2014 summer holidays in the Algarve

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Sun, Sea and Incredible BeautyThe Algarve is the most popular region in Portugal and boasts some of the finest beaches and seaside towns in Europe. Unlike much of the Mediterranean the Algarve remains relatively unspoilt; despite the crowds that descend here over the summer months.

The Algarve is exceptionally beautiful; from the dunes of the Ria Formosa National Park to the hillside spa town of Monchique. Wherever you go you’ll have an incredible holiday and here we’re going to look at some of the best destinations for summer holidays in the Algarve, and what you can expect from your stay.


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Where to stay in the Algarve Where to stay in the Algarve

The Algarve really is awash with beautiful seaside towns to explore and beautiful towns further inland. With the biggest draws for most being the beaches there are hundreds of great destinations to choose from.

The capital of the Algarve, Faro, is a great place to stay and is the regional centre of trade and commerce. The highlights are the gorgeous marina and the Ria Formosa Lagoon and island barrier make for an incredible place to while away a lazy afternoon. For the best beach resort you should consider Albufeira which is the Algarve’s largest resort and boasts incredible sands and a lively night life and bar scene. For great nightlife and incredible beaches consider Lagos which has beautiful outcrops of sandstone amidst secluded beaches.  For sheer romance and beauty you cannot do better than the charming, riverside, town of Tavira. The town boasts almost 40  churches and beautiful architecture with the Gilao River wending through the middle with  an ancient Roman bridge connecting both sides of the own. 

Finally we’d recommend Silves for anyone wanting to enjoy the Algarve’s history and culture. Silves was the Moorish capital of Al-Gharb and contains incredible remains of the huge castle that still dominates the town’s skyline. While these are all fantastic destinations anywhere you choose to stay will provide you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and beautiful beaches and scenery as well!

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What to do in the Algarve What to do in the Algarve

While the beaches will undoubtedly capture most of your holiday time, the Algarve has plenty to offer visitors with a wide range of attractions and sights. For nature lovers the Algarve is a paradise; with beautiful hills, forests and a stunning coastline with hundreds of beautiful coves to explore. For families the Algarve is alive with attractions; from Lagos and Albuefeira’s zoos to the waterparks that litter the coast.

There are a whole host of outdoor activities for all ages; from quad biking and mountaineering to scuba diving and surfing. If you’re more interested in history and architecture then the Algarve won’t disappoint with imposing Moorish castles and Roman ruins alongside more modern churches and fortifications. The Algarve more than lives up to its reputation as the most interesting part of Portugal and you’ll find plenty to do on any length of stay!

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Cultural Delights of the Algarve Cultural Delights of the Algarve

If you’ve ever spent a summer holiday on the Costa del Sol then you know that it can be very non-local through most of the area. While you’ll find plenty of ex-pats and tourists in the Algarve the whole region still manages to retain an incredible local culture and atmosphere. The bars and restaurants serve mouth watering Portuguese food; from beautiful seafood dishes to spiced stews that belie the country’s colonial history.

The locals themselves are generally friendly and welcoming; and learning a little of the language will go a very long way to making new friends. The nightlife along the coast is incredible with a more sedate atmosphere than many beach resorts usually offer; but still with plenty of fun. Finally the artistic communities that litter the beautiful seaside resorts and come here for the weather and the scenery mean there are always fantastic exhibits to see as well as art, food and music festivals throughout most of the towns!

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The History of the Algarve The History of the Algarve

The Algarve boasts an incredible historical legacy stretching though Moorish, Roman and Modern influences. Portugal's colonial history has left a lasting impression on the country and throughout the Algarve you can find sprawling castles and impressive coastal fortifications. There are Roman ruins to explore, Moorish medieval towns and vast fortified walls surrounding beautiful towns.

The history is everywhere and you'll want to spend some time visiting small coastal towns with their splendid churches, exploring ancient settlements in the hills or visiting some of the intriguing museums and ruins that showcase Portugal's Neolithic history. There's a huge amount for history  buffs to explore and you'll have new sites to see and explore every day.

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Algarve Summer Holiday accommodation

Best Location In The Algarve! Studio Apartment Near Beach, Golf, Nightlife Etc

Top location! This studio apartment has it all. Beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, nightlife, historic old town. aquatic center, dolphin watching, gypsy markets all within a stones throw. The top floor of a former apart hotel along the main avenue ...

Luxury 4 Star Resort with Indoor Pool and Sea Views

Luxury one bed apartment in 4 star resort. Sea views. Sleeps 2/4. Award winning resort complex with pools, gym, jacuzzi, spa, cafe, bars and restaurants. 200m from the beach.

Apartment With Panoramic Views Of Marina De Lagos And Promenade

Best location in Algarve! Penthouse apartment with panoramic views overlooking yacht marina and promenade. Beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, nightlife, historic old town, aquatic centre, dolphin watching, gypsy markets all within a stones throw. S...

In A Rural Location

If you're looking for a Casa with plenty of space in a rural location, but with easy access to the motorway, towns with character and a choice of superb natural beaches then the Casa Pais de Gales is the villa for you. It is situated 25 mins from ...

Peaceful Location, Near Olhos De Agua Beaches And Golf

Villa Solar das Palmeiras is a lovely and peaceful villa with private pool. Ideally located just 15 minutes walk to the fishing village of Olhos D'Agua with many shops, supermarkets, restaurants and small bars. The lovely beach of Maria Luisa is j...
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