The Algarve is Portugal’s most popular tourist destination; seemingly endless sweeps of soft golden sand and pretty holiday towns combine with year-round sunshine, creating the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and adventures. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit the sun-soaked Algarve coast….
The Algarve is allllll about the beach. There are over 150 bays and coves to explore, each characteristically beautiful with sparkling blue sea and clean, golden sand. One of the area’s most photographed beaches is Praia da Marinha, which is small cove nestled between rocky outcrops. Meander down the steep, cliff-face steps and you’ll find soft sand and crystal-clear water to enjoy.
Praia da Rocha, located just around the corner from Portimão Marina, is a long and wide beach which is popular with families. A wooden promenade runs along the length of the beach, lined with cafes and bars for midday refreshments and sunset seascapes. Praia do Alvor in central Algarve is a beautiful blue-flag beach, attracting holidaymakers and locals alike. It’s a haven for water-sport lovers, with a strong Atlantic breeze that provides the perfect conditions for wind and kite surfing.
Dining out in the Algarve is a fantastic experience, with restaurants and cafes catering to all tastes. Portuguese cuisine typically takes the best local ingredients and prepares them simply, allowing the delicious, fresh favours to shine through. Solar do Farelo, easily accessible by taxi from Alvor and Portimao, has rave reviews across the internet; it’s recommended as being great value for money with beautifully fresh and tasty food. Try the prawns and lamb with a local wine as recommended by owner Fernando.
Evenings in the Algarve can be as laid-back or as loud as you like. Relaxed lounge bars, sophisticated cocktail bars and live music from local musicians combine with lively bars, trendy beach cafes and all-night clubs, creating a diverse and vibrant atmosphere that resonates across the area. Head to Albufeira, Praia da Rocha, Vilamoura or Lagos for the Algarve’s best selection of pubs, clubs and bars.
After a few days of sunbathing on the Algarve’s beautiful beaches or enjoying watersports on the breezy Atlantic ocean, take a boat trip around Lagos’ most spectacular section of coastline – Ponta da Piedade. The scenery is breathtaking, with enchanting sea caves and impressive, rocky arches.
Venture 15 minutes outside of Albufeira and you’ll find Aqualand Algarve, the Algarve’s biggest and best water park. With adrenaline-pumping rides, lazy rivers, surf waves and gentle rides for the little ones, there is something for everyone to enjoy and is a great alternative to a day spent on the sand.
Hotels and apartments
Budget or blow-out, basic or luxury… the Algarve has hotels and apartments to cater for all tastes and holiday budgets. Here are some of our top recommended hotels…