The Algarve

The Algarve Attractions

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3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

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 ...  Read more


2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

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 ...  Read more


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

As the Algarve’s most populous city and commercial center, the maritime town of Portimão makes a lively hub from which to explore the beaches, fishing ...  Read more


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 ...  Read more


4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Ria Formosa Natural Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more


4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more


4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Silves Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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 ...  Read more


4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

A tranquil alternative to the bustling resorts further along the coast, the small market town of Almancil is worth a detour if only to marvel at its landmark ...  Read more


2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

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 ...  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 ...  Read more


A traditional fishing village set between the Alvor River estuary and the sun-soaked Atlantic coast, Alvor offers a peaceful escape from neighboring ...  Read more

Falesia Beach

Stretching for 6km between the villages of Vilamoura and Olhos do Agua, Falésia Beach is one of Portugal’s longest beaches and it’s a serene spot, with ...  Read more


On the opposite bank of the Arade River to Portimão and linked to the city by bridge, the small seaside resort of Ferragudo is a world away from the ...  Read more

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