Portugal’s most popular holiday destination, the Algarve is famous for its 200km of beautiful sandy beaches. If you’re looking for more than sun, sea and sand, though, there’s plenty to see and do in the Algarve. Golf lovers can tee off at over 30 local courses, while the kids will delight in a day at Algarve’s water parks (Aqualand, Slide And Splash, Aquashow and Atlantic Park), Zoo Lagos or Zoomarine. Adrenalin junkies can hit the track at Almancil Karting, while history buffs will love soaking in the history of Tavira, Silves and Olhão. If all that activity has left you hungry, you’re in luck – the Algarve has a huge selection of restaurants to choose from. Be sure to try the delicious piri-piri chicken, and finish with a glass of famous Portuguese port wine. If you choose self-catering Algarve accommodation, you can also take advantage of the region’s excellent food markets. Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce and you’ll not only save money on dining out, but get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Algarve life.
Where to stay in the Algarve
When choosing holiday accommodation in the Algarve, villas and apartments make great alternatives to expensive, touristy hotels. Not only will renting your very own Algarve villa or apartment save you money, you’ll enjoy superior space, freedom and privacy too. HouseTrip has a number of quality self catering Algarve villas and apartments, many available to find and book in as little as six clicks. Find the perfect holiday home, and save money with HouseTrip.com
When to go to the Algarve
With the best climate in Portugal, the Algarve is a fantastic year round holiday destination. The summer sun brings hordes of tourists, so for great weather and less crowds time your Algarve travel for spring or autumn.
Getting to and around the Algarve
Most tourists arrive in the Algarve via flights to Faro Airport. If you’re keen to explore once you’re in the Algarve, your best bet is to hire a car due to the limited public transport options.