The Algarve has a lot more to offer than sun and sand. If you are the active type, the adventures you can enter into in the region are many and varied.
Taking a canoe around the Ria Formosa estuary or a boat trip to the caves of Algar Seco near Carvoeiro beach, diving, standup paddleboarding or parasailing are just some of the activities on offer in the Algarve.
Parasailing: adrenalin and emotion
Among the advantages of trying one of these activities in the Algarve is that they all take place against a beautiful panoramic natural backdrop .
Parasailing, for example, affords you stunning views and allows you to enjoy the feeling of flying. The adventure starts on board a boat, out at sea, where participants are fitted with a canopy that is attached by rope to the bow, and when towed can rise to as much as 80 metres. It is possible for two or even three people to take part at the same time – always with a smooth rise and landing on the boat itself.
Underwater adventures: discovering Europe’s largest artificial reef
Diving baptisms, diving outings and snorkelling trips (involving just a mask with breathing tube and a pair of flippers) to get to know the wealth of the Algarve’s underwater flora and fauna are among the many activities on offer in the region – which also boasts Europe’s largest artificial reef. It has been crucial in promoting biodiversity and bolstering natural fisheries resources, and stretches alongside various coastal settlements: Cacela, Tavira, Olhão, Faro, Quarteira, Albufeira and Lagos, occupying a total volume of more than 100,000 cubic metres.
Diving outings in the region are mainly from the area between Faro and Sagres, with participants having various options to choose from, including caves, sunken ships and planes, natural reefs and the various sections of Europe’s largest artificial reef.
Paddleboarding: sport and balance
Originating in Hawaii, standup paddleboarding or SUP is a variant of surfing in which – as the name suggests – you stand up on a board and use a paddle to move through the water.
This sport is already established in the Algarve and has been winning adepts, with various local companies offering trips, lessons and even paddle yoga, a variant aimed at combining a sense of well-being and emotional balance with contact with nature.