Holidays in
Costa de Algarve

A coast rich with culture and charm

With more than 200 kilometres of rugged coastline to discover, Costa de Algarve holidays offer the ultimate in seaside relaxation – and that’s just one of the many reasons thousands of people return to this region every year. It has everything you imagine when you picture the Portuguese coast, including sunshine and blue skies, beautiful sandy bays and fabulous food.

A quick scan of a map will reveal the countless coves and picture-postcard sands, but the Algarve is so much more than its beaches. With an abundance of national parks, water sports and other activities, it’s the ideal setting for all sorts of outdoor exploration, where you can experience everything from skydives to scuba dives, and boat parties to wine tasting.

The region is also a major draw for golf lovers, who flock to its world-class greens. The Atlantic breezes keep temperatures warm yet comfortable, making holidays to Costa de Algarve a winning choice all year round.

Your Costa de Algarve questions, answered

Costa de Algarve is beautiful at any time of year, but sunseekers can absorb the most heat between June and September. Winters are cooler, but never particularly cold, and often perfect for hiking.

Foodies will have a ball with the Algarve’s produce, from freshly caught sea bass and bream to figs, almonds, colourful fruit and wine – try a crisp white Vinho Verde (young ‘green’ wine).

While the Algarve is home to plenty of luxury properties, the cost of dining out is often surprisingly low compared with neighbouring European countries, making it great value for money.

Best things to do in Costa de Algarve

Seek out hidden beaches

You could almost visit a different beach for every day of the year in Costa de Algarve. Go west for some of the most secluded, picturesque coves.

Visit the Rio Formosa

Experience nature with a difference in the magical, protected landscape of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Pick up a birdwatching guide from Faro or Olhao, or kayak to the unspoilt sands of the barrier islands.

Explore historic towns

The Algarve has its fair share of history and culture, so drag yourself away from the beach to potter down the pretty cobbled streets of old towns such as Faro and Silves.