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.

9. Silves

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.

Top Tours & Activities in Algarve

From Portimão: 3-Hour Boat Cruise To The Benagil Caves

The best 3 hours boat tour to the Benagil caves departing from Portimão. Join us and have great fun with our lovely macaw mascots!

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Caves & Coastline Boat Tours In Algarve – From Portimão To Benagil

Discover Algarve’s hidden secrets. Enjoy a fantastic visit to the caves, including the cave of Benagil ! Board in Portimão (Clube Naval) and enjoy a longer route along the Algarve coast, with more places to visit: wonderful sea caves, fantastic beaches, drawings created by the force of nature and fossils with thousands of years. Enjoy a quiet tour on board of our equipped and licensed boats.

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Kayak Cave Explorer Tour In Lagos, Portugal

Follow us on this exciting Kayak guided tour to the famous beaches and caves of Ponta da Piedade. Explore these amazing and ancient rock formations.

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2H Cruise To Ponta Da Piedade – Snorkeling, Swimming In The Ocean & Visiting The Caves

Come and visit the beautiful Ponta da Piedade seen from the sea. One of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve coast.

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Dolphin Watching And Coastline Tour From Albufeira In A Glass Bottom Boat

Exciting experience to share with your family and friends. Surprise yourself along a glass-bottomed boat ride, unforgettable in the Algarve.

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Zebra Adrenaline Action Pack – 4X4 & Coasteering – Algarve

Ideal program for adrenaline lovers. A day filled up with adventure mixing off road tracks by 4x4 with a Buggy or Quad ride and an outstanding Coasteering.

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Algarve Golden Coast – Boat Cruise In Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Witness the amazing rock formations and beaches of europe's best kept secret. Join our team on this beautiful half day cruise which will be the highlight of your holidays!

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Boat Tour To The Benagil Caves From Armação De Pêra

Come and see the most incredible marine cave in the world: the cave of Benagil! Accessible only by the sea, the caves of the Algarve coast have been for years a secret of the local fishermen, and you will see them with us! Join us!

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Good To Know

Language
Portuguese
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Time Zone
GMT
Country Phone Code
+351
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. Of course, autumn is another best time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.
"24 hours later and I am still excited!"
This flight was really perfect! Besides the amazing landscapes, the whole flight was very safe and smooth and included some acrobatics in the end that brought some adrenaline. Totally recommend it :D

From Paratrike Flight Baptism In Alvor, Portimão, reviewed by: Maria, 2017-06-10
"very good experience"
It was an amazing experience and i will do it again soon :)

From Paratrike Flight Baptism In Alvor, Portimão, reviewed by: Suz, 2017-06-18