From manicured sands to rugged cliffs, the Algarve spans miles of sun-soaked Atlantic coastline. Luxury villas and beachside suites call for idle lounging within easy reach of Faro’s medieval sights and lively nightlife.
When to go
Beach-lovers and sun-seekers should opt for the summer months, when the limpid ocean is perfect for toe-dipping. Alternatively, autumn is a great chance to enjoy still-warm temperatures with the added benefit of depleted seaside crowds.
Food & Drink
With fresh-off-the-boat fish, fiery piri-piri chicken and baked-that-morning pastries gracing Algarvian plates, it’s no wonder that the region holds a bounty of Michelin stars. One of our favourites is fine dining haunt Ocean, where you can sample exquisitely presented seafood dishes aside breathtaking coastal views. Award-winning Vila Joya is also a must-visit: you can even stay in the incredible hotel while you’re there.
Not to miss
Rent a bike and soak up the views as you pedal over craggy cliffsides, lush fields and winding dirt tracks.
The Algarve’s evening scene is as eclectic as it is vast; laze in seaside beach shacks or practice your dance moves in lively music bars. For refreshing cocktails on the waterfront, head to Caniço: a rustic wine-and-dine spot which regularly hosts live bands.
Where to stay in the Algarve
Famed for its alluring beaches, the Algarve’s coast is dotted with quaint fishermen's villages and cobbled-street towns. Die-hard beach-goers will find paradise on Praia de Falésia’s 6km stretch of glittering sands, or else cosy up in boutique hotels and luxury suites by the unspoilt Praia de Galé.
How to get there
Faro airport serves flights to domestic and seasonal European hubs. Alternatively, hop on a train to Faro or Lagos ‒ make sure to bag a window seat as the breathtaking coastal views are not to be missed.
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