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Double flight of paratrike or paragliding.
We begin with a brief explanation of the flight equipment and safety standards, then we took off and have a breathtaking view of the beaches and cliffs of the Algarve. During the flight you will be given information about the landscape that we fly over, hotels and points of interest. Return to the initial landing site. Other things to note This activity depends very much on the weather, it is not always possible to fly due to the strong wind. But when we decide to fly it is because it is 100% safe to fly. The choice of paragliding or paramotor flight will depend on the weather for the day of booking.
Paddleboard in Albufeira - Caves & Cliffs
The tour starts at the beach with a quick lesson for everyone and once we're all geared up we'll hit the water and start practicing on our paddling skills. It doesnt matter if you're standing up, kneeling or sitting down, but as long as everybody's having fun and paddling comfortably, we'll start the tour and we'll explore the coast, its secret beaches and some awesome caves we have around here.
A honest walk through the hotspots
Honesty is the key focus of this walk and, to stay on-brand, from one side, you could say this is a walk like so many others: the same historical buildings, the same main sights and the same worn off areas in town. As far as what it encompasses alone, it is probably no different from a guide book or any other walk offered in town. 
 Yet, I do things a little differently here. I prefer honesty, so I take these regular buildings and I deconstruct their historical “grand narrative” to present them in a way that’s more grounded and sincere, which also allows me to include elements that are left out more often than not because they do not fit most narratives—so ideas like the participation of the working class, women, race and identity in the making of the region’s history (and, by extension, architecture) are huge concerns. Not focused on archeologically reconstructing the past, but more so interested in providing a general knowledge of the city’s history and background from a renovated perspective that makes use of the city’s visible historical artifacts. All of this combined with my own thorough academic investigation on these subjects.
Dogs. Wine. Beach.
We'll drive out to Aljezur on the West Coast of the Algarve to the AEZA Dog Shelter. The aim of the shelter is to re-home the dogs that come into their care. In order to do this the dogs need as much interaction and love from people as possible...this is where we come in. Aljezur is rich in history and has a great scenic walk up to the Aljezur Castle. We'll take a group of dogs up to the Aljezur castle and enjoy the breeze and views of Aljezur. In total the walk will take around 1.5 hours. From here we will drive over to a beautiful west coast beach just 15 minutes from the shelter. Where I will serve you a homemade tapas style lunch and three different types of Portuguese wine at a local picnic spot or right on the beach (wind permitting). After lunch your free to relax on the beach, go for a swim and soak up all the wonderful Portuguese sunshine. Other things to note Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, any injuries etc.
Birdwatching in Ria Formosa
We will take a 3 hour walk, roughly 4 km, through the unspoiled wetlands of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and discover the residents and migratory birds that find the perfect conditions to live in this Ramsar Site. This Natural Park has also a rich flora with some endemic plants, as well as a big diversity of dragonflies, butterflies, reptiles, mammals, molluscs and crustaceans. Other things to note Have breakfast before the activity The pickup and drop-off at the client accommodation, is included in Olhão and Faro area. Meeting point in the train station is only for who is staying anywhere else

Dive into local beach life

Snorkelling with Marine Biologists
Can you keep a secret? The cave that I’m about to show you is so special because only a few locals know it. It feels like you are entering a natural cathedral through where the sun shines. Hiding inside the big cliff, there’s a 20 meter wide beach where you can be in exclusive contact with nature. Ah, and the way to get there couldn’t be better! I’ll teach you how to snorkel and float easily with comfortable wetsuits. Side by side we’ll swim above the most beautiful underwater gardens, looking for colourful starfish and other species that are common in this area. In the end there’ll be a tasty picnic awaiting at the beach. Believe me, this will be one of the most magical experiences of your life!
Kayak Tour in Albufeira - Caves & Cliffs
The experience starts at the beach with a quick lesson for everyone and once we're all geared up we'll hit the water and start practicing on our paddling skills. As soon as everybody's paddling comfortably, we'll start the tour and explore the coast, its secret beaches and some awesome caves we have around here. Other things to note You should be here 15 minutes before the tour start in order to get everything ready and don't miss the experience.
Experience of 3 the Islands in the Ria Formosa : Culatra , Armona and Farol
A great experience in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where you will appreciate all its nature and fauna, and will have the opportunity to know and explore three beautiful places, Ilha da Culatra, Ilha Deserta and the Comunidade do Farol. We depart from Olhão for an odyssey in one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal, aboard a safe vessel, with all safety and disinfection measures, comfortable and shaded, with a maximum capacity of 10 people, which allows its passengers to enjoy and have an unforgettable experience in the beautiful natural park of Ria Formosa! The tour will be interpretive and explanatory during your trip, so during the stops, everyone is free to engage in any type of activities on the respective islands, advised by the vessel's captain. Lunch may or may not be included, but I can help to book a table and advise a restaurant if necessary, thus avoiding being in line or wasted time looking for a restaurant. You will have the opportunity to taste the gastronomy of the region on the island of Culatra, where bivalves are highly appreciated! ( Clam , Cockle , Oyster ) The route will have 3 stops: Praia Deserta ( 1:00 am ) - A unique deserted beach in the Algarve ( only by boat ) Culatra (2:00 am) - Fishing community where we stop for lunch Lighthouse ( 1:00 am ) - A beautiful tourist community
Découvrez le parc naturel de la Ria Formosa à cheval en ViP
Envie de sortir des sentiers battus ? D'avoir une promenade personnalisée, rien que pour vous ? Découvrez le parc naturel de la Ria Formosa au pas d’un cheval et profitez paisiblement de paysages fabuleux, loin de la foule. Accompagné par votre guide Alexandra, vous emprunterez les sentiers de bord de mer et traverserez les salines, d’Arroteia à Fuseta. Au cours de cette promenade de 2 heures, vous en apprendrez davantage sur l’écosystème très particulier de la Ria Formosa, sur la production de sel et l’élevage des huîtres, et vous pourrez observer les nombreux oiseaux du parc naturel dont cigognes et flamands roses.
From Faro Ria Formosa & Islands Stops
Partimos de Faro num confortável Catamarã , atravessamos os canais do Parque Natural da Ria Formosa e parramos para visitar as suas 4 Ilhas: 1º Stop Ilha Deserta 45 minutes de parragem onde poderá mergulhar ( Mascaras Gratis ); 2º Stop Ilha do Farol 45 minutes para visitar a pequena aldeia em torno do Farol; 3º Stop Ilha da Culatra 2 horas de parragem, onde podera almoçar num restaurante típico da Ilha ou degustar o seu Pick Nick ( Almoço não incluido ); 4º Stop Ilha dos Hangares 15 minutes de parragem para observar a hostricultura. Retumamos rume a Faro com uma diferente imagem da Ria pois temos as Mareś que alteram o seu magnifico cenário . Other things to note Esta actividade não é recomendade para pessoas com dificuldades motoras. Crianças devem estar acompanhadas por um adulto.

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Dolphin Watching with Marine Biologists
Departing from Faro we will cruise through Ria Formosa towards the Atlantic Ocean in Ocean Vibes boat - “One Vibe”. Two marine biologists will guide you in this experience and search for Cetaceans (Dolphins and whales) as well as other marine wildlife. During this tour, you will also see different species of marine birds and sometimes sharks & turtles! This is a unique chance to see those incredible animals in the wild but also to learn more about them with experienced marine biologists. You will have the opportunity to learn how we collect data for research and get to know more about our Dolphin & whale projects. This activity lasts for +-2h30, however, to protect the animals from stress, we can only stay with each pod of dolphins for a maximum of 30 minutes at a time. A total of 8 people can join the activity at the same time, providing a unique familiar experience far from mass tourism. The most sighted dolphin species are the common dolphins & bottlenose dolphins. On the other hand, the most sighted whales are the Minkes and Fin whales. While we always do our best to find whales, we can only guarantee 96% chance of seeing dolphins at the moment - we do not sell whale watching tours (even thought we see them on a weekly basis). Other things to note: Not suitable for people with back problems
Sunset Ria Formosa Boat Trip
See the Algarve Sunset on this Faro Boat Tour This sunset boat trip in the Algarve’s Ria Formosa departs from the Marina of Faro on board an eco-friendly boat. Lands’ solar-powered boat is beautifully quiet which is nice for our guests, but it’s also ideal for the animal life in the area. This Faro boat tour is eco-friendly, which will appeal to people who like to explore new places while being an ethical tourist. On this boat tour, an experienced skipper will guide you through the lagoon, its beautiful channels, and marshlands. You will approach numerous species of birds that inhabit this protected area without any disturbance. This small-group boat tour of Ria Formosa offers an intimate experience and a wonderfully relaxing end to the day watching the sun go down over the lagoon. Soak up the stunning natural surroundings and the beautiful views over the Old Town of Faro as you experience a beautiful sunset and cruise back to the Marina of Faro. If you’re staying in the Algarve, this is a great trip to enjoy with your family and friends. Sit back, relax, and treat your loved ones to a magical outing onboard an eco-friendly boat tour in Ria Formosa.
Double flight of paratrike or paragliding.
We begin with a brief explanation of the flight equipment and safety standards, then we took off and have a breathtaking view of the beaches and cliffs of the Algarve. During the flight you will be given information about the landscape that we fly over, hotels and points of interest. Return to the initial landing site. Other things to note This activity depends very much on the weather, it is not always possible to fly due to the strong wind. But when we decide to fly it is because it is 100% safe to fly. The choice of paragliding or paramotor flight will depend on the weather for the day of booking.
Full Caves Circuit and Coast Sightseeing
Prices with 25% discount Tour provided by a “ Clean and Safe “ certified company. Certificate issued by “Turismo de Portugal” We will start this magnificent journey in Portimão. Our team will be waiting for you at the pier of São Francisco, near Clube Naval de Portimão. After a warm welcome, our staff will explain some security procedures. Then, we will start our journey towards the famous Benagil Cave. Along the way, we will see churches, castles, beautiful caves, scary caves and hear old stories. Hopefully, we get to see our great friends, the “dolphins” – All our vessels are equipped with VHF Radio and will be operating in the same channel as the dolphin watching boats so if they are spotted, which is very frequent in our coast, and if they are within 2 nautical miles we will take you to see them. It will be a fantastic, funny and interesting trip, which is much more than a boat trip. Your blood will be running faster, you will hear the echo of "woooh" in the caves and you will have happiness in your heart! Please check out our combined experiences video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h50JNCzmyLg&t= Other things to note: We kindly ask that you are there and ready to go 20 minutes before the tour starts.
Paddleboard in Albufeira - Caves & Cliffs
The tour starts at the beach with a quick lesson for everyone and once we're all geared up we'll hit the water and start practicing on our paddling skills. It doesnt matter if you're standing up, kneeling or sitting down, but as long as everybody's having fun and paddling comfortably, we'll start the tour and we'll explore the coast, its secret beaches and some awesome caves we have around here.
Snorkelling with Marine Biologists
Can you keep a secret? The cave that I’m about to show you is so special because only a few locals know it. It feels like you are entering a natural cathedral through where the sun shines. Hiding inside the big cliff, there’s a 20 meter wide beach where you can be in exclusive contact with nature. Ah, and the way to get there couldn’t be better! I’ll teach you how to snorkel and float easily with comfortable wetsuits. Side by side we’ll swim above the most beautiful underwater gardens, looking for colourful starfish and other species that are common in this area. In the end there’ll be a tasty picnic awaiting at the beach. Believe me, this will be one of the most magical experiences of your life!
From Vilamoura Benagil Caves and dolphins
We depart from Vilamoura Marina to the most famous cave of the moment, the Benagil algarve. On this tour we will cover the whole of the Algarve coast, making it possible to glimpse the most varied and stunning beaches, the most well-known and the most secret caves, with emphasis on Benagil, the red cliffs that are unique in the country and some more surprises and curiosities from our coast. . On the return trip you can prepare to feel the sea breeze and the vivid blue landscape of the ocean as we go looking for dolphins. It will be possible to enjoy stunning views of the coast and the surrounding marine life. Our adventure lasts about 2h30 in a semi-rigid, our Ayla I, a vessel built from scratch and in my view. There are a maximum of 12 passengers on board Ayla I with a crew of 2 people. Captain and skipper both experienced and dedicated to the best of your experience. The trip will always be guided and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique and personalized trip, but also educational, since we will explain the entire coast from the start to the arrival, from the stories, curiosities, nooks and crannies. You will thus have the opportunity to enjoy a unique and personalized and also educational trip, since I will explain the entire coast from start to finish, in the hope that it will be a unique and enriching experience. Other things to note -Check in 30 minutes before departure; -This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or people with back problems; -Nauticdrive is not responsible for changes due to the time / size of the group; - Dolphin watching cannot be guaranteed, as these are wild animals.
Découvrez le parc naturel de la Ria Formosa en kayak en ViP
Découvrez le parc naturel de la Ria Formosa sur l’eau. Au cours de cette promenade en kayak de 2h30/3h, vous apprendrez tout sur la lagune, ses habitants et ses richesses. Au fil de l’eau nous observerons la faune, les magnifiques paysages de la lagune et ferons 2 stops baignade sur 2 plages différentes. Le programme : Nous démarrerons en plein coeur de la lagune, traverserons les parcs à huitres puis nous arrêterons sur un ilot pour observer les oiseaux et nous baigner dans un lagon turquoise . Ensuite nous mettrons le cap sur l’île de Tavira pour rejoindre la plage côté océan atlantique et prendre un rafraîchissement. Cette escale nous permettra de nous baigner, côté lagune ou côté océan, à vous de décider ! Enfin nous parcourrons les méandres de la lagune pour rejoindre notre point de départ. Tout au long du parcours, Arnaud ou Alexandra, vos guides, vous raconteront tout ce qu’il faut savoir sur la réserve naturelle et ses habitants. Nos kayaks sont équipés pour accueillir 2 à 4 personnes /kayak, pour un maximum de 6 adultes, ou 4 adultes et 3 enfants par expérience. A bord, gilets de sauvetage, sacs étanches pour vos affaires personnelles et cartes d’identification des oiseaux de la lagune.
Faro & Algarve City Walk & Photo Shoot
We will meet and take a walk in the amazing old town of Faro, passing by the most famous spots of the city and also less known and secret places that even locals don't know even exist. Using the best places as our background, I will take some pictures of you, so that you can take these beautiful memories with you and share with the world on instagram or keep it in your album. If you'd like to bring your own equipment, such as cameras or smartphones, I can give you some advice on how to improve your own photography skills. If you let me know in advance we can also go and have amazing photo session in a scenery of amazing red cliffs that Algarve is best known for. To add even more excitement we can use my drone to get the best views and see yourselves and our surrounding from unusual perspective. My greatest joy is when you can bring amazing memories to your home! :)
Kayak Tour in Albufeira - Caves & Cliffs
The experience starts at the beach with a quick lesson for everyone and once we're all geared up we'll hit the water and start practicing on our paddling skills. As soon as everybody's paddling comfortably, we'll start the tour and explore the coast, its secret beaches and some awesome caves we have around here. Other things to note You should be here 15 minutes before the tour start in order to get everything ready and don't miss the experience.
A honest walk through the hotspots
Honesty is the key focus of this walk and, to stay on-brand, from one side, you could say this is a walk like so many others: the same historical buildings, the same main sights and the same worn off areas in town. As far as what it encompasses alone, it is probably no different from a guide book or any other walk offered in town. 
 Yet, I do things a little differently here. I prefer honesty, so I take these regular buildings and I deconstruct their historical “grand narrative” to present them in a way that’s more grounded and sincere, which also allows me to include elements that are left out more often than not because they do not fit most narratives—so ideas like the participation of the working class, women, race and identity in the making of the region’s history (and, by extension, architecture) are huge concerns. Not focused on archeologically reconstructing the past, but more so interested in providing a general knowledge of the city’s history and background from a renovated perspective that makes use of the city’s visible historical artifacts. All of this combined with my own thorough academic investigation on these subjects.
Experience of 3 the Islands in the Ria Formosa : Culatra , Armona and Farol
A great experience in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where you will appreciate all its nature and fauna, and will have the opportunity to know and explore three beautiful places, Ilha da Culatra, Ilha Deserta and the Comunidade do Farol. We depart from Olhão for an odyssey in one of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal, aboard a safe vessel, with all safety and disinfection measures, comfortable and shaded, with a maximum capacity of 10 people, which allows its passengers to enjoy and have an unforgettable experience in the beautiful natural park of Ria Formosa! The tour will be interpretive and explanatory during your trip, so during the stops, everyone is free to engage in any type of activities on the respective islands, advised by the vessel's captain. Lunch may or may not be included, but I can help to book a table and advise a restaurant if necessary, thus avoiding being in line or wasted time looking for a restaurant. You will have the opportunity to taste the gastronomy of the region on the island of Culatra, where bivalves are highly appreciated! ( Clam , Cockle , Oyster ) The route will have 3 stops: Praia Deserta ( 1:00 am ) - A unique deserted beach in the Algarve ( only by boat ) Culatra (2:00 am) - Fishing community where we stop for lunch Lighthouse ( 1:00 am ) - A beautiful tourist community
Hike the seven hanging valleys of the Algarve
A must-see walking trail when visiting the Algarve, the route of 7 hanging valleys follow the cliffside coastline and offer breathtaking views at every turn. We will begin our walk through the caves of the Agar Seco, a true wonder of nature that consists of a series of steep rocks and caves giving the appearance of windows and balconies. We will continue along the trail that allows you to discover majestic cliffs that have been eaten for centuries by erosion, dizzying abysses such as the abyss of Benagil, golden sandy beaches, the blue sea that stretches out against the backdrop, sea birds and why not with a bit of luck see the dolphins pass by. You'll do this hike at a gentle pace, so you don't miss these fascinating and grandiose views. You'll be hard-pressed to resist the temptation to photograph all that natural beauty. Arriving at the Praia da Marinha considered one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world, we will take the time to taste some Portuguese specialties. Approximate travel time by minibus from Olhão= 50 minutes, (can change depending on pick-up). Mini bus transfer from Olhão, Fuseta and Tavira // Personal requests, contact us Information about the hike => Distance : About 9 km => Duration : About 5h30 => Elévation + : +/- 400m
Guided Kayak Tour of Ria Formosa from Faro
Explore Ria Formosa Nature Park on this 2-hour guided kayak tour from Faro. This kayaking adventure is a fantastic family-friendly activity for anyone visiting the Algarve. Take in the natural beauty of this stunning area while also enjoying a good splash around in its tranquil waters. Head out on a leisurely paddle through the peaceful waters of Ria Formosa, taking in the beauty of its unique habitats and charming birdlife. Following a quick lesson on how to handle your kayak, this 2-hour kayak tour in Ria Formosa will take you on an adventure of exploration along the channels and marshes of this spectacular wetland area. All the family and group will enjoy this kayaking tour; it really is a fantastic adventure in Ria Formosa. With your guide, you’ll discover the enormous abundance of wildlife and learn about the history and local economic activities of one of the most important protected areas in the Algarve. You’ll head out on a leisurely paddle through the peaceful waters of Ria Formosa, stopping at one of its islets for a break and to take in the beauty of the area’s unique habitats. After your rest stop, you’ll paddle back and enjoy stunning views of the old town of Faro along the way. Just in case you’re worried, rest assured that all of our kayak tours in the Algarve are run by experienced instructors who know the area like the back of their hand. Our kayaks are double sit-on-top models and are safe, comfortable, and easy gliders. You are in safe hands and do not require previous paddling experience to enjoy this fantastic nature activity. We can’t wait to show you around Faro on this Ria Formosa kayaking tour.
Cooking Class & Dinner in a farm
In this activity, that will take place in a traditional farm, Monte do Álamo (in Tavira), we will learn how to prepare a delicious meal using always the best local products. In the kitchen of the farmhouse Monte do Álamo participants will take part in the confection of traditional recipes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Using local products, with an excellent quality and the presentation of the meal is also very important, as it will be explained during the class.​ Next, everyone is invited to share the delicious meal prepared with the hosts and guests, in a beautiful setting, always paired with great Portuguese wine. The recipes used in our classes are part of the rich and healthy Mediterranean diet, characteristic from the South of Portugal: Alentejo and Algarve. Discount of 40% for groups of min. 2 persons Other things to note We are not a cooking school More than learning complicated cooking techniques and recipes, participants experience our lifestyle by meeting and cooking with a local family in a traditional farm house
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