Up in air in Algarve – paragliding, climbing and balloon rides

Balloon ride, ©John Harwood/Flickr

Balloon ride, ©John Harwood/Flickr

Algarve itself is not an extreme location however it offers plenty of opportunities for extreme sports and unusual activities such as paragliding, rock climbing and balloon rides. If you are the kind of individual who likes to be in the air and feel the freedom, or just someone looking for an adrenaline rush we recommend you the following activities.

There is nothing more liberating than being in the air! Feel the breeze on your face as you hang glide and watch the view as you climb the rocks of Algarve. For a more relaxing and effortless activity hop in the hot air ballon and enjoy a spectacular view.

Paragliding and Hang Gliding

Experience an exhilarating pastime with paragliding and hang gliding as you feel the wind kissing you face and the horizon expanding in front of you. There is no gravity, no stress just freedom in the air. Sometimes I wonder what’s it like to be a bird and probably paragliding can give a pretty good idea about it.

Paragliding, ©Matthew Bietz/Flickr

Paragliding, ©Matthew Bietz/Flickr

Enjoy a breathtaking view over the inland and the shores of Algarve from a bird’s perspective. You can fly individually or join a group and experience a safe and exciting session. The best gliding locations in Algarve can be found in Alvor region, Falésia beach and Sao Bras de Alportel. For veteran fliers we also recommend the cliffs in Cordoama, Salema and Porto de Mós.

Rock Climbing

For those who are looking for something more challenging we recommend rock climbing. This exciting sport will need both your mind and body in order to unite with nature in harmony. The terrain in Algarve is rocky and dotted with cliffs which leave varied opportunities for climbers on all levels.

Rock climbing, ©mariachily/Flickr

Rock climbing, ©mariachily/Flickr

The most popular climbing location in Algarve can be found in Rocha da Pena and at Costa Vicentina National Park, Cape St. Vincent. Find your challenge and climb the rocks of Algarve.

Balloon Ride

Set out on a dreamy journey inside a giant balloon and fly across the Algarve region. Enjoy the sight of the colored and ordered countryside, the green fields ran across by grey and brown roads, rivers as blue ribbons and dotted by lakes.

Balloon ride, ©John Harwood/Flickr

Balloon ride, ©John Harwood/Flickr

Experience a thrilling adventure as you float a few meters above the ground one moment then whoosh over the tree tops in the other. You can set out on a balloon ride from Faro, Albufeira, Lagos or Portimão.

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