Sustainable Travels is a dream come true to Sofia Costa, our founder.
Sofia was born and raised in the Algarve and she experienced closely some of the negative impacts mass tourism has in the region. With a big interest in travelling and nature, she graduated in Ecotourism in order to put her vision into action: to create an authentic tourism experience to the Algarve based on sustainability (social, environmental and economic)!
Our main goal is to consolidate the Algarve as a sustainable tourism destination, where tourism contributes to job creation and fair opportunities for the local population, contributes to the valorisation of local customs and culture and supports nature conservation.
We truly believe tourism can be a great experience for you as for local communities. Your travels can leave a positive impact on the destination.
Travel with us and discover a different Algarve that will surprise you!
Why travel with Sustainable Travels?
Genuine and authentic experiences
Authenticity, cultural identity and respect for the environment and local people are the main pillars of all our tours and activities. With us, you will discover much more than amazing beaches. We want to show you the best of our natural wonders, the tasteful dishes and the more unique costumes. We love the Algarve and we will always do our best so you will love it too!
Friendly local guides to show you around
All of our experience providers are small local businesses from the people of the Algarve. They are the better guides as they can provide you with a truly local experience and make you feel like home!
Positively impact the places you visit
This is our number one priority. For us, a dream destination should be as great to visit as to live at! Overtourism is a reality in many destinations and its negative effects can be devastating to local communities and ecosystems (e.g. loss of cultural identity, pollution, price speculation, Environmental degradation, etc). We take several actions to ensure your visit is benefiting local communities and it respects nature (see below what actions are these).
Giving back through NGO partnerships
Sustainable Travels make sure to donate a part of tours’ profits to local social or environmental organizations to improve the benefits of your stay to the region and its local communities (see more here).
Local businesses with a strong environmental conscience
We know all our partners personally, which are carefully selected considering they are local companies that have a positive impact socially and economically in the region and that have environmental concerns. So, by travelling with us, you are empowering these small local businesses. Like this, the money you spend on your vacation stays in the region, instead of going to big groups or international corporations. All regional economies benefit from this as it will help create new jobs, generate more profit and value traditions.
Small group activities
All activities and tours will be private or with small groups so you can have a more friendly and authentic experience. Working only with small groups we can limit the pressure on natural ecosystems.
Tailor-made and private tours
Tailor-made tours and private activities offer you flexibility and the opportunity to design your own trip exactly how you like it. Decide how and when to travel, the hotel standard and what activities you want. With our expert knowledge of the region, we can select the best possible accommodation, guides and excursions to suit your tastes and budget