For more than four decades, visitors from all over the world have flocked to the Algarve in search of sun, fun and adventure. From the hustle and bustle of Faro to the quiet splendour of Albufeira and Vilamoura, there’s something for everyone here. Golf courses, marinas, lush sandy beaches and coves are all dotted around the shore, while historic towns like Tavira provide those seeking to immerse themselves in the local culture with enough to whet their appetite.
Oceanico Golf in Vilamoura has an astonishing seven courses, with many of them used for big professional tournaments where avid fans can watch Europe’s finest tee off. Towards the coast, water sports are a big deal, particularly around Lagos where kitesurfing and water-skiing are popular with holidaymakers and visitors. Polvo Watersports in Vilamoura offer tours as well as lessons in sailing and surfing.
The biggest city in the Algarve is Faro, which has a charming Old Town district. The city’s cathedral and Archaeological Museum are among its highlights, while it’s a good place to go shopping. History buffs will also like to visit Museu de Portimão, with its wide range of exhibitions dedicated to life way back when in this visually pleasing part of Portugal.
The Algarve region is on the southern coast of Portugal, stretching from Sagres in the southwest of the country to the border with Spain.