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Castles, golf, watersports, superb cuisine and a pleasant climate draw crowds to the Algarve. Enjoy this tourist-friendly region of Portugal stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Spain’s western border. Its natural scenery includes breathtaking cliffs, pristine beaches, secluded coves, nature reserves, vineyards and wooded mountains.
The Algarve’s western region is internationally famous for its rocky outcrops and isolated bays. Visit the lively resort towns of Albufeira and Lagos. Investigate the picturesque fishing villages of Burgau and Salema. Go to the region’s southwestern tip to explore the historic peninsula of Sagres. Enjoy great surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing at the villages of Carrapateira and Odeceixe on the wild western coast.
Start your tour of eastern Algarve at Faro, the region’s capital and a former Roman settlement. Enjoy the picturesque gardens and buzzing nightlife in its walled Old Town. Protecting much of Faro’s eastern coast is Parque Natural da Rio Formosa, unspoiled barrier islands with a natural habitat for birds. Experience the traditional Portuguese beach resorts of Cabanas, Fuseta and Tavira.
Inland, the Algarve combines scenic landscapes with history and relaxation. Admire the Roman ruins of Milreu near Estoi and Moorish-influenced architecture at Silves. Wander the quaint streets of Loulé or relax in the thermal spas of Caldas de Monchique. Bike or hike along the Via Algarviana, a 186-mile (300-kilometer) trail that traverses the flower-filled mountains of the Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão.
The Algarve offers golfers over 35 immaculate courses spread along the region’s 96-mile-long (155-kilometer) coastline.
Delve into the region’s cuisine, which uses fresh local ingredients such as seafood, almonds, grapes, oranges and figs. Sample traditional dishes, including açorda de mariscos, a bread and seafood stew.
Reach the Algarve by flying to Faro Airport. Get around via rented car, bike or an extensive network of public buses. With around 300 days of sunshine per year, the Algarve is a favored year-round destination for everyone from families and honeymooners to food lovers and sports enthusiasts.
This family-friendly Lagos hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagos Marina and Meia Praia Beach. Dona Ana Beach is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.
With views over Faro's glamorous waterfront, Hotel Eva is a 5-minute walk from the lively Old Town. Guests can take a boat to Ria Formosa National Park and watch the birds take flight. Faro Beach, with its picturesque fishermen's houses and watersports in summer, is a 15-minute drive away.
This family-friendly Olhao hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Olhao Municipal Market and Olhao Harbour. Algarve Living Science Center and Ilha da Armona Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This family-friendly Lagos apartment building is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Porto de Mos Beach and Dona Ana Beach. Lagos Living Science Center and Camilo Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This family-friendly Carvoeiro hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Algar Seco Rocks and Carvoeiro Beach. Vale Centeanes Beach and Paraiso Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Albufeira aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Eulalia Beach and Maria Luisa Beach. Oura Beach and Albufeira Bullring are also within 1 mi (2 km).
With direct access to the beach, this Aldeia das Acoteias hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Rocha Baixinha Beach, Falesia Beach, and Vilamoura Marina. Cerro da Vila Ruins and Vilamoura Tennis Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Olhos D'Agua hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Praia dos Olhos de Água and Medronheira Tower. Belharucas Beach and Maria Luisa Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).