On the second day of our stay in Albufeira, we decided to go a cruise. We booked a tour from our hotel as the rates were pretty good. As per the brochure, it was supposedly a half day tour of the caves and coastline of Albufeira including pick up & drop off from the hotel. I am unsure of the name of the tour company but I'm sure all the hotels have these kind of tours - except that some of them may organize full day tours with lunch and the rest half day.
On the day of our tour, a mini-bus picked us up early from our hotel and dropped us off at the marina in Villamoura. It took us about 30 minutes to reach Villamoura. This place also also happened to be the starting point of our cruise. I suffer from motion sickness so I had mixed feelings about doing this trip. But I took all the necessary precautions.
When we reached the marina, we had a little speedboat waiting for us. We boarded it along with 16 other passengers and set sail on the calm turquoise waters of the Algarve.
It was just a lovely ride along the coastline of Albufeira. The weather was beautiful. Probably the warmest that we'd felt in this entire Portugal trip. When it got a bit chilly, we moved inside the boat and came out whenever we felt like. Our guides were two young men from Russia and our captain was Portuguese. They were such a friendly bunch. There was never a dull moment when these guys were around.
After passing through kilometers of coastline, we finally reached the caves. We were then divided into 2 groups and put into a raft for the cave ride. During this ride, we went into some of the most stunning formations, caves, cliffs and tunnels. Some of them were so low, that we literally lowered our heads to pass through. Our cave ride took about 20 minutes after which we returned to our speedboat while the second group left for theirs.
After we were done exploring the caves, it was a 45 minute ride back to the marina, during which we enjoyed some foot-thumping music and danced under the sun. No trip to Albufeira is complete without visiting these caves. We were there in winter so we had our jackets on, but I bet that its so much better in summer. Nevertheless, we had a great trip!
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