Rocha Brava Clube de Tenis

tel:[+351] 282 358 856

Carvoeiro Tennis Club
& Fitness center

tel:[+351] 282 357 847
fax: [+351] 282 357 847

Dance School Maré d'Arte

Rua do Casino 54
tel:[+351] 282 356 102
fax: [+351] 282 356 103


News: We now have a new forum section, CVO Ramlbers moderated by Geoff. He will be posting walks on a regular basis. See the Board Index for details.

See also

There are many good walks around the Algarve and the web site above will give you details of them.

Forum member, Lindoc says, Try Julie Statham's site, (Day and half day walks - Algarve). We have done several walks with Julie's group and intend to join them again next week when we are in Carvoeiro. Most of the walks are within an easy drive of Carvoeiro. They are 2-3 hour walks in the countryside and not too strenuous. No booking needed - just turn up.

Here is a very good publication: Guide to trails in the Algarve, a comprehensive pdf document of walks to suit all - serious or casual - walkers.

Watersports/Sailing/Fishing - Prices and places

Alvor Kitesurf Centre
There is no need to be tall or strong, just embrace the natural elements water and wind to experience the sensation of this addictive sport.

Extreme Algarve
From kitesurfing to rock climbing . . . it's all extreme

Algarve Boat Tours and Fishing Trips
Don't miss this excellent opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable boat tour on the Algarve coast. Starting from Marina de Vilamoura and visiting several of Europe's largest caves set in beautiful rock formations and cliffs. With some luck, we will be surprised by a group of Dolphins.

Boat Charter
Enjoy the clear water, the fresh breeze and the beautiful views of the Algarve coast. Like all regions the coast of the Algarve shows its most beautiful sight from the sea. Now, in July and August, when temperatures rise above 30°, the best place is on the sea.

Explore the Atlantic Ocean, discover the beauty of the flora, fauna and the secrets of the under water world. Tivoli-Diving, based at the Tivoli Almansor Hotel, are situated on one of the most beautifull rock formations of the Algarve. The bay in front of the Hotel Tivoli, with its wonderful rock formation gives a nice divespot from shore. It invites you to make some relaxing and fascinating dive trips. The clear water makes out of every dive an unforgettable adventure. Hereby you will learn about the variety from different underwater plants and animals from the Algarve!

Tivoli-Diving operate a Try Dive introductory course, and for those that want to take their diving further they run several training courses, all complying with PADI, (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors).

Location: Tivoli Almansor Hotel, Carvoeiro
Contact: Tel.: ( 00351 ) 282 351 194 Fax.: ( 00351 ) 282 351 400 Mobile: (00351) 963 223 892

Arnos Windsurfing school at Praia Grande. Email for prices.


Cycling in The Algarve can be quite a challenge; but a rewarding one. If you'd like to get on yer bike and and explore, check out Algarve Bike Hire for details. including bike hire . . . . there's a clue in the name!


On this Blog, Hob's Blog, Ian Hobson has five cycle rides of moderate distance that may be of interest to cyclists visiting the Western Algarve (Lagoa, Portimao, Lagos, Carvoeiro, etc.). With his permission I reproduce a couple here:

From the Blog:

A few points before I start:

    Beware dogs - the more remote location, the worse.

    Beware maps - roads change a lot - conversion from track to road for example, plus new buildings in towns and motorways. Even new maps were not accurate. Our Rough Guide map - while good for bikers because of the material used and detail had many quite serious errors.

    Beware wind. It's almost always windy in the Algarve, and it's often head on against you. You may find distances that you normally cover at home harder to achieve because of this (and the up-down nature of landscape especially around the coast).

    Beware cobbled streets. The streets of many towns are pretty unsuitable for cycling unless you have good suspension. But it is easy to walk your bikes or lock them up and walk alone.

Coastal route from Carvoeiro to Alvor via Ferragudo and Portimao (32 miles).
This was just a simple acclimatisation route from our base meandering around trying to follow coastal routes where possible. Alvor is very pretty - especially at night, and Ferragudo is also a nice town. There are plenty of places to stop. In Portimao it is possible to follow a cycle lane along the river parallel to the road. It is too hard to describe our exact route, but it is easy to follow a map including these places. While having a drink in Alvor (during the Portugal-Iran World cup game!) we met Frank who was interested in our bikes. He runs a company called Outdoor Tours which does cycling trips, bike rental, nature walks, canoeing and other adventure pursuits across the Algarve. Frank's staff come from across Europe (he himself is Dutch). He is creating a booklet of 15 different bicycle routes available to his clients. We had hoped to join in on one trip, but for a variety of reasons couldn't get to do this. If you're looking to rent a bike for a day or more, or to have some guided (or even supported) tours, check out Frank's site before you leave.

Carvoeiro to Silves to San Bartolomeu de Messines to Armacao de Pera and coast route back (46 miles).
Silves is a pretty town indeed with plenty to see (serious cobbled streets though). There is currently a lot of restoration work going on, but the setting, castle, cathedral, central square etc are all nice to see. We had trouble navigating out of Carvoeiro due to some new road building (and other roads shut), so this route should really be about 42 miles. We went on a quiet road out of Estombar closer to the river. After Silves we headed on the main road (124) towards Sao Bartolomeu de Messines. This is a quiet road of good quality with some nice views lined with citrus groves. The next town wasn't too special but was ok (but a bit quiet on a Sunday lunchtime). We then headed South on a quiet road towards Algoz, then towards Pera and Armacao de Pera. We then cut back onto the 269-1 but trying to follow a coastal route (we made a few mistakes here). The village of Benagil is very pretty but with a very steep descent and climb out.

Ian Hobson