The Algarve is particularly known for its beaches and the beautiful Mediterranean weather. Beautiful landscape, a natural reserve and the limestone caves make the area high popular as well. Also, the Algarve is considered among the low cost beach destinations in Portugal.
The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, located on the Atlantic coast.
The most important towns are Faro —the administrative capital- and Portimao. Other cities and villages in the area are: Albufeira , Castro Marim, Lagos , Loule, Quarteira, Sagres, Tavira , Vila do Bispo and Vilamoura.
How to get to the Algarve
The main airport in the region is Faro Airport. Once you arrive, rent a car and start exploring the region.
There are buses running between Faro, Lagos and other major cities such as Seville and Lisbon.
Trains link Lisbon to Faro and the journey takes 4 hours.
The region has a Mediterranean climate, with wet, mild winters and dry, yet not very hot summers.
Average temperatures in Faro
Jan: avg high 15.6C/60F; avg low 7.8C/46 F
Jul & Aug: avg high 28.3C/83F; avg low 18.9C/66 F
Things to do
The Algarve is particularly known for its picturesque beaches. Praia da Marinha has been classified as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. Other nice beaches can be found at Albufeira, Vilamoura, Praia da Rocha, Lagos, Armcao de Pera, Alvor, Monte Gordo Tavira, Salema and Sagres.
Ria Formosa lagoon is a beautiful natural reserve, home to hundreds of birds during spring and autumn. There are several towns in the area — Fuzeta, Cabanas de Tavira, Santa Luzia and Cacela Velha- where you can find accommodation, restaurants, cafes and bars. There are also several popular beaches, particularly known for the not so hot summers and the sunshine they get all year round.
Cape St. Vincent is not only the southwestern most point in Europe, but also offers one of the most beautiful landscapes. The cape is home to a wide variety of marine life and birds. Don’t miss visiting the Lighthouse, built in 1846 over the ruins of a sixteenth-century Franciscan convent.
Particularly around Lagos, the coastline is dotted with picturesque limestone caves and grottoes. These are accessible by boats.
Don’t forget to visit Lagos. The inner city is beautiful, with tiny streets, lovely restaurants and shops.
If you feel like driving, spend half a day on a day trip to Silves and visit the Red stone castle.
Did you know? Algarve Cup is an annually international women soccer tournament held in this region?