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Algarve



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Healing weariness from body and soul since Roman times
The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region hugging the Atlantic, has been Portugal’s top tourist locale for centuries. Ancient Romans used to come here to bathe in the thermal waters of Caldas de Monchique, to heal “weariness from the body and soul”. In modern days, people from all over the world still come to here to do the same, with the area’s many resorts, beautiful beaches, stunning views, and amazing weather. The central coast between the cities of Lagos and Faro is most developed and contains the main concentration of tourists.
With over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, it’s no surprise that the Algarve’s beaches are one of its most popular attractions. Additionally, there are over 30 golf courses in the area and the region has been awarded several times as the best golf destination in the world. Algarve has something for everyone, whether you’re a family with children, a couple looking for relaxation, or a group of friends seeking adventure.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Algarve

Spend some time in Algarve on a tour that takes in other cities in Portugal and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Algarve and other destinations throughout Portugal and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Algarve

The Algarve region has plenty of options when it comes to accommodations, and we’ll help guide you to pick the one that is best suited for your vacation style. For those looking for a relaxed, sea-side getaway, we recommend staying in the small fishing village of Alvor. Cobblestone streets, a riverfront, beaches, restaurants, and luxury hotel options await you here. 

If you’re looking for a bit more hustle and bustle, Lagos is the place to be. Wherever you chose to stay during your time in Algarve, our hand-picked selection of small hotels and medium-sized resorts will be sure to please. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary, we will present our recommended options for you to select from.

Modern Seaside Hotel
A few meters from the beach and a few minutes from the town center, this elegant hotel combines tranquility of the seaside and liveliness of Alvor's nightlife.
Central Modern Hotel
Perfect hotel for those who are looking to relax and for the families. Close to the old centre of Faro, Eva Senses is a good base camp to explore the area.

Things to do in Algarve

There are so many things to do in the Algarve, you’ll never get bored! The most obvious thing to do is to spend time on the coast enjoying the beach. You can try your hand at surfing in one of the many surf schools dotted along the shores, or just relax and listen to the waves crashing against the rocks. Sagres is a very popular surfing spot that we recommend visiting if you’d like to try it out! We also recommend visiting the region’s capital, Silves, an important city during the Al-Andalus Moorish reign. It has a very well preserved fortress and is one of the main sites to see the Moorish legacy left in modern Portugal. With so many things to do and places to see in the region, you can even rent a car and do a self-driving tour, we’d be happy to arrange that for you during your trip!
Market & Fisherman Small Group Food Tour in Faro
Full Day Private Sailing Experience
Side-Car Private Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Algarve

How many days should I spend in the Algarve?
The Algarve is the most picturesque part of Portugal. The whitewashed fishing villages, the hot and dry climate, the beaches, and holiday resorts make the Faro District a popular summer holiday destination. The length of your visit, therefore, depends on the purpose of your holiday. If you came to relax, and do just a little sightseeing, plan at least two nights/three days before you travel further. If you are keen to see the rest of the country, then two days/one night is enough to spend in the Algarve region.
What souvenirs should I shop for in the Algarve?
There are three products that you should look up while in Algarve. These are linen, pottery, and leather items. Handmade jewelry and old furniture can be found in flea markets or in antique shops. Other than that, you will find luxury and fashion stores, international and local designer boutiques as well as delicatessen here.
Where's best, easiest and safest to get some local currency in the Algarve?
The easiest way to get local currency, which is Euro in Portugal, is an ATM. Please be aware that banking fees occur when withdrawing cash abroad. Consult your bank about these in advance. Using your credit card in Portugal is convenient. Always ask to get charged in the local currency, as this saves you money. Please note that in Europe, chip and pin technology is in use. EuroPay, Mastercard, and Visa cards are generally accepted. In case you have a different payment card, please contact your card issuer before traveling abroad to find out about being able to use it in Portugal.
How much should I expect to spend person per day in the Algarve?
Plan to spend at least 30 EUR (38 USD) on food and another 10-15 EUR (20 USD) on admissions.
How do I get around the Algarve?
Getting around in Algarve, you can choose between a bus, a train or a taxi. If you prefer to move around by bus, ask for a timetable from your hotel receptionist. The trains are clean and on time. Taxis have a recognizable black and green or plain beige color.
What are some must-see sights in the Algarve?
Apart from recharging in the sun, the Algarve region holds some captivating historical highlights as well. The old town of Albufeira or Faro, the Castelo de Silves (the best-preserved Moorish fortification in Portugal) will surely capture the attention of every history lover. Europe's westernmost point, the Cape Saint Vincent, with its famous lighthouse, is another must-see.
What are the options for people with dietary restrictions and intolerances?
Portuguese cuisine is rich in vegetables, fish & seafood, meat, and potatoes. People on a gluten-free diet should not struggle with choosing their food at any restaurant and pescatarians will indeed feel spoiled. Vegetarians and vegans might need to ask for options when dining at a traditional restaurant. There also are numerous vegetarian and vegan specialized eateries. Milk is not a typical ingredient in the Portuguese main dishes but is used in sweets and desserts. Lactose and gluten-free baked goods and desserts are available at vegan restaurants and bakeries.
Is The Algarve safe?
The Algarve, the third most popular destination in Portugal, is a safe city and region.
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