Easily one of Portugal's most popular holiday destinations, the Algarve has a multitude of beautiful beaches. In fact, the area’s sandy stretches are some of the best in Europe. Plus, with over 300 days of sunshine promised every year, it’s no surprise that the Algarve has been attracting travellers in search of sun, sand and sea for many years.That said, once there, it would be something of a waste not to take some time away from the beach to visit a few of the beautiful towns of the Algarve.
Silves is a charming and historic town on the banks of the Arade River, littered with beautiful lemon and orange trees. It has a laid back atmosphere and makes a great day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the busy beaches. A visit to the Castelo de Silves is a must. Dating as far back as the 8th century, the castle offers some fantastic panoramic views over the town.
Lagos is a beautiful town steeped in history and culture, with many beautiful churches and monuments to explore. It is also a very vibrant town with a great selection of restaurants and buzzing nightlife. The town is also home to some of the best beaches in the Algarve.
The most south-westerly resort in the Algarve, Sagres is a truly tranquil town with beautiful beaches, a picturesque harbour at Baleeira, a pretty town square and impressive views of the rugged landscape. If you are a fan of ocean-fresh fish, there are plenty of great restaurants where you can sample many tasty local dishes.
On any trip to the Algarve, it’s likely that you will at least pass through Faro, as it is the region’s capital and home to the international airport. Faro is a city full of history, great shops, restaurants and cafes aplenty, theatres, galleries and, of course, great beaches. The central area is quite compact and easy to explore with everything located within walking distance. For those with an interest in nature and wildlife, the Ria Formosa lagoon and Natural Park is also right on the doorstep.