You have decided to set sail for the Algarve in southern Portugal. It is an excellent idea to go there on vacation since this region offers magnificent landscapes. It is not yet completely overwhelmed by the invasion of mass tourism. As a result, you can spend a great holiday there for a reasonable budget with mostly sunny weather.
Where is the Algarve located?
The Algarve is a region in southern Portugal in the district of Faro. It really is the south western tip of Europe, after the Strait of Gibraltar. The region is therefore bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. It has a border in the east with the southwest of Spain.
How to get to the Algarve?
The fastest way to get to the Algarve is to fly. Indeed, there is an international airport located in Faro, the big city of the region. Transavia and Easyjet offer direct flights between Paris and Faro, especially in high season. The direct flight lasts 2h40. Otherwise, you can also stopover in Lisbon with Tap Air Portugal.
Where to stay in the Algarve?
You have several options for your stay in the Algarve. The easiest way to find an all-inclusive stay in Portugal is to book at Club Med Da Balaïa. With all-inclusive stays, the tour operator takes care of everything: flights, accommodation, meals and activities. You don’t have to worry about anything. It really simplifies things. Do not believe that with such a formula, we give up on discovery and adventure. Indeed, it is quite possible to go on beautiful excursions from your place of stay.
Of course, there are other possible choices such as staying in a hotel or a vacation rental by the sea. It all depends on your expectations and your budget.
What to do in the Algarve?
You will probably want to get out of your hotel to do some tourist activities. There are plenty of possibilities there.
To go to the beach
The beach is obviously one of the favorite activities of tourists visiting the Algarve. It must be said that the sandy beaches of southern Portugal are really very wild. To you the crystalline waters along steep cliffs in small well protected coves. The sun is often there but be aware that the water temperature of the Atlantic Ocean is rather cool, generally between 16 and 20°C, rarely much more.
Near Lagos, this place is very well known and you have certainly already seen photos in magazines or on the internet. It is a very impressive geological curiosity. The beach is in a cave whose top is pierced. To get there, you will have to take a boat. Be careful, it is a very touristic place in summer.
You will necessarily pass through Faro during your tour in southern Portugal. Faro is a pretty town with fairly old architecture. Its charm is really well preserved. You will be surprised by the fact that there are relatively few tourists in town, which allows you to really immerse yourself in the local atmosphere. Faro is bordered by very wild little islands with pretty beaches. If you fancy a bit of culture, head to the Museu Arqueologico, a museum housed in the spectacular convent of Nossa Senhora Assunção.
You will begin your tour of Lagos with the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, a fort dating back to the 17th century. The city center is quite attractive with authentic places like the São Gonçalo gate or the Santa Maria church. You can buy some products at the covered market near the port. Lagos is surrounded by beautiful beaches and places to discover like Ponta da Piedade. You will take the boat to get there. One can also appreciate the cliffs on the land side via a small hiking excursion.
How to get around in the Algarve?
For your travels in the region, the easiest way is to rent a car when you arrive at the airport. This will allow you to easily radiate all over the coast. The road network is fairly well maintained. There are a number of tolls.
It is also possible to make do with the train and buses if you don’t feel like driving at all.
What is the best season to travel to the Algarve?
The tourist season extends from May to September. During the school holidays, the region becomes a very popular destination. The climate is relatively mild throughout the year with an amplitude of about fifteen degrees. It is therefore never very cold in winter (10-15°C) and not too hot in summer (25-30°C). The region is very dry and rain showers are rather rare.