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With 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s a pretty safe guess that most visitors to the Algarve will want to factor in a LOT of beach-time! The Algarve boasts some of Europe’s most spectacular beaches, with broad expanses of white sand, tucked-away coves and pristine, deserted coastline.
Want a taste of authentic Portuguese life? Make like a local and hit the markets! There are traditional crafts aplenty at the famous Loule Country Market, as well as locally-grown produce that blows the supermarket equivalents right off the shelves.
You can also pick up some bargains at the Quarteira Gypsy Market – a perfect place for souvenir shopping and practicing your bartering skills!
Cross into British territory on a day trip to Gibraltar, where you can spend British money, see British policemen and visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar with its Barbary Apes!
Something to keep both the sun-worshippers AND the adrenaline addicts happy! The Algarve’s brilliant Aqualand waterpark ticks everyone’s boxes – with enough fun rides and slides to keep kids of all ages entertained for the whole day.
Love your wildlife? Not many experiences can top a dolphin-watching cruise. Witness one of the ocean’s most spectacular sights as you watch beautiful native dolphins swim and play in their natural environment.
Fancy a day’s escape from the Algarve? A day trip to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a definite must-do. Packed with history and culture (as well as free time do see and do whatever you want), you won’t feel you’ve wasted a single second of your away-day!
The mix of things to do in the Algarve makes it a destination that everyone can enjoy. The Algarve incorporates various resorts, each with their own individual appeal. For nightlife, Lagos and Albufeira are the places to be, with Silves and Tavira the hotspots for history and culture.
The flatter eastern resorts like Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António are great for accessible beaches, whereas the rugged west coast towns like Sagres and Carrapateira are great for surf-lovers.
And with 300 days of sunshine a year and miles of gorgeous coastline, sun-worshippers will be in their element!
Check out the guides and tips above for our top recommended Algarve attractions.