Algarve

Travel Guide
Albufeira featuring swimming, a beach and a coastal town
Portugal’s southernmost region offers a fascinating mix of beaches, golf courses, nature reserves, market towns, fishing villages and Roman ruins.

Castles, golf, watersports, superb cuisine and a pleasant climate draw crowds to the Algarve. Enjoy this tourist-friendly region of Portugal stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Spain’s western border. Its natural scenery includes breathtaking cliffs, pristine beaches, secluded coves, nature reserves, vineyards and wooded mountains.

The Algarve’s western region is internationally famous for its rocky outcrops and isolated bays. Visit the lively resort towns ofAlbufeiraandLagos. Investigate the picturesque fishing villages ofBurgauandSalema. Go to the region’s southwestern tip to explore the historic peninsula ofSagres. Enjoy great surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing at the villages ofCarrapateiraandOdeceixeon the wild western coast.

Start your tour of eastern Algarve atFaro, the region’s capital and a former Roman settlement. Enjoy the picturesque gardens and buzzing nightlife in its walled Old Town. Protecting much of Faro’s eastern coast isParque Natural da Rio Formosa, unspoiled barrier islands with a natural habitat for birds. Experience the traditional Portuguese beach resorts ofCabanas,FusetaandTavira.

Inland, the Algarve combines scenic landscapes with history and relaxation. Admire the Roman ruins ofMilreunearEstoiand Moorish-influenced architecture atSilves. Wander the quaint streets ofLouléor relax in the thermal spas ofCaldas de Monchique. Bike or hike along theVia Algarviana, a 186-mile (300-kilometer) trail that traverses the flower-filled mountains of theSerra de MonchiqueandSerra do Caldeirão.

The Algarve offers golfers over 35 immaculate courses spread along the region’s 96-mile-long (155-kilometer) coastline.Delve into the region’s cuisine, which uses fresh local ingredients such as seafood, almonds, grapes, oranges and figs. Sample traditional dishes, including açorda de mariscos, a bread and seafood stew.

Reach the Algarve by flying to Faro Airport. Get around via rented car, bike or an extensive network of public buses. With around 300 days of sunshine per year, the Algarve is a favored year-round destination for everyone from families and honeymooners to food lovers and sports enthusiasts.

Where to stay in Algarve

Hotel Da Rocha
Hotel Da Rocha
4 out of 5
Ave Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, 8500-802
The price is $160 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and room service. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (640 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, oven view rooms are large and have lots of natural light. Beautiful view. Hotel is kept clean and service is excellent. Location is excellent for the beach, shops and restaurants. Only negative is the noise from the street at night. I would recommend a room on a high floor, or away ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Hotel Da Rocha
Tivoli Carvoeiro
Tivoli Carvoeiro
5 out of 5
Apartado 1299, Vale Do Covo, Praia do Carvoeiro, Lagoa, 8401 - 911
The price is $331 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Lagoa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (974 reviews)
"Great employees!"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

Tivoli Carvoeiro
Hotel Algarve Casino
Hotel Algarve Casino
5 out of 5
Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Faro, 8500-802
The price is $183 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Portimao. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (784 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Hotel Algarve Casino
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Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
4 out of 5
Rua Sacadura Cabral 8, Lagos, 8600-619
The price is $149 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (533 reviews)
"Everything was topnotch"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Aqualuz Lagos by The Editory
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
4 out of 5
Estrada do Porto De Mos, Lagos, 8600-513
The price is $207 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Lagos. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (736 reviews)
"I liked the attentiveness of the resteraunt staff! They went above and beyond to please their customers. Overall very good accommodation and staff were very good."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort
Four Seasons Vilamoura
Four Seasons Vilamoura
4 out of 5
Rua da Holanda, 507, Loule, 8125-908
The price is $302 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Loule. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (549 reviews)
"Fabulous place to stay beautifully maintained and friendly staff - apartments are equipped to a very high standard with daily maid attendance - stayed here multiple times and standard remains consistent"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Four Seasons Vilamoura
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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