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

A: If you're arranging a trip to Algarve, you'll likely arrive on one of the 2,211 international flights that land at Faro (FAO-Faro Intl.) every month.

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

A: Most people stay in apartments when visiting Algarve. But that doesn't mean you have to follow the crowd. You'll also find villas, hotels and apart-hotels aplenty here, and they're all available on Expedia.

Q: What does an Algarve holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: You can start off by picking your hotel, flight and car. Lock in as little or as much as you want. Next comes the exciting stuff — booking awesome activities and memorable experiences. With loads of terrific options to choose from, arranging your upcoming holiday in Algarve will be super easy.

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

A: You'll score discounts if you combine your Hotels and Flights. It's a breeze (and easy on your budget) to create your own package with the help of Expedia. So what are you waiting for? It's time to turn those travel dreams into reality and explore more of this remarkable planet for less.




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Hotel Da Rocha €110
Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020
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Hotel Da Rocha

Hotel Da Rocha

Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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. ...

    Tivoli Marina Vilamoura €196
    Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020
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    Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

    Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

    Apartado 65, Marina Vilamoura, Vilamoura
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This was our 8th visit to Tivoli Marina. As always it was fantastic in every way, close to all bars & restaurants, short transfers for golf, fabulous views from all sides of hotel

      Carvi Beach Hotel €100
      Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020
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      Carvi Beach Hotel

      Carvi Beach Hotel

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

        The hotel is really a few metres from Dona Ana Beach. The staff was excellent and kind, from the front desk to the maids. Junior suite was perfect and very clean. We were lucky to have the second floor suite with the double balcony. We will definitely go back.

        Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa €448
        Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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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

          Fantastic hotel with great restaurants on site which range from fine dining to beach pool snacks.

          Hotel Riu Guaraná €225
          Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020
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          Hotel Riu Guaraná

          Hotel Riu Guaraná

          Quinta do Milharó, Olhos D'Agua, Albufeira
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Excelente. Recomendo. Boa higiene dos espaços e organização.

            Jupiter Albufeira Hotel - Family & Fun €149
            Reviewed on 3 Nov 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

              Really lovely hotel. Lovely big, clean rooms. Rooftop bar was really nice. Plenty of sun loungers available. Great play pool for kids. Great kids disco run by really enthusiastic staff. Outside swimming pools were freezing. The lounge areas felt like an airport waiting lounge and there wasn’t enough ...

              Dom Jose Beach Hotel €125
              Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020
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              Dom Jose Beach Hotel

              Dom Jose Beach Hotel

              Avenida Infante Sagres, 143, Quarteira
                 
                4.3 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Excellent, really lovely hotel right opposite the beach. Exceptionally clean and bright. Friendly staff who know what their clientele are requiring. Good breakfast and bar. Perfect place for a getaway.

                Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa €179
                Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020
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                Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

                Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

                Rua da Torre d'Agua, Lote 4.11.1b, Vilamoura
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Staff were all so friendly and helpful, the whole hotel was spotlessly clean but it lacks the amenity of a shop for grocery essentials

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