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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.

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Vila Gale Lagos £118
Vila Gale Lagos

Vila Gale Lagos

Estrada da Meia Praia s/n, Lagos
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 332 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagos Marina and Meia Praia Beach. Dona Ana Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away. Lagos Station is 17 minutes by foot.

    Hotel Da Rocha £119
    Hotel Da Rocha

    Hotel Da Rocha

    Ave Tomas Cabreira, Portimao
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 236 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Portimao, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Portimao Harbor and Rocha Beach. Praia dos Três Castelos and Fort of Santa Catarina are also within 10 minutes.

      Dom Jose Beach Hotel £110
      Dom Jose Beach Hotel

      Dom Jose Beach Hotel

      Avenida Infante Sagres, 143, Quarteira
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 635 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Quarteira, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Quarteira Beach, Vilamoura Marina and Falesia Beach. Vilamoura Beach and Trafal Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

        Carvi Beach Hotel £101
        Carvi Beach Hotel

        Carvi Beach Hotel

        Alameda Dr. Armando Soares Ribeiro, Lagos
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 721 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Lagos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Camilo Beach, Meia Praia Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Student Beach and Batata Beach are also within 15 minutes.

          Hotel Eva £84
          Hotel Eva

          Hotel Eva

          Avenida da Republica, 1, Faro
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,778 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. Ria Formosa Natural Park and Vila Arch are also within 5 minutes. Faro Station is only a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Faro & Beach Club £111
            Hotel Faro & Beach Club

            Hotel Faro & Beach Club

            Praca D Francisco Gomes 2, Faro
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 617 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Faro, this hotel is steps away from Faro Marina and Misericordia Church. Hermitage of Nossa Senhora de Guia and Sao Pedro Church are also within 5 minutes. Faro Station is 6 minutes by foot.

              Tivoli Lagos £91
              Tivoli Lagos

              Tivoli Lagos

              Rua Antonio Crisogono dos Santos, Lagos
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 1,173 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 and Meia Praia Beach. Dona Ana Beach and Luz Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km). Lagos Station is 13 minutes by foot.

                Aquashow Park Hotel £72
                Aquashow Park Hotel

                Aquashow Park Hotel

                Semino, E.N. 396, Quarteira
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 160 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Quarteira hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Aqua Show Park, Karting Almancil and Quarteira Beach. Vilamoura Marina and Royal Golf Course Vale do Lobo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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