Water Sports

Paddle boarding and Surfing are growing in popularity and are the perfect way to enjoy the wonderful Algarve weather and ocean. The Algarve is a great...

Water Sports

Paddle boarding and Surfing are growing in popularity and are the perfect way to enjoy the wonderful Algarve weather and ocean. The Algarve is a great place to try stand up paddle boarding or surfing with stunning coastline and everything from calm waters in the Ria Formosa to high waves in Sagres.

Stand up paddle (SUP) is a branch of sport originating in Hawaii. SUP being a bi-product of the surfing culture. Unlike surfing where the surfer sits in position until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders literally "stand up" and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.

Paddle boarding usually refers to kneeling on the board and paddling with your hands

The Growth of SUP stand up paddle boarding has been phenomenal and is one of the top activities that people try for the first time in the past few years. It appeals to all types of people with sports such as SUP yoga and SUP fishing stemming from the origin! 

Stand up paddle boarding attire varies from season to season, in cooler months its advised to wear wetsuits but in the main season here in the Algarve, simple swimming costumes are perfect. don't forget the Sunblock though! 

What ever your age SUP stand up paddle boarding in the Algare should be on your list of things to do! 




A Brief History of the Algarve

The history of the Algarve region in southern Portugal is long and varied, with evidence of human settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Here is a brief overview of the history of the Algarve:






Prehistoric times:

The Algarve was inhabited by various prehistoric peoples, including the Neolithic people who left behind megalithic monuments such as the Alcalar Megalithic Monuments.

Roman period:

The Romans occupied the Algarve in the 2nd century BC, and the region became an important center for salt production and fishing. The Romans left behind many ruins, including the Milreu Roman Ruins and the Vilamoura Roman Villa.

Visigothic and Moorish period:

The Visigoths conquered the Algarve in the 5th century AD, but they were eventually driven out by the Moors in the 8th century. The Moors ruled the region for over 500 years, and their influence can still be seen in the architecture, language, and culture of the region today.

Reconquista and Portuguese period:

The Algarve was conquered by the Portuguese during the Reconquista in the 13th century. The region became an important center for maritime trade, with many seafaring explorers hailing from the Algarve. During the 16th century, the region suffered from pirate attacks and invasions by foreign powers such as the British and Dutch.

Modern period:

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Algarve experienced significant economic growth, particularly in the tourism industry. Today, the Algarve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with millions of visitors coming to enjoy its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and rich cultural heritage. 

The history of the Algarve is a long and complex one, with influences from various civilizations and cultures throughout the ages. Today, the region is a vibrant and dynamic destination, blending its rich history with modern amenities and attractions.