Although mainly known for its masses of holiday villas and brash south coast resorts, the Algarve boasts a surprising wealth of natural landscapes that quickly lead more adventurous visitors off the well-trodden tourist trail.
With soaring cliffs, sea caves, golden beaches, and scenic bays, the region is a paradise for active travellers, especially along the refreshingly undeveloped west coast.
Looking for offbeat outdoor adventures in the Algarve? Here’s our pick of 5 of the best:
Hike to the Ponta da Piedade
Where: South Coast
Length: 6km (4 mi) round trip
Average trip time: 2.5h
Best for: Dramatic coastline views
The limestone cliffs of the Ponta da Piedade headland are one of the most spectacular natural sights in the Algarve. Their dramatic architecture, chiselled by thousands of years of raging seas, consists of sea pillars, towering rock arches and hidden caves and can only truly be appreciated by