The Algarve Holidays, Portugal
Located on the southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve is much more than just a resort having a great year round climate and lovely beaches. It is a place full of hidden delights – gorgeous limestone rocks, simple restaurants and beautiful mountains.
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The old town of Albufeira is always well worth a visit, its central square is lined with colourful shrubs, trees and surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
A bustling seaside town in the Algarve region, Vilamoura continues to attract countless golfers, yachtsmen and celebrities.
Of course, the main draw of the the Algarve is that it has many wonderful and high-quality beaches that dot its landscape. The sand stretches as far as the eye can see and are capped off by delightful golden cliffs, you can also explore deserted islands and hidden coves. The blue, calm waters tempt you to go for a swim or engage in the popular watersports activities.
The mountains do more than just offer breathtaking sights. The warmness of their people, the white-walled homes with bands of colour and the narrow cobbled streets all make a trip up north worthwhile. Not to be forgotten is the local made liqueur – Medronho – that is derived from fruits of the arbutus tree, but delivers a powerful kick. The local honey is worth a try too and can be savoured in the many cafes and pastelarias in town.
Not to be left out of discussion are the cities of the Algarve. Silves, the old Moorish capital, still retains most of her Arab past and is home to the Silves Castle. Lagos, the historic centre of the Portuguese Age of Discovery, is known for its vibrant nightlife during the summer as well as varied bars, beaches, restaurants and hotels. Faro, the capital, possesses a gorgeous historic centre and Tavira, home to some dazzling architecture.
Be it the coast, the mountains or the cities, the Algarve has something special to offer each of her visitors: dashing architecture, lovely scenery and beautiful beaches.