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Sun-kissed, golden, and lapped by the warm Atlantic Ocean - welcome to Portugal’s family favourite resort, the Algarve.

Holidays in The Algarve

The Algarve, Portugal’s sun-smooched southern region, is a paradise for budget villa breaks and all-inclusive family holidays. Known for its stunning beaches and charming villages, this 100-mile stretch of coastline offers a wide choice of resorts, meaning there is an Algarve holiday suitable for every kind of holidaymaker.

Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a taste of local life, the Algarve has it all. With flights to Faro, the region's airport, taking less than three hours from most UK regional airports, holidays in the Algarve are within easy reach. Voted one of Europe's best value holiday destinations, it's no wonder holidaymakers return to Portugal to experience the coastal allure of Algarve holidays, year after year. Start planning your holiday to the Algarve today and discover why this coastal paradise is one of Portugal’s most beloved destinations.

When is the best time to visit? The best time to visit the Algarve is in the summer months of June, July and August. With perfect warm weather ideal for sunseekers on a summer holiday. 

Where is the best place to stay? There's a huge choice of places to stay in the Algarve, from family villas and budget-friendly self-catering apartments to luxury golf hotels. Albufeira holidays offer an array of beaches and bustling nightlife, while Praia da Rocha has water parks and plenty of family fun. Purpose-built Vilamoura has a marina and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, while holidays in Lagos are a paradise for surfers. Whether you prefer a luxury resort, a charming boutique hotel, or a cosy inn, the Algarve’s low-cost resorts offer a range of accommodations to suit every taste and budget.

Travel guide

Golden beaches, seaside resorts, great weather and world-class golf courses all combine to make holidays in the Algarve a popular, year-round choice.

  • Best time to visit: June-August
  • Average flight time: 4 Hours
  • Most suited for: Couples, Families
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference: 0 hours

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Bask on Beautiful Beaches

Bask on Beautiful Beaches

With some of the best beaches in Europe, The Algarve is renowned for its breathtaking shorelines. From the golden sands of Praia da Marinha to the dramatic cliffs of Praia de Benagil, the coast offers many stunning spots to soak up the sun or make a splash with the family. At the famous Ponta da Piedade near Lagos, you can marvel at the rugged rock formations and crystal-clear waters. For a quieter experience, head to the serene shores of Praia da Falésia, surrounded by pine trees and red cliffs. But be sure to keep your eyes peeled. You may spot a dolphin as you’re enjoying an ice cream at one of the beachside cafes.

Explore Historic Towns and Villages

Explore Historic Towns and Villages

Step back in time as you wander through the Algarve’s historic towns and villages. In Lagos, you’ll find a blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. Stroll through the cobbled streets, visit the 17th-century fort, and enjoy the bustling marina. Tavira, often called the most picturesque town in the Algarve, is a must-visit with its Roman bridge, medieval castle, and charming squares. Don’t miss the quaint village of Silves, where you can explore the ancient Moorish castle and its impressive views. Visit the village of Monchique, nestled in the mountains, to soak in the thermal baths and enjoy panoramic views from Foia, the highest point in the Algarve.

Experience Portuguese Culture and Activities Beyond the Beach

Experience Portuguese Culture and Activities Beyond the Beach

The Algarve is brimming with cultural experiences. Attend a traditional Fado performance to hear the soulful sounds of Portugal’s music. Visit local markets, like the Loulé Market, to shop for handmade crafts, fresh produce, and regional delicacies. Time your visit with one of the many festivals, such as the lively Carnival in Loulé or the Sardine Festival in Portimão, to experience the Algarve’s vibrant traditions and warm hospitality. Discover the mysteries of the ocean with a trip to the thrilling yet educational Zoo marine theme park. Kayak or paddleboard through the stunning sea caves of Benagil, hike the scenic trails of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, or cycle along the Ecovia do Litoral, a coastal bike route offering panoramic views. Nestled amid breathtaking landscapes, golf enthusiasts will find world-class courses, such as the renowned Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo resorts. The Algarve is a playground for outdoor activities.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

With all that coastline, it's not surprising that seafood features heavily on the menu in The Algarve. Offering a rich array of flavours influenced by its coastal location, savour the Algarve’s fresh seafood dishes like grilled sardines, cataplana (seafood stew), and octopus salad. Try the region’s famous piri-piri chicken and indulge in traditional desserts like pastel de nata (custard tart) and fig cake. Pair your meals with local wines or a refreshing glass of medronho, a traditional fruit brandy. As well as charming restaurants serving these local dishes, you'll find a wide choice of international restaurants and fast-food outlets in the bigger resorts. 

Algarve Weather

Average monthly temperature in The Algarve (°C)

  • Jan 12°C
  • Feb 13°C
  • Mar 15°C
  • Apr 16°C
  • May 18°C
  • Jun 21°C
  • Jul 24°C
  • Aug 24°C
  • Sep 23°C
  • Oct 19°C
  • Nov 16°C
  • Dec 14°C

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