The Algarve is
also called a Golfers paradise; there are more that 35
different courses, each with their own par, speciality and
charm. Of course there are the famous resorts Quinta do Lago
and Vale do Lobo in the central part of the Algarve, also
called the Golden Triangle, but in the direct neighborhood
of your apartment are many good and well-liked courses as
well, Courses with a more acceptable fee and good starttimes
and the most beautiful fairways. Also a golf membership on
these courses is not too expensive. And what about a
delicious lunch or diner in one of the clubhouses?
To complete the list of options, here are an number of golf
courses in the Algarve: Quinta do Lago North, Quinta do Lago
South, Vale do Lobo Royal Course, Vale do Lobo Ocean Course,
San Lorenzo, Pinheiros Altos Laranjal, Colina Verde, Benamor
Golf, Quinta da Ria, Quinta da Cima, Monte Rei, Castro
Marim, Quinta do Vale, Parque da Floresta Boavista, Penina,
Pestana Alto Golf, Golfe do Morgado, Alamos Golf Pestana,
Vale da Pinta, Gramacho Pestana, Pestana Silves, Vale do
Milho, Oceânico Faldo Course, Oceânico O'Connor
jnr.,Salgados Golf, Balaia Albufeira, Pine Cliffs Golf
Course, Oceânico Laguna Course, Oceânico Millennium,
Oceânico Victoria, Oceânico Old Course, Pinhal Golf Oceânico
and Vila Sol.
With either 9- 18- or 27 holes courses in the great Algarve
sunshine and impressive surroundings.
Kayaking - Coastal Cave Trip
Silves & Mexhilhoeira Grande
When you really want to experience the nature and the
impressive surroundings up close, then there are many
options to do so, like a boattrip along the coast, big game
fishing on the Ocean or canoeing. Really see everything from
just a few yards away while you relax and enjoy the great
A company which can arrange it all for you is
the Algarve Outdoor Sports Company. We have copied part of
their site to let you get the feel;
“Challenge the waves and pass by the rocks”
Be amazed by the natural beauty of the caves and cliffs of
Ponta da Piedade of Lagos.
From the beach of Praia da Batata in Lagos we depart in
stable BIC Ocean Sportkayaks to explore the golden coast of
Lagos. In the beginning you kayak along the golden beaches,
up to the first rock formations.
On the way to the most southern point of Lagos you will see
many birds such as cormorants, seagulls and storks. Be
seduced by the crystal clear water of the Atlantic Ocean. We
anchor on secluded white beaches, only to be reached by sea
to take a refreshing dive into the ocean and snorkel amongst
the fish. On the way back to Lagos we head onto open sea to
catch a few waves!
Our kayaking trips are suitable for beginners but will also
satisfy experienced paddlers. Our multi-lingual guides are
experienced kayakers who have a keen interest in the natural
and cultural significance of this region. They are dedicated
to provide personal attention, assuring you a safe and
rewarding adventure. Every guide is mutli-lingual and is
up-to-date with the local weather, wave and wind conditions
of Ponte Piedade.
All you need to bring on this 3 hour trip is your swimsuit,
sun cream, dry clothes and something to drink. On every
kayak is a 25 liter waterproof bag available.
Fitness level required nº 3, difficulty C.
We run these trips in the summer season daily:
10h00 - 13h00
13h00 - 16h00
Prices for a 3 hours kayak, snorkel, swim and deserted beach
Big Game Fishing
The Algarve is
popular among anglers as swordfishes, tuna and various shark
species make great demands on their talents and will power.
Along the South Coast of Portugal you can sail almost any
harbour for sea fishing Algarve. Some well-known spots:
Praia da Luz / Lagos
'Pescamar' is a ship, specially built for sport fishing,
crewed by experienced fisherman who do their utmost to make
sure you will experience an unforgettable day. The boat is
equipped with professional equipment such as fighting chair,
outriggers and the most modern electronic equipment for
tracing sharks, tuna and merlin. Pescamar has a license to
go 25 miles offshore for sea fishing Algarve.
'Bom Dia' in Lagos offers 'family fishing trips' with a
wonderful sailing boat. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere on
board and the helpful crew a first fishing experience will
become a wonderful adventure.
www.bomdia-boattrips.com for prices and reservation.
You will set off with a fast boat from Praia da Rocha in
Portimão to the fishing area where you might see large bass,
sea eel, Blue Fish, tuna, swordfish and sharks. The boats
are equipped with professional fishing reels and rods and
all other necessary equipment to experience a wonderful day.
'Cepemar' is one of the organizations for big game fishing
www.biggamefishing.info for prices etc.
Based in the Marina de Portimao, from where we have the wild
ocean and strong winds of Cape St Vincent to the west, and
the river delta of Faro to the east, all within one day
The Marina is situated in the mouth of the river Arade,
which is navigable up to the heart of the city of Portimao.
Always well sheltered, the river offers excellent training
ground to practice the first steps of boat and sail
handling. The wide and deep river mouth guarantees a safe
entry under all circumstances.
During the summer the wind will increase with every mile we
sail west, giving the unique opportunity to choose for
yourself how much wind you want to experience on a given
For our multiday events we have the cities of Lisbon, Cadiz,
Huelva, Gibraltar and Tanger, all within 24 hours sailing.
Detailed information about sailing along the coast of the
Algarve you'll find here
Downhill cycling trip “Easy going Downhill”
Nature friendly, fun and safe cycling tours from the Foia;
with 902 meters, the highest mountain in the Algarve. You
will cycle with our guide downhill through the green valleys
of Serra de Monchique. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views
and let gravity do the work!
The trip starts at the
office in Mexilhoeira Grande (no car? no problem!) From
here you are brought to the highest peak in the Algarve in
the middle of the Serra de Monchique, by a mini-van.
Enjoy here the stunning views to the west & south coast. The
restaurant on top of this mountain is always open and can
serve you a lovely coffee before you start the trip. After a
good explanation you will cycle back to the coast… easy
The experienced multilingual guide will take you on quiet
land roads. The guide will stop at the most picturesque
sites and give you information about the local wildlife and
nature. Since 2001 Outdoor-Tours.com rolls down this
mountain. We have now developed this tour into a safe & fun
concept of cycling in the mountains, suitable for young
people and for those who stayed young!
The trip is suitable for everyone between 14-70 years with
some cycling experience. To deliver optimal service during
the tour a service car will follow with water and your
Does this sound like too easy going? Join our
Downhill Off-road Trip, for skilled riders only!
The aluminum ‘all terrain’ bikes are custom made and have
safe hydraulic brakes from Magura, comfortable gel seats and
front suspension. The handle bar is higher than on a normal
bike, so you will enjoy a safe and comfortable sit position.
We provide you with a helmet and a water bottle.
“The natural way to enjoy the Portuguese country side”:
After a long and easy descending with spectacular views we
head further south. The remaining part you will cycle cross
country through beautiful valleys with quiet tarmac roads.
While cycling close to little farms, the local shepherd will
always greet you. We end the trip on gravel roads to the
warm estuary lagoon of the Ria de Alvôr, where you can spot
flamingos and spoonbills in the winter. A local, light and
tasty lunch is included.
The total distance is 35 km (22 miles) from which 60% goes
downhill and 40% goes through quiet and green valleys. We´ll
meet at 10h30 at the main office in Mexilhoeira Grande, and
will be back around 16h00. Fitness level required nº 2,
“The lazy way to enjoy the beautiful green Serra de
In the summer months you will enjoy our easiest bike trip,
leading you downhill through eucalyptus and cork tree
forests. 98 % of this trip is downhill - so let the gravity
work for you! During this trip we stay on good roads with
A local, light and tasty lunch is included. The total
distance is 22 km (14 miles) from which 98% goes downhill.
We start at 10h30 and will be back around 14h00. Fitness
level required nº 1, difficulty B.
For details and reservations:
One of Europe’s largest waterparks is at a mere 20 minutes
drive away from your apartment. It is in Estombar,
municipality Lagoa. It is called Slide and Splash and is
open from April to October from
10.00 – 17.00 Tickets can be bought in several tabacconists
and there is a pick-up bus. A real and unforgettable event
for your kids.
Just a bit further along the EN125 will take you to another
Waterpark, Aqualand, which is known for its Kamikaze slide,
almost 100 yards high, the Crazy Race and the Banzai. Also
the Mini Park is not to be missed.
One of the best advertising slogans for the Algarve is that
there are no less than 3.000 hours of sunshine per year. For
us Northerners that is exactly what counts; get a nice and
healthy tan, relax under the warm sun and enjoy the feeling
this link you can see the Faro weather forecast in order
to plan your outdoor activities (or in-activities if you
just want to lay on the beach and relax)
But of course, also the Algarve needs the occasional
rainfall as the drinking water is mainly supplied from the
large reservoirs which are filled with water from the
rivers. Known reservoirs and worth a visit are Baragem da
Bravoura, just above Lagos and Baragem do Funcho/Arade
between Silves and Sao Bartolomeu de Messines (also worth a
Long Winter Stay
Many people want to escape the cold and wet winters and book
a long stay holiday in warmer and more sunny countries.
Especially because of the central location of the apartment,
so close to all facilities of Portimao, Praia da Rocha and
the everlasting, neverboring views on the Arade river and
the Ocean, Vila Arade is the place to spend the cold and
dreary U.K. winter months.
December, January and February have many lovely sunny days
with temperatures inviting to go to the beach or to tan on
the roof terrace or your balconies. For those wanting to
stay longer period, a special price can be agreed upon.
Contact the owner and save money!