For a 2021 holiday that’s got gorgeous beaches, party towns, rustic villages and so much more, it has to be the Algarve. Truly a holiday destination that offers something for everyone, this stunning stretch of Portuguese coastline is a playground for all ages to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for superb surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving or seeking out the rural charm that can be found in the Algarves historic towns and villages, you’ll find all that and more in the region. With beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, the Serra de Monchique mountain range is a wildlife wilderness that hikers of all abilities can enjoy. The Algarve’s many marinas are home to beautiful yachts, charming fishing boats and skippers ready to take eager visitors out on boat trips. The region’s famous golf courses see golfers flock to the region for some of the best 18 holes of gameplay in the world and the Algarves infamous 19th hole hospitality.
Visit the Algarve’s capital of Faro for its excellent mix of modern metropolitan cityscape alongside the quirky charm of the cobbled streets of the old town. With artisans creating crafts in their workshops, independent cafes and an excellent museum, it’s a must on a visit to the city. A sightseeing road trip may be the best way to explore the Algarve. Seeking out its hidden treasures, admiring the views and stopping off to relax in one of the Algarve’s many superb hotels would be a holiday to remember.
Top resorts in Algarve
The place that put the Algarve firmly on the ‘top holiday destinations’ map is Albufeira. This scenic former fishing town …From €146 per person
Alvor has a long stretch of golden sands, authentic Portuguese culture and a bustling harbour, making it the ideal choice …From €170 per person
Home to a beautiful waterfront, some excellent beaches and plenty of restaurants and bars, Lagos is a European gem. Expect …From €177 per person
Holidays in Vilamoura cater perfectly for families and couples looking for a memorable break in the sun. One of the …From €159 per person
Praia da Rocha
Sun-drenched sandy stretches, azure ocean waves and a laidback attitude combine to create this beautiful Portuguese destination. One of the …From €132 per person
A holiday in the idyllic Algarve resort of Carvoeiro can be as relaxing or as active as you want. Superb …From €194 per person
Most popular Algarve hotels
Your guide to Algarve holidays
Taking a holiday in the Algarve rewards you with so many things to see and do. Explore the historic Moorish castle in Silves, surf the swells in Zavial or amble through the cobbled streets of Tavira’s old town. Each and every coastal spot, inland rustic village or cosmopolitan town has something different to offer. The upmarket coastal resort of Vilamoura is home to the expansive harbour, giving shelter to some seriously swish yachts. As well as the championship golf courses, there are designer boutiques and first class restaurants to enjoy on the esplanade. Albufeira is probably the Algarve’s most famous and popular destination and it’s easy to see why when you see its beaches. With some of the best shores in the Algarve and excellent leisure facilities, Albufeira draws in the crowds for a reason. Serra de Monchique’s craggy mountain range is a haven for hikers and visitors looking for a change of landscape. Nature trails take you up the mountain slopes, through shady woodland glades and across wildflower meadows.
From idyllic coves hidden along the east coast, to the rugged beauty of the west, the Algarve’s coastline is full of beautiful surprises. Over 80 beaches on the Algarve coastline were awarded the coveted Blue Flag award in 2021 and the clear waters are ideal for scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming. With excellent surfing beaches thrown in for good measure, the Algarve is an ideal holiday destination for beach lovers. With so many stretches of sand to choose from, there’s a place on the beach for every type of holiday maker. To avoid the crowds and enjoy finding secluded caves to explore, head to the sheltered beach at Praia da Rocha. For the ultimate beach escape it has to be Praia da Marinha. Voted as one of Europe’s best beaches, the clear waters, excellent facilities, stunning cliffs and golden sands make this beach a must on any Algarve holiday.
Top Algarve Destinations
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Prices last checked at 11:15 PM March 5, 2021