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Southern Portugal tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Southern Portugal is the most visited region of Portugal, 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 is a beach lover's paradise and thousands flock to the resorts along this coast each year in search of the ultimate beach experience.

The Algarve is this and much more, but for those who are prepared to venture beyond the confines of the resorts, the Algarve throws up unexpected landscapes of sand dunes and salt lagoons, alongside small local villages that still retain a sense of Algarve as it used to be before tourism arrived on its shores.

This region is also one of the last places where you stand a chance of seeing the critically endangered Iberian Lynx, once widespread throughout Portugal, Spain and much of Europe, this animal is in decline. In southern Portugal Silves breeding centre is one of the places fighting to save these creatures from extinction.

Top itineraries in Southern Portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: The Algarve

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £845 pp incl. flights

Portugal's pousadas are similar to Spain's famous paradors – a network of state-owned hotels synonymous with the history, culture and traditions of their particular region.

Best of the Algarve by Bike

8-day tailor-made journey from £915 pp incl. flights

Cycle dramatic coastlines and lush river valleys of the Algarve to uncover the fascinating past of the region’s hidden villages, castle towns and seaside resorts

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,285 pp incl. flights

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.

Pousadas of Portugal: Alentejo & the Algarve

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £440 pp incl. flights

Driving south from Lisbon, this road trip brings you through Portugal's Alentejo region to the sun-drenched Algarve, staying in historic pousada hotels throughout.

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Top places to stay in Southern Portugal

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.

Anantara Vilamoura, the Algarve

Contemporary resort from £1,485 pp incl. flights

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

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.

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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Southern Portugal articles

  • Porto, Douro Valley & the Algarve: our favourite Portugal routes

    Portugal’s national holiday, Portugal Day, falls on 10 June. To celebrate, we’ve chosen our favourite places to stay in Portugal's stunning regions of Porto, the Douro Valley and the Algarve to help you make the most of this region of rolling hills, riverside palaces and fantastic gastronomy.

  • Top 10 driving holidays in Spain & Portugal

    From wild coastlines and beach curves to mountain peaks and rolling countryside, the charms of the Iberian Peninsula are seemingly endless. To help point you in the right direction our destination experts have put together the following self-drive routes that showcase the best of it all.

  • Best of the early summer sun

    Each week Luke McCormick, Wexas Channel Editor, provides an inside look at the latest headlines and gives his independent, expert comment.

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