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Algarve Hotels and Apartments
Algarve Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in the Algarve
With millions of Britons making the Algarve their holiday destination of choice every year, it’s no wonder that this part of Portugal offers accommodation to suit everyone. The seafront between the main cities of Lagos and Faro is lined with accommodation options, and there are even resorts further inland, surrounded by the area’s countryside. So, whether it’s an all-inclusive holiday, a cheap beach resort or a golf village you’re after, the Algarve has undoubtedly got something up its sleeve.
Running the length of Portugal’s south coast, the Algarve is one of the country’s most popular destinations. Here area’s feature buzzing nightlife, swathes of history, stunning beaches and premium golfing opportunities. In the Algarve, there really is something for every type of traveler!
Where to stay
Albufeira, the former fishing village, has become a massive tourist destination, attracting people looking for white sands and turquoise waters, as well as a thriving nightlife and top golfing locations. While the Old Town is a popular area for those who like their accommodation full of local charm and winding alleys, the Areias de São João neighbourhood is a favourite for those wanting to be close to all the partying action. The Strip, as it’s known to locals, features dozens of clubs, bars and pubs open until the early hours of the morning. Young families and those wanting a more subdued holiday will be at home in the Oura area. It’s right on the area’s beaches yet still only a short walk away from the rest of the city action.
Praia Da Luz
Families and those after a quieter pace often stay around the Praia Da Luz area. With its gorgeous sandy bay, welcoming atmosphere and beachside cafes, Praia Da Luz has all the ingredients for a chilled holiday. Being such a small resort town, it has a limited number of beachfront hotels, although most have multiple on-site facilities like swimming pools and a spa. More affordable accommodation options can be found around a 30-minute walk away from the beach.
This Portuguese city is the perfect mix of activities and sights. Traditional Portuguese buildings sit alongside tourist facilities, including an amusement park and water sports. Staying in the Old Town will leave you close to all the historical action, while there are a number of large resorts around the Meia Praia beach area.
From quiet beaches to 19th century buildings and a vibrant city atmosphere, Faro is good for those wanting to get a feel for the Algarve in just a few short days. It’s close to the nearest airport, plus it’s well situated for day trips out to nearby resort towns. No matter where you base yourself, you’ll be close to the key sights - in the city centre, you’re just an 18-minute drive away from the Faro beach.
What to see
The Algarve has multiple beaches stretched out across the coast, making it one of the most common reasons why sun worshippers flock to this part of Portugal. There are more than 150 beaches to choose from, but Praia da Falésia in Albufeira and Meia Praia in Lagos are two that consistently attract the crowds.
Those wanting to see Portugal from a different perspective will love the boat trips that frequently run from the Algarve’s shores. As well as dolphin spotting, many of the trips take visitors on a tour around some of the country’s most iconic natural spots, including the Ponta da Piedade rock formation just off the coast of Lagos.
Of course, there are then the attractions built solely to provide holidaymakers with even more entertainment on their getaway. Numerous golf resorts are dotted around the Algarve, while
Aqualand Algarve, Aquashow Park and Slide & Splash are just three of the water parks found along the coast.
The Algarve has a real cosmopolitan vibe to its nightlife, encompassing live music, discos and pubs. Albufeira has some of the best after-dark parties, with Irish pubs, sports bars and buzzing nightclubs attracting hen parties, stag dos, and holidaymakers looking for a good time.
As the capital of the Algarve, Faro also has a bustling nightlife scene. Much is situated around the Old Town, including rooftop bars with picturesque city views, as well as upscale cocktail bars. Faro is a university city, so there are often special offers and club events taking place throughout the year.
What to eat
Unsurprisingly, the Algarve has a vibrant dining scene that’s focused around fresh seafood. Those who enjoy their fish will lap up the popular dish of cataplana de marisco. It’s made up of whatever’s caught that day, with popular ingredients including clams, squid and lobster. Sandwiches are also an Algarve favourite, with many including meats such as beef, pork or slices of a cured sausage called ‘chouriço’.
But it’s not all meat and fish - the Algarve even has its own dessert specialty! Dom Rodrigos are made using egg yolk, cinnamon and almonds, and can be enjoyed on-the-go or as an afternoon treat alongside some local wine.
Shopaholics often find themselves in their element when they visit the Algarve. Faro itself has a number of shopping outlets selling designer clothing and more affordable wares; and its Forum Algarve shopping mall features a number of recognisable international brands. Albufeira is another shopping hotspot thanks to its large shopping centre containing over 40 stores. Whether it’s fashion, health and beauty, or jewelry you’re after, you’ll find it under the one roof.
Fast facts about the Algarve
- Direct flight time: 2 hours 55 minutes from London
- Transfer time from Faro airport: From 26 minutes to one hour
- Time zone: GMT
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Portuguese
- Average price of a domestic beer: 2 euros
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 4 euros
- Number of Brit tourists per year: Over 1 million