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Whether you're heading on holiday to the Algarve to explore the quaint towns of Carvoeiro and Praia Do Rocha, surf the waves of Lagos or do a bit of boutique shopping in Vilamoura, this beautiful region of Portugal does it all. From a distance the Algarve is instantly recognizable with whitewashed houses and layers of terracotta roofs – it’s a paradise for photographers and artists.

The Algarve translates, not very imaginatively, to ‘the west’. Surprisingly enough, it’s found on the west of Portugal where the sun shines all year round and the Atlantic Ocean laps at your toes. There are no wet and miserable winters here, just sunshine, sandcastles and sangria.

The Algarve's best places

Top destinations in the Algarve

Albufeira Exceptional beaches, vibrant bars/clubs, fantastic restaurants and top golf courses

Lagos Historic city with a relaxed atmosphere, golden beaches and a waterpark

Vilamoura Luxury resort with designer shops, fine dining and world-class golf

Praia Da Rocha Fun resort for all ages with magnificent beach and picturesque coastline

Faro holidays Vibrant city with great nightlife, incredible golden beaches and water sports

Portimao Holidays

Relaxed resort with great shopping and fantastic restaurants and cafés

Albufeira Exceptional beaches, vibrant bars/clubs, fantastic restaurants and top golf courses

Lagos Historic city with a relaxed atmosphere, golden beaches and a waterpark

Vilamoura Luxury resort with designer shops, fine dining and world-class golf

Praia Da Rocha Fun resort for all ages with magnificent beach and picturesque coastline

Faro holidays Vibrant city with great nightlife, incredible golden beaches and water sports

Portimao Holidays

Relaxed resort with great shopping and fantastic restaurants and cafés

Best beaches

Best of the Algarve

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Faro must-see sights

Things to do in Lagos

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Algarve travel tips

Why visit Algarve?

The best thing about the Algarve is the variety it has to offer. Whatever kind of traveller you are, there's something for you. Close to the coasts, the vibe is more laid-back and family-oriented, and most of the seaside resorts offer stays focused on recharging your batteries and relaxing on the beach. But don't be fooled, while the Algarve has some of the best beaches in the world, it is also full of cultural gems, foodie hotspots, hiking trails, golf courses and surfing spots.

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Family fun

The Algarve is a fun, safe, family-friendly destination. Many hotels cater specifically to families and there are plenty of activities for kids and teenagers. Don't miss Parque Aventura in Albufeira and make time to visit one of the many water parks in the region, such as Slide & Splash, Aquashow Park Hotel and Aqualand Algarve.

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Nightlife

Faro has a great choice of bars and nightclubs. RoofTop Eva, Varandas Bar and O Castelo are top spots for drinks, while anyone wanting to dance should head to Twice, First Floor or Prestige Dance Club, an LGBTQ+ friendly venue that's open 'til 4am. Albufeira also promises exciting nights out – try Sal Rosa for cocktails with a view.

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Nature

Most of the best spots to visit in the Algarve are natural sites shaped by the elements. Among the most impressive is Cabo de San Vicente - Europe’s southernmost point is a nature reserve, home to many animals, including eagles and otters. Love hiking? Set off on marked trails through lush vegetation in the Serra de Monchique.

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Surfing

The Algarve is one of Europe's most popular surfing spots. Sagres, on the southwest tip, is arguably the best spot for surfers of all levels. If you're a beginner, there are several surf schools in the area that'll be happy to get you started, such as Algarve Surf School and Freeride Surf School.

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Food

Foodies rejoice! There is so much great food to discover in the Algarve. Be sure to try local specialties such as cataplana (clams), Frango da Guia (piri-piri chicken) and tarte de alfarroba (carob cake). For fine dining, check out these Michelin-starred restaurants: Vila Joya, Ocean and Vista.

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Golf

The Algarve is renowned for its world-class golf courses and resorts. Professionals travel thousands of miles to tee off here. You don't have to be a pro to take part though. You'll find golf courses welcoming all abilities dotted around the Algarve but particularly near Vilamoura, Lagos and Albufeira.

Family fun

The Algarve is a fun, safe, family-friendly destination. Many hotels cater specifically to families and there are plenty of activities for kids and teenagers. Don't miss Parque Aventura in Albufeira and make time to visit one of the many water parks in the region, such as Slide & Splash, Aquashow Park Hotel and Aqualand Algarve.

Nightlife

Faro has a great choice of bars and nightclubs. RoofTop Eva, Varandas Bar and O Castelo are top spots for drinks, while anyone wanting to dance should head to Twice, First Floor or Prestige Dance Club, an LGBTQ+ friendly venue that's open 'til 4am. Albufeira also promises exciting nights out – try Sal Rosa for cocktails with a view.

Nature

Most of the best spots to visit in the Algarve are natural sites shaped by the elements. Among the most impressive is Cabo de San Vicente - Europe’s southernmost point is a nature reserve, home to many animals, including eagles and otters. Love hiking? Set off on marked trails through lush vegetation in the Serra de Monchique.

Surfing

The Algarve is one of Europe's most popular surfing spots. Sagres, on the southwest tip, is arguably the best spot for surfers of all levels. If you're a beginner, there are several surf schools in the area that'll be happy to get you started, such as Algarve Surf School and Freeride Surf School.

Food

Foodies rejoice! There is so much great food to discover in the Algarve. Be sure to try local specialties such as cataplana (clams), Frango da Guia (piri-piri chicken) and tarte de alfarroba (carob cake). For fine dining, check out these Michelin-starred restaurants: Vila Joya, Ocean and Vista.

Golf

The Algarve is renowned for its world-class golf courses and resorts. Professionals travel thousands of miles to tee off here. You don't have to be a pro to take part though. You'll find golf courses welcoming all abilities dotted around the Algarve but particularly near Vilamoura, Lagos and Albufeira.

Best beaches

The Algarve is one of the best destinations in the world for a beach holiday. With over 100 beaches, from small coves to massive stretches of golden sand, there are so many options to choose from. Here are some of our favourites to help narrow it down and get you started!

Praia da Falésia

Praia dos Pescadores

Praia do Vale dos Homens

Praia Santa Eulália

Praia da Coelha

Praia de Benagil

Praia da Ursa

Praia da Amoreira

Praia Da Ilha Deserta

Praia do Malhão

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Your questions about the Algarve answered

Where is Algarve?

The Algarve is a fun, safe, family-friendly destination. Many hotels cater specifically to families and there are plenty of activities in the area for kids and teenagers. Don't miss the adventure park in Albufeira (Parque Aventura) and try to make time for a visit to one of the many water parks scattered around the region, such as Slide & Splash, Aquashow Park Hotel and Aqualand Algarve.

Where should I stay in the Algarve?

With so many great cities, towns and villages, it can be hard to know where to stay in the Algarve. For history and culture, you can't go wrong with the region's capital city, Faro. Here you will find some incredible sights, restaurants and bars. Albufeira and Portimão are also a great choice for travellers wanting a mix of sun, sea and culture. For a quieter holiday, consider Lagos which has some stunning beaches, gorgeous views and lots of outdoor activities, from kayaking to surfing. Lagos, along with Praia da Rocha, is also great for families with kids. For glitz, glam and golf, consider staying in Vilamoura which is known for its upscale hotels, beautiful marina, high-end restaurants and golf courses.

What is there to do in the Algarve?

There's so much to do! The Algarve is one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations due to its rich historical heritage and its sun-drenched sandy beaches, which often enjoy very warm weather. From snorkelling to surfing, swimming to sunbathing, shopping to sightseeing, there are so many things to do in this popular region. An Algarve getaway is what you make it – an outdoorsy adventure, a relaxing beach holiday to recharge your batteries or something in between.

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