Although Skydive Algarve is the newest addition to the Swallow Group, which also includes Skydive Hibaldstow in the UK and Skydive Spain near Seville, it is no newbie to the sport. It might be under new British ownership since December 2014 but it was originally established already in 1999. With new blood comes new energy and Skydive Algarve plans to develop this fantastic skydiving location even more and make it bigger and better than it already is.
Operating from a small airport in Montes de Alvor, near the city of Portimão, the dropzone boasts a 900m runway (the airport has one single short asphalt runway in the 11/29 direction) and large landing area of 46 hectares. The vast landing area calls for high altitude jumps and that's exactly what you get, the twin turbine 15-seater Dornier G92 will get you to 14,000ft (highest in Portugal) in no time (actually, the Swallow Group has 5 dorniers and a few other aircraft that they use to fly between the dropzones).
The current fleet moreover consists of Finist SMG-92, an all-metal high wing single-engine turboprop airplane that can take seven skydivers on the float rail and the Caravan, a gargantuan utility machine that seats up to 17 skydivers. The guys even bring an extra dornier to Algarve when it's busy to be sure skydivers get up in the air as quickly and as often as possible. Spectacular views over the south coast of Portugal are guaranteed and no one gets left behind.
Photo: © Helder Sousa
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Whether you're looking for a tandem jump, a course for first time jumpers or you’re an experienced jumper, the dropzone has you covered. Boasting some excellent facilities as well as offering instructor courses, team trainings, formation skydiving, freefly or wingsuit coaching, you don't have to look elsewhere as Skydive Algarve pretty much cater for all skydivers' needs.
And what dropzone it would be without a proper boogie. Skydive Algarve is proud to be host to three annual Boogies:
- Spring Boogie - March/April each year
- Autumn Boogie - September/October each year
- Christmas Boogie - December/January each year
With fantastic weather, amazing scenery and open doors 365 days a year, the Skydive Algarve drop zone is a must jump with. For more information, prices and news, visit their website or their FB.
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