Holidays in the Algarve are the perfect beach break for many, and the shine simply cannot be taken off this Portuguese dazzler...
The Algarve is a destination for families, groups, singles and couples, and everyone can find something to suit them in this versatile holiday destination.
The Algarve is the main resort area in Portugal, and flights arrive into Faro Airport (FAO) on a regular basis throughout the year.
Resorts pepper the Algarve's stunning coastline, which is met by the Atlantic Ocean. Seas here are rougher than in Mediterranean destinations, which is a huge bonus if you like to get to grips with watersports during your sunshine holidays.
The Algarve features a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. You can pick from self-catering apartments and villas, high-end spa hotels, hotels featuring world-class golf courses, and just about everything in between. Car hire in the Algarve is a great option for getting to and from the airport and exploring the region during your holiday.
Choose your resort in the Algarve based on what you like to do. There are peaceful havens and there are party towns, such as Albufeira. Popular coastal resorts include Acoteias, Alvor, Vilamoura, Praia da Falesia, Olhos de Agua, Quinta do Lago, Quarteria, Vila do Bispo, Balaia, Carvoeiro, Lagos, Praia da Luz, Praia do Vau, and Portimão.
The inland resorts of Monchique, Silves and Loulé also welcome tourists and even if you don't stay there, they are worthy of day trips to take in the stunning scenery in the Monchique Mountain range, to look around Silves Castle and to visit the food markets in Loulé.
Most of the resorts operate for 12 months of the year, though the main holiday seasons are spring, summer and autumn, when the warmest weather can be enjoyed on the Algarve's spotless beaches.