It may boast a year-round balmy climate, breathtaking coastline, and some of Europe’s finest beaches, but Algarve holidays in southern Portugal aren’t just about the sea, sun, and sand. Whether you’re after some historic sights, want to try delicious Portuguese food, hit the neon-lit nightlife, or see the underwater marine life at a dive spot, there’s no shortage of things to keep all the family happy on a holiday here. It's famous for the great golf courses that line the coast, and there are plenty of water sports on offer. Kids will love whizzing down the slides at the water parks and paddling in the sea, while grown-ups will enjoy discovering nature reserves, centuries-old castles, and beachfront bars.

Things to do

There’s no shortage of attractions and things to do on your holidays to the Algarve. Whichever part of the region you choose; you’ll find beautiful beaches, historic sights, tasty food and fun-filled family activities nearby.

Where to stay

The most popular destination for Algarve holidays is Albufeira, which is situated at the centre of 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.

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12-24 ℃

With long, hot summers and mild winters, enjoy holidays here all year round. 

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Faro Airport (FAO), also known as Algarve Airport, is close to many of the most popular towns and resorts.

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