Algarve holidays boast 300 days of sunshine a year, while offering fantastic beaches, picturesque white buildings and lively areas of chic bars and restaurants.
Combining stunning coastal scenery and natural beauty with clean white sands and delicious food, holidays in Algarve are perfect for luxurious beach retreats or to enjoy late nights partying. Located in the south of Portugal, the Algarve is less than a four hour flight from the UK, so what’s stopping you? Practice your swing on championship golf courses, sample the cultural towns and explore the beautiful coastline.
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Explore the Algarve
There’s plenty to see and do in the Algarve’s many resorts. Nightlife in Lagos and Albufeira lets visitors dance the night away in a stunning location. The livelier resorts, such as Praia des Rocha and Vilamoura, are ideal for groups of friends or young couples who enjoy a good night out, as the conveniently located apartments will have you staying just minutes from all the action.
If you want to escape the crowds, step outside the busier resorts to discover secluded beaches, quiet coves and relaxing cliffside walks. Altura on Portugal’s eastern border is a calming resort, well connected for day trips and cultural excursions. Stay in one of the beachside hotels for your holiday to Algarve and find yourself waking up to gorgeous ocean views each day.
Things to do in the Algarve
If you fancy taking the family away from the beach on your Algarve holiday, the Zoomarine in Albufeira is a water themed adventure park where you can get close to dolphins - an experience kids will never forget. Those looking for adventure can also take a 4x4 tour of the region or, if you’re willing to get a little sweaty, you may want to discover the beautiful landscape at your own pace on a hired mountain bike.
If you’re interested to learn more about Portuguese history you could visit the city of Faro, which has both Roman and Arab ruins, or, take a day trip to Lisbon; Portugal’s capital city, for striking architecture.
There are a variety of hotels for every budget in the Algarve, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find somewhere to suit your needs. For Albufeira, the Aparthotel Monica Isabel Beach Club is a great choice, and in Vilamoura, the Rio Apartments offer an ideal base for exploring the resorts and beaches, while the Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort is beautifully located by the marina and six golf courses.
If you're looking to enjoy a stay in the resort of Lagos, consider the Belavista da Luz, a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice® 2014 Winner.
The natural park of Costa Vincentina near Lagos, is home to more secret beaches than you could possibly imagine. You'll find one to yourself in no time. Kick back and relax on a private beach by yourself and really take in that Algarve sunshine.