Discover The Algarve, Portugal
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Explore the Algarve's dynamic allure, where pristine beaches collide with rich history and each cliffside panorama reveals a fresh adventure. Whether you're drawn to relaxed coastal retreats, historic town explorations, or starlit dance floors, the Algarve weaves together distinctive experiences. It's not just a place; it's the Algarve showcasing its unique charm. So, gear up with curiosity, and let the journey reveal its surprises!
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Where to stay in The Algarve, Portugal
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
A coastal retreat located in the stunning Algarve region of Portugal, offering guests exquisite dining and relaxation amidst breathtaking natural beauty.
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A stylish gateway to Portugal’s Algarve region and surf breaks, this once-abandoned estate is home to 34 rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant and lush grounds.
Cascade Wellness Resort
Where tranquility meets rejuvenation, creating a haven for holistic well-being.
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Things to do in The Algarve, Portugal
Discover the Diverse Beaches: From the laid-back vibes of Praia da Marinha to the lively atmosphere of Praia de Alvor, the Algarve boasts a coastline tailored to every mood. Whether you're in the mood for cliffside panoramas, hidden caves, or lively beach bars, the Algarve has it all.
Explore Historic Towns: Wander through the cobbled streets of Lagos, with its historic fortifications and vibrant nightlife. Head to Tavira to explore its charming old town, featuring ancient architecture and the picturesque Roman Bridge. Every corner is a step back in time.
Explore Ponta da Piedade by Kayak: Navigate the stunning sea stacks and grottoes of Ponta da Piedade by kayak. This immersive experience allows you to discover hidden caves and enjoy the Algarve's coastline from a unique perspective.
Visit Cape St. Vincent: Head to Cape St. Vincent, the southwesternmost point of Europe, for breathtaking sunset views. Explore the historic lighthouse and cliffside trails that offer panoramic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.
Benagil Cave SUP Tour: Embark on a stand-up paddleboard tour to Benagil Cave. Paddle along the coastline, exploring hidden caves and coves before reaching the iconic Benagil Cave, a mesmerizing sea cavern.
Algarve Jeep Safari: Dive into the Algarve's interior on a Jeep safari, traversing scenic landscapes and traditional villages. Experience off-road adventures, visit local markets, and savor regional delicacies along the way.
Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival: If visiting in summer, experience the Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival in Pêra. Marvel at intricate sculptures crafted by artists from around the world, turning sand into temporary masterpieces.
Explore the Moorish Castle: Take a day trip to Silves to explore the well-preserved Moorish Castle, perched atop the town with panoramic views of the Algarve.
Take a day trip to the charming town of Monchique, nestled in the Algarve mountains. Explore the picturesque streets, visit the Caldas de Monchique spa for relaxation, and enjoy panoramic views from the Foia summit.
Experience the Algarve's wine culture with a day trip to Quinta dos Vales. Tour the vineyards, learn about winemaking, and indulge in wine tastings paired with local cheeses, providing a delightful immersion into Algarve's viticulture.
Places to eat & drink in The Algarve, Portugal
O Pescador: Indulge in fresh seafood in Alvor, where the catch of the day transforms into delectable dishes overlooking the harbor.
A Taska: Dive into the heart of Faro's culinary scene, offering a mix of traditional Portuguese tapas and modern twists in a cozy atmosphere.
NoSoloÁgua Portimão: For a beachside dining experience in Portimão with a fusion of Mediterranean and Portuguese flavors with a laid-back vibe.
Adega da Marina: Delight in authentic Portuguese flavors, tucked along the Lagos marina. From grilled sardines to cataplana, the menu showcases a true taste of local cuisine in a charming setting.
Restinga Restaurante: Experience seafood perfection in Alvor, known for its fresh catch of the day and seaside ambiance. The grilled octopus and seafood rice are must-try dishes.
Convento Restaurant & Wine Bar: Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Tavira. Indulge in a sophisticated dining experience with a diverse menu featuring local ingredients and a carefully curated wine selection.
O Petisco: a hidden gem for tapas lovers in Olhāo. This small eatery serves up a variety of Portuguese tapas, allowing diners to savor a range of flavors in a casual and friendly environment.
A Ruina: offers a unique dining experience in the historic setting of an old fortress in Sagres. Known for its seafood and international dishes, it combines great food with a captivating atmosphere.
Need to Know
This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Portugal. For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Laura Tye’s guide, From Lisbon to the Algarve: Everything You Need for a Week in Portugal.
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