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About Coast of Algarve, Portugal
Last minute Algarve Portugal vacations, hotels, flights, car rentals, tours and cruise holidays. With many of the country's safest and loveliest beaches, and a year-round balmy climate.
The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its sunny Mediterranean climate and its beach and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s tourism boom, and nowadays its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. The western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.
Experience the Algarve at a host of popular beach destinations like
Lagos, from where the Portuguese explorers departed for their voyages, Silves, the first capital of the Algarve after the Moorish occupation in the 13th century, and Tavira, occupied by different civilizations over the centuries. See what remains of the Phoenician and Roman empires in Portimao, Vilamoura, Albufeira and the capital, Faro.
Nonstop sunshine makes the Algarve a great alternative to the Caribbean anytime, and snowbirds seeking an extended vacation enjoy special rates at various hotels during winter.
Southern Portugal abounds with quaint fishing villages, walled historic centres, beaches dotted with spectacular rock formations, and winding streets lined with colourful tiled buildings.
Immerse yourself in the region’s authentic culture: lose yourself in fado music, taste local specialties like bacalhau (cod) and piri-piri chicken, and watch the locals go about their daily lives. For a dose of adventure, explore the Algarve’s intriguing grottoes by boat or ride the challenging waves of the Atlantic.
BeachesHunt for secret coves along the Algarve, where tall cliffs hide beaches like Amoreira, Monte Clérigo and Carrapateira. Surf’s up at Arrifana, Odeceixe and Amado, home to international surfing competitions. Dive inside a postcard at the stunning Marinha, Dona Ana and Porto de Mós beaches. Or plunge into aqua activities at Falésia, Salgados and Maria Luísa beaches.
Historic sitesUnearth clues to Faro ’s past in its walled old town. Uncover traces of Portugal’s extraordinary Age of Discoveries in Lagos. Discover the hilltop village of Cacela Velha and its Fortress of Cacela, from where you can soak up spectacular views of the sea. Explore the red-hued castle of Silves, the capital of the ancient Arab kingdom of Algarve, perched on a hill and presiding over fields of orange trees around the River Arade.
GolfTee off at Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course in Portimão, the first 18-hole course built in the Algarve, that’s equal parts challenging and beautiful. Play and soak up the scenery at the Royal Golf Course in Vale do Lobo, where three idyllic cliffs rise obliviously between the tee and the green. Or get your green on at Vale da Pinta, a rolling terrain with lakes and carob, fig, almond and olive trees.
CruisesThe towering cliffs of the Algarve hide secret caves and coves that you can only reach by sea. Cruise the scenic route between Albufeira and Benagil and hop off to explore the mysterious grottoes, such as the Benagil Sea Cave. Take a boat from Lagos and wind through the iconic rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. Or glide along the Ria Formosa in a traditional boat and explore the natural park teeming with wildlife.
HikingWalk through the Vicentine Coast Natural Park along the Castelejo Environmental Trail, across pine forest and shrubby vegetation like strawberry trees. Explore the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail, which hugs the cliffs along the south coast and is intersected by seven watercourses that have carved seven valleys into the landscape. Hike the Don Quixote Trail in Cachopo amid cork oak groves and pine plantations, and marvel at the river whose shape and colour inspired its nickname: Blue Dragon.
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