Famed for golf and golden sandy beaches, the Algarve has people returning annually to enjoy the very reliable long hot summers, great food and charming people. The coastline is expansive and although it can get busy, there are ways to get away from the crowds and discover the Algarve’s authentic side.
The coastline is littered with stunning limestone grottos and caves best explored and viewed by boat. Among the area’s most popular beaches are from Marinha Beach all the way to Armação de Pêra.
Extending over thousands of kilometres, the Algarve is home to a mountain range, several islands, and the Ria Formosa lagoon. This expansive nature reserve is popular with keen bird watchers due to the hundreds of species that frequent it. For more dramatic cliffs and inviting beaches, head west to Lagos. The bustling town has a fascinating history and no shortage of places to enjoy local cuisine.