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Language: Portuguese | Currency: Euros(€) | Local time: UTC | Avg. Flight time: 3.00 hrs
If you’re after cheap and cheerful Algarve hotels in 2018, don’t be deterred. There are some fantastic cheap hotels, with Albufeira a particular hub for budget resorts and all-inclusive deals.
Of all the Algarve resorts, Albufeira is the youngest, liveliest and most party-centric. Many of the big hotels are clustered around the ‘Strip’ – a long avenue lined with bars, clubs and Brit-friendly restaurants. Alternatively, the Fisherman’s Beach area has some of the best cheap hotels in the Algarve, with fabulous family-oriented accommodation, from facility-packed hotels to self-catering apartment blocks.
To find out more about evening entertainment in Albufeira, as well as the coast’s other resorts, check out our Algarve nightlife page.
Blue Flag beaches, swimmable seas and plenty of family attractions make central Algarve a paradise for children.
The coastline between Albufeira and Praia da Rocha is packed with purpose-built family Algarve hotels and adventure parks, while Lagos and Praia da Luz – both a little further west – rock a more laid-back vibe.
Looking for a child-friendly Algarve hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts? Sagres is set on the coastline’s south-westerly tip and is home to a few smaller and more select Algarve resorts, such as the luxurious Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort & Hotel and surfing paradise Memmo Baleeira.
Sagres isn’t the only Algarve resort that will give you a taste of the real Portugal.
Faro is sometimes passed over by travellers heading to resorts further down the coast, but it’s a down-to-earth working city with a perfectly preserved medieval old town and plenty of beaches thrown into the bargain. There’s a decent selection of three-star and four-star hotels scattered around the centre.
After something a tad quieter? Then head to Tavira – a charming little town with a historic collection of pastel-coloured buildings gathered around a river, a crumbling castle and some seriously upmarket luxury hotels.
Just as historic but far livelier, the hedonistic resort of Lagos is a real all-rounder. A pretty older quarter surrounded by 16th-century walls gives the town some serious cultural clout, while its modern suburbs are home to endless numbers of restaurants, bars, clubs and, of course, hotels.
In this western corner of the Algarve, cheap hotels are plentiful, but there are also some truly classy boutique options.
The most opulent five-star Algarve hotels, though, are concentrated in the Vale Do Lobo area, which is where the jet set head when they want a taste of Atlantic Portugal.
Here you’ll find large palaces of opulence as well as luxurious boutique accommodation. With two famous golf courses, a spectacular sandy beach and a seriously plush vibe, this is the resort to stay in if you want to spoil yourself.