Algarve Holidays

A sunny coast with plenty to see

The Algarve is famous for its long, golden, sandy beaches – but you don’t have to go far inland to discover all the other things this magical part of Portugal has to offer. Spend a few days soaking up the cultural and culinary scenes in the capital city, Faro, or step back in time in beautifully cobbled historic towns like Silves, where the pristine castles and ancient Moorish ruins are equally impressive and act as magnets for history fans.

Year-round sunshine and mild winter temperatures make Algarve holidays a popular choice for families and groups alike, particularly parties of golfers who flock to the region for its impressively lush golf resorts and luxury spas. Anyone wanting to turn the adrenaline up a notch should head to the Atlantic coast, where beaches boasting world-famous surf are a paradise not only for surfers, but also for bird-watchers.

Thriving party towns like Albufeira offer lively nightlife with a local flavour, or you can seek more peaceful escapes inland among vineyards and hillside trails. But you’ll probably end up wending your way back to the coast at some point, where there are magical caves to be discovered and fresh sardines to be eaten right on the seafront. Holidays to the Algarve promise days full of sunshine, adventure and great food.

Three tips for a top trip

Rent a car
Seeking out the region’s best hidden beaches and rugged coves is easiest by car. Outside of Faro, roads are also surprisingly quiet and easy to navigate.
Venture inland
Sure, the Algarve is known for its beaches – but there are also plenty of beautiful historic sites to explore. You’ll find that dinner costs much less just a few miles inland.
Take a boat trip
Head out to sea for the best views of picture-perfect sandstone coastlines. Plenty of tour companies offer boat trips to see nearby caves, which are often inaccessible from land.

Best attractions to see in Algarve

Moorish castle

The charming town of Silves is home to one of the best surviving Moorish castles in Portugal. With architecture dating back to Roman times, visits here make a great day out.

Benagil Cave

This is just one of many fascinating natural cave formations in the region – get there by renting a kayak or paddleboard, or join a motorboat tour from Benagil beach.

Cape St Vincent

You’re at the very edge of Europe, facing out to sea from these iconic cliffs. The lighthouse here is a must-see, not to mention the adjacent museum and cliff-top bar.

Your Algarve questions, answered

Party animals will enjoy crawling the bars of Lagos, Albufeira and Praia da Rocha, while resorts like Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo offer more upmarket beach club vibes.

Late April to mid-June is warm without being scorching, while glorious summer weather can stretch on until early October. In winter, evenings are chilly but never freezing.

The Algarve is famous for its fish dishes and the catch of the day will leave you spoilt for choice. Mediterranean influences are also strong, with tapas-style menus a popular choice.