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Algarve Holidays 2019/2020

Algarve Holidays

The Algarve has drawn visitors, siren-like, to its sun-drenched shores for years – its gently shelving beaches and warm air currents make for a tempting mix of ingredients. The coastline is simply beautiful – long stretches of golden sands are washed by refreshing seas and red sandstone cliffs seclude delightful bays.

The Algarve might be Portugal's most popular holiday hotspot, but it still has plenty of secrets. A record-breaking 17.4 million tourists visited last year, drawn to the sweeping beaches, cute cobbled streets, and modest prices. But if you think the Algarve's all about tanning, kids' clubs and golf, think again…

There are countless reasons to visit the Algarve – whether you’re seeking a great family getaway or a romantic escape. If there’s one standout feature that makes your holidays to the Algarve worthwhile, its the beaches – stunning sweeps of coastline begging to be explored and home to hidden coves that lend perfectly for families. Away from the beaches, there’s enough to keep you occupied in the resorts too. Albufeira offers a multitude of experiences, with charming cobbled streets making way for colourful market stalls and open-air bars perfect for lingering with a cocktail. If you’d rather embrace a little activity on your Algarve holidays, you’re in luck. Lagos boasts many beaches ideal for surfing as well as some particularly gorgeous views. Golf fans will also find the opportunity to improve their handicap on one of the Algarve’s championship golf courses. Whatever you’re searching for in a holiday, you can guarantee the Algarve will fulfil your fantasies.

Algarve Deals

Algarve, Albufeira, 3 star Vilanova Resort

7 nights Self Catering departing from Birmingham on 6th March 2018.

Price: £259 per person based on 2 sharing, including 22kg baggage allowance and return transfers.

Algarve, Albufeira, 3 star Vilanova Resort

7 nights Self Catering departing from East Midlands on 8th March 2018.

Price: £279 per person based on 2 sharing, including 22kg baggage allowance and return transfers.

Algarve, Albufeira, Villa Sunny

7 nights Self Catering departing from Belfast on 26th March 2018.

Price: £459 per person based on 6 sharing, including 22kg baggage allowance and car hire.

Algarve Holidays

Algarve Holiday Accommodation

Brisa Sol Aparthotel
Albufeira, The Algarve

Embrace the best bits of Albufeira with the resort’s shops and eateries right on your doorstep. Mini-golf, a tennis court, two outdoor pools, and more will occupy you on site.

FROM £369 pp

Falesia Hotel Falesia Hotel 4t+
The Falesia's impressive, elegant lobby, filled with plants, gives it a wonderful tropical feel as soon as you walk through the door.
Aparthotel Brisa Sol Aparthotel Brisa Sol 4t
An excellent choice if you like a varied holiday.
Alfagar Apartments Alfagar Apartments 3+
A spacious complex of quality apartments in a stunning cliff-top setting by the sea.
Hotel Auramar

Hotel Auramar 3t +

This popular hotel is situated on a rocky headland overlooking the ocean providing wonderful sea views.

Apartments Clube Oceano

Apartments Clube Oceano 3t +

The Clube Oceano offers a free-form swimming pool, surrounded by a spacious sun terrace.

Sol E Mar Sol E Mar 4 +
The friendly atmosphere of the Sol E Mar and its prime position beside Albufeira's sandy beach attract many repeat guests.

Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa Hotel Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa 4t
This stylish and newly re-furbished hotel has an international atmosphere and excellent facilities.
Hotel Eurotel Altura

Hotel Eurotel Altura 3t +

The Eurotel Altura stands by a low range of dunes overlooking the sandy beach and ocean 400 metres away.

Apartments Alvormar

Apartments Alvormar 3t

The Alvormar is an attractive complex enjoying a convenient location in the village centre.

Dom Joao II Village Resort

Dom Joao II Village Resort 4t

This hotel sits directly on one of the best beaches in the Algarve and boasts stunning coastal views.

Dunas Do Alvor Apts

Dunas Do Alvor Apts 3t +

There’s a friendly atmosphere at the modern Dunas do Alvor.

Pestana Delfim Hotel Pestana Delfim Hotel 4t
Set on a hillside with sweeping views over the Algarve coastline across to Lagos Bay.
Pestana Levante Hotel Pestana Levante Hotel 4t
Forget grey skies, everywhere you look you're surrounded by blue!
Armacao de Pera
Vila Gale Nautico Hotel

Vila Gale Nautico Hotel 4t

In a quiet area on the outskirts of the town, the modern Hotel Nautico is close to lovely, golden sandy beaches.

Armacao de Pera
Colina de Lapa

Colina de Lapa 4t +

Set in beautifully maintained grounds, this luxury apartment complex provides a safe, friendly and relaxed environment .

Tivoli Lagos Hotel

Tivoli Lagos Hotel 4t

The friendly Hotel Tivoli Lagos (formerly known as the Hotel De Lagos) is close to the centre of Lagos.

Vilabranca Apartments

Vilabranca Apartments 4t

The Vilabranca Apartments are set in a residential area‚ so guests benefit from being away from the bustle of the resort.

Hotel Alcazar

Hotel Alcazar 3t +

The Hotel Alcazar has a friendly atmosphere and a unique Arabic design.

Monte Gordo
Hotel Casablanca

Hotel Casablanca 3+

This simple, compact and individual hotel with a high standard of service and a traditional feel.

Monte Gordo
Hotel Vasco de Gama

Hotel Vasco de Gama 3t

This long-time favourite with British guests stands right beside one of the Algarve's best beaches.

Monte Gordo
Riu Falesia Hotel

Riu Falesia Hotel 4t

A good choice for a relaxing holiday‚ the stylish Riu Falesia Hotel has a fantastic clifftop location.

Olhos D'Agua
Riu Falesia Mar Apartments

Riu Falesia Mar Apartments 3t

One of the first things you’ll notice about these apartments is the stunning clifftop setting.

Olhos D'Agua
Apartments Clube Praia Da Oura

Apartments Clube Praia Da Oura 4t

This stylish apartment complex is set in terraces overlooking Praia da Oura beach and has a lively atmosphere.

Praia Da Oura
Algarve Casino Hotel

Algarve Casino Hotel 4t

With a location right on the beachfront, the Hotel Algarve Casino boasts impressive views.

Praia da Rocha
Vila Petra

Vila Petra 4t +

This modern, bright and stylish aparthotel has been built to high specifications.

Sao Joao
Vilanova Villas & Apartments

Vilanova Villas & Apartments 3t

The Vilanova Villas & Apartments are a great family choice with a host of organised activities.

Sao Joao
Hotel Dom Pedro Golf

Hotel Dom Pedro Golf 4t

The Dom Pedro Golf is noted for its extensive range of sports and entertainment facilities.

Apartments Mourabel

Apartments Mourabel 3t

The Mourabel Apartments are part of three complexes separated by a road.

Old Village Apartments Old Village Apartments 3+
Designed like a little village, and feeling like a home from home, this very attractive complex tempts visitors back year after year.
Tivoli Marinotel

Tivoli Marinotel 5t

The Tivoli Marinotel is superbly situated between the marina and the Atlantic Ocean in spacious, well-kept gardens.

Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel

Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel 4t

The Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius has an impressive new atrium and is situated on the pale, golden sands of Vilamoura’s beach.

Vila Gale Marina Hotel

Vila Gale Marina Hotel 4t

Close to the beach and stylish marina‚ Hotel Vila Gale Marina is a popular choice.


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Discover the secret Algarve

The Algarve might be Portugal’s most popular holiday hotspot, but it still has plenty of secrets. Sure, a record-breaking 17.4 million tourists visited last year – drawn to the sweeping beaches, cute cobbled streets, and what are probably the most modest prices for food, drink, accommodation and car hire in Western Europe. But if you think the Algarve’s all tanning, kids’ clubs and golf, think again. With around 100 miles of Atlantic coastline to explore, there’s so much more - from kayaking with flamingos to discovering dinosaur footprints. And whether you’re in a hotel, self-catering apartment or villa (where car hire is often included), it’s all within easy driving distance. Here are our favourite ways to see what we call ‘The Alt-garve’.

Peaceful Algarve – cycling unspoilt villages

The Algarve spans the width of Portugal, from east to west along the south coast. It’s a scenic stretch of glittering sea and rustic green hills - so no wonder some bright spark created a cycling trail that takes you all the way from one side to the other. The Ecovia starts at Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA), on the border with Spain, and ends at Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point on the continent. And while only serious cyclists would take on the whole route, a leisurely pedal from one little village to the next on this biking track is a lovely day out. Try the gentle, 27km segment between VRSA and Tavira in the east. Passing peaceful orange groves and fields, you’ll end at one of the region’s most traditional villages - quiet Tavira is all small cobbled squares, historic churches and blue-tile houses.

Quirky Algarve - anchor graveyard & bone chapel

While you’re in the eastern Algarve - easily accessible from Faro - check out the spooky ‘anchor graveyard’ on Barril beach. A Blue Flag-accredited sunbathing spot, you’ll find Barril on Tavira Island, accessed by miniature train. The strange sight of rows and rows of neatly plotted, giant rusting anchors commemorates the tuna fishing trade that once sustained the whole area. Even spookier is the Chapel of the Bones near Olhos D’Agua, decorated with 5,000 human skulls and bones. Eeek.

Wildlife Algarve - kayaking with flamingos

Also near Tavira, natural marine park Ria Formosa, is a collection of lagoons and quiet islands that feels like your own private slice of Portugal. Untroubled by crowds, the best way to see it is from a kayak, so you can explore little waterways and find your very own stretch of sand. There’s no current, which makes for easy paddling, and the resident flamingos add a vibrant splash of colour.

Foodie Algarve – gypsy markets & secret backstreets

Loulé, about 20km from Albufeira, is known for its Saturday morning ‘Gypsy Market’ - a buzzy maze of stalls selling everything from hand-painted honey jars to decorated tablecloths. Foodies in particular will love the local produce. Gourmet treats include homemade bread, piles of cakes and authentic local piri-piri sauce (sorry, Nando’s). Seafood fans should make their way to nearby Quarteira, near Vilamoura - dive into the town’s backstreets for unassuming shacks serving up garlicky clams drizzled with olive oil, enormous crabs and fried octopus.

Hidden Algarve - seek out secret beaches

The region’s beaches get busy come high summer. But with so many to choose from, there are a bevy of secluded beauties still flying under the radar. Praia de Salema, in the western Algarve near Sagres has secluded coves and dramatic cliffs aplenty – kids will enjoy the dinosaur footprints fossilised in limestone at the western end of the beach. The area is part of the protected Costa Vicentina Natural Park, so there’s little development here - just bobbing fishing boats, a few restaurants and gentle sea that’s perfect for swimming.

Surfing Algarve - discover laid-back Sagres

Sagres is a low-key surf town right at the Algarve’s western tip. Thanks to the epic views over the seemingly endless Atlantic, when the Romans arrived here they thought they’d reached the end of the world. With no high-rise buildings, and a handful of casual cafés cooking cheap but standout seafood, it’s an unflashy sanctum popular with the bohemian set. While strong north-westerly winds here whip up world-class waves for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing, beginners should head to Cordoama beach, which is more sheltered and prone to gentle rollers – especially in summer.

Local Algarve - firewater & wild honey

While everyone knows about Portugal’s love of port, piri-piri and seafood, not everyone knows about the Algarve’s local delicacies. Aguardente de Medronhos, or ‘fire water’, is a handcrafted, fiery brandy made from the region’s Medronho fruit - a nobbly red berry. You can  visit a distillery to learn about - and, more importantly, sample - the drink, which is produced on such a small scale, you won’t find it in supermarkets. Then there’s the famous wild honey of Monchique cultivated by local beekeepers. Pick some up on your way to the viewpoint at Fóia Monchique, the Algarve’s highest mountain, just above the town.


Robinson Club Quinta da Ria Hotel

Robinson Club Quinta da Ria

Set in a pretty nature reserve, the Robinson Club Quinta da Ria is in the eastern Algarve near Tavira, and even offers guided cycling tours.

Alvor Baia Hotel

Alvor Baia

Family-friendly Alvor Baia boasts self-catering apartments, a huge pool and a free shuttle bus to the beach.

Sensimar Lagos Hotel

Sensimar Lagos

In the western Algarve, adults-only Sensimar Lagos is a romantic hideaway surrounded by sea views. The spa specialises in made-for-two massages.

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