There are a multitude of options to get involved in when you touch down in Faro, some outdoor options include hiking, scuba diving, surfing, horse riding, Go Karting to even the most thrilling of all: Skydiving.
The Algarve’s diverse landscape lends itself to enjoyable and varying walks so all abilities can enjoy the scenic views that this paradise has to offer. The Algarve has a great number of trails, with the Algarve’s sunshine, vistors are guaranteed plenty of hiking days throughout the year. Walking enthusiasts will find many routes and walking programmes including The Rota Vicentina, The Grand Rota do Guardiana and The Via Algarviana, with the best time to do these walks being between September and May, when the climate is cooler.
For those who enjoy taking a dip, the Algarve is perfect for exploring underwater. There are multiple scuba diving options in the region as it is boasts an impressive 200km of coastline with Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagoa, Lagos and Sagres. The best time to go diving would be in the Summer when the water temperatures are at their warmest but early fall will also work and you will encounter fewer crowds. The Algarve has also become a popular destination where you can follow a licensed PADI training and there are several diving centres throughout the Algarve where you can book a diving trip or complete a course.
The Ocean Revival Park in Portimão is the world's single largest artificial reef structure. Made up of four Navy ships, this site never offers the same dive twice and is exploding with marine life. This lets you experience a dive where you visit the historic marine life sanctuary. Some species you may find are sea bass, sea bream, grouper and octopus, who all live in the Algarve.
For those interested in surfing, the Algarve reigns as one of Europe’s greatest surfing playgrounds, with the Costa Vicentina being the best and well known for surfing. Sagres has even been branded the surf capital of the Algarve with two coastlines converge here – the wilder west coast and the more protected south. Praia do Tonel offers strong waves that draw surfers & paddle boarders whereas Martinhal beach is where beginners tend to head to.
Arrifana Beach in Aljezur is also a known place to learn to surf, with plenty of surf camps and surf schools frequenting the area as there is lots of whitewash for first timers as there is a surfboard rental on the way down to the beach.
For those who enjoy horse riding, the Algarve is the perfect place to ride in nature, either alone or with a group of friends, the Algarve has many trails which are guaranteed to be unforgettable. The Algarve boasts a diverse terrains, from picturesque countryside in the hills of Silves, through to the glorious beaches and even the lagoons of Pêra. There are many horse riding centres sprinkled throughout the Algarve where they offer fantastic hacks and both dressage and jumping lessons in groups or solo.
The Go Karting track at the Autodromo Algarve called ‘Kartódromo Algarve’ is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is perfect for adults and children. The Algarve is home to a multitude of horse riding centers offering lessons and hacks in the countryside where you can enjoy the Algarves gorgeous countryside.
Skydiving is perfect for thrill seekers and those who are looking to enjoy the Algarve’s breathtaking views. The tandem skydive jump is the most popular, which is ideal for those who have never jumped. There is also skydiveseven in Portimão so if you are looking for adrenaline and thrills this might be the perfect thing to do anytime of the year.