Welcome to Algarve
Aaah, Algarve ... Few places in Europe can compete with the beauty of this region, which, in the south of Portugal, has all the Latin heat for a very hot summer. The Algarve is the land of some of the best beaches in the world, with year-round sunshine and much of the local economy focused on tourism. From Faro, the capital, to Albufeira, Vilamoura and Lagos, the region offers excellent hotels, quality restaurants with the best fish of Portuguese gastronomy, and varied entertainment options. Nowadays, the number of English, French, Germans and Brazilians who find the Algarve is the ideal place to live, not just visit. It is a safe and quiet region, and the Portuguese people are increasingly prepared and accustomed to welcoming tourists with open arms. Golf courses, fishing trips, parties that last the night, cliffs that kiss the sea on paradisiacal beaches, kayak walks between sea caves, small fishing villages and houses with the typical Portuguese tiles. You will love the Algarve.
Top 10 Things To Do In Algarve
Lagos is a historic and lively city, situated on the beautiful western coast of the Algarve. As a holiday destination, Lagos offers visitors the most glorious beaches, vibrant nightlife and a charming historic center which has retained its character and traditional charm. In the region of Lagos there are varied activities in abundance for the most diverse publics.
Albufeira is a coastal city in the southern Algarve region of Portugal. It’s a former fishing village that has become a major holiday destination, with sandy beaches and a busy nightlife strip. Local fishermen now use the modern marina, also a base for diving, dolphin-watching and boat trips. It's surrounded by candy-colored apartments, with a waterfront promenade.
Traditionally an important commercial and fishing port, Portimão has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Algarve and a modern city offering fabulous beaches, proximity to the natural beauty of the Alvor estuary and lots of excitement. The attraction of the area lies in the incredible diversity of its countryside and beaches.
Unlike most Algarve towns that started as traditional fishing villages, Vilamoura was built specifically for high class tourist purposes. Eco-conscious development, attractive landscaping and tasteful design have created one of the Algarve's most sought-after holiday destinations.
The capital of the Algarve region, Faro is also one of the liveliest cities in Portugal. It receives tourists all year round, both for its attractions and for the entire south of the country. From the Faro International Airport, people from all over the world come to know the natural beauties and much more that the Algarve has to offer.
Carvoeiro is a small village located in the southern region of Portugal, the Algarve. In the past it was a fishing village and nowadays is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations that every traveler should have in their bucketlist. The landscape is of charming white houses that crumble next to calcareous cliffs, bathed by the sea of crystalline turquoise waters. Carvoeiro is a heavenly image, close to the best beaches in the Algarve, and according to CNN, one of the best beaches in the world, Praia da Marinha.
The history of Tavira is lost in time, and the excavations done on the site show the presence of the Phoenicians and other ancient peoples. The local architecture has marks of the Muslim occupation, and is a Portuguese city from 1520. It has very pleasant temperatures and some of the calmer beaches of the Algarve, besides old monuments and very charming streets.
The Algarve’s largest port and a bustling fishing town with a very working place feel to it, Olhão is also the entry gate to one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region and some of Europe’s best beaches. The town itself is a colorful mix of sights and sounds where life is plainly centered on the sea.
The small town of Silves is known for carrying traces of the Arab presence in the Algarve region, especially in its Castle. The Castle of Silves, main attraction, indicates that since the 10th century this region was the scene of territorial struggles and cultural mixture, essential for the formation of the identity of the Portuguese people today.
Sagres is home to the most impressive landscape in the Algarve. The force of Nature is so strong in this south-westerly tip of continental Europe that visitors will soon understand why ancient settlers deemed it sacred, how it lured 15th Century Portuguese explorers to set sail into the unknown and how it has managed to retain its original striking beauty.