VidaMar Resort Algarve boat trips

Caves and wild beaches: natural marvels you can only reach by sea

Promoted by the regional tourism board as ‘Europe’s most famous secret’, the Algarve is a region with a rich heritage and history but also great natural beauty. Some of its caves, wild beaches and sea-cut cliffs are so well hidden that they can only be visited by boat.

Discovering the Algarve coast can turn out to be a unique and surprising experience, and ever more visitors are attracted by the prospect of taking a boat trip or short cruise from one of the region’s marinas.

Caves – ancient, sublime formations carved by the sea

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.
Algar Seco, just over half a kilometre west of Carvoeiro, is an imposing work of nature made up of a complex of natural pools, caves, arches and apertures carved out of the rocks over time by wind, rain and waves.

It is not only the caves themselves – natural stone temples full of reflections and echoes – that make the trip worth doing.

As you travel along the coast you have a unique panoramic view of the jagged cliffs and coastal towns, contrasting with the deep blue sea that just begs for you to dive into it.

Blissfully wild places

The Lagoa dos Salgados lagoon, just a short walk from the Vidamar Resort Algarve, Praia dos Arrifes in Albufeira, Praia do Pontal, Praia da Malhada do Baraço and Ponta da Piedade headland, all in Lagos, are other points of interest for those wanting to explore the Algarve coast and get away from the busiest beaches.

The Ria Formosa estuary, between Vila Real de Santo António and Vilamoura, is one of the Algarve’s three protected natural areas and was recently elected one of Portugal 7 Natural Wonders. There are many boat trips on offer here, too, offering the opportunity to get to know the five sandbar islands and two peninsulas of this unique system of channels and lagoons.

Activities for all tastes and ages

Birding, dolphin watching, seahorse spotting, angling, romantic tours, sunset or nocturnal outings or sailing trips are among the ways you can get to know and make the most of the Algarve coast, all year round.

Popular Saints Festivities at VidaMar Madeira

Authentically reproduction of a typical village festival party.

Popular Saints Festivities at Vidamar Madeira

The nights of 12, 23 and 28 June 2016

At VIDAMAR Madeira, we also celebrate the occasion.

A traditional dinner party. Espetada, sardines, and many other local food specially prepared for the occasion will contribute to your experience.

A traditional entertainment, with a Popular Marches parade, folklore, and typical decoration will create the perfect atmosphere for this special nights.
Join in with the locals and celebrate.

Popular Saints Festivities at Vidamar Madeira


“Popular marches are a colourful procession witch celebrates the neighbourhood tradition of paying homage to popular saints”.


VidaMar Atlantic Event – June 2


A night to remember

The VIDAMAR Madeira is getting ready for summer with a spectacular evening of entertainment , barbecue food and fireworks. On the evening of the 2nd June, four hundred guests will party on the VIDAMAR sea platform and finish with a spectacular ocean firework display.

Note: 2nd June is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Madeira Pyromusical

The Atlantic festival is the most recent tourist entertainment, and sets the beginning of the summer.
Throughout the month of June, every Saturdays on the days 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 22h30, wonderful and exiting performances of pyromusical, that combines music with fireworks in an exuberant and unforgettable show, where three companies will compete for the “Atlantic Pearl” trophy, selected by public voting.

 June 2016 every Saturdays on the days 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 22h30


Fun for everyone in the Algarve’s sea

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.

Thrills in the Algarve skies

Trips by hot-air balloon, plane or helicopter, or parachute jumps. From relaxing to radical, here are some of the emotions on offer in the Algarve, where the sky is the limit.


Romance is in the air: hot-air balloons

Carried by the wind, hot-air balloons carry you smoothly through the air, affording captivating views of hills, valleys and the Atlantic coast that enchant with their beauty and variety. On these trips you can overfly a range of points of interest and even experience sunrise in unique fashion.

The aerodromes of Lagos and Portimão are among places in the Algarve where hot-air balloons take off.

Pure emotion

For anyone keen to make the most of the Algarve’s skies, paragliding and tandem skydiving or parachuting are attractive propostions.

Portimão Aerodrome is among places where you can try tandem skydiving. This is an unforgettable experience and the easiest and least challenging way to experience the thrill of leaping into the unknown – since you are securely harnessed to an experienced instructor.
The adrenaline rushes through your body during 50 seconds or so of free fall, until your parachute opens and you can begin to see the Algarve from a totally different perspective.

Baptismal paragliding flights are another exciting thing to try, starting from near Loulé train station, about 31 kilometres from Vidamar Resort Algarve.

For half and hour, again with an instructor in a tandem paraglider, you can enjoy the sensation of flight.

Stunning landscapes by plane or helicopter

There is no better way to appreciate the contrasts between the sea and the hills, and between the western and eastern halves of the Algarve, than by going up in a plane or helicopter.
Several companies in the region that offer trips for tourists, including from Portimão Aerodrome, just over 30 kilometres from Vidamar Resort Algarve.

Algarve Chefs Week 2016 – VidaMar Resort Algarve

Executive Chef Miguel Teixeira of the Vidamar Algarve is among five of the 12 executive chefs based at five-star hotels in the region who from May 6 to 15 will be taking part in Algarve Chefs Week 2016.

This year the challenge is to present menus inspired by ceviche, Peru’s national dish, which is essentially raw fish marinated in citrus juice.

At the Vidamar Algarve, Executive Chef Miguel Teixeira reveals a few secrets of the menu that he is preparing: it is “a reinterpretation of Bacalhau com Grão [Portuguese codfish with chickpeas] in a version with a lot of citrus fruit, spices, and ingredients from Japan, since we will be serving this dish in our KOI restaurant.

This special menu may be sampled at the Vidamar Resort Algarve throughout the week of the event. For each meal consumed in participating restaurants at the hotels, one euro goes to a local support centre for homeless people, CASA.

On April 23, from 3pm at Loulé’s municipal market, Chef Teixeira and his friends and colleagues Marco Alban, José Leitão and David Domingues will be offering some tips and secrets on this dish, at a workshop that promises to be deliciously surprising.

Campo de golfe Algarve

Ceviche: origins

Ceviche, which is considered to be Peru’s national dish, resulted from the introduction of Arab techniques into the cuisine of South America, when Moorish women who came to the continent with the Spanish army began using the juice of bitter oranges to marinate raw fish, in place of the local ingredients the Inca had used.
The name – sometimes written seviche – is associated by historians with the Arabic word sibesh or Al-Sibesh, which refers to acidic foods such as citrus fruits.

Ceviche and the Algarve

This way of marinating fish with citrus juice is not at all alien to Algarve cuisine, which also retains many customs introduced to the region during the Moorish period.
The Algarve is, of course, known for its fresh fish and high-quality citrus fruits – both ideal for use in ceviche – with boiled potatoes, sweet potatoes or corn providing perfect accompaniments.
Ceviche may be served as a starter or as a main dish.

Great shots all year round in the Algarve

Repeatedly voted Europe’s and the world’s best golf destination in various competitions, including the World Golf Awards, the Algarve is a golfer’s paradise. More than a million rounds are played here each year, by visitors from all corners of the world.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, this region has an invitingly mild climate for golf in all seasons, on 40 courses dotted along it from Sagres in the west to Vila Real de Santo António in the east. Many were laid out by world-renowned golf course architects, in beautiful natural settings ranging from clifftops overlooking the Atlantic to rural landscapes in the hills, all with irresistible greens and tees.

The best golf near Vidamar Algarve

Salgados Golf Course

Right next to Vidamar Resort Algarve, at a distance of just two kilometres, and with special discounts on green fees for our guests, the 18-hole Salgados Golf Course offers a stimulating golfing experience. Caressed by a sea breeze and within sight of the Salgados Lagoon Natural Reserve, it boasts a series of lakes, on a course with the typical characteristics of a traditional Scottish links. It is perfect for golf enthusiasts because of the skill it demands, and stands out for its setting and birdlife, which includes several endangered species.

Oceânico Faldo Course

A landscape of rolling hills with almond, olive and carob trees, inhabited by some 50 bird species, are what makes this 18-hole course near Silves, within sight of the Serra de Monchique range, so special. On the Faldo Course the natural terrain demands expertise and concentration from the first hole – a challenging uphill par-four.
To get here from Vidamar Algarve takes just 20 minutes by car, whether you opt for the 12-kilometre drive on the EM526 to Alcantarilha and then towards Pêra, or the 16-kilometre route via the EM526 and then the A22 toll motorway.

Oceânico O’ Connor Golf Course

Voted the country’s best golf course in 2015 by the Portuguese Architects’ Golf Club, this course has a range of tees that complement the Oceânico Faldo well. The design, the well-kept greens and fairways and other key elements all helped bring it the award. Here the main challenges are presented by the lakes and streams that feature in nine of the 18 holes, as well as the strategically located bunkers.

VidaMar Flower Festival celebrations 2016

The diversity of aromas and the exotic colours of the madeira flowers will scent the environment at Vidamar Madeira. During a week, guests and visitors will experience a number of initiatives within the Hotel to celebrate the essence of the Flower Festival, one of the most important tourist attractions of Madeira.
The Tribute from Madeira to the arrival of spring, known as the Island of Flowers or as the Atlantic Garden, the Flower Festival is one of the most popular tourist events known internationally. To celebrate the diversity of scents, abundance and exotic flowers of Madeira, Vidamar Madeira prepared a program where are recreated genuinely some of those moments.

“Great moment, love the wall of hope and we put also a flower to contribute for the cause. Thank you for the idea”Andrew Wilson, London (April 2016 Review)


VIDAMAR one week of festivities

Wall of hope

A call for peace in the world, the Vidamar Madeira will recreate the Wall of Hope, where everyone are invited to place a flower.
The initiative is replica of the Wall of Hope, held for more than 30 years in Funchal, where more than a thousand children, after the parade, will place a flower in the wall of hope in a symbolic demonstration for the world peace.
VidaMar Flower Festival
At the hotel reception, welcoming begins with a unique floral decoration: the animation is a constant, with music and performances by a children’s choir.
Throughout the week there are several initiatives planned for the Flower Festival in Vidamar Madeira: a cocktail, live crafts and folklore. Similar to what happens in the streets of Funchal, one group composed by children´s and adults will be present dressed up for the occasion.

Carving Workshop

Carving workshop – sculptures of food, our chefs promise to reveal the tricks and the best techniques to sculpt these pieces, turning them into flowers.
VidaMar Flower Festival

“Very fun party and we had great welcoming from all the staff, the folklore was amazing and we danced also we the dancers. Congrats for the idea, it was our first time in vidamar and hope come soon.”Mr. and Mrs Robinson (May 2016 Review)

Cocktail party

VidaMar Flower Festival


Chef for a day

In this activity children’s will make and decorated their cookies. Little children becoming great chefs

Paint your t-shirt

In this activity children’s will decorated one t-shirt according to their imagination(against charge)

Lunch with the kids club supervisors


Make how many modelling you want and prefer. A funny activity

Stop looking around

Thinking of you, we prepared an experience for your next destination


Individual and family free transfer


Private Check-in


Room “Vip” welcome

Vidamar Experiences

Stand Up Paddle Introduction (*)

Free for hotel guests
For all levels and ages
1 hour instruction
Equipment supplied
Qualified instructors

Vidamar Diving Introduction (*)

Free for hotel guests
Instruction given in hotel pool
1 hour introduction to scuba diving
All equipment included
Fully qualified Instructors.
Scuba diving is easy and fun.

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25 min. Massage (Relaxing or therapeutic)
20 min. Hydrotherapy
Spa entrance, Thalasso pool circuit
Sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi
Relaxing areas

(*) Available during the months of May to September


Animated Carnival in VidaMar Resort Madeira

Carnaval VidaMar Madeira

Carnival Cocktail, themed dinner, masked ball, with dance, samba and many carnival entertainment carried out by a lively and colourful troupe have contaminated the Vidamar guests who have chosen this time of year to visit the Madeira Islands.
An experience that many ensure wants to repeat next year.
Madeira carnival traditions are already rooted in the Vidamar Resort Madeira environment.
For several days, our hotel guests were able to experience the true and spirit of the carnival that contagious every year, the Madeira Archipelago streets.
On Saturday, February 8, the Vidamar Madeira team created a carnival cocktail, with live music and dancers. The carnival band mainly played Latin themes and of course, samba. Rhythms that inspired our guests who could not resist to dance.

Vidamar Masked Ball

After the cocktail and the carnival dance, it was time to take a break to recharge energies at the themed dinner that Mamma Mia restaurant staff prepared especially for Carnival
The highest and most anticipated moment of the night, the Vidamar Madeira masked ball. The performance of a colorful and entertaining carnival troupe contagious all guests with typical entertainment of this time of the year, followed by a drum show, with pure samba to invite all revelers guests dancing all night long
A lively Saturday where guests lived the true and typical carnival spirit, integrated in a relaxed family atmosphere featuring our resort in Madeira.
Arguments that make many guests confided to us that they want to return to Madeira Carnival in 2017 for carnival.