From its excellent year-round weather to sandy beaches edged in picturesque golden cliffs, luxury establishments and modern infrastructure, it is no wonder the Algarve is Portugal’s most popular tourist destination. In the Algarve, you can truly find it all, from sports to sea life to a scattering of whitewashed cities and servings of Mediterranean cuisine.
The Picturesque Algarve Coast
Sports Events and Activities
One of Europe’s leading destinations for sports-themed events, Portugal’s Algarve region is particularly popular for its professional-level facilities providing for a variety of sports, including world-class golf courses with breathtaking views.
Another way to enjoy the scenery? Exploring the countless hiking and cycling trails, each carefully planned to lead adventurers to breathtaking vistas and points of interest along the way.
Venturing off the sand and into the water, the Algarve is also widely known for its water sports, providing everything from kayaking to scuba diving and flyboarding, to name but a few.
Attractions and Leisure Time
Beyond sports, there is so much to explore in the Algarve, from sites that tell tales of the region’s rich history to a buzzing nightlife. In fact, each city dotted across the region has its own story to tell, from Loulé’s traditional Moorish market and coloured tiles to the modern marina in Vilamoura, one of Europe’s largest leisure resorts. Lagos’ busy restaurants and bars line historic streets winding between ancient city walls, but the city’s true attraction is its beaches – sea-moulded cliffs framing perfect bays lapped at by sparkling water. Portimão is famous for its seafood and is the departure point for sightseeing cruises to the stunning Benagil Caves. And offering more landmarks and historic sites than any other city in Algarve, Faro’s beautiful historic centre is contained by ancient walls overlooking a saltwater lagoon hemmed in by idyllic barrier islands.
From Michelin restaurants to waterparks, adrenaline-fuelled sports, to wine tastings, the Algarve promises to provide never a dull moment for those seeking excitement.