The alluring coast of the Algarve receives much exposure for its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. But that is far from the end of the Algarve story; there's no shortage of other attractions / activities, beach bars (and discos), castles, diving, entertainment, lots and lots of fun…
Yet the coastal Algarve is just the beginning for any visitor. The enchanting inner Algarve boasts pretty castle towns and historic villages, cork tree– and flower covered hillsides, bird life, and the wonderful Via Algarviana hiking trail crossing its breadth.
The Algarve is the beautiful southern coastline of Portugal.
It is a region blessed with stunning beaches, picturesque fishing towns and a glorious climate, all of which combine to create the perfect holiday destination.
The reason is simple: crystal-clear, pool-like waters, beautiful cliffs and islets, long sandstrips as far as the eye can see, the Algarve coastline has it all. But all is not just crowded beaches and postcard favourites! There are many hidden spots and tranquil refuges to be found aswell, some easy to get to, others requiring a bit more courage to get to the sand. Either way, you will always find something to your taste!
Algarve - the best golfing destination
Repeatedly considered to be the best golfing destination in the world by magazines devoted to the sport and by international associations of specialist tour operators, the Algarve lives up to this distinction by maintaining an unrelenting quality.
In general, you will find that the Algarve, with its mild climate, reasonably priced restaurants, breathtaking scenery, friendly people and excellent golf courses, all combine to make it a memorable holiday.
Fairy-tale Castles full of history to be discovered.
Inland of the idyllic beaches, the "old Algarve" is a vast and varied region of Portugal with a broad and interesting history, making it a fantastic travel destination for those looking for a cultural travel experience. In stark contrast to the capitalist modernity evident in the coastal regions, walking around the tiny villages of Querença and Alte in the inland Algarve feels demonstrably, yet beautifully, like stepping back in time.
Algarve crowned "Best Gastronomic Destination in Europe" 2018
The Algarve’s distinct gastronomic flavours and know-how have conquered millions of people all over the world and are widely considered one of the main allures for tourists to the Algarve. Fresh fish and shellfish are found on virtually every menu. Grilled sardines and horse mackerel are extremely popular in the region, and a mixture of other types of fish is put into a stew called “Caldeirada”. The Algarve is full of specialty seafood restaurants, many with artistic displays of lobsters, shrimp, oysters, and crabs. The national dish is “Bacalhau”, dried, salted cod and it’s just as appreciated in the south as in any other part of the country.
Sporting activities in the Algarve.
The wealth of infrastructures, coupled with the region’s sun, sea and nature, make the Algarve attractive for many other sports such as golf, tennis and water sports as well as physical activities like walking, jogging and hiking.
Discover Algarve Naturally
The success of the Algarve as a tourist destination is due to its natural conditions. In particular the climate, marvelous beaches, as well as a unique rocky coast contributes to the popularity of the region. The main tourist activities have developed in only about 1/3 of the Algarve coast. Even there you can find places offering beautiful nature, like beaches or hiking trails. There are a few natural parks in the Algarve, the natural park of Costa Vincentina (westcoast) consists of steep cliffs, unspoiled nature and intimate small beaches. The natural park of Ria Formosa consists of 60 kilometres of wetland areas and barrier islands between Quinta do Lago and Cacela Velha. It has a great variety of flora and fauna, and is also very popular for birdwatching.
Nightlife in the Algarve
Looking for the perfect party destination?
The Algarve is the ultimate pick for party girls and boys who like their booze and love to dance. From Faro, the capital of the Algarve, to the famous towns of Albufeira, Portimão and Vilamoura you will find a cosmopolitan vibe where the nightlife lasts till early morning.
If you want to jump right ahead to the best bars, pubs and clubs in a specific city in the Algarve, there are many options.
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