The Algarve is a regular winner at the World Travel Awards – the travel industry’s answer to the Oscars. In fact, over the years, it’s taken home accolades for everything from its fabulous diving and great golf resorts to its top-of-the-range attractions and sweeping beaches.
If there’s one category this part of Portugal really deserves gold for, it’s the beaches. Hidden coves, crescent-shaped bays and rocky inlets make up the Algarve’s coastline. Most of the pale sands are child-friendly, plus many come with Blue Flag credentials.
When it comes to places to stay, Albufeira leads the pack. The Algarve’s largest holiday spot, it’s a tale of two resorts. Its new town has a lively strip of thumping nightclubs and open-air bars, while the old town is filled with cobbled squares, colourful market stalls and al fresco restaurants.
Just down the road from Albufeira is Olhos d’Agua, a sleepy fishing village with cobbled lanes and traditional restaurants. On the beach, freshwater springs bubble through the sands and there are rock pools great for little ones. Finally, there’s Sao Rafael, which is famous for its dramatic rock formations and Blue Flag beach.
How long does it take to fly to the Algarve?
Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around four hours, depending on which airport you fly from.
What is the time difference between the UK and the Algarve?
There’s no time difference between the UK and the Algarve, so you won’t have to adjust your watch.
What currency should I take to the Algarve?
The Algarve is part of Portugal, so you’ll need to take euros to pay for things.
When is a good time to go to the Algarve?
The best times to go to the Algarve for hot weather are from June to August, where the average temperature hovers around 25°C. May and September are a little cooler, if you don’t want scorching heat.
What is the best part of the Algarve?
The Algarve stretches right along the south coast of Portugal, so beaches play a massive part in every holiday here. Albufeira’s great for traditional marketplaces and a highly rated restaurant and bar scene. Praia da Rocha stocks one of the best strips of sand, Olhos d’Agua channels traditional vibes, and Vilamoura has a lively marina and great golf courses.