The Algarve is the southernmost part of Portugal and is a very popular destination with tourists from all over the world. The region is packed full of beauty and it has so much to offer that it really should be at the top of your list when planning your next summer break! Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway, a wild week on the tiles or a fun break with the kids, the Algarve has it all. If you’re still a little unsure about what this magical place has to offer, here are 5 reasons to visit the Algarve that are sure to get you packing your suitcase!
It’s budget- friendly
The Algarve is one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Europe and last year it was named as the cheapest holiday destination for UK tourists. With return flights within the EU for under £100 and reasonably priced accommodation, even the most popular tourist spots in the Algarve won’t break the bank. The food is cheap (especially in the less touristy areas) and there are plenty of free things to do. Walking the streets of the Algarve’s many old towns or spending the day relaxing on a beach doesn’t have to cost a dime. Your whole holiday can easily be done on a very small budget without sacrificing any of the fun!
The beautiful beaches
There are plenty of Mediterranean beaches in the Algarve, and some of the most popular beach resorts are Praia da Rocha, Lagoa and Praia De Luz. Most of the beaches you’ll find in the Algarve are filled with an abundance of soft white sand and clear blue water, and with beautiful weather almost all year round, you can always be ready for a swim! Some of the beaches are surrounded by beautiful cliffs and there are many caves to be explored, especially if you get off the beaten path! If you’re looking to spend your break at a more tranquil beach spot, be sure to check out the likes of Praia da Marinha or Praia do Paraiso.
Although the Algarve has become a bit more popular with tourists in recent years, there is definitely no lack of options when it comes to places to stay. From cute boutique hotels by the sea to luxury 5-star spas and resorts, you are spoiled for choice of accommodation in the Algarve. If you’re looking for an apartment so you can get that ‘home away from home’ experience, then be sure to check out the many self-catering options and Air BnBs available. You can also look into hotel accommodation through an agency, which will set you up with the best option.
The delicious food
The Portuguese people are well known for being lovers of all things fish and seafood, and of course they also blessed us with Nandos through their love of peri peri chicken. There is an abundance of restaurants and cafes in the Algarve serving real, authentic food for you to try – there are even 6 Michelin star restaurants. One of the speciality dishes in the Algarve is feijoada. Feijoada is a bean stew with pork, bacon and sausage, and it originates from Brazil. Don’t worry if you’re not a meat eater though! There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly places too, especially in the bigger towns like Albuferia.
The incredible nightlife
If you’re looking for crazy clubs and beachside partying then Albuferia or Lagos is probably your best bet. But each Algarve destination has its own special kind of nightlife to offer. All across the region, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly pubs, lots of live music venues and trendy lounges, and a multitude of wine and cocktail bars.