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The Algarve tailor-made holidays

Introduction

The year-round Mediterranean climate of the Algarve is one of the things that has always set it apart from the rest of Portugal. Home to some of Europe's most beautiful beaches, this is a region that has long been a popular all-inclusive beach holiday destination.

However, there is more to the Algarve than package trips and crowds of summer visitors. For those who take the less travelled roads of the region, avoiding the main tourist meccas, the charm and originality that characterises the real Algarve is just waiting to be discovered.

Although much of the region's heritage has been damaged and destroyed in earthquakes, some areas such as Faro have extensively preserved their historic monuments and are well worth a visit. This region also offers a range of different sporting opportunities. By far the most popular is golf, and the Algarve is littered with premier golf courses.

Top itineraries in The Algarve

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 The 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.

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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Where to go in The Algarve

Faro

Most visitors to Faro are only passing through on their way to resorts on the rest of the Algarve. Capital of the region and home to the only international airport, Faro merits consideration as a town in its own right and not just the gateway to a larger region. This is one of the most historic and…

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

  • 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.

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