Famous for its fantastic fresh fish restaurants, hot spicy piri-piri chicken, lively bars and unspoilt beaches it’s not hard to see why the Algarve remains a firm favourite year after year. It still retains its upmarket, cosmopolitan reputation and with yacht-lined Marinas, an abundance of golf courses and the pretty cobbled streets of the fishing villages visit here you’ll quickly come to understand why it appeals to stars such as Madonna who adores the luxury hotels, and Sir Cliff Richard, who owns a vineyard here. Car hire really is a must if you visit this region as lots of the accommodation, especially the villa properties, can be a little off the beaten track, and if you want to discover one of the many deserted coves or maybe challenge the famous 9th hole at “The Devils Parlour” then it really is a must. Less than 3 hours on a plane, it’s the ideal choice for that family holiday, with attractions like zoomarina where the sea lions happily perform their crazy antics to the breathtaking elegance of the dolphins shooting high out of the water, showing off to the crowd or maybe for the more adventuras the fun of splashing around the wavepool int the waterpark would be more appealing. For that romantic weekend break visit the Moorish arches of the old town in Albufeira or relaxing on fishermans beach. For the young at heart the Strip has to be top of your list with a huge choice of restaurants, a long street of lively bars and shops open ‘til late into the evening. You can see why this area lives up to its reputation.
Be prepared to wait for your food when eating out here, as usually only the freshest of ingredients are used to prepare the dish of your choice. Whilst you wait however you will on most occaisions be offered bread, olives and some other forms of appetisers. Children are made most welcome anywhere you eat in Portugal, they love children, most menues will offer half portions to cater for their smaller appetites. There are fish restaurants galore for the sea-food lovers amongst us, but don't go home without trying the region's speciality "chicken piri piri" combine this spicy chicken dish with a glass or two of the local wine, what a way to end a perfect day.
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Golf is one of the main attractions for many visitors to the Algarve and offers a course to suite anyone whatever the standard. If you fancy something a littel more adventuras then there is always the off road safari where you get a chance to see some of the stunning, harder to get to parts of the island. Dolphin Safari is one for all the family watch these agile creatures perform amazing tricks, splashing around in their natural environment truely breathtaking.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian, met by their parent/guardian or carry a letter of authorisation to travel. Passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of return.