Algarve has it all: a beautiful fringed coastline of long sandy beaches, idyllic sheltered bays and high cliffs, luxury resorts, picturesque fishing villages with white houses and tiled roofs….
The south of Portugal is a very attractive tourist destination which you must consider either to extend your Summer holiday or when planning your next trip.
What to see in the Algarve
The Algarve is a coastal dream with many faces. To the west, the Costa Vicentina, wild and untouched by tourism, stretches over 60 km to Cape St. Vincent where romantics can admire the sunset in shades of red. In this area, you must visit Sagres which was the starting point of great maritime expeditions.
A little further east, Barlovento is another must see place. It is a coastal strip that extends to Faro ant it is known for its small beaches framed by strange rock formations and red cliffs. Sotavento is the most sheltered from the Atlantic winds region. Here you can enjoy sandy beaches lapped by warm waters because it is protected from cold winds by the mountains to the north. Perched above the raging Atlantic Ocean, you’re sitting on an almost vertical rock 60 meters above the sea… Pure happiness!
The coastline of the Algarve is one of the most beautiful in Europe. There are wide beaches with dunes (from Faro to the Spanish border) interspersed with small rocky coves (west of Faro) and others, to the west, are deserted and make a perfect escape for couple or families looking for privacy.
What to do in the Algarve
The Algarve is one of the most beautiful and complex region of Portugal. Countless activites are available for everyone.
Visit the typical villages in the mountains, hiking along shepherd trails through wild scenery… or simply relax, shop and stroll around tourist centres like Lagos or Albufeira :
You will also find many opportunities for shopping and dining in the Algarve:
- Outside the cities: large shopping centeres housing all the major retailers.
- Areas within cities: souvenir shops, clothing stores and some of the best places to eat seafood (taste the famous Cataplana – fish soup)
If you are wondering when to go to the Algarve, here is a list of the traditional festivals:
- February – Loulé Carnival – Street Markets, cultural and music event
- May – Portimão Trophy – International windsurfing competition
- May – Algarve International Film Festival in Portimão
- June – Mediterranean Festival in Loulé – Culture, world music, dance and theatre
- July – Feira Presunto Monchique – a culinary festival around the presunto (ham)
Each week in major cities, you can also visit Gypsy markets which sell handcrafted and typical items. They contribute significantly to the local charm.
Where to stay in the Algarve
Porto Bay Falesia
1048 people have reviewed this hotel on TripAdvisor and ranked it #5 of 162 hotels in Albufeira.
Four Seasons Vilamoura
92% of the reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor are fully satisfied with their stay at the Four Seasons in Vilamoura, a very chic & trendy place in the Algarve.
EPIC SANA Algarve Hotel
174 out of 221 people have rated this hotel on TripAdvisor as Excellent