Travelling to the Algarve region on holiday offers you spectacular scenery, great weather and plenty of stunning areas to visit.
Below we have compiled a list of local towns and marinas you can conveniently visit while staying in the Algarve.
Also check out our special sections on:
- Things to Do in Faro
- Day Trips Close to Faro
- Faro Nightlife
- Best Beaches
- What’s On (Algarve)
- Major Cities in Portugal
A former fishing village in the southern Algarve, Albufeira is now a major tourist destination. It is a lively and popular resort town with stunning beaches.
Aljezur isn’t a coastal town, but that doesn’t mean you should rule it out as a holiday destination.
Set slightly inland on the Alvor River (Rio Alvor), between Lagos and Portimão, is the fishing village of Alvor.
This whitewashed fishing village set into the cliffs has become a popular tourist hotspot.
Faro is often overlooked by visitors to the Algarve, assuming that this is purely the location of the airport and not much more. But the cobbled streets of Faro’s town centre actually offer wonderful intrigue and culture.
Things to Do in Faro
Whether you are interested in heading to the beach for surfing and watersports or learning more about the cultural history of the Algarve, Faro has a fascinating and diverse range of things to do.
Situated in the western Algarve, six kilometres inland from the picturesque beach at Carvoeiro, Lagoa is a market town primarily known for its wine. It is set on a hill overlooking flatlands.
Located at the western end of the Algarve coastline, Lagos is a historic and lively city with a buzzing nightlife, fabulous beaches and charming Old Town centre.
Home to the biggest fishing port in the Algarve, the sleepy town of Olhão has been transformed in recent years into a major beach resort.
The biggest city in the western province of the Algarve, Portimão is a major tourist destination set on the broad estuary of the river Arade (Rio Arade).
Praia da Luz
Praia da Luz is a popular and attractive beach resort in the western Algarve. The town has a warm welcoming feel about it and offers ample tourist facilities, restaurants and bars, as well as a wonderful beach.
Sagres is unlike any other destination in the Algarve. This laidback, somewhat isolated village is situated at the extreme western tip of the Algarve.
Silves is a delightful and traditional Portuguese town of significant historical importance.
Set three kilometres inland, either side of the Gilão river, Tavira is one of the Algarve’s most charming towns. With its relaxed atmosphere, it is a great location for couples, families and those seeking a peaceful holiday destination.
Vilamoura is the crème de la crème of the Algarve – the “Marbella” of southern Portugal. Like Spain’s glamorous resort, Vilamoura attracts the wealthy, boating enthusiasts, golfers and celebrities.