Check out our list of the top 20 things to do and see in Quarteira so that you can make the most of your vacations in this sunny coastal city of the Algarve.

Spend the day at the beach

The stunning Praia de Quarteira and Praia de Forte Novo are ideal for enjoying a relaxing day spent by the sea. Enjoy a day torn between sunbathing on the towel and diving, taking advantage of the best Algarve’s nature has to offer. If it is not warm enough to spend the day relaxing at the beach, you can always choose to stroll along the seafront or sit on a terrace with a view over the sea.

Algarve Beaches Praia Do Forte Novo Quarteira
Praia Do Forte Novo Quarteira. Photo by AlgarveTour.


Located in Quarteira is one of the most spectacular and fun water parks in the country: Aquashow. With a number of slides with breath-taking turns and vertiginous slopes, one of Europe’s largest water roller-coasters and special spaces for the youngest ones, Aquashow brings together everything you need to have a fantastic day with your friends and family.

Aquashow Park water slides.
Aquashow Park water slides.

Beach Segway Tour

Quarteira is connected to Vilamoura by a pedestrian pathway built on the seafront, which is a beautiful course to be done on a segway. Segways are safe vehicles and can be used by both children and adults.

Beach Sunset By Segway
Beach Sunset By Segway

Boat Excursion

Quarteira has the advantage of sitting right next to the famous Vilamoura marina and therefore the most beautiful cliffs and rock formations in the Algarve are just a boat trip away. Explore the caves and the hidden beaches of the area and we assure you that you will fall in love with the Algarve.

Catamaran Boat Passengers Viewing Rock Formations
Catamaran Boat Passengers Viewing Rock Formations

Playing golf

Quarteira has been blessed with a privileged location near the sea, green fields and over 300 days of sunshine a year, making the area a true paradise for golf enthusiasts, who travel every year from all over the world for a few shots in the local courses. In Quarteira you can find the excellent Vila Sol course and you’re all in easy reach of the many courses of Vilamoura.

Vila Sol lagoon, Vilamoura
Vila Sol Golf Camp, Vilamoura

Almancil Karting

Almancil Karting, about 10 minutes from Quarteira, is the ideal place to finally test your driving skills. There are two tracks, a children’s track with junior kart for the younger children and a larger track where you can accelerate at will.

Group on Almancil Go Karting
Almancil Go Karting


Quarteira is a great place to go fishing. It is not necessary to go far off coast for the fish to start biting the bait. Rent a boat or join one of the fishing trips offered in the area of Quarteira with many departing from the nearby Vilamoura marina.

Holding a Tuna, Tuna and Dorado Fishing - Vilamoura
Men holding a Tuna.


Quarteira is an amazing spot for surfing. The open beaches are strongly exposed to the wind, which sometimes forms large waves that cause excitement in the heart of the most experienced surfer. In Quarteira you can have your first surf lesson or you can simply rent the equipment and go into the sea to have fun catching some waves.

Meia Praia Surf
Men surfing. Photo by SurfGuideAlgarve.


Bodyboarding is also great to try in Quarteira and is perfect for all ages. Boards can be easily (and cheaply!) purchased from many of the shops on the front by the beach.

Bodyboard Faro
Bodyboard . Photo by Região Sul.


Quarteira has two kitesurf schools because of its ideal beaches for practicing this sport since they are in open areas exposed to winds from all sides.

Kitesurfing Lagos
Kitesurfing. Photo by Sul Informação.


Feel the excitement of “flying” across the surface of the water, clinging only to a board and a sail. Visit to the beaches of Quarteira and try this fun nautical sport.

e men Windsurfing with beutiful bue sea in the Algarve
Windsurfing in the Algarve.

Stand Up Paddle

Have fun paddling of the coast of ​​the beaches of Quarteira aboard a board of Stand Up Paddle. You will see that it is a lot of fun and its also a great way to relieve stress.

Vilamoura Sup
Vilamoura Sup

Jeep Safari

Take a jeep safari through the interior of the Algarve. Enjoy magnificent landscapes, see the region’s forests and discover the picturesque villages of the mountains.

Jeep at Sunset
Jeep Safari Tour.

Riding a bike

Enjoy cycling around the area of Quarteira. The flat, seafront roads offer magnificent views over the beaches of the Algarve.

2 people on bike, near the beach, Albufeira.
Riding a bike near the beach.

Exploring Ria Formosa

Stroll through Ria Formosa which is within easy reach of Quarteira and enjoy the opportunity to discover the fauna and flora of the Algarve. Whether you are traveling by boat through the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve, or simply walking or even cycling, this protected natural park, home to thousands of animals, is definitely worth exploring the Ria Formosa Wonders.

Small boat in Ria Formosa in Faro
Ria Formosa Wonders.

Buggy Safari Off Road Adventure

The interior of the Algarve is ideal for driving buggys. Mud puddles, deserted dirt tracks and an infinite sense of freedom that can hardly be found elsewhere in Europe offer the conditions for a well-spent day behind the wheel of a buggy in the Algarve’s countryside.

Off Road Buggy Adventure - Almancil
Off Road Buggy Adventure near Quarteira

Visiting the Municipal Market of Quarteira

The Municipal Market of Quarteira is a typical market of the southern region of Portugal. The market is one of the best places in Quarteira to buy fish having a wide variety of fresh fish for sale like seafood, sardines and clams. Filled with friendly fishermen, many of whom still sell fish wrapped in newspapers, visiting the Municipal Market of Quarteira is a great way to get to know more about the Algarve’s regional culture and cuisine.

Several fresh products at Quarteira market.
Several fresh products at Quarteira market.

Dolphin Watching

A few miles off the coast there are dolphins happily playing in the warm waters of the Atlantic. After so many years welcoming these superb creatures, locals know where to find them and organize expeditions on high speed boats so that visitors from all over the world can see dolphins.

2 dolphins in the wild near Ferragudo
Dolphin Watching Trip

Please note that Quarteira is very close to Vilamoura, so be sure to check out the list of the best 40 activities to do in Vilamoura: (link to top40 activities to do in Vilamoura)

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