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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 Eva

Hotel Eva

Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
4.2
of 5, from 596 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

With views over Faro's glamorous waterfront, Hotel Eva is a 5-minute walk from the lively Old Town. Guests can take a boat to Ria Formosa National Park and watch the birds take flight. Faro Beach, with its picturesque fishermen's houses and watersports in summer, is a 15-minute drive away.

Colina Verde Golf & Sports Resort

Colina Verde Golf & Sports Resort

Sitio da Maragota, Olhao
3.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Moncarapacho e Fuseta, this aparthotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Moncarapacho Museum and Chapel and within 6 mi (10 km) of Barril Beach and Fuzeta Beach. Tavira Castle and Roman Bridge are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Bicos Beach Apartments By Albufeira Rent

Bicos Beach Apartments By Albufeira Rent

Rua José Fontana, Albufeira
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oura, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Oura Beach, Albufeira Bullring, and Santa Eulalia Beach. International Health Centers Albufeira and Aveiros Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Estrela da Luz

Estrela da Luz

Rua Manuel Augusto Alves Catarino, Lagos
4.6
of 5, from 72 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Luz, this spa apartment is within 3 mi (5 km) of Luz Beach, Burgau Beach, and Espiche Golf Course. Dona Ana Beach and Cabanas Velhas Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Eden Village - Apartments

Eden Village - Apartments

Avenida do Parque, Vilamoura
3.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Vilamoura, this apartment is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Oceanico Old Golf Course and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Vilamoura Marina. Oceanico Millennium Golf Course and Oceanico Laguna Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Santa Eulalia Hotel Apartamento & Spa

Santa Eulalia Hotel Apartamento & Spa

Estrada de Santa Eulália, Albufeira
3.8
of 5, from 22 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Oura, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Eulalia Beach, Oura Beach, and Albufeira Bullring. International Health Centers Albufeira and Aveiros Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Vilanova Resort

Vilanova Resort

Av. Francisco Sa Carneiro, Albufeira
2.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Areias de Sao Joao, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Albufeira Bullring, International Health Centers Albufeira, and Oura Beach. Aveiros Beach and Albufeira Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€472
Four Seasons Country Club

Four Seasons Country Club

Av Andre Jordan, Apartado 2208, Almancil
5.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Almancil hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Quinta Shopping Center and Pinheiros Altos Golf Course. San Lorenzo Golf Club and Quinta do Lago Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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