Boat tours are very popular, ranging from one-hour tours of local grottoes and rock formations to full-day trips that often involve stops at secluded beaches for lunch. The most popular coastal excursions depart from Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portimão, Tavira, Lagos, Sagres, Vila Real, and Armação de Pêra. Prices and times of the next cruise will be posted at the dock.
Jeep safaris, offered by operators like Rotatur, are a unique way to see fascinating inland villages. Riosul Travel, which arranges cruises up the Guadiana River, also has half-day overland tours by jeep and full-day cruise-jeep tours that take you off the beaten path to the village of Foz de Odeleite.
Riosul Travel. 281 510 200; www.riosultravel.com.
Rotatur. 289 810 109; www.rotatur.pt.