In a previous post we went through the best destinations in Portugal. With this article we want to offer you three of the best destinations in the Algarve. Places of exceptional beauty and activities for all tastes!
The region of The Algarve is the Portuguese coastal destination par excellence. Of course, there are good reasons why that happens: an extensive coastline, Mediterranean climate, hot summers… In short, an incredible place to spend your holidays. The mountain range of Sierra de Monchique becomes the natural border with the region of Alentejo. The wilderness within it makes you feel away from the outside world and modern civilisation. For nature lovers, the Algarve is also a quintessential destination.
All along the coast, between the sandbanks and the steep slopes, you can find vibrant towns and fishing villages in an atmosphere that has become the showcase of Portuguese tourism. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Algarve and happy reading!
This region is one of the liveliest cities in the Algarve. Albufeira has more than twenty beautiful beaches from Praia dos Pescadores (or the Fisherman’s Beach), close to the old town, to Praia da Oura and its famous nightlife. A little further east, you can find Praia de Santa Eulália, surrounded by vegetation, and if instead you go west, you will find Praia dos Arrifes, marked by the rocks that emerge from its waters. Both of them are ideal for a relaxing holiday.
Among the many tourists attractions you will find some of the best hotels and restaurants in Portugal. Take the time to admire the breathtaking views from Pau Da Bandiera. Discover the history of the Paderne Castle. Spend a day at the Zoomarine, one of the best theme parks in the world. We guarantee an unforgettable experience! The visit to the Marina is also a must. This place is an important centre for water sports and boat trips. You can also observe many marine animals and live adventures in caves such as the imposing Algar of Benagil, only accessible from the sea.
Its vast and wide sandy beach within a bay of calm waters makes Monte Gordo an important tourist centre, no only because of its immense beauty, but also due its proximity to many points of interest. Indeed, we can visit: Vila Real San António, a city created by the Marquis of Pombal at the mouth of the Guadiana river. Praia Verde (Green Beach) is named after the small pine hill that surrounds the beach, and also after Praia Manta Rota, east of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a beautiful place where you can find many animal species such as seahorses or flamingos.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the old town of Castro Marim. You can visit its medieval castle, from where you will have an impeccable view to the salt flats, echo of an ancient tradition. For the foodies, in the region of Monte Gordo you can enjoy tasty goat cheeses and other local sweets.
Located on the west bank of the Arade River, Portimão is the second largest city in Algarve. It is the city of reference for water sports. There, you can practice sailing, underwater fishing and kite surfing among others. Moreover, the visitors also have the opportunity to attend nautical competitions, as well as countless fairs and other exceptional events, especially in summer. Don’t forget to visit the Algarve sports complex dedicated to motor sports or wine tourism in Quinta dos Vales.
The beaches nearby are impressive. Surrounded by cliffs, the Praia da Rocha attracts visitors who want to go for a swim but also those who want to enjoy the viewpoints. The endless miles of sandy beach in Praia de Alvor invite you to take a walk in the nature with a unique view: on one side the sea, and on the other, the estuary of Alvor, with the Sierra de Monchique in the background.