Unique beaches, superb gastronomy, gorgeous scenery, history and culture... everything in the Algarve combines to ensure your holiday will be perfect. And we have five suggestions to help ensure that you get the best this destination has to offer.
In Sagres and Cape São Vicente, once the mythical end of the world, discover a rich historical heritage and take in natural landscapes of untouched beauty. Be sure to watch the sunset, a magical moment that never fails to dazzle all those who experience it.
In the Monchique mountains, a real botanical garden, discover a wide variety of plants, be amazed by the panoramic views from the highest points in the Algarve, Fóia and Picota. View breathtaking waterfalls, take advantage of the therapeutic properties of the Monchique waters, taste the local cuisine and do not forget to try the traditional aguardente de medronho (arbutus brandy).
In Silves, revisit the history of a city that was an important cultural and political centre during the Islamic occupation from the ninth to twelfth centuries. Rediscover the spirit of ancient Xelb, a city of philosophers and poets, by visiting its castle, museum and historic centre. Stroll along the Arade River, once the main channel of communication with the outside world, but now only navigable depending on the tides.
Marinha Beach, in the municipality of Lagoa, has been voted one of the most beautiful in the world many times. It was formed from rocks carved out by the sea over the centuries, and its golden sands and crystal-clear sea create the perfect setting for the snaps you'll want to post on Instagram and share with your friends.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park, which extends across the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, could not be left out of the list. Take a boat trip on the river, watch people fishing and mollusc-catching, or the collection of sea salt. Observe birds and flora. Choose the tranquillity of the beaches in the barrier islands of Faro, Farol, Armona, Tavira, Cabanas, among many others.