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Algarve, Portugal

Algarve

100 miles of sandy beaches

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 bustling with activity  to quiet mountain locations which will leave you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.

There’s a wide choice of accommodation including small boutique retreats, plenty of luxury hotels, many with their own championship golf courses and superb family hotels and villas. Private pool, anyone…?

Albufeira continues to be a popular holiday resort. It offers a charming old town with a main square, pavement cafes, boutiques, a market, lots of nightlife, unspoilt beaches and a bustling promenade.

The cosmopolitan resort of Vilamoura has a busy marina brimming with bars, restaurants and clubs. You’re perfectly placed for a spot of al fresco dining while you watch the cruisers and yachts go by. Many of the five-star hotels have excellent restaurants plus luxurious spas where you can enjoy a well-deserved spot of pampering.

If you’re looking for somewhere quieter, Porches on Portugal’s south coast is a good choice. This pretty seaside town is much loved by families due to the gently shelving beaches plus Lagos is just a 10 minute drive away so it’s easy to reach somewhere a bit livelier when you want shopping, more choice of activities, watersports and theme parks.

There are lots of other resorts to consider as well such as Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Praia da Falesia. We’re sure you’ll find one of the resorts will be a great location for your trip to Algarve – whether you’re a single traveller, couple, honeymooners or a family.

Food choices are varied with everything available from fast food and international favourites to local specialties and fabulous fresh seafood. We recommend the sardines and freshly grilled octopus and, of course, you must make sure you sample the fiery peri peri sauce that Portugal is famed for.

Designer Travel have a team of friendly and experienced travel experts who can assist you in choosing your next dream holiday to the Algarve. We offer a very personal holiday service so we listen to what you want, search for the best options, make recommendations and offer a full after sales service too so you’re looked after from start to finish. We are ABTA bonded and independent so we have access to a fabulous choice of flights and accommodation options. Don’t worry if you want something a little different such as a stay for more than the standard one or two weeks, or you want an activity holiday or something else altogether as tailor-made itineraries are our speciality. Simply fill in the enquiry form or give us a call and let Designer Travel take the stress out of searching for your next all important luxury break.

Key Highlights
  • Portugal is a massive hit with families with many choosing to return year after year
  • This area has an abundance of Blue Flag beaches
  • Some beaches have waters more suited to watersports than other so do your research
  • Albufeira is a lively holiday spot much loved by travellers
  • Vilamoura has an impressive marina and there are plenty of golf courses and tennis courts around
  • Porches has gently shelving beaches, ideal for watching your little ones having a paddle
  • Quinta do Lago has four championship golf courses. Ask us about staying at a golf resort
  • Take a boat or kayak tour through the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the Algarve coastline before snorkelling in the sparkling ocean
  • The seafood is fresh and tasty – make sure you try it!
  • Public transport links are generally good but hire a car to make the most out of your time here
  • Monte Santo Resort is an excellent choice for golfers and families
  • Couples seeking a boutique retreat should consider the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

Travel Information

Currency: Euro

Climate Information

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. Praia da Falesia approximately 10km east of Albufeira has a long straight strip of sand and it's exceedingly popular in the summer months. Meia Praia in the lively town of Lagos has a large beach that is a big hit with families, locals and pretty much anyone else in the region! It's backed b y a good selection of bars and restaurants so you can spend the whole day there if you wish.

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.

Hotels in Algarve