The Algarve

The Algarve holidays


The Algarve is home to some of Europe’s best beaches. This is the place to head to for golden sand, year-round sunshine and perfectly manicured golf courses. Lying along the sparkling southern coastline of Portugal, you can even explore the open waters of the Atlantic here.

Jupiter Albufeira Hotel
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Jupiter Albufeira Hotel

Albufeira, The Algarve

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  • Brand new hotel
  • On-site waterpark
  • Great All Inclusive programme
  • Daily entertainment
  • Modern and spacious rooms
Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel
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Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel

Carvoeiro, The Algarve

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  • Recently refurbished
  • Clifftop location
  • Beautiful ocean views
  • Relaxing indoor pool
  • Friendly atmosphere
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Language

Portuguese

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT

Cost of a beer

from €1.25 a bottle

3 course meal

usually a set menu from around €30.80

Flight times

3-4hrs

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.

Grand architecture

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.

Albufeira

One of the Algarve’s most popular resorts, Albufeira has a big choice of beaches as well as great golf courses.

Vilamoura

This sporting haven offers many ways to get active. It has six renowned golf courses, with a top tennis academy in the town, too.

Alvor

Reveal the sophisticated side of the Algarve in Alvor. Things take a relaxed pace in the old town, where you’ll uncover centuries-old churches and castles sitting alongside classy bars.

Olhos D'Agua

You won’t have to go far to find a great beach in Olhos D’Agua. The Praia de Falesia sits close by, with its gorgeous golden sands backed by beautiful burnt-orange cliffs.

Armacao De Pera

This sleepy resort sits between the two bigger towns of Albufeira and Carvoeiro. You’ll be close to some of Albufeira’s best attractions, while also having local sandy beaches nearby.

Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro has grown into a fully-fledged beach resort. Along with a selection of sandy beaches, you’ll find tourist-friendly attractions like a mini train and a waterpark.

Praia Da Rocha

Leading on from the urban inland town of Portimão, Praia da Rocha is a coastal resort packed with things to see and do.

Lagos

Lagos is a large town that sits close to the Algarve’s far western edge, once known as ‘The End of the World’.

Quarteira

Still a working fishing village, Quarteira reveals the more authentic side of the area around Vilamoura.

Montegordo

This small town has a Spanish influence, as it’s just moments across the border from Costa de la Luz.

Tavira

This atmospheric city lies close to shimmering salt pans and 37 stunning churches. Take in beautiful views from atop a water tower and sample authentic Portuguese seafood overlooking the evergreen estuary.

Olhao

Sitting close to the city of Faro and the stunning Ria Formosa wetlands, this fishing port is in a pretty location.

Beaches

Smuggler’s Cove is the most spectacular beach on the island (and some would argue in all of Greece!). Think steep white cliffs, soft sands and a mysterious shipwreck. Certain beaches have small coves to explore too, so you’re in for plenty of choice across Zante if you’re big on sun-worshipping.

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Praia dos Salgados

Sights

Marathonissi – or Turtle Island – is a must-visit for nature buffs. Not only is it shaped liked the animal it’s named after, but it’s one of the top nesting spots for loggerhead turtles. You can take a boat to it from Keri and Laganas. Caves and ruins ought to tickle your fancy too.

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Activities

To get a glimpse of traditional Greek life, stroll around the cobbled streets and stone cottages of the many dainty hillside villages on the south of the island. Right at the bottom, you’ll find there’s a beautiful lake where you can see wetland plants and birds. It’s a real hive of activity.

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Christmas and New Year in the Algarve

Christmas and New Year in the Algarve

The Algarve

The Algarve is a haven of laid-back beaches and championship golf courses, but it’s all primed for festive celebrations come Christmas and New Year. There’s a long list of entertaining events going...
Christmas in Vila Real de Santo Antonio

Christmas in Vila Real de Santo Antonio

The Algarve

Want to experience the Algarve at its most authentic? Well, say feliz Natal – or merry Christmas – as you celebrate the festive season Portuguese-style in this quaint old town. Most of the action talks place...

Eating and drinking

Zante’s a great place to sample authentic Greek cuisine, from meze to moussaka. Seafood fans won’t want to miss the catch of the day, especially when grilled swordfish is on the menu. If you have a sweet tooth, the sticky walnut and cinnamon dessert called kataifi is one of the island’s specialities.

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A Sabores da Ria

A Sabores da Ria

Tavira, The Algarve

A Sabores da Ria, a Portuguese seafood restaurant overlooking the Ria Formosa estuary, is famous for its fish, chips and mushy peas. The menu is simple and good value and offers meat and vegetarian dishes....
Arte Nautica Beach Restaurant

Arte Nautica Beach Restaurant

Armacao De Pera, The Algarve

Arte Náutica is a stylish beach restaurant with stunning views of the sunset. Its menu of local seafood fits well with its stripy nautical décor. Fresh fish, oven-baked in salt, is one of the restaurant’s...

Shopping

After authentic local gifts? Head to hillside villages for a strong line in carpets, lace and other traditional handicrafts. Foodies won’t want to leave without a stash of the local olive oil and honey. For a fashion fix, Zante Town has everything from designer boutiques to international high-street brands.

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Aqua Portimao Shopping Centre

Aqua Portimao Shopping Centre

Praia Da Rocha , The Algarve

Aqua Portimão is a shopping centre with all your favourite home-from-home brands, including Primark and H&M. It’s set over two floors and there are 117 stores to pick from. Once you've shopped till you've...
AlgarveShopping

AlgarveShopping

Albufeira, The Algarve

If you’ve some extra space in your suitcase, AlgarveShopping will soon solve that. This open-air shopping centre has over 100 stores, and many of them are tax-free, so get set to find great bargains! If...

Nightlife

Zante’s got virtually everything you could want in the small hours. Hard-partying Laganas is famous for its Ibiza-worthy clubs and pumping beach parties. Tsilivi on the east coast is a good spot for bar hopping. Zante Town likes to take things a bit easier, with after-dinner cocktails overlooking the harbour.

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Cliff-top esplanade

Cliff-top esplanade

Praia Da Rocha , The Algarve

There are lots of pubs and disco bars on the clifftop esplanade overlooking Praia da Rocha’s beach. On The Rocks is open from lunchtime and shows all the major sporting events and soaps on large-screen TVs. The...
Club Kiss

Club Kiss

Albufeira, The Algarve

Just a few minutes walk from The Strip, is Kiss Club, three floors of all-night music and dancing. Kiss host international DJs and have live music and their variety of nights include R'n'B nights, electro and...
Christmas and New Year in the Algarve
The Algarve is a haven of laid-back beaches and championship golf courses, but it’s all primed for festive celebrations come Christmas and New Year.
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