Portimão
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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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Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

2. Krazy World Interactive Zoo & Park Entrance

Visit an interactive zoo with activities for the entire family. Interact with and feed dwarf goats, llamas, and deer at the petting farm. Explore the new dinosaur exhibit at the Terra Exotika See the biggest snake in Europe in the Reptile Pavillion. View and interact with several species of exotic animals such as the birds in the aviary, wallabies, and lemurs. After the visit to the animals enjoy lunch at our restaurant, viewing one of our many presentations with animals. Take a refreshing swim in the swimming pool or jump down the water slide. Enjoy various activities such as tree climbing, pedal karts, inflatables, pony rides, or the 18-hole mini-golf circuit. For colder or rainy days there is a large indoor area with a restaurant, inflatable bouncy castle, and stage for animal presentations.

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Lagoa: Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting

3. 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.

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From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

4. From Portimão: Boat River Cruise to Silves Medieval City

Enjoy a spectacular and relaxing boat trip up the Arade River, with no waves, during which you can observe various types of birds and animals - such as storks, herons, flamingoes, and turtles. Arriving in Silves, you can take a walk and visit the medieval town of Silves. This city is where the kings of Portugal would spend their holidays in the summer, in its imposing castle. Explore its wonderful churches and medieval streets. You can also enjoy a visit to the market and shops, or simply sit in one of the many esplanades or seafood restaurants, and have a drink or savor some food.

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From Portimão: Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide

5. 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.

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From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

6. From Portimão: Private 2-Hour Boat Tour to Benagil Cave

Join this guided journey along the Algarve coastline to Benagil Cave. This fun and fantastic adventure will fully immerse you in the natural beauty of Portugal. From the pier of Clube Naval de Portimão, begin your boat ride along the coastline, admiring its churches, castles, and beautiful caves. As you glide over the water, your guide will tell you sometimes spooky ancient stories and teach you about the history of the Arade River. All boats are equipped with VHF Radios synchronized with dolphin-watching vessels. If these breathtaking animals are spotted within a 3-mile radius, the boat will go to their location.   Take in the unbelievable beauty of Benagil Cave, with its naturally formed hole at the top that lets the sunlight filter down to the sandy beach below. Listen to the echoes of the wind and let yourself be calmed by your surroundings.

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Portimão: Benagil Cave and Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve Tour

7. 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.

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Algarve: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

8. Algarve: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Experience the natural beauty and history of Algarve with this private tour. View caves, rock formations, and quaint villages as you drive along. Start at Cape Sao Vicente, popularly known as as the end of the world. Experience the isolation that gives this spot its name. Continue to view the fortifications at the fortress of Sagres. Stop to enjoy the rock formations at Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. Choose if you would like to purchase boat trip through the rock formations inside. Go to the charming old town of Lagos were you can buy lunch at a traditional restaurant. Drive to Praia da Rocha and admire the view at Portimao Marina. Pass the picturesque village of Carvoeiro, and the cave of Benagil. Last stop at the famous Marinha Beach.

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Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

9. Portimão: 1.25-Hour Segway Tour

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and colorful atmosphere of Portimão, one of the most breathtaking cities of the Algarve, on a scenic Segway ride along the coastline. After picking up your segway, glide along the marina, admiring privileged views of the River Arade as you go. Witness sites such as the beach promenade in Praia da Rocha, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Algarve sea. Later, ride past the lighthouse, the pier, and the imposing Santa Catarina Fortress. Along the route, learn more about the area's best attractions and scenery from your passionate guide.

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Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage at your Accommodation

10. Foot Reflexology and Foot Massage at your Accommodation

Enjoy a one-hour foot reflexology and foot massage session during your holiday in the Algarve. Choose from three different hotel accommodation locations. Experience pressure on points on your feet that correspond to areas of the body that need to be treated, stimulating the flow of energy to those areas. The reflexologist is trained to read the unique signs of the feet and to understand how these signs relate to physical and emotional well-being. The session involves a constant interaction between you and the practitioner. Enjoy a thorough foot massage as you relax and get into an even calmer state of mind.

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What people are saying about Portimão

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 97 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.

This wine tasting is highly recommended for every connoisseur of good wine, as well as sustainable and ecological cultivation. In a country house typical of the Algarve, the owner presents himself in an authentic way that has created a pleasant sense of wellbeing for the entire time on site. The quality of the wines is on a very high level.

We had such an amazing time on this tour! It absolutely exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide was patient, informative, and answered all our questions. The charcuterie board that accompanied the wine tasting was the icing on the cake. Thanks so much!

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

Was very informative, so interesting and great for photo opportunities!