Home » Portugal »travel stories

Free things to do in the Algarve

25 February 2015 Portugal, travel stories No comment


Golden shoreline, shambling, traditional villages, Roman ruins and Moorish towns; the Algarve offers tourists a mixed bag, squirming with contrasts. Whether you’re travelling to Portugal’s most popular region flush with Euros or on the strictest of backpacker budgets, you don’t need to invest a lot to experience the best of what the Algarve has to offer. Read on for a guide to a few free things you can expect to get up to on your Portugal holidays.

Contemplate on the Cape

If you’re staying in Faro, make time to stand atop the dramatic jut of rocky headland at Cape St Vincent. The westernmost point of mainland Europe, the Cape is also a natural beauty spot, rich in birdlife and spectacularly scenic at sundown. Bring your camera, bring your journal, or bring a friend, and take a moment to appreciate the beauty at what was once thought to be the end of the world.

Frolic on the sands

Praia da Marinha has earned numerous accolades for its unspoiled beauty, and rightly so; this scenic swathe of sun-drenched beach in Carvoeiro has it all: pure waters for snorkelling, caves and coves for exploration, and soft, pliant sand upon which to recline. While there are snack bars and restaurants on the sand, all you really need to spend in the idyllic cove is a little time.


Get back to nature

The Parque Natural da Ria Formosa can be tricky to navigate to, but those worthy explorers who do go off the beaten path to find it will find bountiful rewards, too. Its staggering landscape encompasses lagoons, inlets, islands and wetlands, with marvellous wildlife including chameleons, one of the world’s largest populations of seahorses, and beautiful birdlife including flamingos and purple swamphen. Bring binoculars.


Take a wander in Lagos

The Algarve’s handsome tourist capital, there’s plenty to captivate the imagination in Lagos, from its statues, churches and 14th century city walls, to its dramatically elevated lighthouse and stunning Camilo beach. Most of its historic sights and monuments are free to view, and if you bring a camera, some stamina and a little imagination, you’ll find endless ways to occupy yourself, from people-watching to snorkeling.

The Algarve offers visitors a killer combination of charm, beauty and economy. With its reasonable prices, eye-snagging beaches and natural charms, you’ll never run out of things to do in this exceptional destination.

Images by Pepe Martin, used under the Creative Commons license.

Leave a comment

best smart watches
  • Advertising


    Find me on Facebook

    Find me on Twitter

    Translate this page in your language

    Me & My Flights

    Most recent posts

    Romantic Activities to Enjoy in Scotland

    19 February 2020

    Romantic Activities to Enjoy in Scotland

    Scotland has regularly been voted one of the most beautiful countries in the world and rightly so. With dramatic mountainous landscapes, beautiful greenery and abundant wildlife, the country at the top of the UK has an undeniable charm. It’s this beauty that has made Scotland a great choice for couples looking for a romantic retreat […]

    How do Full-Time Travellers Fund their Lifestyle?

    17 February 2020

    How do Full-Time Travellers Fund their Lifestyle?

    Could you imagine getting up in the morning and deciding to quit your job, sell your house and book a flight to anywhere in the world without a solid return date in mind? No? You certainly aren’t alone but there are many that do live the nomad lifestyle and wouldn’t dream of going back to […]

    Older British Travellers Flocking to Romania in Record Numbers

    18 December 2019

    Older British Travellers Flocking to Romania in Record Numbers

    Romania’s tourism industry has been welcoming growing numbers of overseas visitors for several years. And according to a new study, it is proving particularly popular as a holiday destination with a particular group of travellers – senior citizens aged 65 and over.

    MYFLYRIGHT: Taking Care of Your Passenger Rights

    26 August 2019

    MYFLYRIGHT: Taking Care of Your Passenger Rights

    We all know that when travelling by plane there’s a whole host of things that can go amiss, so you should know what you can do to fight for your rights as a passenger.

    Goa, the Indian seaside paradise

    18 March 2019

    Goa, the Indian seaside paradise

    Historic churches, Catholic relics, azulejos, crosses at the corners of the road … could it be Europe? Could it be Latin America? Well, you will find these images on the Asian continent, as well … it is Goa, a small part of Portugal transplanted thousands of miles off the Lusitanian shore, in India!


    Hello Everybody !

    My name is Cezar (where the nickname "Imperator" comes from) and I have travelled to 105 countries around the world. In this blog, I would like to share with you stories, memories, travel tips & tricks and news to help you plan your journeys !

    For any questions or comments, please, feel free to contact me at imperatortravel@yahoo.co.uk

    My trip around the world can be summarized in the movie below which I invite you to watch.


    I like to read: