Discover the Hidden Paradise of Wild Swimming near Figs on the Funcho
Yearning to escape the scorching heat of the Algarve? Look no further than the captivating village of Alte, a mere stone’s throw away from Figs on the Funcho.
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Wild Swimming in the Algarve’s Serene Retreat

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Wild Swimming at the village, Alte

Within this enchanting village lies one of the Algarve’s two natural wild swimming pools, inviting you to immerse in a refreshing oasis. These well-kept secrets offer a serene retreat, where you can surrender to the joy of wild swimming amidst nature’s breath-taking beauty.

Embarking on this aquatic adventure is as easy as parking your vehicle at Fonte Grande and preparing for an invigorating experience. As you slip into the cool, crystal-clear spring waters, the weariness of the day dissolves, leaving you rejuvenated. These pools provide a welcome respite from the relentless sun, providing both visitors and locals alike with a much-needed escape.

The Majestic Algarve Waterfall and Inviting Oasis

Prepare to be enthralled by one of the region’s highlights—the Algarve’s largest waterfall, situated just 2 kilometres from Alte at Queda Vigario. Plummeting an awe-inspiring 24 meters, this magnificent waterfall cascades into an idyllic oval pond, creating an inviting haven for swimmers. Delight in the pure bliss of swimming and frolicking in this natural wonder. Do remember to bring your own umbrella, as shade can be limited in the area. However, please note that water levels at the waterfall may be low during the summer months, so it’s best to check beforehand.

Savour the Flavors of Alte’s Charming Restaurants

After a refreshing wild swimming adventure, satisfy your appetite at one of the delightful typical Portuguese restaurants in Alte. For our top restaurant suggestion, be sure to visit our restaurant page for mouth-watering recommendations.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding in the Algarve’s Breathtaking Setting

For those seeking an extra dose of adventure amidst the Algarve’s stunning vistas, why not try stand-up paddleboarding on the tranquil River Funcho? As one of the fastest-growing water sports, paddleboarding provides an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while staying active.  Visit our water activities page.

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Glide on the Water Amidst Majestic Hills

Navigating Algarve Seasons and Water Levels

If you’re planning to indulge in water activities like wild swimming, paddle boarding, or fishing in the Algarve, it’s essential to consider the unique climate of the region. During the summer months, the Algarve experiences hot and sunny weather, creating the perfect conditions for outdoor aquatic adventures.

However, it’s important to be aware that the water levels in rivers and bodies of water can vary, particularly if the region has encountered a low rainfall season. In fact, the year 2023 has been particularly dry, causing some rivers, including the one passing Figs on the Funcho, to experience significantly reduced water levels or even dry up. While the Algarve’s summers are generally dry, there is a possibility that some rivers may have lower water levels.

Conversely, the rainy season, which occurs from November to February, brings a higher chance of rainfall and replenishes the water sources. So, whether you’re seeking refreshing swims or exciting paddle boarding experiences, it’s a good idea to stay informed about local conditions and water levels to ensure you have the best and safest water-based adventures.

And There are More Ways to Embrace the Algarve’s Natural Beauty

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Exhilarating Paddleboarding at our Self-Catering Villa: Embrace the Waters with Stunning Backdrop

Algarve offers exceptional birding opportunities that will allow you to connect with nature on a deeper level. For more detailed information and suggestions, visit our dedicated birding page.

For those seeking a unique perspective of the Algarve’s breathtaking landscapes, horse riding is an ideal choice. Horse riding in the Algarve allows you to experience the region’s beauty at a leisurely pace while forging a special bond with these magnificent animals. Our horse riding page provides insights and recommendations to help you embark on an unforgettable equestrian adventure.

If you’re an avid explorer who loves immersing yourself in nature’s splendor, consider embarking on a guided walking holiday in the Algarve. There’s no better way to truly experience the region’s breathtaking landscapes than by venturing on foot. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to discover the hidden gems and awe-inspiring beauty that awaits you.

If you’re an adventurer who craves the freedom to plan your own activities and embark on personalized adventures, we have the perfect option for you. Book your stay at Figs on the Funcho and experience the joy of a self-catering holiday, where you can tailor your days to suit your preferences and create a truly customized vacation.