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Algarve Holiday Guide

The Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, offers a fascinating mix of beaches, golf courses, nature reserves, market towns, fishing villages and Roman ruins. Castles, golf, water sports, delicious cuisine and year-round sun brings masses of visitors to the Algarve every year. Stretching from the Atlantic to the western border of Spain it offers breathtaking scenery, such as breathtaking cliffs, pristine beaches, secluded coves, nature reserves, vineyards and wooded mountains – any surprise why it’s such a popular tourist region?

The western part of the Algarve is internationally renowned for its rocky landscape and isolated bays. Visit lively resorts such as Albufeira and Lagos for fun in the sun, or explore the quaint fishing villages of Burgau and Salema for a quiet getaway. Go to the south-western corner of the region and explore the historical peninsula of Sagres, or hit up Carrapateira and Odeceixe on the wild west coast, where you can enjoy windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Faro is the capital of the region; a former Roman settlement, it’s full of history and culture. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and the lively nightlife in the walled Old City. For a bit of tranquillity, why not experience the natural beauty of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a protected area on the east coast of Faro and its unspoilt frontier islands, a natural habitat for local birds.

Move inland and you’ll find a pleasing mix of scenic landscapes, history and relaxation. Admire the Roman ruins of Milreu near Estoi and the Moorish architecture of Silves, stroll through the charming streets of Loulé or spend an afternoon relaxing in the thermal baths of Caldas de Monchique. Bike or walk the Via Algarviana, a 300-kilometer route through the flower-covered mountains of the Serra de Monchique and the Serra do Caldeirão.

And how can we forget the golf? The Algarve is famous for its golf the world over and has more than 35 beautiful golf courses scattered throughout the 155 kilometre long coastline of the region.

Sample the delicious cuisine of the region. The region prides itself on its fresh local ingredients, such as fish, almonds, grapes, oranges and figs. Enjoy traditional cuisine like açorda de mariscos, a seafood stew and bread that is truly to die for.

The easiest way to reach the Algarve is via a flight to Faro Airport. Once you’ve arrived, it’s easy to explore the area by car, via the extensive network of buses or even by bike. With on average 300 sunny days a year, the Algarve is a popular year-round destination for everyone from honeymooners to families, from food lovers to sports enthusiasts. There’s something for everyone.


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Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun €75
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2019
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Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun

Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun

Rua Alexandre ONeill, 1, Albufeira
     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The views were amazing and the hotel and room was stunning. The carpet in the hallways looked gorgeous.

    Carvi Beach Hotel €45
    Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019
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    Carvi Beach Hotel

    Carvi Beach Hotel

    Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos
       
      4.0 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The room was comfortable and clean, it is too bad that partial ocean view means the other part is the parking lot. The staff in the restaurant were not friendly and at times rude. The breakfast was plentiful but staff could be friendlier. We had dinner there when arrived as we came in late and food ...

      Vila Gale Lagos €76
      Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019
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      Vila Gale Lagos

      Vila Gale Lagos

      Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        just had a good feel about it. It was excellent value

        EVA SENSES HOTEL €72
        Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019
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        EVA SENSES HOTEL

        EVA SENSES HOTEL

        Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Right on the harbour front and within a few minutes of the old town. Lots of bars and restaurants near by

          Hotel Faro & Beach Club €85
          Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019
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          Hotel Faro & Beach Club

          Hotel Faro & Beach Club

          Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Excellent location. Very clean and comfortable. Would recommend to friends

            Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve €118
            Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019
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            Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve

            Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve

            Estrada da Meia Praia, Lagos
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Property was quiet but close to downtown and restaurants. Staff took 3 days to fix issues with regards to the room. It seemed they put it off on to the next shift each time.

              Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa €215
              Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019
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              Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

              Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

              Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos, Porches, Lagoa, Algarve
                 
                4.9 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Lovely relaxing holiday, beautiful interiors and staff are brilliant!

                Cascade Wellness Resort €99
                Reviewed on 10 Oct 2019
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                Cascade Wellness Resort

                Cascade Wellness Resort

                Rua das Ilhas, Lagos, Algarve
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful resort! Wish we could've stayed longer. Really makes you feel like a VIP at a 5 star resort!

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