Vilamoura offers a huge marina, long sandy beaches and top-class golf courses. Nestled between fishing village resorts and the medieval town of Loulé, it was purpose-built for leisure. So you’ll find all sorts to do, lots of places to eat and drink, and a laid-back atmosphere made for relaxing in the Portuguese sunshine.
Quinta do Lago
Quinta do Lago is an unparalleled location, sitting amongst 2,000 acres of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Combine the tranquillity of the lakes, beauty of the sandy beaches and the wildlife from the Ria Formosa and Quinta do Lago is guaranteed to take your breath away! With magnificent golf courses and driving range and the abundance of bars and restaurants there is something here for everyone.
Vale do Lobo
Vale do Lobo is the premier beach and golf resort of The Algarve with its amazing 2km sweep of golden sands beach and 2 championship golf courses. At night the square at La Praca buzzes with bars, restaurants and a nightclub. The resort has an enviable portfolio of sports and leisure facilities, making it one of the highlights of The Algarve.
Albufeira is one of the most popular destinations in the Algarve and it’s easy to understand why, it has so much to offer. By day, unwind on one of the sandy beaches or explore the old medieval streets which still hum with life. In the evenings, head to an authentic Portuguese restaurant, or to the new town for Albufeira’s thriving club scene.
Alcantarilha is a peaceful town that sits around 7km inland. Whitewashed houses, weave their way up narrow cobbled streets, where you’ll find a handful of traditional restaurants. It’s an ‘away from it all’ place, but there are fantastic beaches and the country’s biggest water park nearby.
Carvoeiro is a bustling little holiday resort whilst still retaining the look of the fishing village it once was. The cliffs and rocks of this coastline have been shaped into a network of caves, caverns and coves, perfect for the explorer in you! Several of the Algarve’s renowned golf courses are around here, including one in Carvoeiro itself. The beaches are a smaller cove type, but are of exceptional beauty.
Portimão is the second largest town in the Algarve and is subsequently a vibrant, cosmopolitan town with excellent facilities. The town centre is perfect for those who love to shop! For those looking for a more relaxed itinerary the impressive marina is a must, surrounded by plentiful bars, restaurants and beautiful beaches. Portimão offers a complete sporting agenda throughout the year and there are many golf courses.
If you like to mix your beach time with sports and sightseeing Lagos will be perfect for you. This bustling town has some of the best beaches in the Algarve, alongside museums and a 15th century fort. If you’re feeling active, head to the beach for windsurfing and sailing, or tee off at the highly rated golf course.
Development in Alvor has been kept to a minimum, thus it retains much of its Portugese charm. The town boasts enclosed narrow streets, many filled with bars and restaurants and live music, however leading off from these there are still memories of the older fishing village. The village is well located facing a natural lagoon opening onto the sea. There is a choice of the long open Blue Flagged beach or a number of small coves tucked under the cliffs.
Vila Nova de Cacela
Cacela is in fact, two towns, Cacela Velha (old Cacela) and Vila Nova de Cacela (new Cacela). Vila Nova de Cacela is an ordinary, unpretentious small town which has basic amenities and numerous cafes and restaurants. The town’s hosts a street market on the 3rd Sunday of every month, which fills the entire town. Just across the coast road is Manta Rota, and its wonderful beaches.
Tavira is regarded as one of the most beautiful towns of the Algarve, and is a delightful mix of traditional Portuguese heritage with deep-rooted Moorish influences. It lies along the Gilão River, and to the South of Tavira is the protected waterways and mudflats of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, which leads to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Ilha de Tavira. The town is concealed within cobbled streets, family run restaurants and decorative churches. Tavira is therefore, the perfect base for those looking for that balance between exploration and relaxation.