A sun-seeker’s paradise
For more than four decades, visitors from all over the world have flocked to the Algarve in search of sun, fun and adventure. Golf courses, marinas, lush sandy beaches and coves are all dotted around the shore, while historic towns offer you chances to immerse yourself in local culture.
In the swing of things
Towards the coast, water sports are a big deal, particularly around Lagos, where kite surfing and water-skiing are popular with everyone. In Vilamoura, you’ll find some tours offering lessons in sailing and surfing, so you might have conquered the waves of the Algarve by tea time.
The biggest city in the Algarve is Faro, which has a charming Old Town district. The city’s cathedral and museums are among its highlights, while it’s a good place to shop. History buffs will also like to visit all kinds of exhibits around this visually pleasing Portuguese part.