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.

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A popular destination for sun-seekers, Faro has a reputation as being an overrun party beach town for much of the year. Visitors who use it as a base to explore the more remote areas of the Algarve in the off-season will experience much more of what southern Portugal has to offer; but those looking for no more than a tan and cocktails won't be disappointed. In winter, it is a beautiful, peaceful corner of Southern Europe with plenty sun shining in the town with Iberian and Moorish-influenced architecture. The people are more friendly than other parts of Europe. Many speak a bit of English, but are very appreciative of any attempts at Portuguese.

Lagos is a historic and lively city that is situated on the beautiful Western Algarve coastline. As a holiday destination, Lagos offers visitors glorious beaches, buzzing nightlife and a charming historic centre, which has retained its traditional character and charm. Within the Lagos region is an abundance of varied sights and activities, which makes the city a fantastic destination for tourists who want more than just great beaches and glorious weather for their holiday.

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.

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.

First, there was a coastline of fabulous, long sandy beaches and then there was Vilamoura. Unlike many of the Algarve’s coastal resorts that started out as traditional fishing villages, the sophisticated resort of Vilamoura was purpose-built with the most discerning holiday maker’s requirements in mind. Environmentally conscious development, attractive landscaping and tasteful design led to the creation of this quality resort that is home to every sport, leisure, entertainment and amenity imaginable and one of the Algarve’s most sought after holiday destinations.

In the Algarve, archaeological remains have been discovered tracing settlement back over 6,000 years. However, it was under the Roman empire that the southern coastline was settled in a more organised fashion. The city of Balsa was established in the 1st century ad on the route between Ossonoba (Faro) and Baesuris (Castro Marim). Its main activities were then fishing and fish salting. Benefiting from a favourable geographical location, between the Algarvian hills and the course of the Gilão river, it was also chosen by the Moors for settlement between the 8th and 9th centuries. It was then named "Tabira", root of the current Tavira. However, there is no conclusive evidence linking Balsa and Tabira to exactly the same site... The Christian Reconquest took Tavira in 1242 under Paio Peres Correia, a knight of Sant'Iago. Two years later, king Sancho II gave these lands to the Order for their reorganisation and settlement. Also in the 13th century, the Castle and walls were strengthened and the Church of Santa Maria (Saint Mary) was built.

Traditionally an important trading and fishing port, Portimão has now become one of the Algarve’s most popular holiday destinations and a modern city offering fabulous beaches, proximity to the natural beauty of the Alvor estuary and plenty of animation. The attraction of the area lies in the amazing diversity of its countryside and beaches. Holidaymakers in search of sun and sea will have the choice of longer beaches, such as the much-loved Praia da Rocha, or any one of the smaller, more sheltered ones like Prainha, lying westwards of the city.

Top Tours & Activities in Algarve

Boat Tour From Portimão To The Benagil Caves On The Manguito Yacht

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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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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Algarve Tidbits Tour

This mouth-watering tour will present some of the best mountain tidbits, great local wines, secret monuments, privileged points of view, ancestral desserts, history and traditions.

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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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Kayak Tour In The Algarve’s Ria Formosa

Explore the Ria Formosa on a guided kayak tour.Join us on a fantastic family friendly activity and experience the natural beauty of this stunning area.

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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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Birdwatching In The Algarve’s Ria Formosa

This is an exciting tour through Portugal’s Ria Formosa.Enjoy a tour in the protected areas of Ludo and Quinta do Lago and discover the best of the Algarve bird life with an expert local guide.

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Traditional Balloon Flights In The Algarve (Shared Flight)

Live your dream... and enjoy the real ballooning adventure in the blue skies of portugal!

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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