Blessed with golden beaches, picture-postcard towns and stunning weather, the seductive shores of the Algarve provide the ideal destination for a sublime escape. Located on the southernmost tip of Portugal, this alluring region is perfect for families, couples and groups seeking both relaxation and activities. If it’s action you crave during your holiday, the Algarve is a popular water sports destination, offering everything from snorkelling and scuba diving to windsurfing and wakeboarding. Golf enthusiasts will also be impressed by the selection of magnificent courses to choose from, while there are endless options to keep children entertained. For those seeking a more relaxed slice of the Algarve, there are plenty of stunning beaches, scenic towns, picturesque scenery and an array of delicious cuisine to discover in this spectacular region of Portugal.
There’s a beach to suit everyone in the beautiful Algarve - long-sandy expanses with plenty of activity going on for families, beaches with promenades packed with bars and clubs for those seeking some vibrant nightlife and quiet coves and bays spots for couples seeking romantic strolls along the sands.
The glorious sandy expanses and crystal-clear waters in the Algarve make it the perfect location for an unforgettable beach holiday in the sun.
If you crave action-packed days on the beach and wild nights in clubs and bars, then the busy resorts of Albufeira or Praia de Rocha are a great choice of resort, but if you want a laid-back time in a more relaxing setting there are other escapes that fit the bill including Tavira and Praia da Luz.
The sun-kissed Algarve has more than 150 beaches where you can create holiday memories which will last a lifetime.
You’ll discover a myriad of things to do on these fabulous beaches ranging from volleyball on the sands to thrilling water sports action on the waves. Many of the Algarve’s beaches have fantastic cafes, bars and restaurants offering tasty local delicacies and refreshing cocktails.
Praia de Dona Ana is a magnificent beach at Lagos which is family-friendly and has a few restaurants, while Praia da Falésia at Albufeira is an impressive sandy expanse with a backdrop of imposing white cliffs.
Other wonderful Algarve beaches include Praia da Rocha in Portimão, Praia de Vale Figueira at
Carrapateira, Praia dos Três Irmãos at Alvor and Praia da Coelha at Albufeira.
There’s no shortage of lively annual festivals and celebrations in the Algarve which provide enjoyable spectacles for visitors to the region.
This takes place over several days in October when Faro city hosts a huge celebration in honour of St. Irene. Fun fairs, tasty treats, hand-made crafts and a bumper fun fair are among the attractions this make this a must-see event.
The Algarve is famous for its sardines and this event, usually held in August, celebrates the tasty seafood catch with a rousing spectacle of music and entertainment. As you would expect there are plenty of delicious sardines to eat, grilled over charcoal.
This takes place in August and is one of the Algarve's biggest and best summer festival. The city of Silves stages a spectacular Medieval extravaganza with a lively fair, period costumes and thrilling jousting events.
You’ll discover plenty of wonderful dining venues all across the Algarve, with gastronomic delights that will send your taste buds into raptures.
Feijoada is a hearty bean stew made with pork, cured meat, beans, vegetables and various herbs, while a Francesinha is a scrumptious kind of sandwich packed with various meats and enchidos, before being topped with melted cheese.
Cataplana de marisco is a seafood speciality comprising lobster, squid, clams and anything else you wish to add. Then it’s just a case of frying them all with herbs, white wine and tomatoes.
A tasty sweet treat is Pastéis de nata which are small cakes filled with a sweet orange cream. They are normally served with cinnamon and sugar.
Among the eating places of note in the Algarve are São Gabriel near Quinta do Lago resort, Restaurante L14 in Albufeira, Henrique Leis in Faro and A Quinta near Almancil.