Lake tour

Lake tour

We often paddle up in a beautiful lake in the depths of nature. Its perfect to learn on and prepare for further sup adventures.

What to take with

We offer expert tuition, paddle boards, paddles, pfds (buoyancy aids), leashes and light refreshments however please bring the following items with you:
  • Swimwear, (quick dry shirts are great if you have)
  • Towel (for afterwards)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra water (for before and afterwards)
  • Warmer/Drier clothing for afterwards
The tour lasts about two hours and it costs €40 per person. If you could pay online it would secure your place:

Photos of the dam

Meeting point

This is a Google Map and can easily be sent to your phone.

 

Secret Beach Tours

 

coastal sup tour

Every day in summer we’ll be running two “Secret Beach” tours a day at the following times:

  • 09h00 Miracle Morning tour (because it’s the BEST time of day to paddle).
  • 11h15 Secret Beach Tour (for those of you who prefer a saner time of day).

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Location of the “secret beach” tour

Probably the toughest part of this tour is getting there! Actually it’s quite easy:

  • Head down towards the beach called Senhora da Rocha just west of Armação de Pera, BEFORE you get there…
  • turn right before where a sign reads “Quinta das Figuerinhas”.
  • You’ll approach a Y-junction where a primary school is located with a sign saying “CRASTOS”. Take the left turn and proceed down the narrow street.
  • The street carries on (don’t turn right at the end) and turns into a dust road after going through some buildings.
  • Turn right where the sign  says “no entry” and carry on down to the beach.

Map of the meeting point

Here is a map of the location and the normal route we paddle. It changes sometimes depending on the conditions.

Photos of the “secret beach” tour

Here is a photo gallery of the spectacular rock formations you’ll see on the Algarve SUP secret beach stand up paddle tour.

 

What to take with

We offer expert tuition, paddle boards, paddles, pfds (buoyancy aids), leashes and light refreshments however please bring the following items with you:
  • Swimwear, (quick dry shirts are great if you have)
  • Towel (for afterwards)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra water (for before and afterwards)
  • Warmer/Drier clothing for afterwards
 
The tour lasts about two hours and it costs €40 per person. If you could pay online it would secure your place:
 
 
We look forward to paddling with you!

Faro SUP – paddle boarding in the Algarve capital

Faro SUP paddle boarding in the Algarve capital

Quick details pertaining to all Faro SUP tours.

  • 2 hour stand up paddle board tour
  • Leaves from Faro Marina (map below)
  • All equipment included
  • All instruction included
  • Tour leaves by appointment (please book)

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Faro SUP video

Here is a quick overview of the Ria Formosa area and paddle boarding on it.

Faro SUP photos

All these photos were taken on our Faro SUP stand up paddle tours which leave from the Faro Marina (close by to Faro railway station).

Faro SUP location

The meeting point is at the railway side of the Marina in Faro, in the parking lot just behind the two marina cafe’s.

No matter what the weather is doing, you can be assured of a nice easy start to your paddle boarding career in Faro Marina’s calm, glassy waters. Even when there is a stiff breeze out in the Ria Formosa, the marina is a protected and safe place to learn those first few moves required to stand up on a paddle board.

Paddle boarding is pretty easy, its just like riding a bike. You need a few pieces of expert instruction, a calm place to begin, a few guiding tips and you’re up on your feet within the hour.

Now you’re free to learn proper stroke technique to ensure you can paddle a little ways and then you could always be off on your first stand up paddle adventure. Algarve SUP offers sup adventures to hidden lakes (far from the crowds), to spectacular coastal caves below the inspiring ochre cliffs which are plastered all over the tourist brochures and out into the rich marine wonderland of the Ria Formosa.

However, firstly you need to master the basics of stand up paddle, and what better place to do it than in a calm protected area? Take your time and enjoy the peace and quiet that this small little haven almost in the center of Faro provides.
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SUP Yoga in the Algarve

Regular SUP Yoga classes

Yes, regular SUP Yoga classes have arrived in the beautiful riverside town of Alvor (close to Lagos, Praia da Rocha and Portimao). Fill in the form below and enquire about times (we will be adding an online schedule in the very near future). Being close to nature supplements the naturalness of the sport. See what these guys say about their session in the Alvor Lagoon.

SUP Yoga video

SUP Yoga details

The sup yoga session lasts about 90 minutes and costs €35 per person. The timings will follow soon, for now please just get in touch with Nick through the contact form.

Photos of sup yoga in the Alvor Lagoon

SUP Yoga, otherwise known as paddleboard yoga is fairly new and a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Paddleboarding in itself is a calming activity if you want it to be (hardcore athletic if you so choose as well!).

Keep your eyes on this post or get in touch for more details.

Coastal SUP Tour with Algarve SUP

Paddle board on this coastal SUP tour

I can recall the very moment when I climbed the cliff path from Armação de Pera and gazed over at the cliffs and coves laid out before me. I couldn’t believe how perfect this situation was for a coastal SUP tour. We blazed that trail throughout the summer of 2015 and it was brilliant every single morning. Now we’re doing it again this year!

This was THAT moment.

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Coastal SUP tour video

Have a look at this video that I made explaining a little more about where we paddle.

Coastal SUP tour details

As we do on all our tours, we offer expert tuition, paddle boards, paddles, pfds (buoyancy aids), leashes and light refreshments however please bring the following items with you:
  • Swimwear, (quick dry shirts are great if you have)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra water
  • Warmer/Drier clothing for afterwards
The tour lasts about two hours and it costs €40 per person.
The meeting point is in Armação de Pera right next to the Holiday Inn in the dusty car park. Look out for my silver, orange and black Algarve SUP van. Here’s a map (zoom in to see the exact spot and you can send it to your phone too!):
 

Book the Coastal SUP Tour now

It’s really easy to book – just click the button below,choose your date and Nick will get back to you (hopefully in a few hours!). If you need to go urgently you can try and call Nick on 00351 916634007 or even WhatsApp will work.

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Photos from our coastal sup tour

Alvor SUP stand up paddle tours in the Ria Alvor

Stand up paddle in the Alvor lagoon

The Alvor SUP tour takes place in the Alvor Lagoon, known as the Ria Alvor in Portuguese. Itis a stone’s throw away from Lagos and it’s perfect for paddling. It’s a calm, safe enclosed lagoon and it is a great place to go stand up paddling whether you’re an experienced pro or venturing out into the wonderful world of SUP for your first time.

alvor sup map

 

Alvor SUP video

Join Gui and Nick as we paddle on the lagoon and visit the beautiful fishing town of Alvor with it’s fantastic restaurants, great bars and stunning views of the Alvor lagoon.

 

Alvor SUP Details

Time: 09h00 every morning (May-October)

SUP Trip Length: About 2 hours

Whats included? We offer expert tuition, stand up paddle boards, paddles, pfds (buoyancy aids), leashes and light refreshments however please bring the following items with you:
  • Swimwear, (quick dry shirts are great if you have)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat
  • Extra water
  • Warmer/Drier clothing for afterwards
It costs €40 per person and if you could pay online it would secure your place:

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Alvor Meeting Point

We meet just at the old lifesaving station on the Alvor waterfront. Here is an interactive Google Map which you can zoom in, use to get directions or use Google Street view.

Book an Alvor SUP trip now!

Most often Guilherme, an advanced SUP instructor and SUP racer on the Portuguese SUP Series, will take you on your tour. He is a fantastic guide and knows Alvor really well. Ask him about Honuhele boards! He has built the only Algarvian brand of Stand Up Paddle Boards and we’re proud to use them at all our Algarve SUP paddling locations.

Book using the form below or email nick at algarvesup.com or call Nick on 00351 916634007
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Why only mornings?

We mainly paddle in the mornings due to the prevailing “nortada” wind which picks up in the afternoon and turns Alvor into a kite surfers paradise. Occasionally we will schedule a downwinding event, which will give you a taste of what it feels like to paddle with the wind. Normally this is done out in the deep ocean when wind and swell travel in the same direction. It’s a blast, but super tiring.

Other fun paddles can be organized, such as SUP Yoga, Paddlefit and especially a sundowner or full moon paddle. If you have a group of four or more let me know and we can organize a great trip for you.

Thanks for visiting!
-Nick

Faro stand up paddle board lessons

Quick info

 
Where? Doca Faro, 8000-541 FARO. See map below.
When? 09h00, 11h15 and 18h30 every day. Please book here before arrival
How much? €40 per person
Tours run by: Algarve SUP (Gravity Rhythms Lda.) CP91A Corotelo, São Bras de Alportel, 8150-029
Make a reservation Call Mauro on +351 968 736 604 or book online.

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Welcome to the Algarve!

Faro airport is your most popular entrance gate to the Algarve. However, instead of pausing and taking in this jewel of a city, most push on to their holiday destination along the coast. We urge you to stay a while and enjoy the Algarve’s capital… from the water.

Stand up paddle board tours

Run by our WSA certified instructors we offer two hour tours throughout the year. Stand up paddle boarding is fairly easy to master and especially so in Faro’s glassy, calm and protected marina.

After a few minutes of expert instruction, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get out into the rich water life of the Ria Formosa. This 60km long natural park and wetland stretches from Faro eastwards (almost to Spain).

The Ria Formosa

Check out this video we filmed in the Algarve’s 60km long Natural Park: Ria Formosa

Algarve SUP’s location

We are based on the southern side of the Faro Marina and operate from the Clube Naval de Faro. Here is a map of Algarve SUP’s base to make it easier for you, however please make sure your make a booking before arriving.

Enjoy something different and get out on the water, to see life in Faro from a different angle. You can book online, send a message through our contact form or call Mauro on +351 968 736 604

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Stand Up Paddle Tours

Imagine paddling through stunning beaches like this?
Imagine paddling through stunning beaches like this?

Tour the Algarve

We can meet you at any of our rendezvous points to explore the Algarve on a stand up paddle board. Get in touch to book.

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Where do we tour?

2 Hour SUP Tour:

€40 per person (excluding transport)

    • Paddle for 45 minutes, refreshment break, paddle back for another 45 minutes.
    • Includes instruction before paddling.
    • Includes light refreshments and paddle boarding equipment.

*Optimal group size is 6 people. We’re fairly flexible and can do different times or whole day tours as well.

Choose to paddle at any one of the following central Algarve locations:

  1. Alvor Lagoon
  2. Secret Beach (near Porches/Armação de Pera)
  3. Coastal Cliffs (Armação de Pera)
  4. Faro Marina (Ria Formosa)

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Four Algarve SUP Routes

We have explored the Algarve from end to end and have finally discovered a few incredible Stand Up Paddle routes. They were chosen for their spectacular differences. You can experience them too giving us a call and booking one or more of our four adventures.

1. Alvor Lagoon

The Alvor Lagoon is a tranquil base in the heart of a picturesque Portuguese fishing village. Read more.

2. Secret Beach

The spectacular cliffs and caves should be on EVERYONE’s list… More info coming soon.

3. Coastal Cliffs

The Algarve sports some terrific cliffs and coves. You’ve all seen the postcards, now paddle through these wondrous rock formations. You’ll be amazed. We certainly were when we first did it!

Check out tons more info on this tour (plus an amazing video – count how many times I say amazing in it!).

4. Faro Marina (Ria Formosa)

The Ria Formosa coastal lagoon stretches from Faro all the way eastwards and passes Tavira. It’s a 60km long stretch of paradise for birds, fish and other creatures complete with the inhabited islands of Armona, Culatra and Farol. On a still morning you won’t believe how beautiful it is. We depart from the Faro Marina. Please make an appointment to paddle.

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