Fortunately for you, the Sunseeker Portugal team knows a thing or two about where to go to experience this unrivalled way of life. From its exclusive seafront dining to its perfect green fairways and spas, there is plentiful luxury in every corner of the Algarve.
Why not try out a new activity in this diverse region where the enviable Mediterranean climate and high-quality infrastructure, pose as an ideal place to get stuck into a new hobby or pastime. There is no need to worry about overcoming a language barrier either, as English is the areas unofficial second language and is widely spoken throughout the region.
The Algarve is home to some of the most luxurious sporting developments in Europe. From water sports to hybrid football training pitches, attracting many of the world’s premiership football teams. There is a surplus of activities to keep you occupied and amused.
You won’t be along Portugal’s south coast long before hearing about its trendiest new sport: Padel Tennis. The Algarve was the blueprint for the explosion of Padel’s popularity. With almost 1,000 courts in operation, this popular game is all the rage amongst trend-setters and sporting professionals alike, and is built on similar foundations to tennis. Always played in doubles, this easy-to-play game is a very sociable affair, so hours of fun can be enjoyed by everyone.
To hop on the trend, head to some of the best courts in the Algarve such as Vilamoura Padel and Tennis Academy or the Campus in Quinta do Lago. This hobby is perfect for all ages and abilities to engage with, so let loose and have some fun (we can’t promise you won’t get addicted and take it far too seriously though…)
Avid golf enthusiasts come from far and wide to play on the Algarve’s manicured golf courses. Their immaculate verdant greens blanket the undulating terrain, creating courses that suit all levels of ability. There are over 30 distinctive golf courses along the Algarve which enjoys a reputation as the best golf destination in Europe.
Golf courses such as Pine Cliffs Luxury Resort boast one of the most original layouts in the whole of Portugal. Perched 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, its distinct geography makes for a really exciting place to play and features one of the most photographed holes in Portugal. Or, the Dom Pedro Victoria course, home for more than 15 years to the Portugal Masters, which offers a unique challenge to players of all abilities who would like to follow the steps of some of the game’s greats.
Saddle up for a magical horseback ride in the Algarve. In recent years, there seems an ever-growing enthusiasm for horse riding along Portugal’s southern coast. Acres of rural countryside and soft sand tracks pave the way for this year-round hobby.
The majority of facilities cater for all ages and abilities, allowing for fun for all the family. Due to most stables close proximity to the beach, you can even embark on coastal rides - a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Showjumping, a prestigious sport enjoyed by many Algarvian’s, offers an incredible display of horse training and rider ability. Competitors from all age groups gather in the Algarve annually to take part in the numerous Showjumping tours and test their skills at an international level. Famed for year-round fair weather and an array of facilities for all involved, this is one of the go-to locations for this sport.
Tailor-made for adrenaline junkies, the Algarve has long been a popular destination amongst thrill-seekers from around the globe.
Venture off the beaten tracks and inland to the Algarve’s lesser discovered areas with your personal All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV’s) accomplice. Strap in for a thrilling buggy expedition and make use of Portugal’s seemingly endless dirt trails. Boasting more legal tracks to explore than anywhere else in Europe, adventure through the earthy interior of the Algarve’s inland areas. A dirt-track daredevils paradise. No need to shake off the sandy evidence of this off-roading rebellion as bystanders will watch in wonderment of this outrageously cool activity.
If getting down with the dust doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, but you are still determined for a rip-roaring road activity, then go-karting is for you. Portimão Autódromo is home to one of the largest go-karting tracks in Europe. Experience 1.5km of exhilarating straights at a top speed of 160kmh. Five alternative tracks, suiting various skill levels, are located also through the Algarve.
Health & Wellness
Immersing yourself fully in the Algarvian lifestyle means making the most of the wealth of life-enhancing activities and wellness facilities on your doorstep.
An abundance of activities awaits you at several luxury resorts and hotels, including fully-equipped spa’s - places to unwind and rejuvenate. Pampering yourself feels almost the order of everyday in the serenity of Algarve; indulging in such treatments becomes more of a routine and a lifestyle.
Enjoy peace and total calmness with treatments that moisturise your skin in naturally derived products from the area and explore the art of wellbeing. Choose a bespoke, wellbeing programme that fits your desires, and be prepared to surrender to holistic experiences at your disposal throughout the year.
You could even take your fitness routine to new heights - quite literally - with a cliff-top yoga session. Ponta da Piedade makes for a magnificent setting to rise and shine with a zen at new feats. Look out to the distance and observe the boating playground which stretches for miles in every direction.
The Algarve has become a celebration of eclectic cuisines from around the globe. Renowned Chefs have planted their marque with food offerings to assuage the most discerning of palettes. 100’s of eateries await, including six Michelin Star restaurant’s. Whether a marina side café presided over by a passionate barista to a stunning lunch of freshly caught seafood on the beach to a romantic table for two or memorable family celebration, fine fresh food is at its heart.
Hugely popular restaurants invite you to enjoy fresh flavours in an unbeatable-setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Spend a relaxed day or evening in Vale do Lobo at one of the ‘famous five’; Julia’s, Izzy’s, Paradise Beach Club, Eduardo’s or Finn’s, firm favourites among locals, holidaymakers and well-versed epicures are these oceanfront eateries along Praia do Garrão where you can while away an afternoon down on the beach; and bask in the sunshine while watching the waves lap the golden shore.
Fancy something from one of the Algarve’s many fine dining establishments? The Michelin Gala responsible for announcing the stars attributed for 2022 resulted in a total of 33 restaurants across Portugal receiving Michelin stars which includes six in the Algarve. Two restaurants, Ocean and Vila Joya, received 2 stars each.
Villa Joya is home to one of the Algarve’s most revered retreats. Interposed in the heart of Albufeira, this award-winning resort is a hedonistic haven and a place where complete and utter enjoyment is the order of everyday.
Newly attributed stars went to A Ver Tavira, in Tavira, and Al Sud in Lagos.
The Algarve’s reputation as a foodie destination has long been established in the region. The abundance of quality, fresh and local produce, both from the sea and the land, has enticed some of Europe’s best chefs to the region as well as inspiring a growing generation of home-grown talents.
The Algarve has bunches (pardon the pun) of vineyards dotted around its beautiful landscape and thrive in its relatively dry climate. 2000 vineyards and 30 wine producers occupy land in the Algarve and flourish off its fertile soil.
Rich with life, this wine region merits some time unearthing its viticulture. Familiarise yourself with grape varieties during an enlightening tour, and taste the flavours of Portugal’s organic produce.
Visit Sunseeker Portugals website to read about one of the vineyards our team visited whilst filming the Algarve Adventure series www.sunseeker.pt/algarve-adventures. Avade Vineyard is simply stunning!
The Algarve is a hub for nautical activity and hosts marinas which are hard to rival. As detailed in this Algarve Adventure series, an abundance of marine orientated excursions await. From Amazonian-style escapades down both the Guadiana and Arade Rivers to glamorous tender-to beach club affairs with the likes of NoSolo Agua and Grand Beach Club, the Algarve is a haven, destined to be explored by boat.
Have you ever received a personal escort by a pod of Dolphins or swam in open water with a shoal of wild Tuna? Both activities are available within easy access of Portugal’s Atlantic waters and provide a unique experience that will create long lasting memories.
If a more adrenaline-fueled activity is more your speed, why not try paragliding over the ocean on the back of a sports boat or head your boat into one of the many caves that are darted along the coast.
Wakeboarding and indeed waterskiing are also some of the most popular aquatic sports to sample and jet skiing is abound with a number of companies offering jet experiences all along the Algarve coast.
For the absolute lifestyle experience nothing can match the unique sensation of purchasing your dream motor yacht and enjoying life from the water. For the ultimate guide on how to best enjoy your time in the Algarve by the water, be sure to visit our website and view our Algarve
Adventure Series https://www.sunseeker.pt/algarve-adventures.
Contact the team from Sunseeker Portugal to discover more and start your next great adventure:-
Sunseeker Portugal | Marina de Vilamoura | Vilamoura | 8125-409 | Portugal
Tel: +351 289 090 200 |Email: firstname.lastname@example.org