The most relaxing holidays are about simple pleasures. In the Algarve, it’s the sunshine, seafood and sandy beaches that make this region stand out as a perennial holiday destination.
Locals pack the golden beaches of the Algarve in the summer, when the party mood is at its peak. Take your pick from Blue Flag beaches with family-friendly facilities to secluded coves flanked by ochre cliffs. Charming towns boast beautiful Moorish architecture and a lively seaside ambiance, with great nightlife in Portimão, Faro and sophisticated Vilamoura. Golfers will love the championship courses and 5-star resorts along the coast, where you can tee off at a different course every day.
You don’t have to travel far to escape the crowds. Head inland to discover a quieter side of the Algarve, filled with forested hills and picturesque villages, including Monchique and Silves. Feel the wind in your hair on a boat trip through the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and hop off at any of the barrier islands for a splendid seafood lunch and some time out on the sandy beaches. Boats and water taxis depart from the fishing villages of Olhão and Tavira.
A definite highlight of the region is the fresh fish and seafood. Savour some of the delicious local gastronomy including clams, prawns, cataplana (seafood stew) and frango piri-piri (spicy grilled chicken).
Located on the south-western corner of the European continent, the Algarve has a sunny, dry climate with mild water temperatures influenced by Atlantic and Mediterranean conditions. A delightful year-round destination and a perfect escape from cold Northern European winters.
Looking for more holiday information and accommodation? Check out our comprehensive Algarve Destination Guide.