Get to know the hidden Algarve, the history, beautiful landscape, villages and have a great adventure. A Jeep Safari is perfect to explore the remote areas of rural Algarve, fun and exciting for any age group. For thrill seekers try one of the quad bike tours or drive your own 4X4 vehicle.

There are various tour companies that operate these excursions to the interior of the region. The list below includes all the best rated tours sold by the major ticket sites. For more detailed information and reviews follow the relevant links.

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Half-Day Jeep Safari - Alte and Paderne

Algarve Jeep Safari Half-day Trip
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The half-day jeep Algarve jeep safari operated by Zebra Safaris is a 4-hour morning tour. The tour starts at 9am with the hotel pick-up, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and don’t forget swimwear. 

The jeep safari tour guide will drive you through the countryside and mountains where you will visit small villages such as Paderne and Alte. There will be multiple stops and also sampling of local produce at local farms like honey or the famous medronho firewater. 

This tour is great fun for group or families even with young children. Prices start at €35 per person. Read all the reviews and book here.

Half-Day Jeep Safari -Vigario Falls, Alte and Querença

vilamoura jeep safari
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The half-day jeep Algarve jeep safari operated by Alsafari Tours is a 4-hour excursion, either morning or afternoon. 

This tour will take you from Vilamoura into the hidden Algarve where you will visit Paderne, Alte, the Vigario Natural Spring and Querença. Expect loads of fun, visiting farms, secret spots and sampling local produce.

This tour is very well rated, 5/5 from almost 200 reviews. Prices start at €30 per person. Read all the reviews and book here.

Half-Day Buggy Safari Tour

Buggy Safari Tour from Vilamoura
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Drive your own all terrain buggy on this 3-hour guided tour, visit rural Algarve and explore the areas around Paderne and Alte. Children are welcome but buggy driver has to have a valid driver’s licence.

Tour rates are from €70 per person. Book on Musement.com (TUI) for Best Rate Guarantee.

3-Hour Buggy Safari Tour Loulé

Buggy Safari Loulé, Algarve, Portugal
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The Buggy Safari company has been operating this activity in the Algarve for over 15 years. The guided buggy tour is in Loulé and promises a lot of fun, mud, great views and adrenaline. Tour starts at 9h30 and you will be driving your own buggy.

Tour rates are from €144 per buggy (two persons). A maximum of 4 participants per tour.

Jeep Safari and Caves Boat Tour

Half-day Safari Combo from Vilamoura
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Try the best of both worlds with this full-day combo, a half-day jeep safari in the country side and a boat trip to the caves. Enjoy your guided off-road drive and get to know the Real Algarve, sample local produce and take in the great views. The second part of the tour takes you on another adventure discovering the coastline and beautiful caves. Dolphin sightings are also common on these trips to the caves.

Tour rates are from €75 per person including hotel pick-up and drop-off in Vilamoura. Suitable for the whole family.

Jeep Safari and Kayaking Tour

Kayak and Jeep Safari from Vilamoura
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Another combo day trip for those who love an active outdoor life. Four hours safari tour and a two hour kayak tour, the order may vary depending on sea conditions. You’ll have an hour free time to have lunch between the activities. Kayak tour is suitable for all skill levels but participants must be able to swim. 

Tour rates are from €79 per person including hotel pick-up and drop-off in Vilamoura. Suitable for most age groups.

Locations the Jeep Safaris Visit

About Alte

Most inland tours and jeep safaris will take you to Alte, a quaint charming village located 30km north of Vilamoura, about a 35 minute drive. This picturesque village has maintained much of its character and is commonly referred to as the ‘Most Typical Portuguese Village’ in Portugal. The pretty traditional white houses, cobblestone roads, natural spring and surrounding area make Alte a perfect stop for anyone exploring rural Algarve. The Vigário waterfall is a great place for a swim or a picnic and most jeep safaris will stop here.

Public transportation to Alte is not really an option (the only direct bus is from Loulé), you can easily drive there yourself or take a taxi/uber which should cost between €25-€30 one way. 

About Paderne

The small hillside village of Paderne is another popular destination for the off road tours in the Algarve. This tranquil village is located a 20-minute (16km) drive from Vilamoura just north of Albufeira.

The hiking trails and Paderne Castle ruins offer some fabulous views over the area. The village also hosts some great events such the Vintage Motorcycle rally or the Medieval Festival.

The Veneza Restaurant in Paderne has also become a tourist attraction, this restaurant is a wine boutique and unique in that they have hundreds of wines on display. The menu is authentic Portuguese and its worth a visit just to see the massive selection if wines.