Holidays In Algarve
Algarve Holidays at a glance
With 100 miles of coastline, Algarve holidays have all the necessary ingredients for a holiday to remember with a fantastic climate, golden beaches, clear waters and a cosmopolitan nightlife. These are just some of the reasons why holidays in the Algarve continue to be a favourite holiday destination for British tourists.
Who goes to the Algarve?
Algarve holidays are great for families and couples of all ages seeking a variety of things to do. As well as golden sandy beaches and warm waters, Algarve holidays offer a wide range of water sports, golf courses and a wide variety of cafes and restaurants.
Key Facts - Algarve
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- Flight Duration from UK2hrs 30mins (Approx)
- Nearest AirportFaro (FAO)
Algarve Holidays - Destination Profile
Albufeira has developed from a once a small fishing village into the lively and vibrant resort it is today. Albufeira Holidays, are amongst the most popular holidays in the Algarve. The narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings are a reminder of Albufeira's past and the wide range of restaurants and bars ensure that it offers some of the region's most vibrant nightlife. The beautiful beach and sunshine make Albufeira holidays a sure fire bet for a great beach holiday.
Alvor is relatively small but continues to grow in popularity. A typical Portuguese fishing village, Alvor has a gorgeous golden sand beach with idyllic views of Lagos bay. The resort also has a good selection of bars, shops and restaurants.
Carvoeiro is situated west of Faro and is famous for its numerous championship standard golf courses. Algarve holidays are well known for golf holidays and Carvoeiro has some of the best courses in the region. If you are seeking Algarve beach holidays then you will also discover a huge golden sandy beach.
Olhos D'Agua is situated 6 kms from Albufeira and this picture postcard village has developed into a hub for Algarve holidays. Olhos D'Agua, like many resorts in the Algarve was once a fishing village and has remarkably managed to retain its traditional feel.
Praia da Rocha is a purpose built resort situated close to Portimao and is just 15 minutes away from the airport. Praia da Rocha has a large stretch of beach overlooked by cliffs and rock formations. The bay is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy the many watersports on offer. The nightlife is vibrant with the resort boasting a large number of bars and clubs.
Vilamoura is considered by many to be one of Europe's classiest purpose built resorts. Set around superb beaches, a marina and a golf course, Vilamoura is a very well maintained resort with a great choice of activities.
Holidays in Algarve - Things to see
Explore Silves: If you are interested in history and culture, then spend some time discovering the Algarve's historical heritage. Start at the medieval castle at Silves, once known as the Moorish capital.
Explore Monchique: Take a walk around Monchique, just a short drive from Silves. Situated in the Monchique Mountains, this is a beautiful part of the Algarve and is an ideal place to stop for a meal or just a drink.
Boat Trip: Take a boat trip from Portimao harbour and enjoy sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling in the clear turquoise waters. You'll discover some of the hidden coves that people taking Algarve holidays don't always see.
Things to do on a Holiday in Algarve
Golf: Algarve holidays are a golfer's paradise. The region has a number of high quality championship standard golf courses. There are 20 golf courses in the Algarve, many set in stunning surroundings.
Splash and Slide: To keep the kids happy during Algarve holidays visit Splash and Slide, one of Europe's best water parks with rides for all ages including adults. The park is near Lagos, Carvoeiro and Portimao in central Algarve.
Eating/Drinking During Algarve Holidays
Food and drink is one of the great pleasures to be enjoyed whilst on holiday in Portugal. The country is popular for its cafes serving traditional Portuguese cuisine. Many assume Spanish and Portuguese cuisine to be very similar but in fact the food and style of cooking is very different. Portugal is well known for its fine wines and ports so for those of you who enjoy a tipple, Portugal holidays are a must. Areas such as Lisbon are very popular for seafood, whilst the Algarve's widespread popularity for holidays ensures the cuisine is more international.
Getting Around on Algarve Holidays
Travelling to and around Portugal and the Algarve in particular is a very simple process. Flights into the region arrive at Faro airport and are available from most major airports around the world, making it the quickest and easiest way to travel.
Once in the Algarve, getting around is just as simple. There is a wide range of public transport which is reasonably priced and very efficient. There is a train service from Vila Real de Santo to Lagos that stops off at all the major towns along the way. There is also a comprehensive network of buses that cover the entire region, including the smaller villages.
If that's not enough, the mini-cabs also tend to be well priced and easily found in all major town centres and resorts. But for those who prefer to travel around without the hustle and bustle of public transport, car hire is a viable option.
Algarve Holidays Shopping
Holidays to Portugal offer the perfect opportunity to pick up a bargain, whether it be wine, liqueurs, spirits, cigarettes or tobacco.
Locally produced arts and crafts make wonderful gifts with items such as pottery, crystal, copperware, embroidery and jewellery widely available.
Leather goods are particularly cheap in Portugal and bags, belts and shoes are available at a fraction of the price at home.
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