The Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost region home to many beaches and golf courses. It is one of Europe’s top golfing destinations, with many outstanding golf resorts such as the brilliant Amendoeria Golf Resort and Morgado Golf & Country Club. However we are going to take a break from the course and tell you about things to do and see away from course. The Algarve has so much to offer for everyone, from dolphin watching to hiking along the Algarve’s coastline, surfing at Lagos Surf Centre to visiting the historic Milreu Ruins, a roman villa from 1st century AD. YGT have come up with some recommendations for things to do and see sway from the course when in the Algarve.

The Milrue Ruins

These historic ruins are located in the stunning countryside north of Faro, the capital city of the Algarve. The ruins are that of a Roman Villa, so grand and large that originally it was thought to be the size of the town. The Milrue Ruins only costs 2 euros for a visit, so it should definitely be on the list of things to do in The Algarve.

Dolphin Watching

Head to the Albufeira Marina and step onboard ‘The Insonia’ Boat as you travel along the Algarve coastline looking out for the many dolphins in the region whilst also passing through the stunning caves. Adding to the experience, why not jump off the boat and enjoy a swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lagos Surfing

Want to catch a wave for the first time? Head to the Lagos Surf Centre and rent a board for only 40 Euros. There are lessons for first time surfers, groups, kids and advanced surfers and are available in English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish and Italian. If surfing it not for you, paddleboards and beach kayaking is also available.

Food and Drink

The Algarve has some fantastic restaurants including several luxury Michelin Star restaurants such as Wilies Restaurant in Vilamoura and The Ocean Restaurant at The Vilia Vita Parc Hotel offering stunning ocean views. If you are want some local cuisine at a lower price, head to the many fishing villages where you can enjoy the freshest catch in a fun and friendly atmosphere.


Why not rent a bike for the day, and enjoy the many cycling trails which have some breathtaking ocean views? The most popular cycling spot is the south west Algarve coast where you can stop by and visit the Monchique Bio Park and the Cape St. Vincent Natural Park.

So, in addition to the wealth of incredible golf courses on Portugal’s south coast, you can complete the perfect golf holiday by experiencing the rest of The Algarve in all its beauty.

Nick Martin

Nick Martin

Member of South Herts Golf Club, playing off a handicap of 3. Have played golf in over 10 countries and look forward to playing more in my role with YGT's marketing department.

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