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
Family Luxe
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£431pp
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  • London Stansted, Sun 14 Oct 2018
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Jupiter Albufeira Hotel

Albufeira, The Algarve

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  • Brand new hotel
  • On-site waterpark
  • Great All Inclusive programme
  • Modern and spacious rooms
  • Close to shops, bars and restaurants
Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel
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£531pp
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  • Glasgow Intl, Thu 28 Feb 2019
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Tivoli Carvoeiro Hotel

Carvoeiro, The Algarve

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Based on 3684 reviews

  • Clifftop location
  • Beautiful ocean views
  • Relaxing indoor pool
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Refurbished for Summer 2017

Language

Portuguese

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT

Cost of a beer

from €1 a bottle

3 course meal

usually a set menu from around €11

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

For the widest stretch of the softest sand, head to Aghios Nikolaos. Nearby, you’ll find the place to go for cute seafront tavernas serving fish fresh from the Med. Laid-back stretches offering the coolest water sports will entice families, but if you want to dance on the sands, make for the Malia seafront.

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Praia dos Salgados

Sights

A trip to ancient palace complexes is a must in Crete. The ruins are thought to be part of Europe’s oldest city, while the region’s also home to some impressive and fascinating medieval castles. If you’re looking to dig up some history, the resorts all have something to gawp at.

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Activities

If you’re after a family-friendly day out, Crete has three waterparks to whet your appetite. Hardcore hikers will not want to miss a ramble through gorgeous gorges and canyons, while the water sports scene is a massive draw for marine fans. You can even try your hand at a spot of fishing.

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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

Traditional Cretan food is fresh and rustic – think hearty lamb pasties and olive oil-rich salads. Being an island, the seafood is second to none and is served fresh from the net in many of the seaside tavernas. Raki is the local tipple and tastes a bit like Italian grappa. It’s strong stuff, so be warned!

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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

Crete’s famous for its leather goods and you’ll find plenty of boutiques and markets all over the island. Keep an eye out for ceramics and silver, too – in some shops you can watch the craftspeople as they create their wares. Foodies will want to take home the local olive oil and honey.

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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

Malia is Crete’s hottest spot when it comes to nightlife. Its beachfront bars and clubs promise booming sound systems, laser shows and foam parties. Elsewhere, there’s a share of waterfront clubs, while the smaller towns boast live music bars where you can listen to everything from traditional Greek tunes to jazz.

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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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