Algarve Holidays

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Sunshine and seafood are the Algarve’s main claims to fame. And, with over 150km of coastline, it’s no surprise that this region of Portugal offers more beaches than you can shake a stick at. Choose to stay in tourist-friendly Albufeira, the golf-lover’s paradise of Vilamoura or another popular resort, and you’ll find that there are hotels to suit families, couples, solo travellers and groups of friends alike along this pretty part of the Portuguese coast.

Beaches
Where to begin? The Algarve coast has over 100 beaches, ranging from secluded coves to long stretches of sand. Many of these beaches have earned the Blue Flag rating for high-quality water and services, including Praia da Oura – a popular sandy offering near Albufeira’s strip. Here you’ll find beachside dining, sun loungers for hire and exciting watersports. Other fabulous choices are Praia da Rocha in Portimao and Praia do Camilo in Lagos.

Food & Drink
Fresh seafood, piri piri spices and sweet treats are just some of the Algarve’s foodie favourites. To sample a signature dish of the region, look out for caldo verde - a wholesome soup made with potatoes, kale and spicy sausages. Select bacalhau from the menu for a truly Portuguese twist on salted cod, and, for dessert, why not indulge in a pastel de nata? This is a tasty custard tart, often finished with a flourish of cinnamon.

Culture
The Portuguese way of life is laid back, and focuses on food and friends. Architecture and dance are two other interesting ways to look beneath the surface at the authentic Algarve. All visitors should make it their mission to experience the corridinho - a traditional folk dance that stems back to the nineteenth century. Also, look out for lace-patterned chimneys and narrow streets, which are signs of Portugal’s past Arabic influences.

Nightlife
Dance the night away. Sip a cocktail at sunset. Socialise in a friendly pub. However you picture your perfect evening, the Algarve has the venue for you. For lively clubs, head to the tourist centres of Albufeira and Lagos. For something a bit special, check out Canico near Alvor – a small, chic bar and restaurant built right into the cliffside, with a stunning view over a sandy cove from the terrace.

Important Information
Flight Time: 3hrs
Time Difference: None
Currency: Euro
Official Language: Portuguese

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Visa
British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit the Algarve. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.

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Top Algarve Hotels

Monica Isabel Beach Club

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Muthu Clube Praia da Oura

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Eden Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Vilanova Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

Carvoeiro, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Adriana Beach Club

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Paraiso Albufeira

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Clube Humbria by 3HB

Olhos De Agua, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Janelas do Mar

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Da Balaia Apartments

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Auramar Beach Resort

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Apartments Algarve Gardens

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Colina Village

Carvoeiro, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Presidente

Portimao, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Pine Cliff Residence

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira Jardim I y II

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Bellavista Avenida Apartments

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Castelos Da Rocha

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Tivoli Marina Portimao

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Golden Club Cabanas

Tavira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Aquashow Park Hotel

Quarteira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Four Seasons Vilamoura

Vilamoura, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Real Marina Residence

Olhao, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Pestana Dom Joao II Villas and Beach Resort

Alvor, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Balaia Atlantico

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Bayside Salgados

Albufeira, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Clube Vilarosa

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Hotel Da Rocha

Praia Da Rocha, Costa De Algarve, Portugal

Algarve Weather

If you’re a fan of sunshine from dawn ‘til dusk, a summer Algarve holiday is just the ticket for you. Temperatures in July and August reach the heady heights of 28°C and, even in winter, averages rarely fall below 15°C. Visiting between April-June and September-October bring a good chance of sunshine with less of the crowds than in peak season. A refreshing sea breeze to temper the heat is often a welcome addition to Algarve weather forecasts.
Jan 13ºC
Feb 14ºC
Mar 16ºC
Apr 18ºC
May 22ºC
Jun 23ºC
Jul 26ºC
Aug 26ºC
Sep 24ºC
Oct 21ºC
Nov 17ºC
Dec 14ºC

Things To Do on Algarve Holidays

Barril Beach
You really can’t go wrong with any of the Algarve’s beaches, but Praia do Barril in Tavira deserves a special mention. Located in the east, the highly-Instagrammable golden sands and calm waters of this bay are perfect for an idyllic day at the seaside – there’s even a fun mini train to take you from the mainland to the island of Tavira. You’ll find places to eat, sun beds for hire, an interesting anchor graveyard and a separate area for nudists at this Portuguese beach.

Caves and Dolphins Tour
Pre-book your tour and hop aboard a small boat from Albufeira Marina. You’ll be whisked away from shore for the chance to see pods of wild dolphins. Although spotting dolphins is common, sightings of these stunning creatures can’t be guaranteed. Luckily, the spectacular caves and coves that make up the rest of the tour are unlikely to move – so you’re bound to discover something amazing.

Quinta dos Vales Wine Estate
Take a tour of this pretty vineyard to discover all there is to know about the celebrated flavours of Portuguese wine. Sample white, rosé and red wine in the very place that the grapes are lovingly grown and fermented. The grounds of this winery are also dotted with sculptures, making it a great place to walk in the sunshine before or after your tasting experience.

The Old Course
One of the first golf clubs in the Algarve, The Old Course is an 18-hole golfing paradise - the well-kept greens give way to the endless blue of the summer sky. You’ll also find a driving range, golf shop, club house and bar on site, along with free Wi-Fi so you can share your success. Bring your clubs and your A-game for this challenging course.

Algarve Resorts

Albufeira

Albufeira

Albufeira is one of the Algarve's most popular resorts. It has a string of gorgeous beaches, great nightlife, lots of things to see and do, and cheap…

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Almancil

Almancil

Have you ever fancied living like a celebrity? Trading in your 9-5 and packed lunch for days on the beach and eating delicious meals while looking out…

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Altura

Altura

There's nothing like getting away to a beautiful holiday destination where you can bask in the sun and stunning surroundings. Altura on the Algarve is…

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Alvor

Alvor

The Algarve may not always be associated with history and culture. For the most part people flock there year after year on holidays for the fabulous w…

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Balaia

Balaia

For some it’s a good way to ruin a nice walk, but for a large number of the population golf is the ideal pastime. The perfect way to relax and unwind…

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Cabanas

Cabanas

Cabanas is a quiet fishing village situated just 20 minutes from Faro airport. The village has kept its charm despite its popularity with tourists and…

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Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro

There’s nothing quite like booking a holiday to cheer yourself up on a winter’s day. And there’s nothing quite like holidaying amongst the rich and fa…

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Faro

Faro

Faro is the main hub of the Algarve and is the perfect destination for combining culture with beautiful beaches such as Praia de Faro. Packed with Rom…

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Lagos

Lagos

Lagos is a beautiful fishing town located around one hour from Faro airport. Located close to the harbour is Meia Praia beach which is one of the long…

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Monte Gordo

Monte Gordo

Situated on the very eastern side of the Algarve just a couple of miles from the border with Spain, Monte Gordo is one of those sleepy villages you mi…

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Montechoro

Montechoro

What are you looking for in a holiday? Fancy restaurants? Plenty of culture? Fabulous beaches? Great nightlife? Or how about all of them? Montechoro h…

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Portimao

Portimao

Portimao, in the Algarve, is a flourishing fishing port which has, in recent years, become hugely popular with people who flock on holidays to Portima…

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Praia Da Luz

Praia Da Luz

When you think of Algarve holidays you may think of nightclubs, bars and hoards of excitable twenty-somethings on wild nights out. But that’s not alwa…

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Praia Da Oura

Praia Da Oura

Praia da Oura literally means Golden Beach so the clue is in the title as to what to expect from this beautiful resort on Portugal's Algarve coast. As…

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Praia Da Rocha

Praia Da Rocha

Praia da Rocha has long been one of the most popular resorts in the Algarve. Algarve holidays are growing in popularity but Praia da Rocha is an estab…

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Quarteira

Quarteira

Quarteira, like many of the towns in the Algarve was once just a small, quiet fishing village. Of course as soon as tourists caught onto its quaint be…

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Quinta Do Lago

Quinta Do Lago

Quinta do Lago is renowned as one of the classiest resorts in the Algarve and that’s thanks in no small part to a little helping hand from Mother Natu…

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Tavira

Tavira

Algarve holidays are growing in popularity and that’s mainly down to hidden treasures like Tavira. The small town on the eastern Algarve is gorgeously…

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Vale Do Lobo

Vale Do Lobo

Why settle for second best? If you’re looking for Algarve holidays then why not take it in the resort known as the finest in the region, and even one…

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Vilamoura

Vilamoura

The 2,000 acre region of Vilamoura in the Algarve is one of the most popular and significant tourist resorts in Europe, but when it comes to Vilamoura…

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