Occupying the extreme south-western point of the European mainland, the Algarve is a rugged outcrop of Portugal that offers almost unlimited opportunities when it comes to adventure sports activities.
With a varied landscape, beautiful coastline and enviable climate, the region attracts mountain bikers, surfers, walkers and sailors all year round.
As with most holiday destinations, the Algarve has its share of resorts and developments. But there is still plenty of unspoilt coastline and countryside, just waiting to be discovered.
To avoid the crowds, head to the Western Algarve. Home to Costa Vincentina Natural Park, the hills, cliffs and secluded beaches of this region are perfect for walkers and cyclists alike.
The long distance Rota Vicentina walking path, is perfect for those wishing to explore the coastline. Trekkers and cyclists can navigate the entire 240km, or for those wanting to travel at a gentler pace, the route can be broken up into 13 sections, any one of which makes a great day's walk.
Further inland, the Monchique mountain range is another haven for walkers. With miles of footpaths connecting traditional villages in a stunning setting, this region is truly a hidden gem of the Algarve.
For those wanting a little more adrenaline on their day out, mountain bike paths criss-cross the Monchique hills, many incorporating purpose built downhill tracks. And with the highest peak in the mountains reaching 902m, there is a lot of downhill on offer.
As you would expect from a region with over 200km of coastline, water sports are an important part of the Algarve's tourist industry. In most towns and resorts along the coast, you'll be able to rent equipment for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, so it's easy to get out for a day on the water during your stay in the Algarve.
Under the water scuba lovers can explore an enviable collection of wreck dives or just marvel in the rich marine life. Above the water there are regular boat trips from Albufeira that sail alongside pods of common and bottlenose dolphins.
To get out on your own and see some of the best surfing conditions the Algarve has to offer, try heading up the west coast. Less densely populated than the southern coast, here you'll find small towns and fishing villages set around pristine coves and beaches. While the predominant north-westerly swell ensures great waves all year round.
For centuries this region has been a prime destination for sailors, and today is no different. Whether you've got your own vessel or are joining an organised trip, the calm waters and clear skies make the Algarve ideal for getting out onto the deep blue sea.
So whether you want seek out the best surf, cycle down a mountain, walk the dramatic coastline or just sit back and sip sangrias on your boat. The Algarve is one stop shop for all of your adventure sports needs.