Where to find the Algarve's best beaches
The coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal is a seemingly endless series of some of Europe’s finest beaches...
The Algarve's wild western coast
Portugal's least developed region, the western Algarve has nationally protected nature reserves, pristine beaches, wild coastlines, jagged cliffs, and is home to Europe’s southwestern most point, Cabo de São Vicente (...
Places in The Algarve
Algarve’s capital has a more distinctly Portuguese feel than most resort towns. Many visitors only pass through this underrated town – it makes an enjoyable stopover. It has an attractive marina, well-maintained parks and plazas, and a historic old town full of pedestrian lanes and outdoor cafes.
As far as touristy towns go, Lagos (lah-goosh) has got the lot. It lies along the bank of the Rio Bensafrim, with 16th-century walls enclosing the old town’s pretty, cobbled streets and picturesque plazas and churches. Beyond these lies a modern, but not overly unattractive, modern sprawl. The town’s good restaurants and range of fabulous beaches nearby add to the allure.
Set on either side of the meandering Rio Gilão, Tavira is a charming town. The ruins of a hilltop castle, an old Roman bridge and a smattering of Gothic and Renaissance churches are among Tavira’s historic attractions. Its enticing assortment of restaurants and guesthouses makes it an excellent base for exploring the Algarve’s eastern section.
A short hop east of Faro, Olhão (pronounced ol-yowng) is the Algarve’s biggest fishing port, with an active waterfront and pretty, bustling lanes in its old quarters. There aren’t many sights, but the flat-roofed Moorish-influenced neighbourhoods and North African feel make it a pleasant place to wander.
Tours and activities
4-Day South Portugal Tour from Lisbon: Lagos, Algarve Coast, Sagres, Évora, Beja and Setúbal
Discover the beautiful southern region of Portugal on this 4-day trip from Lisbon! Visit the charming villages of Lagos, Sagres, Évora, Beja and Setúbal with your guide and enjoy free time to discover more on your own...
Tips and articles
Eat like a local in the Algarve
Alongside sun-drenched beaches and historical villages, the Algarve region of Portugal is packed with choices for anyone with a passion for simple, lovingly prepared local food...
The other side of the Algarve
The arrivals hall of Faro airport is flooded with golf club-toting tourists every day, and multimillion-dollar yachts bob in the resort-style harbour of Vilamoura...
From Lisbon with love: the best city spots for romance
Lisbon is the perfect Valentine's date – bright, charismatic, naturally good-looking, fun-loving and ever the dreamer...