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Algarve Holidays


Portugal’s sunny southern coast is like no other, serving up soaring cliffs, charming fishing villages, and - of course - plenty of beach.

Destination highlights

  • Award-winning beaches

  • Long, hot summers

  • Affordable luxury stays

  • Friendly atmosphere.

What are the best beaches in the Algarve?

We’re not being overdramatic when we say that this region of Portugal is jaw-droppingly beautiful. There’s not much more you could wish for when it comes to beach holidays to the Algarve, so check out these coastal spots and you’ll want to get your packing started!

  • Praia da Marinha – a bucketlist destination for beach-lovers, famous for its deep blue seas, dramatic cliffs, and panoramic views.

  • Praia da Falésia – a sociable beach close to Albufeira, hosting amazing sunset beach parties throughout the summer.

  • Praia da Arrifana – a pretty surf and swim beach near to Aljezur, accessible to all via ramp.

  • Praia do Camilo – the place to be in Lagos for amazing photos and snorkelling adventures.

  • Praia de Manta Rota – a sure-fire win for family holidays to the Algarve, with safe shallows at low tide.

  • Praia de Vale do Lobo – celeb-spotters will love this fancy beach in Vilamoura - it’s a favourite of the stars.

  • Praia Naturista de Tavira – if you’re a fan of nature (and naturism), this stunning nude beach on Tavira Island is the one for you.

  • Praia de Benagil – the sea caves at this beach are a budding photographer’s dream.

What are the top hotels in the Algarve?

This gorg Portuguese region has so many resorts that you’ll find your perfect hotel whatever kind of holidaymaker you are - even if you've got your eye on a cheap Algarve holibobs. Here’s a taste of the variety on offer:

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Weather in Algarve

























Algarve weather is basically the Ryan Gosling of climates—charming, easy on the eyes, and pretty much everyone's cuppa.

Imagine sunshine, more sunshine, and did I mention sunshine? Oh, and the best bit is, it's not just a summer fling. The weather in the Algarve keeps its sunny disposition all year round. Summers sizzle with temps shimmying around 29°C, while winters are like that chilled mate who never overstays their welcome - cool but comfy, hovering around 16°C.

Wanna know when to book that ticket? Well, if you're after that sun-kissed look (and who isn't?), aim for May to September. If you're more into the "I like long walks on the beach but not melting into a puddle" sort of vibe, late spring and early autumn are calling your name.

But hold your sun cream, folks! A heads-up to all you travellers who think 'seasonal' is just a type of latte: the Algarve isn't a one-weather wonder. You've got your brisk sea breezes and the occasional rainy cameo, just to keep you on your toes.

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How long does it take to fly to the Algarve?

Flights from the UK to Faro Airport in the Algarve take around two and a half hours.

What’s the time difference between the UK and the Algarve?

There's no time difference between the UK and the Algarve region.

What currency do they use in the Algarve?

The official currency used in the Algarve is the Euro.

What language do they speak in the Algarve?

The official language of the Algarve is Portuguese, but many people speak English in the tourist areas.