Insider's Guide to The Algarve

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Originally named Lacobriga by the Romans and then Zawaia by the Moors, Lagos was settled prior to the Roman’s conquest of Iberia, due to its natural river port and proximity to the sea. Its modern ...  Read more


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Faro is home to about 55,000 people, but despite its relatively small size, it is the administrative center of the Algarve region. Prior to its modern incarnation, Faro was occupied by the Romans ...  Read more


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Twenty-one miles west of Lagos, the whitewashed village of Sagres is popular with families looking for a laidback holiday spot near the Algarve’s famous beaches. Backpackers, surfers, and divers ...  Read more


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Tavira’s origin is one of the oldest in all of Portugal, as archaeological evidence suggests it was first settled in 2,000 B.C.E. Its history is peopled with the mysterious Celtic tribe of ...  Read more


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When you arrive in Monchique, you may get the idea that you’ve fallen into the picture on a postcard, as this rustic little town of 10,000 people has remained relatively unchanged despite the ...  Read more

Silves Castle

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Silves’ regional prominence began in the 11th century when the Moors conquered the town. Giving it the name of Xelb, they constructed lavish palaces and created a cultural centre of learning for the ...  Read more


Alcoutim is a hillside town of cobbled streets, small squares and a paved promenade, situated along the banks of the Guadina river, about 40 km (24 mi). This river promenade features a few cafes and ...  Read more


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With roots going back to Roman times, Quarteira was for many years a backwater fishing village, but today it is a buzzing seaside resort with the restaurant-lined promenade of Avenida Infante de ...  Read more

Ria Formosa Natural Park

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Like Porto’s Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa is a Portuguese national treasure created for the preservation of the the Algarve’s unique marshland and its flora ...  Read more

Slide and Splash Aqua Park

Located in the vibrant beach town of Lagoa, the Slide and Splash Aquatic Park is a fantastic destination for visitors traveling with children. At over 16,000 acres (64 square kilometers), it is one ...  Read more


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Just 29 km (18 miles) north-west of Faro airport, Vilamoura sits on the Algarve’s Atlantic shoreline and is the region’s classiest purpose-built leisure resort. The town and its four ...  Read more

Zoomarine Algarve

Located in Guia, just west of Albufeira, Zoomarine Algarve is southern Portugal’s answer to SeaWorld in Orlando, providing endless days of family fun. This eight-hectare, marine-themed park is ...  Read more

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