Algarve Balloons
Algarve Balloons
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
By riding the winds of the barrocal valleys in the western Algarve or the warmer breezes of the rolling hills of the Baixo Alentejo , our colourful balloons will float over breathtaking views. With no ties, no destination and no time limitations Barlavento Balloons has the pleasure in sharing this serene experience. Whether a birthday, anniversary, important occasion or even a “must do” … we promise all our passengers a wonderful time!
Lagos, Portugal

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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Deanne O
4 contributions
Oct 2022
The hot air balloon flight was the highlight of our trip to the Algarve! After a few reschedules due to wind conditions, we were rewarded with a clear morning and light winds and were able to fly for quite a distance. Helena (pilot), Miguel & Aldis (ground crew and pilots-in-training) were an absolute delight - professional, safe, and personable. We were invited to participate in the set-up and pack-up the balloon before/after the flight, which was lots of fun and added to the entire experience. We learned a great deal from Helena about the area and about balloon flight in general - very fascinating! We felt extremely safe during the entire flight, including a very gentle take-off and landing. We would highly recommend this adventure when visiting the Algarve! One piece of advice would be if you are staying in the area for a period of time, reserve the balloon flight early in your stay so you have other potential options to reschedule if the weather conditions are not suitable for flying.
Thanks again Helena and team!
Written October 11, 2022
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gregofhastings
3 contributions
What an adventure it was!!! From arriving and inflating the balloon to drifting above the rooftops and seeing the algarve in a truly magnificent way while the sun come up.
Even for someone who is afraid of heights the pilot Helena (and her crew) were amazing, they checked everyone was happy and comfortable with everything and the whole experience was incredibly smooth and well explained leaving you calm and able to fully enjoy what was truly a memorable experience.

If you get the chance, do this.
Written October 10, 2022
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Pedro Vieira
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
Espetacular. From the beginning to the end. This was my girlfriend birthday present, and waht a present it was. Our pilot was superb. The views were Incredible, all around it was an awsome experience that is recommended to everyone I've lived in Algarve for 25 years and only now I discovered that the best views are from up there.
Written September 23, 2022
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Angelo_Berlin
Berlin, Germany122 contributions
Sep 2022
This was one of the most incredible experiences we had and will stay unforgettable.

The organization starts at 07:00 pm the day before the scheduled flight. We called Helena to confirm if the flight can take place the next morning. As balloon pilot she has to check the weather condition and wind direction to plan departure and landing zones. In our case we had to re-schedule the flight two days later due to the forecasted wind. So be prepared to be a bit flexible and do not schedule it at the end of your holiday.
The alarm clock rang early in the morning so that we could make it on time. We met Helena and her team at 06:40h am at the coordinates she sent us via WhattsApp. They built a small picknick table with coffee and cookies. As interesting as the flight itself, is setting up the balloon and tearing it down afterwards. The more hands the better, so feel free to help :). Bring some long trousers and a light jacket, as it may be chilling cold in the morning. It will become quite warm soon after sunrise. As the balloon flows with the wind, you will hardly feel any wind „on board“.

After landing and packing the balloon we were brought back to the starting point. We were allowed to drive in the balloon basket on the trailer. That is as fun as the flight itself.

Helena was so gentle and full of passion. She was a wonderful host from the beginning until the end, always caring about their guests. Indeed this trip raised our desire for more ballooning.
Written September 12, 2022
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Algarve B
Marvellous passengers makes a superb flight. Wishing you happy adventures and look forward in our flight paths crossing again. Helena and Team
Written September 13, 2022
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Janice H
Killarney, Ireland8 contributions
A once in a lifetime experience, would highly recommended. It really was an amazing trip, and organising it could not have been easier with the help of Helena who also organised transport from our hotel in Lagos. We had a beautiful morning for the balloon ride and met some fabulous people too! You really are floating!
Written September 3, 2022
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Christine A
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Such a lovely team led by our pilot, Helena whose relaxed style belies her great skill and professionalism. If we were nervous to start with that all vanished as we took off into a sublime sunrise. Stupendous views were supplemented by the humorous commentary from Helena and spirited conversation with our basket mates! The champagne was hardly needed but lovely anyway. An amazingly gentle landing at a mystery location was followed by an impromptu lesson on raw, wild carob eating. What a way to start the day! Thank you xxx
Written September 1, 2022
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Claire H
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
Helena provided the most professional and comfortable experience. It was my first time in a hot air balloon and I throughly enjoyed it. The views were spectacular! I would highly recommend people to book this if staying in The Algarve! 10/10!!😀
Written August 9, 2022
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Elena L
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Helena made our experience of hot air ballooning totally memorable. Such a lovely start to our day and my daughter’s birthday. Her crew was amazing and very professional. Would definitely recommend! Thank you 😊
Written August 1, 2022
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Puntem
Aveiro, Portugal18 contributions
An absolutely fabulous experience. It was our first time in a hot air balloon and were slightly nervous but our pilot, Helena and the team filled us with confidence with their knowledge and professionalism. The flight was amazing, so peaceful and great views of the Monchique mountains, Alvor, Lagos and the surrounding area. After a very gentle landing, the champagne breakfast topped off our experience perfectly. Very highly recommended!
Written June 7, 2022
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Mary K
Detroit, MI19 contributions
Everything about the trip was wonderful. It was the most peaceful and serine morning that could not have been more beautiful for ballooning. I would highly recommend this unusual way to see the Algarve. Not to be missed. Helena is an amazing pilot and our landing was so soft we didn’t realize we had touched the ground. The bonus was a lovely post flight picnic that was served in an orange grove.
Written May 29, 2022
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