June – August
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It comes as no surprise that holidays to Algarve are very popular: this southern Portuguese region possesses great beaches, sheltered coves and a dramatically rocky coastline, complemented by a growing dining scene, warm welcomes and perennial sunshine.
The Algarve is a regular on the World Travel Awards list of winners. The region has been honoured at the travel industry’s answer to the Academy Awards for everything from golf resorts to its beaches. Most of the white sanded beaches are child-friendly and many of them have Blue Flag accreditation. Albufeira is the Algarve’s biggest holiday spot and is a tale of two resorts. Albufeira’s new town has a strip of nightclubs and open-air bars, while its old town is packed with cobbled squares and al fresco restaurants for Algarve holidays.
Down the road from Albufeira is Olhos d’Agua, a quiet fishing village with cobbled streets and traditional restaurants. On the beach, freshwater springs bubble up through the sand and there are rock pools that are great for small children. Finally, there is Sao Rafael, famed for its dramatic rock formations and its Blue Flag beach.
The maximum temperatures recorded in the Algarve fluctuate between 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) in winter and 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) in summer, the temperature almost never falls below zero in winter months making the Algarve a truly year-round destination.
For a family-friendly beach resort, the Algarve holidays have so many accommodation choices it can be hard to pick the right one for you. Alvor has some of the best restaurants in the western Algarve, as well as music bars to keep you entertained at night. And the beaches are pretty good, too all golden sand, warm waters and sheltered.
Olhos D’Agua is in central Algarve, back-dropped by the area’s sandstone cliffs. There are numerous eating places and bars along the main street that runs down the hill to the waterfront.
Lagos is a popular town in the Barlavento region for holidays in Algarve.
Albufeira is the place that put the Algarve on the map. The beautiful old town is filled with pavement cafes, and the modern resort is lined by a lively main strip.
Vilamoura is a seaside town with a huge marina filled with luxury yachts and lined with chic bars and authentic restaurants. There are also Roman ruins.
Think of The Algarve and it is probably the stunning beaches that first spring to mind. But there are many other things to do on holidays to Algarve.
Admire the 13th century Moorish fortress that is Silves castle, interact with birds and animals at Zoo Marine or head to Mar Ilimitado at Sagres to see marine life in its natural habitat. Praia da Amoreira has sweeping sands and an endless number of rock pools while Praia do Martinhal is perfect for surfing, body boarding and windsurfing.
Visit the secluded Praia de Albandeira for a look at the undiscovered Algarve. This small beach features no water sports, no umbrellas and no sun-beds and is perfect for escaping it all. Or choose one of the blue flag beaches - the neverending sand of Praia do Ancao is popular with families, while Praia do Martinhal is great for surfing.
Visit the picturesque fishing village of Olhao to browse the markets, before trying the freshly caught seafood at one of the local restaurants on your Algarve holidays.
The range of dining in the Algarve is sure to satisfy every taste, from sophisticated Portuguese tapas to beachfront dining.