The Algarve, Portugal

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Why choose the Algarve, Portugal?

The Algarve is the most southerly end of Portugal and has more days of sunshine than California! It’s no surprise that 7 million people flock to its award winning beaches, historic towns, competition level golf courses and stunning landscapes every year. The beautiful golden sandy beaches are some of the best in the world. 86 have received the much coveted Blue Flag award, so it’s no surprise they’re one of the major attractions of the Algarve. The beaches are fully equipped to meet all your needs offering spectacular views of the coastline, relaxing beach front bars and restaurants, loungers, parasols and water sports activities for summer fun and much more. 

The Algarve is also known for its unique contrast between the golden coastline and the beautiful rural countryside, its many historic attractions and thousands of species of flora and fauna. If you want more than just a beach holiday, this is the perfect destination for photography, painting, nature watching, walking, cycling and sailing too. 

Which Algarve resort will you choose?

Our Algarve Resort Guides will help you narrow down your search with ease. There you can see if the resort is open 365 days a year or not, the distance to the beach, the number of beaches, suitability for families, disabled access and golf courses nearby. You can short list those that suit you at a glance and then go directly to those resort guides to learn more.

Whether you’re looking for an all-year-round resort with excellent disabled access like Lagos, the perfect marina and golf break in Vilamoura, a cultural rural break in Alcoutim or a fantastic holiday for all in Albufeira, we’ve Uncovered them all for you!

Measuring 160KM x 50KM everything is accessible in the Algarve. Flights from most European countries to the main international airport in Faro take approximately 3 hours. The airport is centrally situated, 65KM from the eastern resort of Vila Real de Santo António and 90KM to Lagos in the west. Transfers can be arranged to all of the resorts, so just check out our resort guides for the length of your journey. For those of you that prefer to hire a car, all of the major car hire companies operate at the airport. The A22 toll road runs from one end of the Algarve to the other and costs less than 10€ for a “Class 1” vehicle. There are also local roads if you prefer to take in the scenery. We’ve partnered with leading travel brands who provide flights, transfers and car hire to bring you the best deals and they’re all available in our Algarve Holiday Shop.

Visit Portugal’s Algarve on any budget!

One of the great things about a holiday in the Algarve is that it can be as cheap or as lavish as your budget allows. There’s a wide variety of  Algarve Accommodation to choose from – campsites, guesthouses and hostels up to 5* hotels, luxury resorts and exclusive villas to rent. Restaurants, bars and cafes that are popular with Algarvian locals offer amazing value for money, a literal ‘taste of Portugal’. There’s a vast array of fine dining establishments, including Michelin Star restaurants for those looking to sample the best food culinary Portugal has to offer. If you’re looking for things to do, at the top end there are spas, champagne cruises, vineyard tours and yacht charters. Don’t forget the amazing things that are free across the Algarve, the beaches, landscape and culture. Admission-charging historical tourist attractions are always very reasonable too! The public transport system in the Algarve is also incredibly cheap, the buses and trains are both very efficient and clean, otherwise, you can take a taxi or even book a convertible or limousine! 

There’s always something going on in the Algarve!

There are Algarve Events all year round, so whenever you decide to book your holiday there’ll be something going on! The Autódromo do Algarve‎ (Algarve International Circuit) near Portimão, hosts the World Superbike Championships and has a fantastic calendar of annual motorsports! For more sports there are powerboat championships, car rallies, motocross and mountain biking events, sailing and golf championships, the most famous being the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.

The Algarve also knows how to party and celebrates with festivals throughout the year. Mardi Gras “Carnaval” (around Shrove Tuesday) sees carnivals across the region with the most spectacular taking place in Loulé. Liberation Day (April 25th) celebrates the end of a dictatorship in Portugal, there are medieval festivals Silves, Lagos and Castro Marim, special Easter festivals in São Brás de Alportel and Loulé and famous food festivals with the Sardine Festival in Portimão and a Seafood Festival in Olhão. Of course there’s also Christmas and New Year, with huge New Year’s Eve parties and fireworks in all the main tourist resorts. During the summer months we can expect open-air concerts, beach parties, jazz festivals and a whole host of other not-to-be-missed events!

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