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The Algarve

White-sand beaches & hidden jewels

The Algarve tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Look beyond the white-sand good looks of Portugal’s tourism darling to uncover its rich heritage, wrapped up in rolling greenery, pretty villages and, of course, secret beaches. Our tailor-made holidays take in the best of the region, from pousada self-drives to stays in the Algarve's premiere coastal resorts. 

The Algarve's natural wonders

Indeed, while you’ll know the Algarve for its luxury hotels, there’s plenty in the breaths between sandy sunsets. Its verdant interior sweeps into river-plied valleys, with wildflower-lined hills covered in those iconic cork trees, twisted double under the sun. The delightfully unspoilt western coast is an altogether different proposition, with old growth forests rising into mountain peaks.


The Algarve's west coast

It all tumbles down into a spectacular coastline; the wild cliffs of Sagres’s southwestern tip are a wild contrast to the palm-tree-fringed sands of Praia da Roch and Vale do Lobo. There’s even a vast system of intertwining lagoons at Olhão’s Ria Formosa Nature Reserve whose islands and waterways are host to everything from colourful flamingos to the world’s largest population of seahorses. 

A fascinating culture meets fabulous food

But it’s not just an idyllic natural world that impresses. Perhaps enticed by the Algarve’s seemingly never-ending supply of sun, everyone from the Romans to the Moors have left their mark in grand villas and evocative whitewashed towns. But the region has a civilised charm all of its own. And, from waking up in near-ancient castles to nights spent in historic palaces, the pousadas let you stay right among it.


Pousada Convento Tavira

In between, you’ll discover medieval church towns hidden among green fields and hide out in quaint fishing villages such as Tavira, where just-caught delicacies are served up in traditional restaurantes. In fact, the Algarve is a gastronomic treat, with perfectly sunned fruits and vegetables complementing such delicacies as tuna steaks and razor clam rice. 

 

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Domes Lake Algarve

Domes Lake, Algarve

7-night luxury holiday from £2,165 pp incl. flights & transfers

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This stunning resort has its very own private lake, and access to Praia de Falesia beach. With an award-winning seafood restaurant and signature Soma Spa, it's all set amidst greenery and the natural beauty of the romantic Algarve.

Top itineraries in The Algarve

Porto, Douro River, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,035 pp incl. flights

With included car hire and stays in luxurious accommodation this is your chance to combine Portugal's two greatest cities, Porto and Lisbon, with five days relaxing on the beaches of the Algarve.

Sagres, portugal

Pousadas of Portugal: Alentejo & the Algarve

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,080 pp incl. flights

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.

Dunes at Cascais, Portugal

Lisbon and the Algarve

5-day tailor-made itinerary from £3,165 pp incl. flights

Beginning with Lisbon and it's historic rural surrounds, this independent tour, complete with private driver, brings you right among the wine estates and gold-sands coast of Portugal's picturesque south.

Top places to stay in The Algarve

Grand House, Algarve

Grand House Hotel, Algarve

Small & intimate hotel

Situated in the Algarve’s eastern most corner, nestled across the river from Spain, Grand House is a stunning Belle Époque hotel, a revived Grand Dame that received a new lease of life, becoming the first five-star hotel in the historical town of Vila Real de Santo António.

Main pool and golf course

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

7-night luxury holiday from £990 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.

Epic Sana, Algarve

Epic Sana, Algarve

7-night luxury holiday from £1,675 pp incl. flights & transfers

A contemporary hideaway set between emerald pines and molten yellow sands, Epic Sana is the very essence of the romantic Algarve and one of the region’s finest resorts.

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort

7-night luxury holiday from £1,335 pp incl. flights & transfers

Perched high on the cliffs of Vale Covo, this Algarve resort has undergone a full renovation. As such, you can expect a fantastic range of facilities, stylish rooms and suites, and superb value for money.

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Where to go in The Algarve

Faro

Faro

One of the most historic and charming spots on the southern coast, Faro is far more than the gateway to the rest of Portugal it's often labelled as.

Praia da Luz

Luxury beach resorts are the staple of many holidays in the Algarve and something Praia du Luz has in abundance. This is the perfect place to base yourself for a holiday of sun worshipping, as it has some of the best beaches in the region as well as being only a short hop from Lagos, one of the mos…

Albufeira

Albulfeira, the popularity queen of the Algarve, attracts the highest number of tourists to the region every year. Combining a picturesque old town with a modern resort scene and beautiful beaches that are part and parcel of any trip to the Algarve, Albufeira's popularity is well deserved.

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The Algarve articles

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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.

Gardesana Occidentale road near Tremosine, Lake Garda

Four of the best European road trips

Between the headline acts and lesser-known gems, these are the finest self-drives on the continent.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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