Algarve

Travel Guide
Albufeira featuring a coastal town, swimming and a sandy beach

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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Where to stay in Algarve

São Rafael Atlântico
São Rafael Atlântico
5 out of 5
Sesmarias, Albufeira, 8200-613
The price is £136 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"The property is beautiful with trails and beach. The staff felt like family; they were friendly, helpful, and engaging. I wanted to purchase the pillows, they were that comfortable. The room was spacious and elegant. The bed was nice and firm. The food was great with several eating places from which ..."

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2022

São Rafael Atlântico
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Lagoa, 8401 - 911
The price is £228 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (973 reviews)
"The staff was great and attentive. We celebrated our honeymoon and my birthday here and they surprised us with a cake and champagne on both occasions"

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is £195 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"Very clean and bright property with friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vila Petra
Vila Petra
4 out of 5
R. Mouzinho de Albuquerque, Albufeira, 8200356
The price is £74 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Albufeira. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (444 reviews)
Cozy, but hard to find
"Vila Petra is far from the beach - it's closer to the city center (not a 4 min walk as advertised). The hotel street is hard to find. We had to stop and ask the locals for it...very confusing. The reception staff was welcoming and they say they will send you an email with the hotel's info (rest.&pool ..."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Vila Petra
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is £195 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"Very clean and bright property with friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 May 2022

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Villa Doris Suites
Villa Doris Suites
4 out of 5
Praia De D. Ana, Lagos, 8600
The price is £100 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (203 reviews)
"We arrived at night, checked in fine at a different hotel because the suites did not have their own reception. But were pretty confused about which building were the suites. It didn't look like the picture with the balconies and such - that was the next door building. Moreover, there was an abandoned ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2022

Villa Doris Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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