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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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Cascade Wellness Resort €244
Reviewed on 9 Aug 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

    Well located, close to the center and the beaches, with Shuttle service to both places. It is a 5 star property but they are short of staff in their restaurants, the wait time to serve the food is a bit long. Surprisingly, the cost of food is as and if not more expensive than any 5 star USA ...

    Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun €199
    Reviewed on 16 Aug 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

      Well trained staff. Willing and able. Warm and friendly.

      EVA SENSES HOTEL €155
      Reviewed on 15 Aug 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

        Great location . Lovely room , nice staff . Pool bar amazing .family stay before airport run which is only short drive away

        Muthu Clube Praia da Oura €97
        Reviewed on 10 Aug 2019
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        Muthu Clube Praia da Oura

        Muthu Clube Praia da Oura

        Praia da Oura Apartado 827, Rua Oliveira Martins, Albufeira
           
          3.6 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Close to beach, lots to do and close to all amenities. Friendly staff and very clean

          São Rafael Atlântico €184
          Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019
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          São Rafael Atlântico

          São Rafael Atlântico

          Sesmarias, Albufeira
             
            4.5 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great access to beach, lovely swimming pools, friendly staff, shuttle bus to Albufeira, good choice of buffet breakfast and dinner, felt safe and secure. Room was spacious and well equipped, with two bathrooms. Disappointed to see smoking allowed in outdoor communal areas where children were present ...

            Carvi Beach Hotel €150
            Reviewed on 2 Aug 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 dining room room is spectacular! The rooms are a good size and clean. Beds are comfortable. The location is just a short walking distance to a beautiful beach. The staff are amazing and very helpful! I would definitely go there again!

              Tivoli Carvoeiro €260
              Reviewed on 15 Aug 2019
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              Tivoli Carvoeiro

              Tivoli Carvoeiro

              Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Carvoeiro
                 
                4.4 of 5
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                Upon arrival at this hotel, you are amazed by the views of the beach and the cave. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The property is very clean. Many options for food and drinks. Perfect resort!

                Anantara Vilamoura €209
                Reviewed on 1 Aug 2019
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                Anantara Vilamoura

                Anantara Vilamoura

                Av dos Descobrimentos n 0, Vilamoura
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nice staff, good food, modern and clean space. Located 15min from the marine but there is a free shuttle all day until 11.30pm that connects the hotel to the marine.!

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