafood producers. Climb aboard a boat in Olhão for a 4-hour trip to observe the flora and fauna of the barrier islands from the water.  Stop at one of the islands to take a relaxing stroll on the golden sands and see the typical fishing villages of the area. Get the chance to visit the market in Olhão before or after your boat trip, and marvel at the wide variety of fresh seafood on sale, including clams, oysters and more. Lunch on the islands can be arranged (not included in the tour price). Enjoy free time to swim and relax before your return.

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Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

10. Albufeira: Tour to 4 Eastern Algarve Towns

Get lost in the beauty of eastern Algarve on this our from Albufeira to the charming towns of Faro, Olhão, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António. See old architecture at churches and a castle. Explore with some free time in Olhão and Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Get picked-up from your accommodation and sit back and enjoy the scenery on the drive to the town of Faro. Take in the colorful boats at the marina and the Spanish Gothic architecture at the cathedral. Have some time to do some souvenir shopping before heading to Olhão. Admire the white houses and churches in the Moorish fishing village of Olhão. Stop at the port and enjoy the vibrancy of the largest fish market on the island. Head to the oldest pâté factory in Portugal. Afterwards, travel to the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio which lies on the mouth of the Guadiana river. Visit the oldest Portuguese canned fish factory. Spend some free time where you can go get some lunch or do some shopping at local boutiques. Continue on to the town of Tavira which has been settled since the late Bronze Age. Discover a variety of architectural styles at its churches and a medieval castle positioned over the Gilão river. Experience traditional Portuguese Fado music before returning to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Albufeira

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4.7 / 5

based on 899 reviews

We were picked up from our hotel by the lovely Hugo. There were 7 of us in the back of the open top Jeep. We were taken along back roads through villages and into the mountains. We saw many citrus trees, olive trees, quince, pomegranate, carob, peach and pear trees. Also sampled wild thyme, mint, rosemary and even smelled the leaves of a pepper tree. We saw farms with black pigs and goats. We even saw an avocado plantation. We stopped for a coffee break and for a break to sample the local fire water, the peri peri spice and to taste the local homey. Due to the weather being cold (as it’s nNovember), we did not do any swimming. It was also cold in the back of the Jeep, though if you dress warmly it would be fine. We had a very enjoyable day and would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see the sights of Portugal away from the beaches.

Wow special the tour driver his ix very cooperative, have a lot of information, expertise with excellent knowledge a bout every thing funny and it was happy tour for us

We had an amazing experience everything about it how accommodating and pleasant the driver was the other people that had the experience with us the sites

Wonderful guide Thomas made everything fantastic! Totally recommend the experience!

Wonderful guide Thomas and super nice tour! Can recommend!