The Algarve may well offer some warm, welcoming beaches for visitors to laze on, but there is much more to this Portuguese gem than the coastline. The resort has frequently picked up accolades at the World Travel Awards, and holidays here are particularly popular with couples looking for romance and families looking for fun.
Albufeira and Vilamoura promise history and culture alongside some of the most tempting restaurants in the region. While these may be the most popular holiday destinations, there are also picturesque fishing villages such as Alvor, charming and beautiful cities like Faro, and beachside paradises like Praia da Rocha, and historic towns with perfect seaside scenery like Lagos.
All budgets – You’ll find both luxury holidays and All Inclusive deals to tempt you
Families – There’s nothing like a warm climate and a beautiful seaside to bring the family together
Scenery lovers – The Algarve is full of dramatic cliffs, exciting caves, and soft-sand beaches
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One of the Algarve’s livelier resorts, Albufeira has an exciting vein of bars and nightclubs running through its Montechoro area of town. The resort was once just a fishing village, but it has since become one of Portugal’s busiest resorts and a magnet for British and German tourists looking for beach fun. Albufeira is the Algarve’s largest and perhaps most popular spot, offering both vibrant nightlife and a beautifully whitewashed old town.
Vilamoura is a seaside town with a glamorous marina lined with upbeat bars and inviting restaurants. Away from the marina you’ll find two sandy beaches, which offer watersports and snorkelling trips through some of the resort’s astonishing caves. Vilamoura is popular with golf enthusiasts with its four championship golf courses to the north, and history lovers with its Roman ruins.
Faro is the Algarve’s attractive capital and city packed with great shopping, restaurants, and nightlife, yet surrounded on most sides by Roman walls. Faro is where you’ll find twisting streets and cobbled lanes packed with character and glimpses of the city’s history. From Faro’s gorgeous clifftop position, it’s impossible to be unimpressed by the serene coastline and the greens of the hillsides. Come for the history and beauty; stay for the nights out.
This stunning walled town is large and edged by placid or lively beaches, depending on which you visit. The castle and churches are impressive historic structures that complement the picturesque piazzas that pepper Lagos. The nightlife here is colourful and at times wild, offering visitors bars and clubs that range from elegant to pumping. Boat trips and mountain bike rides are ideal ways to enjoy the scenery.
Alvor is a charming fishing village with a traditional Portuguese atmosphere and some pretty beaches. The village’s peaceful pace is one of its most appealing features, with its sleepy lagoon and secluded coves, harbour-side cafes and cobbled streets. Families seeking quiet fun and couples seeking romance are both perfectly suited to a holiday in Alvor.
Perfect for beach-lovers, Praia da Rocha has a vast stretch of golden sand from which visitors can enjoy the sun alongside their fellow bathers, or take a walk further up north for the resort’s more private coves. Praia da Rocha also comes with spots for drinking, relishing the Portuguese cuisine, and showcasing the resort’s architectural past. Praia da Rocha is also just 5 minutes from Portimao.
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