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Opt for one of our Algarve villas to make the most of a trip to this sunny section of Portugal. These beautiful homes are near some of the most wonderful resorts, including the ever-popular Albufeira and the pretty Quarteira, which means you’re never far from some truly breathtaking coastline. These lovely homes come complete with bright facades that look incredible against the bright Portuguese sky. Wile away your hours diving into your villa’s private swimming pool, basking in the sunshine in the manicured gardens, or indulging in a game of table tennis - these homes have everything to make sure you have a fantastic stay.
The Algarve is on the beautiful southern coast of Portugal and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south, the Alentejo region to the north, and Spain to the east.
The Algarve is 173 miles (540 km) from Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. It takes around 5 hours and 20 minutes to drive from one to the other.
Faro Airport (FAO) serves The Algarve region. It is the only international airport in the area and is located in the east of The Algarve, about 10 km outside of Faro.
The Algarve is world-famous for its dramatic, rocky coastline and incredible beaches. It is home to magnificent sea caves and great dolphin and whale watching opportunities, as well as the most southwesterly point in all of Europe. Beyond the beaches, The Algarve is renowned for pretty, traditional fishing towns.
The easiest way to get around The Algarve is to hire a car, especially if you’re visiting off-the-beaten-path destinations. There are some beaches in the region that can only be accessed by car, and small towns and villages are not always on public transport routes. There is also a bus network across The Algarve that runs between all the major cities and towns, and a train service connecting the west of the region to the east. If you are letting the train take the strain, it’s worth knowing that many of the stations are a few kilometers outside of city and town centers, so you may need a taxi to get to and from them.
Albufeira is the best place to go for nightlife in The Algarve. It is known as the hub of bars, discos, and clubs in The Algarve, and should be at the top of your list if you want to party the night away in southern Portugal. Just along the coast from Albufeira is Praia de Rocha, another nightlife hotspot. The region capital, Faro, has also got great nightlife all year round, thanks to the Algarve University being located in the city.
As you head west along the coast, The Algarve gets progressively windier. Many of the most westerly beaches are very popular with surfers, which gives you an indication as to how windy these areas can be. However, inland and to the east of the region, you should not encounter any more wind than in other coastal places.
Being a coastal destination, it comes as no surprise that The Algarve is a paradise for seafood lovers. One of the most famous delicacies is sardines (so much so that there is a festival dedicated to the fish every year). Octopus, clams, and goose barnacles are other popular dishes to try. For something a little less fishy, try Dom Rodrigos, a delicious pastry made of egg yolk, cinnamon, and almonds. The Algarve is also a wine-making region, with distinct varieties to be found in different towns and cities.
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Blessed with mild conditions and over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, the Algarve charms in any season. Summer, while spring and fall maintain mild to warm temperatures and plenty of opportunities for beach days without the crowds. This is our top pick for when to visit the Algarve. Winter is also lovely, especially for some rare winter sun on mainland Europe, although many restaurants, shops, and attractions catering to tourists will be closed for the off-season.
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With stunning, crisp private swimming pools where you can float under the glorious midday heat, and with many of our properties boasting indoor or outdoor table tennis facilities, there is certainly no shortage of things you can do within your Algarve holiday rental with private pools and game rooms. Spend the morning taking a dip, and challenging your loved ones to a few games of table tennis, before heading out to explore the stunning scenery of the Algarve.