Bounty of beaches
For more than four decades, visitors from all over the world have flocked to the Algarve’s beaches in search of sun, fun and adventure. From long sandy sweeps to hidden coves, there are loads to choose from. In Ria Formosa National Park near Faro, you’ll even find beaches that look like they’ve been plucked out of the Caribbean, with blue waters and golden sands.
Water sports are a big deal here, particularly around Lagos and if you’re into kitesurfing and water-skiing. If surfing’s more your thing, Sagres on the Algarve’s western tip is the place to be. In Vilamoura, you can even take a sailing lesson. Prefer to stay on dry land? You can play a round at one of championship golf courses, cycle the coast or go horse riding along the shore.
Wine and dine
Come to the Algarve with an appetite, as freshly grilled fish, just-caught seafood and succulent peri-peri chicken are all on the menu. Wine’s a big deal here too, with vineyards peppered throughout the rolling hills – tour and tasting, anyone? If you’re more of a gin fan, you’ll find more and more independent gin bars popping up here too.