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 the laid-back resort of Praia Da Luz. Throughout the Algarve you’ll find more to see, do and experience than you can fit into a single week (or two) which is why people choose to return year on year. Maybe this time you want full-on family fun, or maybe next visit you’ll be looking for a romantic break with the one you love. Whatever you want, Algarve holidays have something for everyone.BeachesWhere to begin? With Algarve holidays offering over 100 beaches, ranging from secluded coves to long stretches of sand, you won’t need much more convincing to book your next adventure. Many of these beaches have earned the much-coveted Blue Flag rating for their high quality, including Praia da Oura – a popular sandy spot near Albufeira’s strip which offers beachside dining, sun loungers for hire and plenty of exciting watersports to try your hand at. Other fabulous choices are Praia da Rocha in Portimao with plenty of shops, diners and bars to enjoy, Praia do Camilo in Lagos where you can bask in its tranquillity, or Praia Sao Rafael in Albufeira, which offers picture-perfect golden sands and stunning rock formations around the bay.Food & DrinkFresh seafood, piri piri spices and sweet treats are just a few 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.When you’re done filling your belly, be sure to savour a glass of locally-produced wine with popular varieties including branco (white), tinto (red), and verde (green), a sparkling wine made from ‘young’ grapes.CultureThe Portuguese way of life is laid back with a great focus on food, family and friends, although not necessarily in that order. Rich in history and with plenty of influences from European, African, and even Arabian visitors over the years- the Algarve is a lively melting pot of peoples. From Arabian-inspired architecture (lace-patterned chimneys and narrow streets) to lively folk dance performances like the corridinho, the Algarve has a vibrant culture that simply must be experienced. Friendly to a fault, don’t be surprised if your new Portuguese friends insist on feeding you to bursting point during your visit - food is the way to the heart after all. NightlifeDance the night away. Sip a cocktail at sunset. Socialise in a friendly pub. No matter how you picture your perfect evening, the Algarve has the venue for you. For lively clubs, head to the tourist centres of Albufeira and Lagos. Particularly popular night spots include the laid-back Sunset Bar in Alvor, stylish Sal Rosa in Albufeira and the friendly Sherry’s Bar in Albufeira. And, for something really 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.Important InformationFlight Time: 3 hoursTime Difference: NoneCurrency: EuroOfficial Language: PortugueseVaccinationsPlease check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.
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.
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 EstateTake 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 CourseOne of the first golf clubs in the Algarve, The Old Course is an 18-hole golfing paradise - the well-kept greens giving 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 with friends back home. Bring your clubs and your A-game for this challenging course.