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There are some fine festivals over this period, including the Birdwatching festival in Sagres which encourages you to spot some of the diverse array of sea birds and raptors that pass this way in autumn (4-8 October).

The south of Portugal's top festival, Sudoeste, is back in the resort of Zambujeira do Mar from 1-5 of August, with acts including the Chainsmokers, Two Door Cinema Club, DJ Snake and Jamiroquai (www.sudoeste.meo.pt). Throughout the summer, check out the amazing creations at the FIESA Sand Sculpture Festival, with whole cityscapes created from over 30,000 tons of sand at Pêra.

June is known as the month of festivals. Riotous festas for the popular saints of António (12-13), João (23-24) and Pedro (28-29) involve late-night celebrations, live music and street parties in most of the main towns.

See the Algarve at its most traditional at the January Smoked Sausage fair in the small inland village of Querença. As well as plenty of chorizo, there's music and entertainment.

Day Trips

As autumn kicks in, so do the larger waves so this can be the time to try your hand at surfing: the western Algarve has some of Europe's best surf spots. The beaches around Sagres are a good place to start.

If the coast is hot and busy, head inland to the beautiful border town of Alcoutim, whose castle faces a matching building across the river Guadiana in Spain.

The Algarve's mountains make a pleasant alternative to the beaches, and at Caldas de Monchique you'll find a beautifully renovated little spa town nestled into a wooded valley, with lovely walks into the surrounding hills.

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