The Atlantic coast region of Southern Portugal, Algarve, is Portugal’s most popular holiday destination with excellent beaches and riches in terms of culture and diversity. The factors that act in its favor are it being relatively cheap, the ease of communicating in English and its overall safety. This ensures that whether you are holidaying with your family, traveling with your partner or backpacking solo or with friends, it fits into everyone’s need and budget. From family holiday villas in Algarve to cheap hostels and guest houses and from beach facing bungalows to service apartments, this place has it all. Below are what I think are 4 of the top holiday ideas in Algarve.
Beaches of Albufeira
This fishing town of yester years offers a rich spoil of beaches across its extended coast line to its tourists. Watersports, Golf, Bars, Night clubs and more add to the holiday atmosphere. Hugging the coast in Portugal’s southern Algarve region, this prime vantage point showcases white houses with Moorish flair, breathtaking multi-hued cliffs and modern amenities. Its Zoomarine is also a big hit for families holidaying with their young kids.
Traditional Architecture of Lagos
Set amidst cliffs, this seaside town is sculpted with traditional architecture and colors from the region with the Capela dos Ossos taking the icing on the cake. It’s harbor, its fish market, its lighthouse and many more such places are full of vibrant activity especially in the early morning hours. This 14th century town offers quiet sandy coves that are sandwiched between dramatic cliffs and picturesque churches that can capture the attention of any history lover. And it also offers some of the best nightlife of the Algarve region.
Quiet Holiday in Sagres
Sagres is one of those places that still has an easy paced life and feels like a fisherman’s town. This place with its scenic cliffs, museum, cape of St. Vincent and deserted beaches is perfect for those seeking a relaxed holiday. Since this place is a bit off beat it is more green and costs much less.
Moorish Castle of Silves
Silves is Algarve’s most famous winter destination with its castle being the highlight. This castle served as the administrative base for the rest of Algarve when Silves was the first Moorish capital of the Algarve. Apart from its castle, Silves like most of Algarve offers scenic beaches and a quaint beach atmosphere making it ideal for those who want a relaxed and quiet holiday.
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