Horse riding in the Algarve is a great way to spend a morning or a lazy afternoon, even if you’re a complete beginner. The weather is perfect and because it’s generally quieter, you can go for a relaxing evening stroll along the beach as the sun sets.
Fortunately, water sports are always an option in the Algarve, no matter what time of year – the waves in winter are incredible for surfers, and you can’t beat paddle boarding as the sunsets when there’s no one else around. Grab a SUP board in Carvoeiro and explore the Algarvian coast and Benagil Caves.
There are plenty of quintas (farms) and adegas (wineries) offering superb wines in the South of Portugal – both in the Algarve and in Alentejo. Wine tours are a great way to explore the countryside in other areas like Lagoa and Silves and to try some Portuguese cheese and traditional cold meats!
The Algarve is becoming one of Europe’s go-to spots for cycling with unbeatable weather conditions and diverse terrains suitable for both road and mountain bikes. With so many different trails you’ll want to spend the whole winter here exploring.
As you’ve probably heard, golf is one of the most popular sports in the Algarve, home to some of the best golf courses and resorts in Europe. We recommend enjoying some long shots with views to the sea and to the Ria Formosa.
Hiking the coastline
Two of the best hiking trails are Forte da Nossa Senhora da Rocha and the Seven Hanging Bridges. We recommend you take your time to fully appreciate the views as you walk along the coastline and stunning clifftops. Don’t forget to take a blanket and some snacks with you for a well-deserved picnic along the way.
Nossa Senhora da Rocha is a must see in the Algarve, situated in the Porches area between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra. This spectacular chapel was built back in the 16th century and it’s believed that it was originally enclosed by a fortress protected by a pit and drawbridge. Unfortunately an earthquake destroyed the fortress walls in 1755 but despite all odds the chapel still remains today. You’ll find that the locals enjoy spending the last hours of their day here, chatting away with their fishing rods hanging over the headland, patiently waiting for a fish to bite. We highly recommend you head to this beautiful spot in the late afternoon, in time to watch the sunset. The panoramic views will take your breath away. Be sure you venture down to the beaches on either side of the chapel too, they’re some of our favourites in the area. The easiest way to reach Nossa Senhora da Rocha is by car but by all means, if you’re feeling energetic and have the time, cycle or walk. Happy travels, The bluespot team
Here in the Algarve we are all very excited about the Formula 1 Grande Prémio de Portugal 2020 which will be taking place in the Autódromo do Algarve for the first time ever! The event is set to take place from the 23-25th October.
We’re preparing our villas for the coming weeks to make sure you have the perfect place to stay for this special occasion. If you would like more information about accommodation, transport and amenities in the area, get in touch with us. We’d love to help you.
Grutas de Benagil (Benagil Caves) are a must visit if you are in southern Portugal. They are located in Praia de Benagil between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra, two traditional towns with some of the best beaches and restaurants in the Algarve.
The grutas are only accessible from the ocean which means the easiest and most typical way to visit the grutas is by boat. You’ll find plenty of companies offering trips to the caves on nearby beaches such as Praia de Armação de Pêra and even further away in Albufeira. From the boat you’ll also get a great view of the impressive Algarvian coastline known for its spectacular rock formations and other hidden seaside caves.
If you’re looking for something a little less typical, why not try a guided kayak or SUP tour to the caves. If you want to push the boat out even further, why not swim to the caves on a guided swimming tour? Get in touch with us if you’d like us to arrange any of the above for you.
Please note however, we do not recommend kayaking, SUP or swimming to the caves without a guided tour due to boat traffic and risk of getting stranded at sea. That would not be so fun!