Stretching for 100 miles along the southern coast of Portugal, the Algarve, offers some of the best beaches in Europe and has a fascinating mix of Moorish, Portuguese and European cultures.
As well as beaches, gentle countryside and unspoilt old-fashioned villages, a major attraction of the Algarve is its towns ranging from those with Moorish influences to those that are quiet mountain towns which will leave you feeling like you've stepped back in time.
This area has plenty of luxury hotels, many with their own championship golf courses, and some of the best family accommodation and facilities in the world.
Portugal’s climate varies greatly. Summers (from May to the end of September) are hot and dry especially in the inland areas. Temperatures may be slightly lower in coastal areas.
Autumn months can often be mild with snow a possibility in some areas in winter.
Leisure & Activities
Golf With year round beautiful weather, the Algarve is renowned the world over for its’ superb golf courses and there are no less than 40 to choose from. Many courses are complete golf resorts offering fantastic accommodation.
Beaches The Algarve offers some magnificent beaches. The 200 Km coastline features many types of beach from small coves to long stretches of pristine sand. One of the best small beaches is at Praia De Albandeira in the central Algarve. It’s perfect for rest and relaxation with no water sports, but unfortunately, no sunbeds either. There is a small wooden hut selling cold drinks. At the other end of the scale, try Praia Do Ancao, which is more suitable for families.
Wine Tasting Try something a little bit different with a trip to a vineyard. Portugal is famous for its’ Port production, but it also produces a range of excellent wines. Some vineyards run organised tours where you can see the full production process and then sample the end product for yourself.