Romantic things to do in Algarve - Top romantic places & activities

So, the fact that you have landed on this page tells us that you're looking for a romantic experience in the Algarve and are looking for some inspiration. Well, look no further! You have already taken a step in the right direction, as the Algarve is one of the most romantic places in Portugal, and we are armed with a nice selection of fun date ideas for couples.


As we know, one of the Algarve’s most famous features are the beaches - So let's start there! Now imagine this… a private secluded spot protected by golden cliffs, transparent water, soft sand… a magnificent cave created by the erosion of the rocks with its own small magical beach within…This is what you'll find in Algar de Benagil. Now of course, such an exclusive place would need exclusive access and so, in order to reach this spectacular location, you will need to travel via water by boat, kayak or SUP (Stand-up paddle). This is the perfect spot for a truly romantic experience, especially first thing in the morning or at sunset.
Still in central Algarve, another unique place where you can admire a stunning sunrise or sunset is Senhora da Rocha beach. Watching the sun glowing while standing at the small chapel on top of the cliff, overlooking the beach from both sides, is an awesome experience. If you’ve gone for the sunset option, you can then follow this with a delicious meal at the Belmondo restaurant close by!
If you're looking for more options that not only include a romantic hotspot, but also somewhere to eat, why not take yourself off to Monte Clérigo Beach, on Algarve’s West Coast? Here you can watch the sunset from the cliffs and follow this with dinner at the ‘O Sargo’ restaurant.
If you would prefer to go to the East Coast, Cacela Velha in Eastern Algarve has a paradisiac feel about it that will whet your appetite in preparation for a meal at one of the various traditional restaurants within the Moorish village.
For a more central romantic getaway, whisk your other half off to the Desert Island beach, located in the picturesque Ria Formosa lagoon near Faro. This amazing location is only accessible by boat and is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic or to enjoy a lovely meal at its only restaurant, where you can take in the fantastic views of the island through their large windows in their privileged location.
If you fancy something a little bit different, take a trip to Ponta da Piedade and marvel at the unique beautiful rock formations while enjoying a champagne sunset cruise. Once you have experienced this, you will see why this idyllic corner of the Iberian Peninsula has had so many rave reviews.


For those who wish to pamper themselves and their significant other, a spa experience hits the spot perfectly. Here are a few suggestions to get you on your way.

Just a stone’s throw away we have Hotel Quinta do Lago Spa which offers spa treatments (body, facial), massages and includes facilities such as an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi and Turkish bath.

Not too far from us you also have Royal Spa Vale do Lobo, with eight treatment rooms and two bungalows. Here they offer treatments using products based on organic plant extracts, seaweed, and natural essential oils. They also have available hydro therapies, salt baths, hydro massage, and steam therapy.

If you're looking for an alternative treatment, with Mediterranean therapies, exclusive rituals and energising Asian techniques, Anantara Vilamoura is the place for you.

However, should you prefer to have your massage in the comfort of your villa, this can also be arranged. Our beauty professionals come fully equipped with everything that is needed so that you feel just as comfortable as if you were at the spa itself.

The perfect sunrise or sunset

Now, although we've already briefly mentioned sunrises and sunsets, if this is specifically what you're looking for, we've got some absolute gems for you.

For those looking to get right back to nature and experience the beach at its best, a horse riding experience in Vilamoura is a great place to start. This is a fantastic option for both sunrise and sunset.

If you're looking for breath-taking views on a completely different level, you can always take a flight in a hot air balloon along the Algarvian coast, while drinking a glass of champagne. A truly unique romantic gesture that will certainly get you some brownie points with your other half! Although this is available for sunrises and sunsets, weather conditions are normally more favourable for the sunrise option.

Early risers can enjoy the magnificent cliffs and colourfully lit blue ocean at sunrise at Camilo Beach in Lagos. You can access the beach via a wooden footbridge, where you can then sit down and take in the awesome views, while enjoying a picnic breakfast.

Just as you can have a picnic breakfast, why not have a picnic at sunset? One great spot for this is the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Here you can take advantage of the peace and tranquillity and take a front seat at this stage, where many birds come for their final feed at the end of the day. Raw nature at its best! Another great location with spectacular panoramic views is Sarnadas. Watching the sun disappear between the hills and valleys from this privileged location is a sight that must be seen to be believed!

Another way to enjoy the beautiful colours and reflections of a sunset is by taking a yacht cruise. In the summer, you can take a 3 hour cruise with the option of a visit to the caves and a stop off for a swim. A great way to cool off at the end of a hot summer day and create magical memories.

For the ultimate sunset, Cabo São Vicente is the place to be. This is the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe which many years ago was believed to be the end of the world. A favourite hotspot for sunset seekers, it's easy to see why this location is so popular. Here you can admire what appears to be an unusually large sun as it slowly disappears on the horizon. If this doesn't take your breath away, nothing will!

On the other hand, not everyone is looking for the ultimate sunset, and some may be looking for a slightly more laid back sunset experience. The Shack Bar at Quinta do Lago is the perfect spot for this. Here you can enjoy the good vibes and good times with fab views of the lake and Ria Formosa at the end of the evening.

Other date ideas

Of course, romance doesn't always have to go hand in hand with sunsets and meals out. A bike tour for two, a hike or segway tour through the countryside or a simple relaxing day for two indoors, enjoying each other’s company, can carry just as much meaning. At Blue Sky Villas, should you choose to have a ‘pamper’ day in for two, you can rely on us to make this a success. Order your meals to eat in and book your massage or beauty treatments and let us take care of the rest.

In contrast, those looking to let off a bit of steam, get the adrenaline going and enjoy the outstanding views over the Portuguese coastline could always try a spot of skydiving or zip-lining. Did you know that the zip-line between Portugal and Spain is the only cross-border zip line in the world?! You can reach speeds of between 70 and 80km/h over a distance of 720m!

So, here you have a varied choice of activities to help you put together your perfect romantic day. You can combine a sunrise outing with an afternoon spa and a perfect sunset, have an indulgent indoor day or take to the skies! The possibilities are many, with lots of fun to be had. Enjoy!