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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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Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort €76
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort

Praia De St Eulalia, Albufeira
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 637 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Albufeira, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maria Luisa Beach, Oura Beach and Santa Eulalia Beach. Albufeira Beach and Falesia Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Hotel Faro & Beach Club €117
    Hotel Faro & Beach Club

    Hotel Faro & Beach Club

    Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 730 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is steps away from Faro Marina and Misericordia Church.

      Hotel Eva €90
      Hotel Eva

      Hotel Eva

      Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 2,041 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Faro Marina and Ria Formosa Natural Park. Faro Old Town is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away. Faro Station is only a 5-minute walk.

        Carvi Beach Hotel €55
        Carvi Beach Hotel

        Carvi Beach Hotel

        Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Praia Dona Ana, Apartado 33, Lagos
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 862 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Lagos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Camilo Beach, Meia Praia Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Porto de Mos Beach and Lagos Marina are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Real Marina Hotel & Spa €81
          Real Marina Hotel & Spa

          Real Marina Hotel & Spa

          Av. 5 de Outubro, 1, Olhao
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 747 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Olhao, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ria Formosa Natural Park.

            Vila Gale Lagos €81
            Vila Gale Lagos

            Vila Gale Lagos

            Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 398 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Discoveries Wax Museum, Meia Praia Beach and Lagos Marina. Dona Ana Beach is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Lagos Station is 19 minutes by foot.

              Tivoli Lagos €70
              Tivoli Lagos

              Tivoli Lagos

              Rua Antonio Crisogono dos Santos, Lagos
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 1,287 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Sao Sebastiao Church and Meia Praia Beach. Lagos Marina and Dona Ana Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km). Lagos Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa €189
                Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

                Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

                Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos, Porches, Lagoa, Algarve
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 266 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Armacao de Pera, this family-friendly Lagoa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cova Redonda Beach, Vale do Olival Beach and Senhora da Rocha Beach. Marinha Beach and Salgados Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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