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The Algarve

White-sand beaches & hidden jewels

The Algarve tailor-made holidays


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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Epic Sana, Algarve

Epic Sana, Algarve

7-night luxury holiday from £585 pp incl. flights & transfers


Epic offer – Save up to £155pp
Book by: 30 April 2020

Epic Sana, a gorgeous boutique hotel, set between emerald pines and molten yellow sands, is the essence of the romantic Algarve and one of the region’s finest escapes.

Top itineraries in The Algarve

Algarve, Portugal

Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,270 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.

Estoi Fachada Mai

Pousadas of Portugal: The Algarve

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £620 pp incl. flights

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 £640 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.

Top places to stay in The Algarve

Vila Joya, Algarve

Vila Joya, Albufeira, 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 £800 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.

Aerial View, Dona Filipa

Dona Filipa Hotel, Vale do Lobo

7-night luxury holiday from £1,120 pp incl. flights & transfers

This luxury resort is wrapped up in landscaped gardens, white sands and traditional décor. Its excellent spread of amenities range from a beach club and spa to swimming pools, tennis courts and a world-class golf course.

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Where to go in The Algarve



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…


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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