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Castles, golf, watersports, superb cuisine and a pleasant climate draw crowds to the Algarve. Enjoy this tourist-friendly region of Portugal stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Spain’s western border. Its natural scenery includes breathtaking cliffs, pristine beaches, secluded coves, nature reserves, vineyards and wooded mountains.
The Algarve’s western region is internationally famous for its rocky outcrops and isolated bays. Visit the lively resort towns of Albufeira and Lagos. Investigate the picturesque fishing villages of Burgau and Salema. Go to the region’s southwestern tip to explore the historic peninsula of Sagres. Enjoy great surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing at the villages of Carrapateira and Odeceixe on the wild western coast.
Start your tour of eastern Algarve at Faro, the region’s capital and a former Roman settlement. Enjoy the picturesque gardens and buzzing nightlife in its walled Old Town. Protecting much of Faro’s eastern coast is Parque Natural da Rio Formosa, unspoiled barrier islands with a natural habitat for birds. Experience the traditional Portuguese beach resorts of Cabanas, Fuseta and Tavira.
Inland, the Algarve combines scenic landscapes with history and relaxation. Admire the Roman ruins of Milreu near Estoi and Moorish-influenced architecture at Silves. Wander the quaint streets of Loulé or relax in the thermal spas of Caldas de Monchique. Bike or hike along the Via Algarviana, a 186-mile (300-kilometer) trail that traverses the flower-filled mountains of the Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão.
The Algarve offers golfers over 35 immaculate courses spread along the region’s 96-mile-long (155-kilometer) coastline.
Delve into the region’s cuisine, which uses fresh local ingredients such as seafood, almonds, grapes, oranges and figs. Sample traditional dishes, including açorda de mariscos, a bread and seafood stew.
Reach the Algarve by flying to Faro Airport. Get around via rented car, bike or an extensive network of public buses. With around 300 days of sunshine per year, the Algarve is a favored year-round destination for everyone from families and honeymooners to food lovers and sports enthusiasts.
A: Take in Portimao like a local. Get around the best attractions of Olhao with ease. Not only will your rental car make things simpler, it'll make them more fun too. Sure, you can travel around the cities with buses and taxis if you need to. But if you plan to explore the region of Faro District or farther afield, it'd be a good idea to have a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Algarve.
A: With 1,747 International flights every month, Faro Airport (FAO-Faro Intl.) is where you'll mostly likely touchdown to begin your holiday in Algarve.
A: Many travellers choose to spend their getaways in apartments. Some like the comfort and amenities of hotels or villas, while others choose to book apart-hotels. Whatever you're searching for, this place has lots of options for all budgets.
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A: You'll have a ton of choices — Algarve Racing, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição and Três Castelos Beach are some to start. These frequently visited attractions are situated in Portimao.
Olhao is another popular stop on many travellers' itineraries. Ilha da Fuzeta, Sao Miguel Peak and Parque Natural da Ria Formosa are great things to check out while you're here.
Lastly, head straight to Loule Gypsy Market, Rocha Da Pena Park and Paintarena Portugal if you're going to stay in Loule.
The scenery was beautiful and the overall property was well kept and very clean.
The hotel is really a few metres from Dona Ana Beach. The staff was excellent and kind, from the front desk to the maids. Junior suite was perfect and very clean. We were lucky to have the second floor suite with the double balcony. We will definitely go back.
This was a great hostel. My only complaint is the whole building has 1 shower and 2 toilets. But other than that, very clean. Friendly staff, free breakfast of sandwich meat and cereal. Great location. I would stay again.
Exceeded our expectations. This was our first visit to Pine Cliffs and we are already planning to go back.
This was our 8th visit to Tivoli Marina. As always it was fantastic in every way, close to all bars & restaurants, short transfers for golf, fabulous views from all sides of hotel
We stayed here for a week as Lagos went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus. It was so quiet it was like having the entire hotel to ourselves. The staff here are brilliant. Looked after us very well and were meticulous on the hygiene front. Would love to revisit during more normal times.