Portugal is a beautiful country with a rich culture, attractive beaches, fantastic food and stunning scenery no matter where you go. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to popular places across the country, including Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve. Tucked away in the far south of Portugal, the Algarve is well-known as an excellent holiday location for tourists from around the world.
If you are planning a summer holiday or wondering where to travel next, why not think about taking a trip to the Algarve? We’ve put together a list of just four reasons why you should visit the Algarve, although we can definitely think of many more! Have a look below to find out more…
1 – Beautiful Beaches
If you love soaking up the sun or spending time in the sea, then you are in luck. The Algarve region is home to many spectacular beaches with golden sands, as well as some incredible nature reserves and fantastic coastal getaways. Tourists and sunseekers love the beaches all across the Algarve, especially in the summer months when the temperatures are at their finest. If you like a quieter spot away from the crowds, you are still likely to find somewhere that fits your requirements. The beaches of the Algarve share a 115-kilometre stretch of beautiful coastline, with the eastern side being well-known for its quieter ambience.
If you are interested in finding out more, take a look at our guide to the best beaches near Faro Airport. If you are travelling further afield than Faro, we have also written about some of the great beaches and other sites to visit. Click here to check them out.
2 – Stunning Scenery
If beaches aren’t your thing, or maybe you just fancy some time away from the sea, you should travel further inland. You don’t have to go far into the Algarve to see the amazing sights that the area has to offer, including incredible natural parks, verdant hills, valleys, olive groves and beautiful little towns. The luscious landscapes of the Algarve’s countryside will make you fall in love with the region. If you are a fan of wine, or just want to see what the Algarve has to offer, why not take a journey across the Algarve wine route?
3 – Lovely Towns and Cities
The Algarve is home to several historic cities, towns and villages that offer a friendly and unique atmosphere. For example, Loule is one of the most popular places to visit in the central Algarve area. The town itself features a magnificent mix of traditional Moorish architecture, cobbled streets and historic monuments. There are also plenty of places to eat, shop and stay. Tavira is another historic town in the Algarve, not far from Faro and known as “The Venice of the Algarve” thanks to its beautiful renaissance churches and picturesque waterways.
4 – Culture and History
As mentioned above, many of the towns across Faro and the Algarve are home to an incredible array of historic monuments. Portugal as a whole, and specifically the Algarve, has been ruled by the Romans, Moors and Christians, and historical traces remain to this day. Faro is the capital of the Algarve, and is a fantastic example of the region’s rich history and culture. If you are interested in finding out more, click here to take a look at our previous blog post where we highlighted Faro’s interesting historic facts.