With 300 days of sunshine a year, a rich, world-class cuisine, and a sensational coastline of beautiful sandy beaches, the Algarve is the perfect destination all year round.
Not to mention the fact the region was voted the world’s best golf destination, so keen golfers will relish the chance to play a round or two in the Algarve at an award-winning course with breathtaking sea views.
With around a three hour flight time from London with British Airways, you’ll be greeted by blue skies, a picturesque backdrop of rugged cliffs and a serene escape in stunning scenery.
The Algarve boasts a sensational coastline of beautiful sandy beaches and clear waters – pictured is Armona Island, an unspoilt beach paradise that you can visit on a boat trip
Uncover beautiful beaches and hidden gems on a relaxing break, with these unmissable experiences.
With more than 150 stretches of golden sands, it’s no surprise the Algarve’s coastline appears endless.
Famously titled Europe’s best beach destination (88 of their beaches have a Blue Flag), this region of Portugal is home to plenty of secluded coves and secret islands – perfect for switching off.
Relax at the four-mile-long Praia da Falésia (‘beach of cliffs’) in Albufeira, named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
Unwind at Praia Dona Ana, to the south of Lagos, with calm turquoise waters and shimmering limestone cliff surroundings.
Or relax at the four-mile-long Praia da Falésia, in Albufeira. Known for its distinctive orange-red cliffs, it’s been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Sit back and enjoy a boat ride to the stunning Benagil sea cave to see its striking domed ‘roof’ where golden sunlight streams in, creating perfect turquoise waters.
Enjoy a boat ride to the stunning Benagil sea cave to see its striking domed ‘roof’
The iconic Praia da Marinha, southeast of Lagoa
The Algarve’s Atlantic coast is the place to forget all about your day to day worries.
The narrow Praia da Arrifana, near the fishing village of Arrifana, is ideal for watersport aficionados – you’ll find surfers here every day of the year.
Those in search of an Instagram-worthy backdrop will be spoilt for choice.
Iconic Praia da Marinha, southeast of Lagoa, should top the list – its dramatic rock formations with striking crevasses are a must-see and are a world away from daily life.
From charming backstreet tavernas dishing up homemade fare, to exclusive eateries serving world-renowned cuisine, the Algarve boasts an abundance of incredible eating spots.
And, with seven to boast of, it also has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in Portugal.
Dine in authentic mountain bars, or alfresco with sea views, or head to tiny fishing villages to sample traditional cuisine from recipes passed down through generations.
Treat yourself to some delicious fresh local seafood – perfect to enjoy in the sun with a beer!
The region prides itself on using local produce – and serving seafood straight from the sea to the plate. Succulent clams, grilled sea bass and juicy swordfish are among some of the region’s must-try catches.
Why not opt for the rich Cataplana de Marisco – a delicious array of shellfish including lobster cooked in a special copper pan.
Or watch the world go by listening to the crashing winter waves while enjoying a hearty Feijoada de Marisco, an authentic bean stew that’s a warm wintertime dish.
And don’t leave without washing everything down with a glass or two of the local wine! With 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, the Algarve is ideal for grape harvesting – book a vineyard tour to find out more.
After feasting on delicious local food and wine you’ll want to kick back, so why not relax on paradisal islands with a boat trip from the Algarve’s coast?
The Praia do Farol is named after its striking lighthouse situated near the sandy beach
These are available from Faro, Olhão and Tavira and offer easy access to remote isles such as Barreta, Culatra and Armona.
Barreta, located on the most secluded part of Ria Formosa Natural Park’s coastal lagoon, is an inhabited paradise with four miles of white-sand, unspoiled coast.
Just 10 minutes from Faro is the fishing village of Olhão, where you can see traditional colourful houses and discover more about the region’s rich history.
It’s also the gateway to Armona – a white-sand island that’s just half a mile wide and just five and a half miles long that’s perfect for an idyllic day trip.
Quiet and inviting, the island of Tavira is home to beautiful beaches, calm waters, gentle hills, and fruit-filled orchards.
Enjoy the sun on the island of Culatra, a former fishing village that boasts picturesque walks, idyllic golden sands and inviting natural sand pools.
The Algarve is renowned for its incredible golf courses
With hot summers (up to 29ºC) and mild winters (up to 18ºC), the reliable weather means one thing – rain rarely stops play, whether it’s relaxing on the beach, enjoying a round of golf, or sightseeing in one of the region’s beautiful cities and villages.
With nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries, endless walking and hiking trails, as well as mountain biking, thanks to the climate, it’s the ideal place to switch off and embrace the outdoors.
The winter months encourage surfers to make the most of the better waves at Costa Vicentina; families can enjoy dolphin watching on boat trips; and couples can admire one of the region’s finest natural features at the famous grottos of Ponta de Piedade.
Have your camera ready, as you take in the Algarve’s wonderful coastal, mountainous and rural scenery from its villages, ancient towns and traditional ports.
Admire the natural beauty of Serra de Monchique, a range of rolling mountains rising between the Algarve and Alentejo.
Enjoy panoramic views from 2,959ft at the peak of Fóia, the region’s highest point, and look out for the dramatic headline spot of Cabo de São Vicente (also known as ‘The End Of The World’) in the distance.
Head to cosmopolitan Lagos to gaze at Baroque splendour at the golden Church of St. Anthony in the Old Town, known also for its pretty patterned streets.
Head to cosmopolitan Lagos to gaze at Baroque splendour at the golden Church of St. Anthony in the Old Town
The town, from where explorers used to set out, is a blend of traditions and modern life, with incredible beaches, hidden caves and crystal-clear waters.
Historic Silves, with its backdrop of lush hills covered with orange groves and olive trees, is one of the region’s most picturesque and promises a relaxing stroll.
From Moorish castles and ancient monasteries to idyllic beaches, clifftop excursions and fishing towns, the Algarve offers a chilled-out atmosphere.
Experience authentic Portugese charm and the region’s best pottery in Porches, or head to picturesque Olhão, Silves, Tavira and Alte to enjoy quiet, traditional villages.
Tour the church of São Lourenço, in Loulé, to marvel at exquisite tiles from the 18th century, or sip on local wine while watching the sunset on The Rota Dos Vinhos do Algarve.
Explore artisans’ workshops, sample homemade delicacies and pick up souvenirs in Faro, the capital of Portugal’s Algarve region. And don’t forget to tour the landmark cathedral.
Admire one of the region’s finest natural features at the famous grottos of Ponta de Piedade
Or step into paradise at a spa and indulge in soothing treatments while rejuvenating, revitalising and relaxing among stunning surroundings.
Discover dramatic natural landscapes on one of the numerous hiking or cycling trails.
Embark on the Seven Hanging Valleys route to Carvoeiro, wander the Fonte Benémola near freshwater springs or bike the Algarviana trail.
Nature lovers will love the tranquillity at Ria Formosa’s prime bird watching spot which you can enjoy on a guided walk, by bike, boat or kayak. Meanwhile families will love the thrills of roller coasters at the Algarve’s well-known theme parks.
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