Algarve

Travel Guide
Marinha Beach which includes rugged coastline
The Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, offers a fascinating mix of beaches, golfcourses, nature reserves, market towns, fishing villages and Roman ruins.Castles, golf, water sports, delicious cuisine and year-round sun brings massesof visitors to the Algarve every year. Stretchingfrom 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 touristregion?

The western part of the Algarveis internationally renowned for its rocky landscape and isolated bays. Visitlively resorts such as Albufeiraand Lagosfor fun in the sun, or explore the quaint fishing villages of Burgauand Salemafor a quiet getaway. Go to the south-western corner of the region and explorethe historical peninsula of Sagres, or hit up Carrapateira and Odeceixe on thewild west coast, where you can enjoy windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Farois the capital of the region a former Roman settlement, it’s full of historyand culture. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and the lively nightlife in the walledOld City. For a bit of tranquillity, why not experience the natural beauty ofthe Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, a protected area on the east coast of Faroand its unspoilt frontier islands, a natural habitat for local birds.

Move inland and you’ll find a pleasing mix ofscenic landscapes, history and relaxation. Admire the Roman ruins of Milreunear Estoi and the Moorish architecture of Silves, stroll through the charmingstreets of Loulé or spend an afternoon relaxing in the thermal baths of Caldasde Monchique. Bike or walk the Via Algarviana, a 300-kilometer route throughthe flower-covered mountains of the Serra de Monchique and the Serra doCaldeirão.

And how can we forget the golf? The Algarveis famous for its golf the world over and has more than 35 beautiful golfcourses scattered throughout the 155 kilometre long coastline of the region.

Sample the delicious cuisine of the region. The regionprides itself on its fresh local ingredients, such as fish, almonds, grapes,oranges and figs. Enjoy traditional cuisine like açorda de mariscos, a seafoodstew and bread that is truly to die for.

The easiest way to reach the Algarveis via a flight to Faro Airport. Once you’ve arrived, it’s easy to explore thearea by car, via the extensive network of buses or even by bike. With onaverage 300 sunny days a year, the Algarve is apopular year-round destination for everyone from honeymooners to families, fromfood lovers to sports enthusiasts. There’s something for everyone.

Where to stay in Algarve

Falesia Beach featuring rocky coastline, general coastal views and a beach

Vilamoura

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of Vilamoura. Make a stop by Vilamoura Marina or Falesia Beach while you're exploring the area.

Vilamoura
Fisherman\'s Beach which includes a coastal town and a beach

Albufeira Old Town

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Albufeira Old Town is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, abundant dining options and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Albufeira Old Town Square or Peneco beach while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Albufeira Old Town
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Vale do Lobo

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Vale do Lobo. A stop by Vale do Lobo Beach or Royal Golf Course Vale do Lobo might round out your trip.

Vale do Lobo
Albufeira featuring street scenes, a small town or village and night scenes

Albufeira Center

A noteworthy feature of Albufeira Center is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Albufeira Old Town Square and Peneco beach.

Albufeira Center
Faro Cathedral showing heritage elements

Faro City Centre