Algarve - beaches, ocean and seafood
The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province, has a mild climate, warmer water and a calmer sea than the rest of Portugal, making it the perfect holiday destination. You will find sandy beaches surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs, hundreds of little sandy islands strewn across the many estuaries, saltwater lagoons and hidden bays only accessible by boat.
This splendid variety is matched by the diversity of hotels and accommodations that cater for every taste. Although a great part of the Algarve has been overrun by mass tourism developments, there are still many places that have managed to maintain their original authenticity such as the eastern Algarve and the west coast which remains largely untouched, though it is quite windy. Also the interior retains much of its original charm and it is worthwhile for the visitor to explore this untouched region.
In both the Eastern and Western Algarve there are areas that have not been overcrowded by tourism and still have the authenticity of the past: Sagres, Lagos, Silves and Tavira are perfect for those looking for the convenience of being near the beach and at the same time have access to what a city has to offer with its restaurants, shops and activities.
You can also opt to go to a small village like Fuzeta on the Ria Formosa or Monchique in the mountains. The latter is for those who prefer a little more peace and quiet. The interior of the Algarve is beautiful and has a wonderful countryside. We have chosen the best beach hotels in the Algarve, country hotels and charming holiday homes in the Algarve, whether you are travelling with your family, on a romantic trip or simply with friends. Take a look at our guide.