Of course, the biggest attraction in the Algarve for many visitors is the coastline. Towering cliffs and wide sandy beaches are the draw.
Although largely rocky, the coast is interspersed with many vast sandy beaches which are often well equipped with sun beds as well as bars and eateries. Some of the beaches are directly linked to the major seaside resort towns and are therefore characterised by a busy and bustling atmosphere. Others are quieter and more isolated, making them perfect if you wish to simply lie in the sun and enjoy the relative peace.
The busy towns include Alvor, Albufeira and Carvoeiro among many others and they are easy to get to by road. Also on the coast are major urban areas such as Vilamoura, which is renowned for its exclusive yacht harbour and is worth exploring at night when its bars and restaurants all come to life. The Algarve coast is also popular with wildlife lovers as there are many great boat trips that allow travellers to see dolphins in the warm, clear waters.
Many visitors are drawn to the Algarve by the many golf courses. There are resorts and whole communities built around the links and golf fans will not be disappointed with the courses and culture on offer in the Algarve. If it's not the beach or golfing that makes a holiday for you, the Algarve still has more than enough to guarantee a wholly enjoyable trip. Away from the coast, the region has many charming inland towns, complete with winding streets, sun-baked squares and busy markets, not to mention the abundance of good places to stop and have a cool drink or a bite to eat. These include Monchique, Loule and Silves, all of which are well worth a visit, with car hire in Algarve making it easy to travel to them.