Algarve Travel Guide

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Algarve Highlights

  • Pro
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    SonOfLusus says…

     The weather, the beaches, the beautiful coastline. 

  • Con
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    elmasri says…

     Not too many people speak portuguese... shame! 

  • In a nutshell
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    Bwana_Brown says…

     An extremely interesting part of Portugal 

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Albufeira

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361,675,200

Lagos

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244,631,107

Faro

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231,769,45

Alvor

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131,373,22

Tavira

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196,385,36

Portimão

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66,243,53

Praia da Rocha

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31,70,24

Quarteira

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24,67,19

Carvoeiro

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25,63,28

Sagres

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119,382,13

Olhão

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28,144,4

Armação de Pêra

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21,60,14

Monte Gordo

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20,49,5

Silves

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111,316,3

Ferragudo

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19,70,6

Olhos de Água

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19,31,0

Vila Real de Santo António

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52,127,3

Loulé

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19,84,8

Alcoutim

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29,70,2

Oura

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13,24,0

Almancil

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10,31,20

Aljezur

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20,61,0

Burgau

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6,34,2

Estói

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5,21,0

Castro Marim

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26,127,0

Cabanas

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9,34,0

Querença

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5,25,0

Raposeira

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4,19,0

Porches

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2,21,10

Monchique

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10,17,8

Salema

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2,6,0

Odeceixe

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3,5,0

Foia

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4,36,0

Caldas de Monchique

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1,13,0

Altura

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0,2,3

Lagoa

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9,24,0

Algoz

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3,8,0

Albufeira

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  • Old Town

    Albufeira Things to Do

    The crazy construction that disfigured Algarve, has (thanks God!) spared the central area of old Albufeira. Now, cleaned and organized for touristy exhibition, the central Albufeira looks good, and, for some minutes, allows us to forget the insanity of exploitation seeking for euros (or dollars, or... just money!) that grew around it.

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  • Sheraton Algarve Hotel at Pine Cliffs...

    Albufeira Hotels

    I stayed two nights here in December 2004. The pools & garden are very nice. There is a indoor pool,...

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  • In the best place

    Albufeira Restaurants

    Usually, I skip restaurants in first line of the beach; some of them sell views instead of food, some other include the "view tax" in the invoice.This time I accepted the risk, and choose a restaurant by the sea, in the old fisherman's beach.Well, the food was good and, if the "views tax" was included, it was not excessive. Mixed grilled fish

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Lagos

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  • Dolphins

    Lagos Things to Do

    Take a trip on the Dolphin Safaris RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat), which leaves from the Lagos Harbour, when we went it cost about 35 euros each but well worth it,The trip last approx 45mins,Taking in the views of the coastline as well,past the grotto's and boats . Their record for finding the Dolphins is excellent and the boat is very fast with jet...

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  • Tivoli Lagos

    Lagos Hotels

    The Tivoli hotel in Lagos is a nice 4 star hotel with good facilities such as a couple of...

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  • The Castle

    Lagos Things to Do

    Built in the 13Th century, the castle was seriously dammaged by Lisbon's eartquake. A recent reconstruction effort, rebuilt several hundred meters of walls, respecting their original doors and towers.

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Faro

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  • Cathedral

    Faro Things to Do

    Faro's old town is dominated by the cathedral (Se Catedral). The original Gothic church was built in the 13th century, but severely damaged during the 1755 earthquake. Only the tower and and a doorway remained from that era. From the tower you can enjoy panoramic views of Faro and the coastline. Directions: Faro Cathedral is located at the Largo...

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  • Tivoli Carvoeiro

    Faro Hotels

    Rooms are in need of a makeover - ours was noisey especially in the evening in the form of...

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  • Official animation

    Faro Nightlife

    Since tourism was discovered as a very important activity, most municipalities plan a wide animation program to fill summer nights.It's a good idea to check the programs - for instance, in Faro we had unexpectedly a great international folk festival giving life to the port. (While having a good dinner in a local esplanade...)

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Alvor

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  • Great Little Indian

    Alvor Restaurants

    Although only small The Indian Hut II (Indian Hut I is around the corner and much bigger) serves up some really nice food. We had a lovely meal here on our last night, We ordered Chicken Chat and shish Kebab to start followed by a Lamb Karahi and Chicken Pasanda with Pilau Rice and Garlic and Chilli Nan. It was all really tasty, service was quick...

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  • Alvormar - Apartamentos Turisticos

    Alvor Hotels

    The Alvormar Apartments are close to the old town of Alvor that still retains some authenticity.The...

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  • The Best Food In Town

    Alvor Restaurants

    This Restaurant certainly serves the best food in town, I love it. The food is Fantastic and it has a real local traditional family run atmosphere. As soon as you walk in the door you will know that you are on to something special, The Traditional Fishermans house type decor really gives it atmosphere and indeed the Owner of the Restaurant used to...

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Tavira

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  • The Castle

    Tavira Things to Do

    Built and rebuilt in several periods, the experts find in this castle and walls signs from the Muslim times and christian changes. Destroyed by 1755 earthquake, most of the walls were dismantled, but there are still disperse elements (walls and doors) in the centre of town.

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  • Vila Gale Tavira

    Tavira Hotels

    This hotel is in a great location because its just near the path that leads to the ferry that takes...

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  • Blatant fake posts on Tavira

    Tavira Warnings and Dangers

    The posts re the irish bar are indeed fake. These people have never posted elsewhere on this website. I am here with my children right now and have been here for two weeks. The only "loudness" is sure enough British golfers who frequent a rather tacky bar on the riverfront. There is no right or wrong side of the bridge but for me the best...

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Portimão

See all 66 Portimão Tips
  • Boat tours

    Portimão Transportation

    The coast near Portimão is beautiful, but the best spots are only reachable from the sea. There are several solutions to rent a boat, but the best are the day trips with a sardine barbecue in a beach. We did it as guests of a local operator and enjoyed the day.

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  • Tivoli Marina Portimao

    Portimão Hotels

    I got an awesome deal (40 euros a night for a four star) for through expedia to stay here in...

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  • Ferragudo

    Portimão Things to Do

    Protected by the breakwater of Portimão this beach is perfect for children. Going a little further, after the breakwater there a smaller beach also calm and protected by the cape. Crossing it, the open sea has a few beaches, some of them with private concession and with many people, some other harder to reach and almost empty. Lots of choice as an...

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Praia da Rocha

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  • Great for watching sports

    Praia da Rocha Restaurants

    Bacchus Bar is a great place to watch sports and have a good inexpensive meal. The menu is eclectic, consisting mainly of pub type food but you can get anything from fish and chips to chicken piri piri. Artur and his son, Artur, are great hosts and make you feel very welcome. The outdoor area is the best - surrounded by greenery, complete with a...

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  • Bela Vista

    Praia da Rocha Hotels

    Av. Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, 8500-802, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Best view in Rocha

    Praia da Rocha Nightlife

    The best view and ambiance in Rocha. Truly something out of the ordinary for this resort area packed with dingy Irish bars and 6.70 euro tourist menus. Off the beaten path, this white stucco building with bright blue trim was such a find. Located on the cliffs, this place has the most breathtaking views and the owners are just lovely. I can't speak...

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Quarteira

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  • Quarteira beach and sand

    Quarteira Things to Do

    quarteira has the largest sunny beach never seen, where you can take your sun bath, sea bath and relax from the life activity.you can enjoy just a weekend or a full week, walking, cicling or other way of travel. is a nice place and have also night life, with discos and frendly bars.is recommended because ir unic.

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  • Dom Jose Hotel

    Quarteira Hotels

    Avda Infante Sagres 143, Quarteira, Algarve, 8125-157, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Relax with a massage or acupunctura

    Quarteira Things to Do

    There is a new health center in Quarteira, with cheap prices. I tried a massage for 15€ and in a another time I have done acupuncture and I loved it. Just try after a walk in the beach...

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Carvoeiro

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  • The best kept secret in Carvoiero

    Carvoeiro Restaurants

    Villa Nova restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, as the restaurant of the Villa Nova apartment complex, but don't let it's looks fool you! Lurking beside the complex pool you expect it to be serving up fast food or the average "Portuguese" fare that a lot of restaurants are guilty of, but don't be fooled! Annibal and his team will...

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  • Pestana Palm Gardens

    Carvoeiro Hotels

    Set out like a village of town houses this is a fantastic place to stop, There are no hotel rooms...

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  • Algar Seco

    Carvoeiro Things to Do

    The most beautiful spot around Carvoeiro is this strange rock formation, used to shelter a bar. Erosion is dictating its laws, (with men's help), but it's still possible to see some odd formations.One doubt: Is it still there the panther that I caught in a 1975's photo? Since I had no answer I must go there and check! Maybe this summer...

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Sagres

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  • History Neglected

    Sagres Tourist Traps

    Sagres is an important reference to all the Portuguese, for the role it played in the discoveries. The use of the place doesn't make justice to it, and in your visit, you will be more attracted by the landscape, and the sights of the steep promontories and wild beaches than for the references in display.

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  • Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

    Sagres Hotels

    Urbanizacao Quinta do Martinhal, Apartado 54, Sagres, 8650-908, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • The fortress

    Sagres Things to Do

    It must be impressive seen from the sea, but from the land side it seems no more than a strong wall. It is not the look what justifies the visit, but what it means to the world and the middle age development.Don't go there without reading something about Portuguese discoveries - You'd risk to miss the meaning of the place.

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Olhão

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  • Equestrian Arte Association

    Olhão Things to Do

    A Associação tem como objecto a promoção e divulgação de actividades equestres, através de acções que envolvam a população em geral e entidades públicas e privadas, nomeadamente no campo da formação equestre, da hipoterapia, do turismo equestre, do laser e da competição equestre. Para tal poderá promover reuniões, encontros, passeios, concentrações...

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  • Real Marina Hotel & Spa

    Olhão Hotels

    Lovely night view of the hotel and the pool area. Great night view of the hotel.

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  • Sausages best!

    Olhão Restaurants

    The Real Marina Hotel restaurant is a very special for me. I enjoyed looking around the surroundings while eating my favorite breakfast. Great foods, great location! They have a variety of foods to choose. My best favorites? sausages and bacon:) and lots lots more!

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Armação de Pêra

  • Fisherman's beach

    Armação de Pêra Things to Do

    The beach in Armação de Pera is long, with several accesses descending the cliffs, not to high, but, in the central area, high enough to become uncomfortable, specially with children.When our kids were small, we spent there three successive summers, renting a home in the western tip of the beach (Fisherman's beach), where the land is shallow,...

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  • Vila Vita Parc

    Armação de Pêra Hotels

    A grassy area for sunbathing overlooks the Atlantic from atop the cliff with great panoramas. At a...

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  • East end

    Armação de Pêra Things to Do

    The eastern end of the town (not of the beach, that continues for several kilometers until Galé) is the best to families with small kids. There are no stairs to reach the beach, that is shallow and quiet. Some private houses to rent in this area of town make it easier to kids, and I used it several times, when the kids were small.

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Monte Gordo

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  • Great Menu

    Monte Gordo Restaurants

    Very well located, it was Fernanda's top choice. Variety, good quality, regular price, the only problem is being always full (at least the esplanade), with service delaying a little. Grilled shrimps

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  • Alcazar Hotel

    Monte Gordo Hotels

    We just spent 3 nights in this hotel and found it very good value for what we paid. For just...

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  • Take away

    Monte Gordo Restaurants

    This was my favorite take-away in Monte Gordo. Only three different dishes, well chosen, cooked and charged. It has only a couple of tables, betting mainly in take-away. It was a perfect solution to grab a dinner while returning home from the beach.

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Silves

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  • Laranja = Orange = Portugal

    Silves Things to Do

    The Portuguese were one of the first people in the world to actively globalize tastes and export plants from one area of the world to others. The largest producer in the world, Brazil, saw the plants being introduced by the Portuguese.To Europe, South America and Africa they brought the sweet oranges. Until than unknown in the Western World. For...

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  • Hotel Colina Dos Mouros

    Silves Hotels

    Silves, Algarve, 8300, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Cathedral

    Silves Things to Do

    The details about the foundation and building of the cathedral are unclear.In the process of the Reconquista,Moorish Silves was conquered in 1189 by Sancho I of Portugal,but since the city was retaken by the Moors in 1191,it is unlikely that a cathedral was built at this time.Only in 1242 was Silves definitely reconquered by Christian Knights...

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Ferragudo

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  • COCKTAIL & LOUNGE BAR

    Ferragudo Things to Do

    COCKTAIL, PREMIUM GINS, SPIRITS, PORTUGUESE BEER, and IMPORTED BEER.GREAT MUSIC, SPORT CHANNELS including GOLF channels. Covered Out door seating area.ICONE BAR is a NO SMOKING BAR, but has smoking area.GREAT FOR FAMILIES and GROUPS. MUST VISIT.

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  • Vitor's Village Resort

    Ferragudo Hotels

    Sitio da Passagem, Apartado 88, Ferragudo, 8400, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Casa Grande

    Ferragudo Things to Do

    Ferragudo's Theatre and cinema is housed in a lovely tile fronted building on one of the narrow streets so impossible to get a decent picture of it. It appears that it opens at 18:00 and drinks and tapas are served on a patio,

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Top Algarve Hotels

Albufeira Hotels
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Lagos Hotels
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Praia da Rocha Hotels
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Faro Hotels
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