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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.

Top hotels in Algarve

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao
The price is £76 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (553 reviews)

"Hotel Da Rocha Great size room for a family of 4 with a microwave and minibar fridge. Excellent location, litterally access to the beach is across the road and loads of restaurants and shops along the strip. We had a few issues with our room one of the issue was not dealt with correctly by the hotel. ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Hotel Da Rocha
Pestana Viking Beach & Spa Resort
Pestana Viking Beach & Spa Resort
4 out of 5
Praia Senhora da Rocha, Lagoa
The price is £104 per night

Located in Armacao de Pera, this family-friendly Lagoa aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Senhora da Rocha Beach and Cova Redonda Beach. Marinha Beach is ...

4.1/5Very Good! (394 reviews)

"Beautiful location, well kept grounds, responsive staff"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Pestana Viking Beach & Spa Resort
Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts
Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts
4 out of 5
Quinta do Lago, Almancil

This family-friendly Almancil resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pinheiros Altos Golf Course, Quinta do Lago Beach and Quinta Shopping Center. Ria Formosa Natural ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (292 reviews)

"We went in the middle of the COVID crisis so certain amenities like the pool and gym were closed. But the restaurants were still open and we were greeted by reception in person. You definitely need a car to get to this place. Lots of available parking on site. It is around a 30 min drive to Faro. ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Vilar do Golf by Diamond Resorts

Popular places to visit in Algarve

Albufeira Old Town Square
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Albufeira Old Town Square

4/5(408 reviews)

Framed by bars, galleries and shops, this leafy plaza is a great starting point for exploring the treasures of Albufeira’s historic center. 

Vilamoura Marina
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Vilamoura Marina

4.5/5(504 reviews)

Take a boat trip to see dolphins and go parasailing with a tour operator near this marina, which is bordered by the town’s main strip of restaurants and nightclubs.

Falesia Beach
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Falesia Beach

4.5/5(271 reviews)

Pine groves crown the scorched red-orange cliffs edging this long and wide beach, complete with comfortable amenities, watersports options and lifeguard patrols. 

Praia dos Alemães
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Praia dos Alemães

4/5(337 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Praia dos Alemães, a popular beach in Albufeira. Amble around this family-friendly area's marina and enjoy its lively bars.

Rocha Beach
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Rocha Beach

4.5/5(246 reviews)

Backed by golden-red cliffs and met by the white-flecked waves of the Atlantic, this spectacular beach is one of the Algarve’s most popular. 

Oura Beach
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Oura Beach

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Water sports, stunning scenery and walks to quiet coves await at this beach located to the east of Albufeira’s Old Town. 

Top things to do in Algarve

Seville Full-Day Tour from the Algarve
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Seville Full-Day Tour from the Algarve

72% of travellers recommend
£42
Per adult
Slide & Splash Waterpark
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Slide & Splash Waterpark

100% of travellers recommend
£26
Per adult
Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour
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Lagos, Sagres and Cape St.Vincent Bus Tour

78% of travellers recommend
£18
Per adult
Zoomarine Park
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Zoomarine Park

92% of travellers recommend
£26
Per adult
Loulé Market Half-Day Tour
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Loulé Market Half-Day Tour

£17
Per adult
Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)
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Caves & Coast Tours (Benagil - Marinha Beach)

£31
Per adult

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