Welcome to the Algarve - Portugal
The southern coastal region of Portugal (the Algarve) is the most popular tourist location and a holiday playground.
The Algarve is suitable for all categories of holiday maker and ages groups and is chosen as a holiday destination both by Portuguese themselves and foreign tourists .
A warm climate throughout the year, the Algarve boasts a coastline of superb beaches and stunning scenery. All types of accommodation are available from luxury private villas and 5 star hotels to simple bed and board.
Whether you would like exuberant nightlife of Praia da Rocha or the more classical family ambiance of Vilamoura ,Vale do Lobo or Quinta do Lago, the Algarve has choice in abundance, even sports holidays are fully catered for.
But you can still avoid the crowds and visit picturesque fishing villages or mountain retreats inland, with their rural way of living and wild vegetation.
For those who seek animated seaside resorts, Faro (the provincial capital), Portimão, Praia da Rocha, Albufeira or sophisticated Vilamoura, with its two beaches Casino 6 world class golf courses and the finest Marina in Europe, are excellent choices.
If you prefer more tranquil destinations, head for the west coast, facing the Atlantic and where towns like Aljezur still offer long deserted beaches; or visit busy fishing market towns like Olhão and the pretty quaint village of Alcoutim, near Alentejo and Spain.
Most towns and villages still bear the legacy of five centuries of Arab rule, visible in their narrow streets and the houses' styles, with whitewashed chimneys of different shapes and designs.
Although most people visit the Algarve in the summer, it is also a wonderful and very popular winter holiday destination because of its mild climate (almost 320 days of sunshine a year) and great value accommodation. Not to mention the Golf !
The golf season is in full swing over the winter months in what is really the Golf capitol of Europe.
(the Algarve has over 30 excellent golf courses)
With a terrific nightlife, superb restaurants, and a pace of life "as you set it" The Algarve is 'The ultimate' European holiday destination.
If you yearn for more than just beautiful beaches and the tranquillity of your own private villa and pool, then drive just a few miles inland and you will discover the real Portugal. The domed church at Sao Lourenco near Almancil has a stunning interior of 18th Century tiles depicting scenes from the bible, or take a walk around the ancient walled castle at Silves, once the capital of the Algarve, and enjoy a coffee in one of the many pavement cafes. A visit to Loule in the hills is a must, a traditional town of Moorish origin famous for its regional crafts of copper-work, painted clay and brassware and boasts one of the Algarve's best weekly markets. For a taste of the lifestyle of the rich and famous, go to Quinta do Lago with its beautiful beach, lake and estates of perfectly manicured gardens surrounding truly luxurious villas - home of the jet set. Vilamoura hosts the largest marina in the country with 1300 moorings, a fashionable place to soak up the atmosphere in one of the quayside bars or restaurants. Take time to drive inland to the Monchique mountains, where the clean fresh air is scented by a mixture of cork, chestnut, pine and eucalyptus trees. Just before reaching Monchique, you will pass through Caldas de Monchique, a Roman spa where the water is reputed to have healing qualities, and you can try it free - but be warned, it is smelly! Back down to the coast is Portimao, still a traditional sprawling town where there are some very good shops, but the mainstay of its life is still fishing, and who can resist joining the locals for a lunch of barbecued sardines, fresh off the boats that morning. A short drive further and you will come to Lagos, one of the prettiest towns along the coast with a new marina and walkway alongside the coastal road. Full of history, museums and historic statues, it was in Lagos that Henry the Navigator had his ships built and maintained.
To help you research or find Algarve holiday resorts or holiday rentals that suit your requirements we have broken down the Algarve into three regions or zone. Western Algarve, Eastern Algarve, and Central Algarve see Algarve map.We have provided a breakdown of each region with the primary towns and resorts in each area and we provide holiday villas and apartments for rent in each of the regions
Please click on the area button and from there review the town or resort of your choosing.
Information courtesy of general internet research and algarveuncovered.com, portugal-info.net, tripadvisor.com, algarve-guides.com and many more sources
If you are planning on renting a villa or apartment in the Algarve you should note that, Villa Rentals in the Algarve and holiday rentals in Portugal in general are big business so you should expect to be treated with professionalism and with courtesy by anyone you deal with.