The Algarve is renowned for its stunning climate, unlimited leisure facilities and kind-hearted hospitality. Gorgeous beaches line the coast, from secluded coves with amazing cliffs to vast stretches of golden sand, or head for the hills to discover quaint villages, pine forests and vineyards. Acres of lush green golf courses and chic yachting marinas add a cosmopolitan air to a region steeped in tradition and family-oriented culture - making it as warm and welcoming as the year-round sun.
Our Algarve villas span the southern coast with its long stretches of sand and Atlantic surf. Lively resorts and leisure facilities are in abundance, while quaint villages, historic sights and national parks idle nearby. Opposites truly attract here, so no two days of your holiday need be the same.
The Algarve boasts some of the best beaches in Portugal. Its combination of golden sands and hot weather attracts visitors year after year to this stunning stretch of coastline.
More than 100 miles of golden sand is on offer for sun-worshippers. Beaches are lapped by the fresh, clear Atlantic Ocean waves – which offer a very cooling dip when the sun gets too hot. The beaches west of Faro are a succession of small coves and sweeping bays, fringed with wonderful rock formations at their most impressive around Lagos.
Two large shopping centres and a retail park can be found in Guia and Faro, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, cinemas and a ten pin bowling alley.
Lively markets are held weekly in many resorts and villages with colourful stalls laden with leather shoes, bags, handcrafted ceramics, copper and silver jewellery. Hand woven baskets and decorative tiles can also be found in the region. Local markets are a great way to buy fresh produce, from almonds and olives to oranges.
When you’ve had enough of sun, sand and surf, you can visit one of the Algarve’s many tourist attractions dotted throughout the region. Water parks are an extremely popular way to cool off in the sunshine. An aquatic centre also has live shows and performances by seals, dolphins and parrots.
Taking the train for an impromptu sightseeing tour is a terrific and inexpensive way to see the countryside. Starting at Lagos, heading inland and stopping at Faro, you’ll get a real taste of Portuguese living.
Outdoor sports and leisure activities are in abundance in the Algarve - thanks to its fantastic sunny climate and array of purpose-built facilities. Golfers are literally in paradise with a vast selection of beautiful, challenging and world-class courses to choose from. A wide variety of fishing and boat trips are available from most resorts. Watersports, tennis and fishing are also popular on this coastline – alongside swimming and snorkelling.
Inland, you’ll discover unspoilt rural countryside perfect for hiking, cycling and horse riding.
Algarve Holidays - Points of Interest
Visit Zoo-Marine, the sea life centre theme park, to swim with dolphins or enjoy one of the fantastic aquatic shows.
For more fun, head to one of four water parks along the coast – Slide and Splash in Lagoa has rides for all ages.
Shop for pottery at Porches, a picture-postcard village near to Lagoa.
Walk the ramparts of the 12th Century citadel in the ancient Moorish capital Silves.
Head into the Monchique mountains and sample the crystal clear waters of an historical Roman spa.
Take a boat trip to the rock sculptures and grottoes of Ponta da Piedade in the west, or the Vilamoura marina and sea caves to the east.
Watch the sunset at ‘Fim do Mundo’ - Portugal’s own Land's End at Cape St Vincent.
Shop until you drop at Forum Algarve shopping centre in Faro or Algarve Shopping in Guia.
Visit one of many restaurants in Guia and sample the famous Portuguese dish chicken Piri-Piri or grilled sardines.
The super chic resort of Vilamoura is a haven of enjoyment with a fabulous choice of leisure facilities, including four world class golf courses, as well as a perfect sandy beach with top watersports on offer.
The popular, family-friendly resort of Carvoeiro boasts a golden sandy beach backed with dramatic cliffs at either end. Take one of the regular boat trips to a quieter nearby cove, or visit Algar National Park.
The traditional Portuguese village of Boliqueime is situated in the peaceful countryside area of Loule. Here you'll find a lovely 12th century church surrounded by a number of nice cafés serving pastries.
Set amid acres of lush forests in the Rio Formosa Natural Park, the exclusive resort of Quinta do Lago has much to offer; including glorious beaches, championship golf courses and other sporting activities.
Almancil is a bustling town offering a fine selection of shops and restaurants. Close by are Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago - exclusive holiday resorts offering glorious beaches and championship golf courses.
Situated in the Western Algarve, Santo Antonio Resort, formerly known as Parque da Floresta Golf and Leisure Resort, is a superb all-round holiday destination, packed with all things fun, sporty and relaxing.
Set in the unspoilt countryside, in between the Serra do Caldeirão mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, close to the Roman town of Tavira, lies one of the most exclusive and luxurious resorts - Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
Armacao de Pera is a real mix of modern resort and traditional fishing village. Sample Portuguese specialities in the restaurants in the old town or superb seafood along the promenade overlooking the beach.
This fascinating historical town is situated on the banks of the River Arde, dominated by the ruins of an ancient castle still bearing the scars of battle against Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors.
Located in a spectacular, elevated position in the eastern Algarve, Castro Marim Golfe enjoys 360 degree views, from waters of the Atlantic to the south and the hills forming the border with Spain to the north.
Ancient Arabic walls weave between the houses in the bustling town of Louie with its Moorish-style covered market place (a market takes place Monday to Saturday, and a fascinating gypsy market is held on Saturdays).
Clube Atlantico enjoys a quiet location to the east of the former fishing village of Carvoeiro, where you’ll find friendly cafés and bars and a selection of restaurants clustered around the little town beach.
Alvor is a fantastic old fishing village with a pretty long sandy beach great for families. Check out the cobbled narrow streets of the old village or choose between the wonderful fresh fish restaurants.
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