From golden sandy beaches to world-renowned golf courses, Portugal’s Algarve region has plenty to offer as a holiday destination. The region is situated along Portugal’s south coast, fringing the Atlantic Ocean, and is just three hours away from the UK.
The broad range of hotels in the Algarve cater very well indeed for all visitors, whether you want to holiday as a couple, family or group of friends. There are all kinds of options available in the Algarve area, including superb all inclusive packages.
The Algarve’s beaches are among the most sun kissed on the planet, with the region’s year-round sunshine making it a popular destination whatever the season. The beautiful resort of Albufeira sits on a wide, golden crescent of sand, lapped by warm, inviting ocean waters. Further afield, there are hidden bays scattered with rock pools, sheltered coves that are ideal for swimming and wave-washed shores that draw keen surfers.
Hotels in the Algarve make the most of the area’s natural attractions, with many located right on, or very close to, fabulous beaches. The standard of accommodation is very high, with many of the smaller or relatively cheap hotels in the Algarve featuring a pool and landscaped gardens. Larger hotels are often positioned on expansive beachfront plots, and offer a great range of swimming pools, room types and dining options.
The food is a major draw of this region. Pastel de natas are possibly now Portugal’s best-known culinary creation, but there’s far more to dining in Portugal than these dinky, delicious custard tarts. The Atlantic Ocean provides fresh fish and seafood, which can be served grilled to let the flavours shine through, or as part of a mouthwatering Portuguese soup or stew. Chorizo is also widely used in Portugal, with its rich, smoky flavour enhancing many local dishes.
Wherever you decide to stay on the Algarve, it’s a great region to explore. As well as an abundance of gorgeous beaches, the area has traditional mountain villages that welcome visitors with warm, Portuguese hospitality. The historic cities of Lagos, Faro and Silves have plenty to offer, including Arabian as well as Portuguese architecture. Like Albufeira, Portimao has a lively, cosmopolitan feel.
The Algarve’s golf courses are well known and a major attraction year round, but there are other sports on offer in the area. Watersports such as snorkelling, waterskiing and surfing are popular, as are boat trips. There are also trails, such as the Algarve Way, for cyclists and walkers to enjoy.
Why not take a look at the range of hotels we have to offer in the Algarve?