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Our gateway to the Algarve’s rugged coastline, breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches begins at Faro. It may sound clichéd, but this incredible area really does offer something for everyone – with its combination of history, natural beauty and culture.
Each of the distinctive cities in the Algarve offer something different – from their unique gastronomy to the incomparable scenery and one-off experiences. Discover a side of the Algarve that ticks all of your boxes. The Central Algarve has grown into a popular holiday spot, while the Western Atlantic coast retains its natural ruggedness. Learn about culture and times past in charming Silves or stroll along the beaches of Albufeira and discover fisherman’s tavernas and the brightly-coloured boardwalk. The mixture of things to do and see in this exciting region provides all the essential ingredients for an unforgettable holiday. Visit the lagoons of Parque Natural da Ria Formosa or venture toward the west coast through Lagos and Sagres – the Algarve will provide an unforgettable trip.
As our gateway to the Algarve, and its capital, Faro is more than just an airport. Full of history, superb restaurants and a beautiful old town, it deserves to be explored thoroughly. Take a trip to one of the beaches around the stunning Ria Formosa National Park, just on the doorstep. Further to the west, you will find the affluent Almancil – home to some world-class golf resorts and luxury hotels. The Quinta do Logo is ideal for golf enthusiasts, boasting seven courses.
This ancient town was a small fishing village until the 60s, when the tourism boom hit the Algarve. It still retains this village charm although it is now a bustling seaside getaway and probably the most popular in the region. The neon-lit bars and lively beaches of ‘the strip’ will entice those in the party spirit. While the old town, with its narrow cobbled lanes and charismatic taverns, is ideal for those who wish for a quieter time.
As one of the biggest private resorts in Europe, its purpose-built shores offer something for everyone. Sailing is a big pastime here, with the 1000-berth marina playing host to the rich and famous – with the great bars and restaurants on offer here it is easy to see why. Vilamoura also has some of the best golf in Portugal, with several championship-level courses for your pleasure, but be warned a few of them will ask for handicap certificates so plan ahead.
The largest town on the western Algarve, Portimão is the place to go for shopping. With everything from monthly markets and flea markets to high-end shops and boutiques selling designer goods, you will find it here. There are also some wonderful golden beaches and superb fish restaurants to add to the attraction. In contrast to Portimão’s abundance of shops, is the sleepy family holiday village of Carvoeiro. Beaches, bars and great restaurants populate the cliff front. Also nearby are two wonderful waterparks, perfect for kids letting loose.
A wonderful town steeped in history and culture, dating back 4000 years. Lagos became the base for the Henry the Navigator’s Age of Discovery during the 15th century. This can be seen in the cobbled streets and elegant medieval architecture that dots the town. As in any beachfront town, there are great beaches and spectacular views across rocky bluffs to the Atlantic. Lagos is great for surfing too, with beginner-sized waves and friendly instructors, this is the place to learn.
Tavira is an elegant town east of Faro, near the Spanish border. It has kept the traditional style and sleepy atmosphere of a bygone era before the Algarve’s tourism boom. Described as the Algarve’s most charming town, there are probably more churches than hotels. There is also a captivatingly slow pace in Tavira, and exploring its cobbled streets may take some time. Wander through the old churches, sip coffee at one of the wonderful plazas, and take a few moments to reflect.
The most south-westerly village in Europe, Sagres sits on a rugged coastline facing down the power of the Atlantic Ocean. Henry the Navigator built his famous school of navigation here in the 15th century for this very reason. Glorious beaches are protected by craggy cliffs, and surfers and kite-surfers flock to Sagres for its great surf opportunities. Overall, it is a quiet town with quaint cafes and bars offering delicious traditional Portuguese cuisine to its friendly citizens and visitors alike.