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Southern Portugal

A haven of sun, sea & sand

Southern Portugal tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Southern Portugal is the country's most visited region, due in a large part to the Algarve, Portugal's answer to the Mediterranean. This beautiful southern coastline, with a year-round warm climate and white sands, brings flocks to the resorts along this coast each year. But, look a little further and you'll find there's much more to offer beyond the beach.

Sagres

Venture beyond the confines of the resorts and the Algarve throws up unexpected landscapes of sand dunes and salt lagoons alongside whitewashed local villages that still retain a sense of traditional Algarve charm. There's everything from the colonial beauty of Faro and fishing towns lined with tiny, ultra-fresh seafood eateries to the charming harbour of Sagres, where surfing cliff-framed beaches are lined with buzzy bars and upmarket restaurants. For those that are after a dose of sun, sea and sand, myriad luxury hotels are adorned with everything from luxe spas to world-class golf courses.

Pool, Anantara Vilamoura, Algarve

 

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Top itineraries in Southern Portugal

Ponta da Piedade, Algarve, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,295 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing by the beaches of the Algarve. The UNESCO city of Porto has a rich and varied history, seen in everything from its Romanesque cathedral to its neoclassical Stock Exchange.

Estoi Fachada Mai

Pousadas of Portugal: The Algarve

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £0 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Portugal's pousadas - a network of state-owned hotels synonymous with the history, culture and traditions of their particular region.

Sagres, portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: Alentejo & the Algarve

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £515 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

This unique road trip will see you along dramatic coasts and a rolling interior, all the while staying in unique pousada hotels, from grand castles to historic convents.

Top places to stay in Southern Portugal

Vila Joya, Algarve

Vila Joya, Algarve

Small & intimate hotel

The Vila Joya is Algarve’s most spoiling retreat. Set on the Atlantic in secluded gardens, this bijou hotel is both Moorish in style and moreish, with guests often returning for repeat stays.

Main pool and golf course

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

7-night luxury holiday from £780 pp incl. flights & transfers

Between fine-dining restaurants, opulent private-terrace rooms and one of Europe’s finest golf courses, the latest in Algarve ultra-luxury is a true gem. It’s all wrapped up in signature Anantara service, best experienced in the excellent spa.

Vila Vita Parc, Algarve, Portugal

Vila Vita Parc, Algarve

Contemporary resort

The luxurious Vila Vita Parc hotel is considered one of the finest resorts in Portugal's Algarve, with two Michelin-starred dining, a stunning spa and direct beach access among a host of stand-out facilities.

Algarve, Portugal

Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Algarve

Contemporary resort

A dramatic cliff-top location, lush tropical gardens, direct access to a beautiful beach and one of Portugal’s best spas are among the highlights at this luxury Algarve Resort.

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