Zoomarine - dancing dolphins, sea lions and parading parrots are just
some of the attractions at this excellent marine zoo
Visit Parque Mina theme park and Lagos Zoo with over 120 different
species of animals
The unspoilt sandy beach at Culatra
Language:The language spoken in the
Algarve is Portuguese
Currency:The currency used in the
Algarve is Euro (€)
Local time:The time in the Algarve
is the same as GMT/UK time
Fly to:Faro Airport is 4km west of
the city of Faro
Flight time from UK:3
Tourist Information:Further Algarve
tourist information can be foundhere.
Visa & Health:Before you travel,
click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the
Weather & Climate
Temperatures:Mid to late 20s (°C) in
summer; mid-teens (°C) in winter
Best time to visit Algarve:May or
September when the days are pleasantly warm and the nights are balmy. If you like the sun,
you’ll love the Algarve weather during the summer. Expect long, hot days. The Algarve’s short
winters are pleasant and mild
By hire car: Hiring a car is a great
option if you fancy exploring the Algarve at your own pace. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the
town of Salir with its white-washed houses and Moorish fortress, or take a scenic route along
the coastline. Many taxi drivers speak good English and will double-up as tour guides. Popular
areas such as Albufeira have a number of ranks. Be aware that it is standard for taxi drivers
to charge extra for luggage.
Carnival time:Taking place every
February is the Loulé Carnaval, one of the oldest carnivals in Portugal. A parade of brightly
decorated floats travel through the town as the locals dress up in extravagant costumes and
dance to non-stop samba music.
For sandcastle lovers:See
world-renowned sand sculptors create works of art at the International Sand Sculpture Festival
(FIESA), the biggest sand-sculpture event in the world. An enormous 35,000 tonnes of sand is
used during the festival which takes place between May and October.
Travel back in time:In August,
travel back to the Middle Ages at Castro Marim’s Medieval Festival for historical
re-enactments, jousting tournaments and children’s storytelling.
On Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve offers everything from sandy
beaches and lively bars, to cobbled streets, gypsy markets and seafood restaurants. It's famous
for the great golf courses that line the coast, and there are plenty of watersports on offer
too. Kids will be spoilt for choice when it comes to water parks and zoos, whilst grown-ups
will love discovering its regional dishes like cataplana, a delicious medley of pork and clams
served in a traditional copper pan.
The most popular destination for Algarve holidays is Albufeira, which is
situated at the centre of the Portugal’s south coast. Holidaymakers of all ages love it for its
sweeping, sandy beaches and huge array of shops, bars and restaurants. Just 15km west of
Albufeira is the lively resort of Armacao de Pera. Take a walk down the bustling promenade
before stopping in one of its many bars for a long, cool drink. The ancient fishing town of
Lagos can be found in the southwest part of the Algarve. Explore its medieval city walls and
pick up some handcrafted ceramics to take home.
Originally a fishing village, this resort has grown into one of the
largest and most popular resorts on the Algarve, due to its fashionable nightlife, amenities
and sandy beaches. The resort’s old town is a lovely area to explore on foot. Popular theme
park, Zoomarine, makes this one of the best family resorts in the Algarve.
Increasing in popularity year after year; its fine-sand beach is backed
by a palm-lined promenade and is one of the longest on the Algarve. Shops, bars and restaurants
line the street that runs down through the old town. Wander its cobbled streets and try a
quaint little restaurant before heading back to your Armacao de Pera hotel.
One of the Algarve’s best resorts is Lagos, an ancient fishing town
famed for its medieval buildings, idyllic sandy beaches and thriving nightlife. The centre of
town features traditional, white-washed buildings and narrow alleyways whilst the marina is
modern and stylish with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.