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Algarve Attractions

Stretching the length of Portugal’s southern coast the Algarve is a region that’s become synonymous with sun sea and sand. One of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations it’s easy to understand the allure of its beaches

rugged cliffs and arcing bays. At its heart remains the core of traditional villages and towns that were once all that was here and although development has happened it’s not taken anything away from the natural beauty of the region. With the best climate in Europe seafood to die for and plenty of local culture still to be found the Algarve remains as popular as ever.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in the Algarve

Faro - The regional capital and biggest city it’s a whitewashed urban centre with plenty of resorts if you’re looking for a beach break with plenty of time for tanning.

Western Algarve - A national park and nature reserve the western end of the Algarve is very different. Expect unspoiled stretches of cactus covered hills and woodlands with some expansive but largely deserted beaches facing out to the Atlantic.

Lagos - This historic town on the south coast is a popular destination with a young crowd looking to have some fun and catch some waves.

Albufeira - One of the region’s most popular resorts this one time small fishing village has transformed into a premier resort largely thanks to its beautiful beaches.

Things to See in the Algarve

If you’re looking for the kind of holiday where you slap on some suncream lie on the beach and soak up some sun then the Algarve is the perfect destination. However there’s plenty more to discover in the region if you can get yourself off that beach towel. Once a series of small fishing villages most resorts still have charming old towns where you can find locals going about their business as they always have. Visit the ‘bone chapels’ along the coast or head out to the western end to see how the region looked before development took place. It’s a nature reserve dotted with a few small sleepy villages where you can find excellent seafood and pristine beaches including Bordeira.

Things to Do in the Algarve

Watersports are readily available in most of the resorts along the Algarve. Surfing is big towards the western end with a big scene in the lively town of Lagos. Silves located right on the bottom corner of the region is a hippy town where you’ll find laid back vibes and a red stone castle to explore. Visit sea caves kayak along the coast or dive at the Ocean Revival Park. If you’re looking to stay dry then try mountain biking or hiking with the views from Foia peak being well worth the effort. Nature lovers can also take a boat out on a dolphin watching trip with frequent sightings along the coast.

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Albufeira

Albufeira is a quaint coastal town where you’ll find some of the most beautiful and sunny beaches in Portugal. Cool off by swimming in the ocean or enjoy local dishes in a restaurant right on the beach. Of course, there’s more than just sea and sand. Wander the cobbled streets of the old city and visit the ruins of Paderne Castle. Go shopping for souvenirs in the city centre before spending your evenings in one of the many bars on the Strip.

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Portimao

Portimãois a cosmopolitan city with a great selection of restaurants, bars, clubs,shops, a casino and a beautiful marina. It also has one of the best-knownbeaches in the Algarve,the Praia da Rocha.

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Lagos

Lagos is a municipality that lies along the banks of Rio Serafim, Algarve, in southern Portugal. With around 22,000 residents, Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Portugal, thanks to its beaches and the famous rock formations at Ponta da Piedade. Visitors come to enjoy good food, cool nightlife spots and beautiful sun kissed beaches.

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Vilamoura

Vilamoura is one of Portugal's luxury holiday spots, known for its sandy beaches, premier golf courses, vibrant nightlife, beautiful views and top restaurants.

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Faro

Faro is a picturesque, medieval city in the South of Portugal, with cobbled streets, café terraces and a natural park complete with beautiful lagoons. For those looking for more than just sun and beaches, Algarve’s capital won’t disappoint. This peaceful, whitewashed city has friendly people, good food and exciting bars, on top of the sun, sea and sand.

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Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha is an all year round holiday destination, known internationally for having one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Algarve. One of its most popular stretches of sand, Rock’s Beach, owes its name to the rocks that rise between the sand and the sea.

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