Authentic Experiences

Nothing about our villa collection is mainstream, and this inspired us to create memorable, unique experiences where the overlooked secrets of the Algarve will become treasured memories for our guests.

More and more our guests are looking for time to put the fast-paced world behind them and spend quality time with their friends and family. Today’s sophisticated travellers are on a quest for ‘authenticity’ – for local neighbourhoods, boutiques and restaurants, to explore the unexplored.

Our curated range of experiences that will take you off the beaten track and discover the same passion for the Algarve as we have, to live and dine as the locals do, to delve into its fascinating history and culture, to take part in its artisanal traditions – to see for yourself what makes this such a magical place.

With trusted partnerships and relationships with local tradesmen from oyster pickers to olive oil makers, the only limit to what we can arrange for you and your party is your imagination! Salt panning, riverboat tours…This is your gateway to the authentic experiences that will make your stay truly Algarvian - and truly unforgettable.

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Sagres fortress

The Best of the Algarve

Algarve 10+1 is a tour of life in the region, helping to promote and preserve its unique cultural tapestry. From east to west, from farm to coast, these are places where we can still discover the rural communities and unspoiled natural landscapes of the Algarve.

 

 

Local Experiences

Local and Traditional Culture

Our partners Loulé Criativo, Proactivetur and Projeto TASA offer a chance to take part in workshops, courses, theme weekends and experiences inspired by the Algarve’s traditional art, handcrafts, gastronomy and music. Enrich your stay by learning more about the region’s fascinating cultural heritage.

Herdade dos Grous vineard and farm experience

Vineyard & Farm Experience

At the heart of Alentejo, VILA VITA’s Herdade dos Grous organic farm and vineyard is a part of our genuine commitment to farm-to-table gastronomy, it’s magnificent 790 hectare grounds create an incredible rural retreat offering a range of regionally influenced experiences. Bread, wine and cheese making workshops, bird-watching, horse-riding – this is the perfect place to get away from the world and get back to nature.

Benagil caves

Sea Caves

The Algarve coast is home to some of the largest marine caves in Europe and due to the calm seas here we can venture into them safely.

Boat trips to famous caves such as Benagil include BBQ lunches and a guided tour – everything you need for a sea-faring day of adventure.

Pottery handcraft

Pottery Workshops

For over 50 years the artisans of Porches Pottery have created hand crafted works that continue a local tradition dating back thousands of years.

At their 18th century farmhouse, you can attend a tile painting workshop, create a one-of-a-kind souvenir and enjoy lunch at the Bar Bacchus café.

Wine tours

Wine Tours

It’s exceptional climate help provide the Algarve with an excellent terroir for wine making.

Wine was first produced here as early as 2000 B.C. and remains one of its best kept secrets. Our wine tasting experiences will inspire you to learn more about its many blossoming vineyards.

Culinary events and workshops

Culinary Workshops and Events

With international chefs bringing exciting new ideas, and local chefs perfecting traditional recipes handed down through the generations, VILA VITA offers a range of gastronomic experiences that will give you a true taste of the region as you discover the fresh vibrancy of the seas and the intense aromas of the farm. 

Nature walks

Nature Walks

All across the Algarve, Via Algarviana creates and promotes hiking trails, nature tours and cultural festivals that help give tourists and residents alike a better understanding of the important habitats and incredible natural landscapes of the Algarve.

Dinosaur footprints on Salema beach

Pre-historic Dinosaur Footprints

Amazingly, among the limestone rocks of the golden beaches at the picturesque village of Salema you will find a trail of large fossilized dinosaur footprints.

Discovered in 2001 by geologists from Lisbon University, they are a must-see for budding young paleontologists!

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PURE Life Experiences