As the most southerly region of Portugal, the Algarve is one of the main destinations of choice when it comes to exploring Europe. One of the reasons is that the Algarve offers much in the way of activities, as well as providing some of the most stunning coastlines and beaches on the continent. There’s also the fact that the region offers a variety of distinct areas that will suit those looking for variety on their travels, and from the central location with its coastal resorts, to the east coast which is more remote and far wilder, there really is something for everyone. If you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, then the Algarve has something for you.
If it’s a golfing holiday that you’re after, then you’re probably already aware of the five championship golf courses that are the destination for those looking for a more upmarket holiday. If your dream holiday is nothing more than the chance to practice your golf swing, then you’re best off booking into one of the adjacent hotels, with their special offers and prioritized green fees. Many of the better hotels also offer minibus travel to the more distant courses, meaning that you get to avoid breaking a sweat until you’re struggling with your putter.
For the rugged explorer
If being pampered at a hotel and playing golf is absolutely not your thing, then you might be more interested in checking out the west coast. Ideal for surfers thanks to the Atlantic Ocean and the spacious beaches, west Algarve is underdeveloped and as remote as you can get from those well-tended golf courses. If you’re tempted but have no idea which end of a surfboard is which, never fear. Not only are there a number of surf schools available, many of them even offer free travel from the ever popular Faro Airport, meaning that you get to sit back and relax while you travel through the rugged region and contemplate the waves ahead.
The best of the beaches
It would be remiss not to highlight the sheer quality of the beaches in the Algarve. You might easily fall into the trap of heading to your nearest beach and setting up camp for the duration of your holiday, but that would be an error. With over 150 beaches to choose from, you can pick and select based on what sort of vibe you’re going for. The Praia da Marinha on the south coast is one of the best, and provides the perfect location for those all-important holiday pics. However, make time to check out Marinha if you get time, as it’s regularly voted as one of the best beaches in Europe, and you don’t want to miss out on the unique cliffs that circle the glorious setting.
No matter what kind of holiday you’re looking for, it’s always worth having a closer look at the Algarve. Remarkably unique, wonderfully diverse, and packed with events and sights to see and explore. It’s also worth noting that Portugal is one of the cheapest places in Europe to visit, so your holiday budget will go a lot further there than it would in other destinations!