Portugal Appartement

Vila Arade - Algarve Activities


The Algarve is also called a Golfers paradise; there are more that 35 different courses, each with their own par, speciality and charm. Of course there are the famous resorts Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo in the central part of the Algarve, also called the Golden Triangle, but in the direct neighborhood of your apartment are many good and well-liked courses as well, Courses with a more acceptable fee and good starttimes and the most beautiful fairways. Also a golf membership on these courses is not too expensive. And what about a delicious lunch or diner in one of the clubhouses?

To complete the list of options, here are an number of golf courses in the Algarve: Quinta do Lago North, Quinta do Lago South, Vale do Lobo Royal Course, Vale do Lobo Ocean Course, San Lorenzo, Pinheiros Altos Laranjal, Colina Verde, Benamor Golf, Quinta da Ria, Quinta da Cima, Monte Rei, Castro Marim, Quinta do Vale, Parque da Floresta Boavista, Penina, Pestana Alto Golf, Golfe do Morgado, Alamos Golf Pestana, Vale da Pinta, Gramacho Pestana, Pestana Silves, Vale do Milho, Oceânico Faldo Course, Oceânico O'Connor jnr.,Salgados Golf, Balaia Albufeira, Pine Cliffs Golf Course, Oceânico Laguna Course, Oceânico Millennium, Oceânico Victoria, Oceânico Old Course, Pinhal Golf Oceânico and Vila Sol.

With either 9- 18- or 27 holes courses in the great Algarve sunshine and impressive surroundings.

Kayaking - Coastal Cave Trip

Silves & Mexhilhoeira Grande

When you really want to experience the nature and the impressive surroundings up close, then there are many options to do so, like a boattrip along the coast, big game fishing on the Ocean or canoeing. Really see everything from just a few yards away while you relax and enjoy the great climate.

A company which can arrange it all for you is www.Outdoor-Tours.com, the Algarve Outdoor Sports Company. We have copied part of their site to let you get the feel;



“Challenge the waves and pass by the rocks”

Be amazed by the natural beauty of the caves and cliffs of Ponta da Piedade of Lagos.
From the beach of Praia da Batata in Lagos we depart in stable BIC Ocean Sportkayaks to explore the golden coast of Lagos. In the beginning you kayak along the golden beaches, up to the first rock formations.

On the way to the most southern point of Lagos you will see many birds such as cormorants, seagulls and storks. Be seduced by the crystal clear water of the Atlantic Ocean. We anchor on secluded white beaches, only to be reached by sea to take a refreshing dive into the ocean and snorkel amongst the fish. On the way back to Lagos we head onto open sea to catch a few waves!

Our kayaking trips are suitable for beginners but will also satisfy experienced paddlers. Our multi-lingual guides are experienced kayakers who have a keen interest in the natural and cultural significance of this region. They are dedicated to provide personal attention, assuring you a safe and rewarding adventure. Every guide is mutli-lingual and is up-to-date with the local weather, wave and wind conditions of Ponte Piedade.



All you need to bring on this 3 hour trip is your swimsuit, sun cream, dry clothes and something to drink. On every kayak is a 25 liter waterproof bag available.

Fitness level required nº 3, difficulty C.

We run these trips in the summer season daily:

  • 10h00 - 13h00

  • 13h00 - 16h00

Prices for a 3 hours kayak, snorkel, swim and deserted beach experience:

  • adults € 25 per person

  • a child in the middle, accompanied by 2 adults, pays only € 10

Big Game Fishing

The Algarve is popular among anglers as swordfishes, tuna and various shark species make great demands on their talents and will power. Along the South Coast of Portugal you can sail almost any harbour for sea fishing Algarve. Some well-known spots:

Praia da Luz / Lagos
'Pescamar' is a ship, specially built for sport fishing, crewed by experienced fisherman who do their utmost to make sure you will experience an unforgettable day. The boat is equipped with professional equipment such as fighting chair, outriggers and the most modern electronic equipment for tracing sharks, tuna and merlin. Pescamar has a license to go 25 miles offshore for sea fishing Algarve.
'Bom Dia' in Lagos offers 'family fishing trips' with a wonderful sailing boat. Thanks to the relaxed atmosphere on board and the helpful crew a first fishing experience will become a wonderful adventure.
Contact www.bomdia-boattrips.com for prices and reservation.

You will set off with a fast boat from Praia da Rocha in Portimão to the fishing area where you might see large bass, sea eel, Blue Fish, tuna, swordfish and sharks. The boats are equipped with professional fishing reels and rods and all other necessary equipment to experience a wonderful day. 'Cepemar' is one of the organizations for big game fishing from Portimão.
Contact www.biggamefishing.info for prices etc.



Based in the Marina de Portimao, from where we have the wild ocean and strong winds of  Cape St Vincent to the west, and the river delta of Faro to the east, all within one day sailing.

The Marina is situated in the mouth of the river Arade, which is navigable up to the heart of the city of Portimao. Always well sheltered, the river offers excellent training ground to practice the first steps of boat and sail handling. The wide and deep river mouth guarantees a safe entry under all circumstances.

During the summer the wind will increase with every mile we sail west, giving the unique opportunity to choose for yourself how much wind you want to experience on a given day.

For our multiday events we have the cities of Lisbon, Cadiz, Huelva, Gibraltar and Tanger, all within 24 hours sailing.

Detailed information about sailing along the coast of the Algarve you'll find here http://www.algarveocean.com 


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Downhill cycling trip “Easy going Downhill”



Nature friendly, fun and safe cycling tours from the Foia; with 902 meters, the highest mountain in the Algarve. You will cycle with our guide downhill through the green valleys of Serra de Monchique. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views and let gravity do the work!

The trip starts at the office in Mexilhoeira Grande (no car? no problem!) From here you are brought to the highest peak in the Algarve in the middle of the Serra de Monchique, by a mini-van.

Enjoy here the stunning views to the west & south coast. The restaurant on top of this mountain is always open and can serve you a lovely coffee before you start the trip. After a good explanation you will cycle back to the coast… easy going downhill!

The experienced multilingual guide will take you on quiet land roads. The guide will stop at the most picturesque sites and give you information about the local wildlife and nature. Since 2001 Outdoor-Tours.com rolls down this mountain. We have now developed this tour into a safe & fun concept of cycling in the mountains, suitable for young people and for those who stayed young!

The trip is suitable for everyone between 14-70 years with some cycling experience. To deliver optimal service during the tour a service car will follow with water and your belongings.


Does this sound like too easy going? Join our Downhill Off-road Trip, for skilled riders only!



The aluminum ‘all terrain’ bikes are custom made and have safe hydraulic brakes from Magura, comfortable gel seats and front suspension. The handle bar is higher than on a normal bike, so you will enjoy a safe and comfortable sit position. We provide you with a helmet and a water bottle.

Nature trip

“The natural way to enjoy the Portuguese country side”:

After a long and easy descending with spectacular views we head further south. The remaining part you will cycle cross country through beautiful valleys with quiet tarmac roads. While cycling close to little farms, the local shepherd will always greet you. We end the trip on gravel roads to the warm estuary lagoon of the Ria de Alvôr, where you can spot flamingos and spoonbills in the winter. A local, light and tasty lunch is included.

The total distance is 35 km (22 miles) from which 60% goes downhill and 40% goes through quiet and green valleys. We´ll meet at 10h30 at the main office in Mexilhoeira Grande, and will be back around 16h00. Fitness level required nº 2, difficulty B.


Summer Trip

“The lazy way to enjoy the beautiful green Serra de Monchique”:

In the summer months you will enjoy our easiest bike trip, leading you downhill through eucalyptus and cork tree forests. 98 % of this trip is downhill - so let the gravity work for you! During this trip we stay on good roads with little traffic.


 A local, light and tasty lunch is included. The total distance is 22 km (14 miles) from which 98% goes downhill. We start at 10h30 and will be back around 14h00. Fitness level required nº 1, difficulty B.

For details and reservations: www.outdoor-tours.com 

One of Europe’s largest waterparks is at a mere 20 minutes drive away from your apartment. It is in Estombar, municipality Lagoa. It is called Slide and Splash and is open from April to October from

10.00 – 17.00 Tickets can be bought in several tabacconists and there is a pick-up bus. A real and unforgettable event for your kids.

Just a bit further along the EN125 will take you to another Waterpark, Aqualand, which is known for its Kamikaze slide, almost 100 yards high, the Crazy Race and the Banzai. Also the Mini Park is not to be missed.

Algarve Weather
One of the best advertising slogans for the Algarve is that there are no less than 3.000 hours of sunshine per year. For us Northerners that is exactly what counts; get a nice and healthy tan, relax under the warm sun and enjoy the feeling of freedom

Under this link you can see the Faro weather forecast in order to plan your outdoor activities (or in-activities if you just want to lay on the beach and relax)

But of course, also the Algarve needs the occasional rainfall as the drinking water is mainly supplied from the large reservoirs which are filled with water from the rivers. Known reservoirs and worth a visit are Baragem da Bravoura, just above Lagos and Baragem do Funcho/Arade between Silves and Sao Bartolomeu de Messines (also worth a visit!)

Long Winter Stay
Many people want to escape the cold and wet winters and book a long stay holiday in warmer and more sunny countries. Especially because of the central location of the apartment, so close to all facilities of Portimao, Praia da Rocha and the everlasting, neverboring views on the Arade river and the Ocean, Vila Arade is the place to spend the cold and dreary U.K. winter months.


December, January and February have many lovely sunny days with temperatures inviting to go to the beach or to tan on the roof terrace or your balconies. For those wanting to stay longer period, a special price can be agreed upon. Contact the owner and save money!