Discover the Algarve in a vintage VW Van

Happy Van, to share happy moments!

Happy Van was born. like all dreams, from the need for change, and here we are to do it with you! Welcome!


We are a Tourist Animation company in the Algarve that provides ‘Experience Tourism’ and ‘Creative Tourism’ which is linked to the vast regional heritage and local development of the Algarve.
You are invited to discover this region with our happy guides, taking you on Arts, Gastronomy, Nature, Night, Heritage and Taylor-Made tours.
We use our fancy vintage VW vans in most events and trips we have. These versatile, reliable and charismatic vehicles add to the whole adventure, creating an emotive power of nostalgia wherever we go.
Every single van has its own name: Maria Rita is the blue and white one, Maria Inês is the eggplant coloured one, and Maria Luísa was red and white, but is now dressing another colour.
They are our peace, love, and freedom symbols, and fully represent the Happy Van’s essence and what we most believe in.
In couples or in groups, you’ll love every minute and certainly leave with a little more of the Algarve in your heart!

Unique Experience of the year 2019 in the Algarve!


"This is such a remarkable experience and I cannot recommend this enough. Paulo was an excellent guide with lots of local knowledge and history. The places he took the tour was breath taking and often off the beaten track. I have no hesitation to recommend this for anyone and any age. If I had more time, I would have loved to experience the other tours this company has to offer! You will be guaranteed an experience that will enrich your body, mind and soul!"
"When the best of Portugal is revealed, under the back of those who know best, the result can only be perfect!   Maximum style, good vibrations, heat, sea, wind-in-the-face, music in the pocket ... Hmmmm, good!"
"The trip is worth it! Far from imagining that I would get to know and enjoy an authentic Algarve. Its people, its flavors, its smell of carob hard to forget. The places that would offer their sights, the sunset and the night would bring a magnificent sky. And for all these experiences I have to thank the magnificent Happyvan team. Thank you very much for the wonderful and unforgettable trip."

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Book your tour and travel with ‘Happy Van’

Experience the rich heritage of the Algarve, travelling in our Vintage VW vans. Your guides are Portuguese (English speaking too!), super fun and friendly. There’s no better way to learn about the region other than from the natives. Book your adventure today!


Our programs are planned with careful detail, so that you feel safe and secure wherever we go.


Our vehicles are named Mary. They are Vintage VW vans with a maximum capacity of 7 passengers. Comfortable seats, curtains and customised ambient lighting all add a happy ‘feel good’ atmosphere to make sure you enjoy your adventure.


We strive to excel in our service, quality and innovation. In order to achieve this, we are 100% committed to customer satisfaction at all times.


Our esteemed employees are trained in several areas. This includes the maintenance of the vehicles and the animation of the tours. In order for us to give the best of ourselves to our customers, we are considered as ‘friends’ and not just drivers and guides. It’s rather like going on a family trip.

A Unique Experience

We hope that you will reflect on our tours as, simple, unique, and enriching. After all, it is only worth travelling, if we return enlightened! Our greatest achievement will be to recognise, even for a single moment, that you were happy in our company.

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Departure and Arrival Locations

- Albufeira and Olhos de Água

- Quinta do Lago, Vale de Lobo, Quarteira and Vilamoura

- Portimão and Alvor

- Ferragudo, Lagoa and Carvoeiro

- Lagos

Every Day:

Morning: 8.00am - 12.30pm

Afternoon: 1.30pm - 6.00pm

Download and subscribe to Access Algarve’s Voucher App from Appstore/Playstore. Use promocode HAPPYVAN and pay only 9€ to unlock more than 650 vouchers for use throughout the Algarve, from Sagres to Faro.