falesia beach stand up paddle

Paddling out from a night on Falesia Beach.

TransAlgarve – the way we did it…

There are many ways to traverse the Algarve: car, train, bus… However, if you delve into human powered transport, hiking and cycling spring to mind, not stand up paddling. Who on earth would try to cross the Algarve on a stand up paddle board?

Yes, we did it.

In the process apparently we were the first human beings to ever do this. Record anyone? Just kidding.

sagres paddle board transalgarve

Departing from Sagres. One hour in and the weather turns…

Why would anyone stand up paddle across the Algarve?

SUP (stand up paddle) is a relatively new sport and we love promoting it for one simple reason: It has changed so many people’s lives. The idea is that it may change yours! So by paddling across the Algarve and documenting our journey, our aim is to promote stand up paddle as a sport.

We’d also like to inspire more people to cross the Algarve on a SUP, so if you’re planning a trip please let us know?

faro paddle boarding

Early morning as we approach Faro.


Our TransAlgarve SUP journey

It was 11h15am on the morning of Tuesday 3rd November 2015. Three of us quietly entered the water and departed Sagres under a clear and sunny sky. Here are the quick highlights:

  • 160km paddle
  • 6 days
  • Route: Eastwards from Sagres to Faro, overland transfer and then westwards from Ayamonte to Faro.
  • Accommodation: Beach camping every night.

We paddled into Faro to complete our TransAlgarve trip on Tuesday 8th November at 13h40, almost exactly six days after we left Sagres. We wrote up more detailed info on the TransAlgarve route, including maps and our itinerary.

Paddling across the entire length of Algarve coastline gives you a tremendous insight into all the coastal towns dotted along this 160km long strip of beauty. Its not just all high rise beach front hotels. Stunning beaches, rocky coves, towering cliffs and cool caves all competed for our time and attention as we surfed, camped, paddled, ate and slept over seven nights.

The TransAlgarve SUP expedition videos

Check out our daily videos in our 8 video long playlist on YouTube.