Looking for a good gym in the Algarve?
Whatever your fitness level or budget, you can find the one here.
In this article we present to you some of the best gyms in Algarve, comparing their facilities, prices and target audiences, as well as give you some other ideas for spending your holidays in an active way.
The best gyms, fitness studios and health clubs in the Algarve
Besides stunningly beautiful beaches and clean blue water, the Algarve region in southern Portugal also offers its inhabitants and visitors various places to get fit.
There you can lose those extra pounds gained from eating too many of those delicious Pasteís de Natas and other Portuguese delicacies, which – despite their high level of calories – are just too good not to try them.
In each city of the Algarve we have picked the 10 best best gyms we think you should try out.
Best gym in Lagos
Lagos em Forma
Starting in the west of the Algarve region, we find ourselves in the city of Lagos, where Lagos em Forma (website is in Portuguese) offers a gym specialised for those that want to build muscles or improve their cardio fitness.
The gym consists of three areas including an area for force and weight training, an area for cardio fitness with cross trainers, step trainers and spinning bicycles and a relaxing area where you can finish your training session with a relaxing spa session.
Besides the gym, Lagos em Forma, also has a swimming pool (25 x 17 metres) with eight lanes!
They run various group training sessions including, CrossFit training and therapy sessions.
Costs at Lagos em Forma
You can get a day visit in the low season for as low as €2.50. Monthly memberships start at €30 if you are a resident. There are many options so I recommend having a look at Lagos em Forma’s table of fees here (website is in Portuguese) or give them a call on 282 780 210 or email them at [email protected].
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm (with the swimming pool closing at 9pm),Saturdays from 9am until 8pm. On Sundays, they are closed.
Address: Complexo Desportivo de Lagos, Rossio de S. João, Lagos.
Best gyms in Portimão
BETO Fitness Club
Moving a bit further to the east, in the city of Portimão, the BETO Fitness Club (website is in Portuguese) focusses on the following sports and training types:
- Weight Training;
- Body Pump;
- Step Training;
- Muscle Training;
- Zumba; and
- much more.
Those training at BETO Fitness Club specifically enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the extensive quality equipment and facilities, as well as the high level of professionalism and knowledge from the Personal Trainers.
Costs at BETO Fitness Club
A day pass will cost you €7 and is valid for a whole year.
Weekly passes are €20 and a monthly pass is €46. You can get in touch with BETO Fitness club here to ask questions and sign up.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm, Saturdays from 9.30am to 1pm and again from 3pm to 10pm. On public holidays the gym opens at 3pm and closes again at 8pm. They are closed on Sundays.
Address: Rua da Hortinha 50 A, Portimão.
EVOC Health Club
- Body Attack;
- Spin Bike;
- Pilates; and
They also have a swimming pool and a spa area. Besides that, for those who are looking for a more individual, assisted and tailored training experience, EVOC Health Club also has Personal Trainers available, who can plan, assist and guide you through your training, helping you reach your objectives.
Clients of EVOC Health Club say that they specifically enjoy the great facilities, the extensive programme of group trainings, and the nice and accommodating staff.
Costs at EVOC Health Club
Unfortunately, EVOC Health Centre don’t have their fees online, so it’s best to give them a call on 961 070 502 or email them at [email protected]
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7am to 10pm, Saturdays from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 1pm. 1
Address: Avenida São Lourenço da Barrosa, Edificio Oceano Atlântico, Portimão.
Best gym in Lagoa
MUV Health Club
A little bit further to the east in the town of Lagoa, the MUV Health Club (website is in Portuguese) is perfect for those that like training in groups, as the gym focuses on group trainings, including:
- Pilates; and
- Zumba Dance.
However, individual training options are of course also available.
Despite its relatively small size, members of MUV health club emphasise that they specifically like the family-like atmosphere, the nice staff and the quality facilities and good conditions in the gym.
Costs at MUV Health Club
MUV Health Club also do not show their prices online so email them at [email protected] or give them a call on 282 043 296 or 935 271 243.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 10.30pm, Saturdays from 9am to 2pm and public holidays from 9am to 1pm. They are closed on Sundays.
Address: Rua de Che Lagoense 97, Lagoa.
Best gyms in Albufeira
SER Mais Health Club
Those who are looking for a larger club with a wider range of facilities, you should go a bit further to the city of Albufeira. The SER Mais Health Club (website is in Portuguese) comprises a gym with facilities for weight and cardio trainings, a swimming pool, as well as a spa area that includes a sauna and a Turkish hammam.
SER Mais Health Club also offers group training, such as:
- Body Pump;
- Body Combat; and
You can also hire a Personal Trainer who are available for those that want to have a more personal and individual training guidance and experience.
Finally, and last, but not least, the SER Mais Health Club offers massages and cosmetic treatments, such as skin cleansing or anti-wrinkle applications.
Costs at SER Mais Health Club
While this club is a bit on the higher end in terms of prices, customers emphasise the great and extensive facilities it offers, as well as compliment the accommodating and approachable staff.
Have a look at the SER Mais price options here (website is in Portuguese) but a monthly pass starts at €21.60.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7am until 10pm, Saturdays from 10am until 4pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
Address: Hotel Apartamento Paraíso de Albufeira, Rua do Município, Albufeira.
UNiK Fitness Club
The UNiK Fitness Club is another superb fitness centre in Albufeira, located in the Albufeira Shopping centre.
It comprises a gym with facilities for both weight and cardiovascular training, as well as a spa and beauty area that provides massages and other beauty treatments.
While this is a comparably small gym, clients still emphasise that it has great facilities and very friendly staff.
Costs at UNiK Fitness Club
As they don’t advertise their prices, you can call them on 289 589 546 or email them at [email protected] for queries and pricing.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7am until 10pm, Saturdays from 9am until 6pm and on Sundays from 9am until 2pm.
Address: Rua do Município, Albufeira Shopping, floor -3, Albufeira.
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Best gyms in Faro, Tavira and Olhão
If you stay more in the eastern parts of Algarve, the fitness and health clubs of Gymnasium group in Faro, Tavira and Olhão might be just what you are looking for.
With a gym space of 2000 m2 in Faro and 1200 m2 in Tavira and Olhão you have a lot of space for your individual training.
In addition to that the gyms have a separate space for weight training, as well as dedicated facilities for group trainings, such as cycling, zumba and much more.
For those who prefer a more individual and personalised training, Gymnasium has Personal Trainers that create tailored training plans for their clients.
In addition to its fitness facilities, Gymnasium clubs also feature a spa and beauty area, where clients can receive various treatments including massages and acupuncture.
Clients praise the young and dynamic team that is always approachable, as well as the well-maintained and quality facilities.
Costs at Gymnasium
Membership starts at €15 and you can have a free trial. Visit the Gymnasium website more more information and to sign up.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 7am to 10.30pm, Saturdays and public holidays from 9am to 7pm and Sundays from 9am to 2pm. On New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 15 August and Christmas Day the facilities are closed.
Faro: Edificio Oasis Pontes de Marchil, São Pedro, Faro.
Tavira: Urbanização da Asseca – Rua General Quintino Dias, Tavira.
Olhão: Intermarché Olhão – Sítio de Marim, Olhão.
Finally, those who like a smaller, more family-like studio may find that at Eden Gym (website is in Portuguese) in Tavira. The relatively small gym offers group trainings, such as:
- Body Pump;
- Pilates; and
They also have facilities for individual fitness trainings and a range of Personal Trainers who can adapt to your individual situation and help you define your individual goals and training plan.
Since a healthy and fit life is not only dependant on sport, but equally on the right nutritional diet, in addition to the fitness training and healthcare in Portugal, Eden Gym (website is in Portuguese) also offers nutritional consulting.
All in all, Eden Gym is the perfect gym for people of all ages and fitness levels, who look for a relaxed environment where they can become or remain fit.
Costs at Eden Gym
They are small and as they have many services, it’s best to give them a call on 926 646 690 or email tham at [email protected]
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm and again from 4pm to 9pm, Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, Sundays the gym is closed.
Address: Rua José Joaquim Jara 84, Tavira.
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Getting fit at a gym in the Algarve
Whatever training environment you are looking for – the Algarve has everything.
Given the extensive range of options and great number of fitness studios that the Algarve region has to offer, there is no excuse not to spend at least some time training and improving your fitness.
Depending on your needs, budget and preferences, you may either opt for one of the larger gyms with a greater range of facilities, including, for example, a swimming pool and spa area, or you may instead opt for a smaller more family-like studio.
Thinking about living in the Algarve? Have you seen our article? Living in the Algarve: An Unbiased Guide to Help You Decide to Move
Other sporting activities in the Algarve
Finally, in addition to the fitness studios, there are of course also many options to practice sport outside a gym in Portugal. How about, for example, a run next to the beach in the early morning or during the sunset?
Or why not do a cycling trip alongside the beautiful nature reserves in Sagres? The opportunities for spending your holidays in the Algarve in an active way are basically endless!
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