Photography Tours

Explore the Algarve in a Vintage VW van

Travel through the Algarve in our Vintage VW vans and through our curious photographic lenses!
We have two tours available (Night Photography Tour and Photography Session), so that you can have fun with your partner, family or friends and take with you unique memories of these experiences.
These tours include an experienced driver/guide, good music and a lot of joy and excitement.


Magical Evenings by the Sea!

If you dream of a different night tour, this is your opportunity!
We will take you to the beach in a Vintage VW van to experience the Algarve night in an original way, in the company of good wine and local snacks.
With our Galaxy’s stars and some of our Solar System’s planets at your reach, you will have the opportunity to participate in our photo shoot, and with your creativity, we will register fun moments with Astrophotography and Light Painting.

Tours from March to October

Departure time – on enquiry

(Duration: 2h to 3h)

Price Adults: 45€

Price Children < 10 years old: 27€

Free Pick-up and Drop-off in Albufeira and Olhos de Água (Albufeira Tour), in Portimão and Alvor (Portimão Tour) and in Lagos (Lagos Tour)

It is possible that programs may have to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for various reasons such as force of nature, which will not alter the experiences we have proposed.


Fun Photos in a Vintage VW van!

Have you ever dreamed of having professional photographs taken in a Vintage VW van?


Stag/Hen” party, a “Photobooth”, “Trash the Dress”, birthday party or even photos for your portfolio… You choose, we make it happen!


Session includes a trip to the beach or another location of your choosing, in a Vintage VW van for a unique photo session for yourself, couples, family and friends.


Departure time – on enquiry

(Duration: 2h)

Price: 200€ per van (trip + 10 Digital HD photos.  15€ for each additional photo. The availability of the Photographer must be confirmed.

Free Pick-up & Drop-off in Albufeira, Olhos de Água, Portimão, Alvor and Lagos. Other locations upon enquiry.

It is possible that programs may have to be adjusted on a case-by-case basis, for various reasons such as force of nature, which will not alter the experiences we have proposed.




"Magic night We met one of the organisers (Paulo) in our hotel upon check-in. He invited to join to one of these special tours. Among all the activities one can do in Algarve, this was surely the most alternative and original one. We couldn’t choose anything better: night tour with the van and photography session. Paulo and Joao have been outstanding, it’s so hard to find such genuine people in these days. They made us feel comfortable and it felt like a night out with friends, feeling free to talk about anything, make jokes and laugh. We particularly enjoyed the games with long exposure pictures and lights, really funny and extremely artistic. Good wine was also offered and we could relax on a wonderful beach at night, listening to the waves sound. I would suggest this experience to anyone who wants to spend an alternative night, definitely the most unique experience in a long time. What we really appreciated is the fact they created a special night through simple actions. To the organisers I would like to wish a big good luck for this project! Thank you very much for this experience. Giulia and Cesar"
"O Paulo foi 5 estrelas mesmo, fez da nossa noite algo que nunca iremos esquecer. Até a Maria Luisa foi uma querida! O passeio na Van foi muito fixe e extravagante! Na praia então nem se fala, um espetáculo que adorámos. As fotos com a via láctea ficaram maravilhosas e o ambiente era perfeito, sempre zen e relaxado, num momento onde se pôde apreciar bem a vida! Adorariamos repetir e vamos definitivamente recomendar a amigos! Um grande obrigado ao Paulo, e desejamo-vos aos três muito sucesso! Beijos e abraços, Ana e Tiago"
"Happy Van Under the Stars Tour I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to join the Under The Stars Tour run by HappyVan. We were met at the tourist office in Portimao by 2 vintage VW mint condition vans and a smiling crew of staff to whisk us off for our night under the stars. Many tourists were stopping to have their picture taken with the vans. There were about 10 of us on the tour, we were driven whilst listening to the which took us to a nice quiet beach location where we were given blankets to sit on, some nice snacks and vino whilst the staff set up the telescopes for us to admire the stars, we were given a talk on the night sky and the planets that were visible that evening, a shooting star made a guest appearance which I managed to miss !! It was fun to look at the planets and then we turned out attention to creating some super cool pictures of each of us using long exposure, light effects ! Really fun crew of people running the night event and a lovely bunch of people who had joined the trip. A really unique experience that beats the average night out on the town hands down....they also offer daytime trips which offer something different to lying on the beach, I haven't tried those yet but hope to in the future...."

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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Morning: 8.30am - 12.30pm

Afternoon: 1.45pm - 5.45pm

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