The sunny travel destination of Algarve makes it a hotspot for beachgoers and surfers. Its white, sandy beaches and coastal scenery make travelers want to venture the waters of Algarve tourist attractions. 

However, beyond the beaches are picturesque destinations of old towns, mystic caves, and exhilarating local street food waiting to be discovered. Here are the top things to do in Algarve for venture-seekers. 

Explore the remnants of a bygone era 

Close to the Atlantic Ocean in the Spanish border is Tavira City – a unique blend of pre-Reconquista architecture from the past and present. You can stroll in the city and marvel with the rich mix of cultural influences. You can also head to the Cerro da Vila ruins and see remnants of Roman Vilas and other Bronze Age sites before the Roman occupation. 

Other sites to venture: 

  1. Leãozinho Pirate Ship 
  1. Castle of Silves, 13th century Moorish Fort 
  1. Lagos Old Town 
  1. Arco da Vila 
  1. Forte de Nossa Senhora da Rocha 

Explore the region by car 

With so many attractions and things to do in Algarve, exploring the region is best done by are for the convenience. Car hires let you have the freedom and flexibility to explore wherever you want.  

Car rental companies can be found on online directory sites and be able to transport your car in major airports and at Faro Airport: To rent a car in Portugal, you need to be at least 18 years old – though you have to pay a surcharge if you’re younger than 25 years old. 

If your driving license is outside of EU, you need to secure an international driving permit to rent a car. You also need to present your national driving license held for at least 2 years. Cars for rent vary from compact to SUVs. They usually range from $18 to $45 per day. 

Revel at its scenic landscapes 

There are beautiful beaten limestone cliffs, coves, and caves natural arches. One of these is Algar Seco, of gnarled rock formations due to centuries of ocean erosion. There’s a boardwalk at the top ideal for sunset watching. You can also gather your courage and go down to the grottoes and explore its wonder. 

Where to commune with nature: 

  1. Ponta da Piedade 
  1. Praia da Falésia 
  1. Cape St Vincent 
  1. Praia da Rocha 
  1. Monchique 
  1. Quinta do Francês Vineyard 
  1. Reserva Natural do Sapal 
  1. Ria Formosa 

Visit quaint towns in Algarve 

Algarve retains much of its Spanish ambiance that pervades the border towns and nearby villages. Head to these quaint towns and walk on cobblestone streets and fabulous sidewalk flowers in bloom. You can find a number of boutique and antique ships as well as cafes for a quick breather. 

  1. Faro 
  1. Vila Real de Santo António 
  1. Castro Marim 
  1. Ayamonte 
  1. Alcoutim 
  1. Sanlúcar de Guadiana 
  1. Olhão 

Eat Algarve’s best foods 

The scenic south has the best seafood dishes to offer, but that doesn’t mean it strayed behind its gourmet treats as well. Don’t leave town without trying these delectable delights. 

  1. Conquilhas à Algarvia 
  1. Cataplana de marisco 
  1. Petiscos de taberna 
  1. Dom Rodrigos 
  1. Caldo verde 
  1. Couvert 
  1. Feijoada 

Visit a museum 

If you’re yearning for some historic finds, Algarve has its set of museums with artifacts that date back for millennia or two. You can find artistic paintings and socioeconomic aspect of the region. What do you say about a wax and maritime museum? 

Local museums to visit: 

  1. Portuguese Discoveries Wax Museum 
  1. Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão 
  1. Castelo de Loulé 
  1. Museu de Portimão 
  1. Museu Municipal de Faro 
  1. Museu Regional Do Algarve