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A trip to Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St Vincent), Europe’s southwesternmost point, is a must. At sunset you can almost hear the hissing as the sun hits the...
Within medieval walls, the picturesque Cidade Velha consists of winding, peaceful cobbled streets and squares, reconstructed in a melange of styles following...
Lagos oozes life. A vibrant, sunny town, its pretty cobbled streets bristle with cafes, restaurants and bars. It's a magnet for backpackers and surf dudes,...
The town's beach, Praia de Faro, with miles of sweeping sand, windsurfing operators and some cafés, is on the Ilha de Faro, 10km away. It's crammed in July...
The twin-towered, baroque Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo was completed in 1719 under João V and paid for (and gilded to death inside) with Brazilian gold....
Ria Formosa Natural Park is mostly a lagoon system stretching for 60km along the Algarve coastline and encompassing 18,000 hectares, from west of Faro to...
Protruding south from Lagos, Ponta da Piedade (Point of Piety) is a stunning, dramatic wedge of headland. Three windswept kilometres out of town, the point...
Enter the old town through the Porta de Dom Manuel (by the turismo), built in 1520 when Dom Manuel I made Tavira a city. Around the back, along Calçada da...
Set in beautiful countryside, the ruins of this grand Roman villa provide a rare opportunity to gain insight into Roman life. The 1st-century-AD ruins reveal...
An island beach connected to the mainland by a ferry at Quatro Águas. Walk the 2km or take the (summer-only) bus from the bus station.
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