It may boast a year-round balmy climate, breathtaking coastline, and some of Europe’s finest beaches, but Algarve holidays in southern Portugal aren’t just about the sea, sun, and sand. Whether you’re after some historic sights, want to try delicious Portuguese food, hit the neon-lit nightlife, or see the underwater marine life at a dive spot, there’s no shortage of things to keep all the family happy on a holiday here. It's famous for the great golf courses that line the coast, and there are plenty of water sports on offer. Kids will love whizzing down the slides at the water parks and paddling in the sea, while grown-ups will enjoy discovering nature reserves, centuries-old castles, and beachfront bars.
Things to do
There’s no shortage of attractions and things to do on your holidays to the Algarve. Whichever part of the region you choose; you’ll find beautiful beaches, historic sights, tasty food and fun-filled family activities nearby.
The Algarve is famous for its lovely weather, which you can enjoy on countless beaches. Expect soft pale sands and crystal clear waters as you gaze out across the sparkling Atlantic. If you hire a car, you’ll have the freedom to go and explore as you try to find your own private stretch. Or join your fellow holidaymakers at some of the Algarve’s most popular spots, which are well known for a good reason.
If you love spectacular scenery, the Algarve’s dramatic coastline won’t fail to impress you. Take boat trips across the waves to look back at stunning rock formations and picture-perfect grottoes. When you need to keep the kids entertained, take your pick from water parks, marine parks and other great family attractions. Whether you want to have a relaxing break or fill your trip with adventure, there are plenty of things to choose from.
If you’re looking for a good night out, then stay in one of the Algarve’s major resorts. Towns like Albufeira have lots of vibrant bars and clubs where you can enjoy a few drinks and dance until the early hours. Sway your hips to the beat of live fado music, or have a go at traditional Portuguese folk dancing. Whatever style of holiday you want, the Algarve is a wonderful destination.
Places to stay
The most popular destination for Algarve holidays is Albufeira, which is situated at the centre of Portugal’s south coast. Holidaymakers of all ages love it for its sweeping, sandy beaches and huge array of shops, bars and restaurants. Just 15km west of Albufeira is the lively resort of Armacao de Pera. Take a walk down the bustling promenade before stopping in one of its many bars for a long, cool drink. The ancient fishing town of Lagos can be found in the southwest part of the Algarve. Explore its medieval city walls and pick up some handcrafted ceramics to take home.
More Travel Guides
We also have travel guides available for destinations including: Albufeira | Alvor | Carvoeiro | Lagos | Praia da Rocha | Vilamoura