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Algar Seco, Portugal – The playground for adults

Oh, the art of spontaneous travel. I’m a planner. We don’t travel very often without every detail thought out. But, I always leave one or two days open for a “do whatever you please” kind of day to please the hubs. As this post will prove, we really should leave our plans open more often.

Algar Seco wasn’t even on our radar before our trip to Portugal. But, after stumbling across a picture of it during our 3-hour breakfast in Ferragudo we set our sights on spending our last afternoon in the Algarve wandering around these impeccable caves.  

Running around all of the nooks and crannies of these caves like a little girl at a new playground, Algar Seco proved to be the best part of our trip to Portugal.

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Cave landscape

Coming from a boardwalk on top of the caves, you enter the “park” by accessing a staircase down to the rock formations. The caves are multi-layered and easily accessible (I walked around in $5 Target sandals).

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

As we started to walk down towards the sea, I couldn’t stop smiling.

Around every corner you’ll be greeted by rock formations literally jutting out of the roaring sea below. 

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

The rocks have remnants of tiny seashells embedded within. The textures and colors change depending on how close to the water the rocks are. It might be the past scientist in my blood (in my former life I was a chemist), but I was in complete awe.

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Can it get any better than this? It can and it does!

Grotto Adventuring

After wandering around for about an hour we were thirsty. As we headed up with the intention of going back to the car, we saw a sign in the distance that pointed towards a bar. As we walked towards the sign we realized the bar was carved into the caves!

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Despite the fact the drinks were way too expensive (10 euro/drink) I couldn’t resist. We were on vacation after all!

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Flash forward an hour and two drinks later and we were in no shape to drive. Alas, we had to explore more. 😉

As we got up we saw a sign that pointed towards an outlook. During our boat trip a few days prior we had seen people standing in what looked like a cave window. We didn’t think we would ever find this vantage point, but lo and behold we did right behind this bar!

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Those boat-goers are probably thinking the same thing I did a few days prior “Where is that cave window?!” Well now you know!

Once back up on the boardwalk we saw a white staircase leading down to more caves. We knew we needed at least an hour before we were fit to drive so we made our way down.

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

If you are into cliff diving this is your place to be. Once you are down into this area you will see a sign that points straight to a cliff-diving point. Once you dive into the water there are steps that lead you right back up to the top. Talk about perfection.

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Plus – at the bottom of the cliff diving there is a heart-shaped rock that in my alcohol-hazed state brought me to happy tears.

I was tickled pink. Water, cliffs, sun, time with the love of my life – I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. 

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Heading back up to the top to rest with the hubs we enjoyed watching the boats speed by below us. We had a bird friend for a bit and took a bunch of selfies – blame the drinks.

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

An hour later we were sobered up and headed back to the car.

Our time in Portugal was quickly coming to an end and I was so thankful we got to spend our last few hours at Algar Seco. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect ending. 

The Nitty Gritty

Algar Seco is located smack dab in the middle of the Algarve.

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

We found parking right down the street for free and it was an easy stroll over to the boardwalk. The town nearby is really cute and if we’re ever back in the Algarve we’ll be spending an entire day in this area to explore more of the town and the surrounding beaches.

The Algar Seco blew us away and is a can’t-miss on your trip to the Algarve. 

Have you ever been to Algar Seco? What did you think?

Happy Trekking!

– Boots not Roots

Algar Seco is the playground for adults in the Algarve. This photo diary proves this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in the Algarve.

Untold Morsels

  • GOOD LORD I wanna go there. Algarve has definitely been on my wanderlusty radar for awhile – but hello Algar Seco. Yes and please. Loved this gorgeous post! Thanks for linking with #FarawayFiles this week – a beautiful and lusty addition to the collection. Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Thank you Erin! Algar Seco is out of this world. I can guarantee that we will be back in the coming years to do a full day. Glad you enjoyed this post! #farawayfiles

  • Portugal looks amazing! I’m just swooning as I look through your pictures! #farawayfiles

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      It really is Mandy! A must-visit for sure. #farawayfiles

  • love these photos! wow #farawayfiles

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Thanks Tanja! I’m very much an amateur, but I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade recently. 🙂 Glad it’s showing! #farawayfiles

  • Untold Morsels

    Great find. Love those serendipitous moments when everything goes right and you just want to fist pump the air. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos and experience with us on #FarawayFiles

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Thanks for letting me share via #farawayfiles!! 🙂

  • What a gorgeous place and such a fun find – we stayed not too far away a couple of years ago but I hadn’t realised it was there. Definitely on my list next time we’re in the Algarve, if only to have a drink in that bar! #farawayfiles

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Aw Cathy! That bar is AWESOME. Pricey, but so so so worth it. Glad you enjoyed this post! #farawayfiles

  • Clare Thomson

    I loved this wonderful discovery of yours. I’m a big fan of mixing up planning with wanderings when travelling. There’s something extra special about a serendipitous discovery that you can’t get if you’ve researched everything meticulously. This looks so perfect. A great addition to this week’s #FarawayFiles

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Thanks Clare! It was really great being able to stumble across this. Amazing find. 🙂 #farawayfiles

  • daisythebus

    I’m still chuckling at the thought of visiting CLIFFS whilst tipsy. ;o) Glad you survived to tell the tale and to add – yet another – place for us to consider on our next trip to Portugal! #FarawayFiles

    • Danielle from Boots not Roots

      Hahha yea! That’s true I guess (#woops). 🙂 Fortunately there was cliff-diving there so if I fell in I could have just claimed I was practicing my cliff jumping skills. 😉 #farawayfiles

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