What are the best things to do in the Algarve?
1. Go birdwatching at Ria Formosa National Park. This Algarve attraction gives you the unique opportunity to see the famous galinha-sultana (sultan hen). Its bright red beak and blue feathers make it one of the most distinguishable birds in Portugal – which can often be seen on Portuguese pottery.
2. Tee off at The Victoria Golf Course, designed by American golf professional, Arnold Palmer. It’s the longest 18-hole golf course in Portugal and has served as the main venue for the Portugal Masters. The spacious course sits in stunning grounds with lakes and waterfalls.
3. Book a boat trip to Benagil Cave to complete your all-inclusive Algarve holiday. This natural sandstone strata formation stretches across the Algarve’s coastline. Don't forget to stop off at Benagil Beach, where you may even catch a glimpse of diving dolphins.
4. Dine at Vila Joya Sea, a glamorous two-star Michelin restaurant, where Austrian Chef, Dieter Koschina, uses fresh, in-season ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes which pack a punch. Guests can choose to eat at the informal Chef’s Table or romantic outside terrace, which boasts breathtaking ocean views.
5. Spend a day shopping at Quinta do Logo’s boutique mall, an open-air shopping experience with over 20 designer boutiques selling high quality goods. After a well-deserved day of retail therapy, grab a bite to eat at one of the delightful al fresco cafes or restaurants.
Where are the best places to visit in the Algarve?
The harbour town of Olhão, is one of the best places to visit in the Algarve. Hop aboard the replica of the Caíque Bom Sucesso fishing boat for a trip down the coast. In 1808, the historical ship warned of Napoleon’s impending invasion.
Otherwise, hike through the pretty mountain village of Monchique, where the locals prepare traditional Medronho brandy from wild Medronho berries. Afterwards, take a short detour to Silves. This historic town is just 20 miles away and is brimming with Moorish charm and inviting gift shops. An equally beautiful walk can be found at Fonte Benémola National Park, with its sparkling streams and fertile fauna. The peaceful park is also strewn with aged olive presses. Under three miles away, is the peaceful Querença village square, where you relax with a coffee and slice of the local almond cake.