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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.


Guide to Exploring Algarve


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Hotel Faro & Beach Club €72
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Hotel Faro & Beach Club

Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 689 reviews
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    Located in the heart of Faro, this hotel is steps away from Faro Marina and Misericordia Church. Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de Guia and Sao Pedro Church are also within 5 minutes. Faro Station is 6 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Eva €67
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    Hotel Eva

    Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 1,981 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Faro Marina and Carmo Church. Ria Formosa Natural Park and Vila Arch are also within 5 minutes. Faro Station is only a 5-minute walk.

      Real Marina Hotel & Spa €50
      Real Marina Hotel & Spa

      Real Marina Hotel & Spa

      Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 714 reviews
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        This family-friendly Olhao hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Ria Formosa Natural Park and Olhao Municipal Market. Olhao Harbour is 1 mi (1.5 km) away.

        Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort €60
        Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

        Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

        Praia De St Eulalia, Albufeira
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 626 reviews
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          Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santa Eulalia Beach and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Falesia Beach. Maria Luisa Beach and Oura Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Tivoli Carvoeiro €99
          Tivoli Carvoeiro

          Tivoli Carvoeiro

          Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Carvoeiro
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 1,017 reviews
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            This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Vale Centeanes Beach and Carvoeiro Beach. Paraiso Beach and Vale de Milho Golf are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Salgados Dunas Suite
            Salgados Dunas Suite

            Salgados Dunas Suite

            Herdade dos Salgados, Albufeira
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 264 reviews
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              Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Salgados Beach and Salgados Lagoon Observation Deck. Herdade dos Salgados Golf and Manuel Lourenco Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Carvi Beach Hotel €38
              Carvi Beach Hotel

              Carvi Beach Hotel

              Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Lagos
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 833 reviews
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                Nestled on the beach, this Lagos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dona Ana Beach and Meia Praia Beach. Camilo Beach and Student Beach are also within 15 minutes.

                Vila Gale Lagos €75
                Vila Gale Lagos

                Vila Gale Lagos

                Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 386 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagos Marina and Meia Praia Beach. Discoveries Wax Museum and Lagos Municipal Market are also within 1 mile (2 km). Lagos Station is 19 minutes by foot.

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