Famous for its fresh seafood restaurants, spectacular rugged coastlines, lively bars and sweeping beaches, the Algarve checks all the boxes for a fun-filled holiday in the sun! On the southwest of Portugal, the Algarve is the country’s most popular tourist destination, where the finest beaches and weather meet with the charms of traditional Portugal.
An ideal choice for couples, groups or families, the Algarve is an exciting destination to explore but also to indulge in some serious R&R. Beaches are clean, white sands set against a rugged coastline and, with 300 days of sunshine a year, the region enjoys the best climate in the whole of Portugal.
Things to Do
Albufeira is the Algarve’s largest holiday spot and is a resort of two halves. The new town is an entertainment hub of nightclubs and open air bars, while in the old town you’ll find cobbled streets filled with charming shops, colourful market stalls and cosy restaurants. From a tiny fishing village Albufeira has become the Algarve’s most popular resort, with something for everyone, day and night.
Beaches are the Algarve’s tour de force and if you want to spend your holiday on a sunlounger, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Camilo Beach in Lagos, Falesia Beach at Albufeira and Sagres’ Praia do Beliche are some of the more outstanding candidates: vast ribbons of golden sand, nearby amenities and a smattering of beach-side bars and restaurants will keep you fed and watered all day long.
There’s plenty to do if you want to take a break from the beach. Cool off at Aqualand, Albufeira’s waterpark, while away the hours people-watching at Vilamoura's marina, or embrace your inner Tarzan at the Treetop Adventure Park.
Food and Drink
Nando’s has nothing on real Portguese piri-piri chicken! Whatever you choose, the freshest ingredients are always the order the day. If you’re a lover of seafood, you’ve come to the right place. Salted cod, sardines, tuna, octopus grave many a menu and whatever you choose, the fish is fresh, seasonal and locally sourced. Typically served grilled, it’s usually served with a trio of accompaniments: salad, rice and potatoes.
Albufeira is a town of two sides; the quaint old town and whitewashed buildings combined with the modern club district allow you to get the best of both worlds!
Praia da Luz was once a tiny fishing village, but in recent years has grown into one of the Algarve's most popular holiday resorts. Boasting sunny weather, gorgeous beaches and pretty promenade, it's easy to see why!
Praia da Rocha is one of the Algarve's most well-known and popular beach resorts, with one of the biggest stretches of beach on the south coast and plenty of tourist amenities.