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Algarve

The Algarve, 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.

Portugal is a great location for a bit of sun, sea and sand. If you like beach holidays in Algarve then you're sure to love our cheap beach holidays to Madeira or our Albufeira beach holidays. Book with Expedia and find out why.


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Tivoli Lagos £50
Tivoli Lagos

Tivoli Lagos

Rua Antonio Crisogono dos Santos, Lagos
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 1,114 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Sao Sebastiao Church, Lagos Living Science Center and Lagos Municipal Market. Meia Praia Beach and Dona Ana Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
    Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

    Belmar Spa & Beach Resort

    Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 458 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Lagos apartment is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Porto de Mos Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Lagos Living Science Center and Camilo Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Tivoli Carvoeiro £99
      Tivoli Carvoeiro

      Tivoli Carvoeiro

      Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Carvoeiro
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 847 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Algar Seco Rocks and Carvoeiro Beach. Vale Centeanes Beach and Paraiso Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Alfagar II Aparthotel £54
        Alfagar II Aparthotel

        Alfagar II Aparthotel

        Santa Eulália Balaia Apartado, Albufeira
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 195 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Albufeira aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Eulalia Beach and Maria Luisa Beach. Oura Beach and Albufeira Bullring are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Hotel Eva £83
          Hotel Eva

          Hotel Eva

          Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,646 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Faro hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Faro Marina and Carmo Church. Vila Arch and Misericordia Church are also within 5 minutes.

            Jupiter Algarve Hotel £54
            Jupiter Algarve Hotel

            Jupiter Algarve Hotel

            Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Portimao
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 320 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Portimao hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Portimao Marina and Rocha Beach. Portimao Museum and Fort of Santa Catarina are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort - All Inclusive £97
              Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort - All Inclusive

              Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort - All Inclusive

              Rocha Baixinha, Aptdo 6115, Albufeira
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 183 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                With direct access to the beach, this Albufeira hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rocha Baixinha Beach, Falesia Beach and Vilamoura Marina. Cerro da Vila Ruins and Vilamoura Tennis Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                TUI BLUE Falesia - Adults Only
                TUI BLUE Falesia - Adults Only

                TUI BLUE Falesia - Adults Only

                Quinta do Milharó, s/n, Albufeira
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 110 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Agua Doce Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Medronheira Tower and Belharucas Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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