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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.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Algarve?

A: Take in Portimao like a local. Get around the best attractions of Olhao with ease. Not only will your rental car make things simpler, it'll make them more fun too. Sure, you can travel around the cities with buses and taxis if you need to. But if you plan to explore the region of Faro District or farther afield, it'd be a good idea to have a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Algarve.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Algarve?

A: With 1,747 International flights every month, Faro Airport (FAO-Faro Intl.) is where you'll mostly likely touchdown to begin your holiday in Algarve.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Algarve?

A: Many travellers choose to spend their getaways in apartments. Some like the comfort and amenities of hotels or villas, while others choose to book apart-hotels. Whatever you're searching for, this place has lots of options for all budgets.

Q: What does a holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: You can choose to organise every detail of your upcoming trip or let Expedia help take some stress away with a fantastic holiday package. Hotels, flights and car rentals — we have them covered. All that's left to do is think about the kind of activities you'd like to try.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Algarve?

A: Did you know that Expedia offers discounts just for bundling your Flights, Hotels, Car Rentals and Experiences? Plan your dream getaway and find out just how much you can save by booking a package. So what are you waiting for? Algarve is waiting.

Q: What are the best things to do in Algarve?

A: You'll have a ton of choices — Algarve Racing, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição and Três Castelos Beach are some to start. These frequently visited attractions are situated in Portimao.

Olhao is another popular stop on many travellers' itineraries. Ilha da Fuzeta, Sao Miguel Peak and Parque Natural da Ria Formosa are great things to check out while you're here.

Lastly, head straight to Loule Gypsy Market, Rocha Da Pena Park and Paintarena Portugal if you're going to stay in Loule.




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Hotel Da Rocha €97
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Hotel Da Rocha

Hotel Da Rocha

Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
     
    4.5 of 5
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    Hotel Da Rocha Great size room for a family of 4 with a microwave and minibar fridge. Excellent location, litterally access to the beach is across the road and loads of restaurants and shops along the strip. We had a few issues with our room one of the issue was not dealt with correctly by the hotel. ...

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    Praia Senhora da Rocha, Lagoa
       
      4.1 of 5
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      Beautiful location, well kept grounds, responsive staff

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      Salgados Beach Villas

      Herdade dos Salgados, Rua Boca da Alagoa, Lote1, Fase 2, Albufeira
         
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        Some of the outdoor furniture requires maintenance, umbrella shredded, few broken tiles in pool etc., curtains a little torn and old. But overall a great villa stay.

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        Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020
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        Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol

        Hotel Apartamento Brisa Sol

        Do Municipio Lote 27, Apartado 2054, Albufeira
           
          4.3 of 5
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          Well located hotel with a good size supermarket next door for if you are self catering, staff are always freindly and welcoming good size room and bathrooms all with double size showers roim are always cleaned great size outside pool and warm indoor heated pool, hotel also has a gym and good size ...

          Clube Praia do Vau 17 by Atlantichotels €29
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          Clube Praia do Vau 17 by Atlantichotels

          Clube Praia do Vau 17 by Atlantichotels

          Rua João Pinto Delgado, Edificio Clube Praia Vau 17, Portimao
             
            3.7 of 5
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            De los dos ascensores sólo funcionaba uno y el otro sin iluminación interior. Tanto de día como de noche a oscura. Y no había a quien protestar.?

            Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa €243
            Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020
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            Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

            Pine Cliffs Ocean Suites, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

            Praia da Falesia, PO Box 644, Albufeira
               
              4.5 of 5
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              Exceeded our expectations. This was our first visit to Pine Cliffs and we are already planning to go back.

              PortoBay Falésia
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              PortoBay Falésia

              PortoBay Falésia

              Quinta do Millaró, Olhos D'Agua, Albufeira
                 
                4.6 of 5
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                Position of the hotel on top of the cliff was excellent with views out to the sea.

                Hotel Sol e Mar
                Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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                Hotel Sol e Mar

                Hotel Sol e Mar

                Rua José Bernardino de Sousa, Albufeira, Algarve
                   
                  4.1 of 5
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                  Staff were very friendly. Property clean and in a prime location. We stayed half board. Food was of a high standard with a good variety. We will definitely stay at this hotel again.

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