Indulge in all the beauty and entertainment served up by Portugal’s most popular destination, holidays to the Algarve promise a unique break to an area blessed by a vibrant atmosphere, immense natural beauty and an endless stream of fun and thrills by the beach It is easy to see why this southern region has become so popular with holidaying families and couples, especially when you bear witness to the blue waters, stretching sands and dramatic cliffs that characterise the Algarve’s alluring coastline – truly a remarkable gem of Portugal.
The beaches are undoubtedly the biggest attraction around the Algarve, endless stretches of fine sand flanked by beautiful clear blue water and towering, dramatic cliffs and rock formations – this is one of the most remarkable coastal scenes in Europe. Despite this, you’ll find a great deal of things to do during your holidays to the Algarve that don’t involve planting your feet in the sand. Traditional and historic cities and towns tower over the ocean, promising cultural highlights and a culinary scene to die for, while active holidaymakers will revel in the region’s adventurous ethos.
Traditions and Treats
The likes of Albufeira or Lagos will base you in a lively destination with more than its fair share of attractions and plenty of luxury hotels. Albufeira is a wonderfully diverse destination, defined by its wonderful beaches, great restaurants, charming old town and bustling nightlife, unrivalled anywhere else in the region. Lagos offers a similar vibe to those on their Algarve holidays, alongside an energetic water sports and outdoor adventures culture, mingling with that of a bygone era. Traditional architecture and colours adorn the historical city centre, marked by the old city walls, ensuring both culture vultures and sports enthusiasts are appeased by a visit to Lagos.
Outside of the primary destinations, numerous traditional towns and villages are dotted along the expansive coastline of the Algarve, displaying a more authentic way of life that is easily overshadowed by the region’s modernised infrastructure. Olhas de Agua is a great example of a destination retaining its traditional charm yet catering to the tourism influx. Meanwhile, other adventurous types may like to dip out of the region all together to visit some more of Portugal’s gems, and none come more alluring than the stunning coastal city, Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal – a mesmerising place to daytrip to during you holidays in the Algarve.
Action and Adventure
Some of the world’s finest golf courses can be enjoyed in the Algarve, blessed by great weather, stunning scenery and challenging courses, delivering something of a playground to those that like to bring their woods and irons on holiday with them. Golf isn’t the only activity you’ll discover away from the beach; there is also a great mountain biking scene in the Algarve, allowing visitors to explore the region’s beautiful inland scenery on active tours around the landscapes.
Inevitably you’ll find yourselves down by the water at some point during your Algarve holiday, and around Albufeira and Lagos there’s so much to do, you could spend the entire holiday in and around the water here. Water sports are rife around Lagos, with a great surfing scene supported by sea kayaking and windsurfing, while others may just prefer to lay on the sandy bays around Albufeira and catch some rays. Snorkelling and boat trips are also on offer to tourists, allowing you to explore the region’s highlights on and beneath the surface of the ocean.