The year-round Mediterranean climate of the Algarve has always set it apart from the rest of Portugal. And, though it's home to some of Europe's most beautiful shores, there's more to the region than all-inclusive beach holidays.
Head to the west coast for Faro's cobbled streets and extensively-preserved historic monuments, the gateway to the Ria Formosa Natural Park for kayaking and boat trips to the bird-dotted islands and ancient fishing villages.
If it is sun, sea and sand you're after, the Algarve offers a whole host of luxury hotels, many with world-class spas and beachfront locations – as well as the Algarve's crowning glory: premier golf courses.
Benagil Beach, Algarve