Top Ten Attractions of The Algarve

The Algarve might be best known as the premiere destination for Portugal holidays, but there’s much more to the region than the usual resort culture. Here’s a look at the top ten attractions not to miss on a holiday to the Algarve.

Experience the Algarve’s festival culture

The Algarve hosts frequent festivals to celebrate the region’s food, wine, music, art and dance. The village of Querença hosts an annual Christmas celebration, featuring cooking workshops, local choir music and tours of nearby gardens. The end of January also welcomes the Festa das Chouriças (Sausage Festival), which involves an abundance of grilled meat and Portuguese wine tasting.

Make the most of the water sports

Diving, waterskiing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing are all available in abundance in the Algarve, a destination renowned for its stunning coastlines.

Market shopping in Loulé

In the region’s second largest town, you will discover local farmers selling the freshest fruits, olives and local cheeses available.

Sample the local tipple

Why not head to the mountainside market town of Monchique to sample the potent, locally-brewed brandy? Some of the varieties include medronho, made from arbutus berries and figo, or fig. It’s the perfect way to relax after a traditional dinner of homemade sausages baked in a wood oven, or roasted ham with stewed chickpeas.

Horse-riding on the beach

What better way to take in the picturesque sights that the Algarve has to offer, than by horseback? The region offers a number of local stables with several beach rides.

Take a tour of Tavira

One of the most elegant towns that the region has to offer, Tavira has been dubbed the ‘Venice of the Algarve’. The area is filled with 16th century buildings and churches to explore.

The Castle

Take the time to explore the chunky sandstone walls of the region’s castle, which dates back to the 11th century. There are also archaeological digs that reveal the site’s Roman and pre-Roman past.

See a show at the Zoomarine in Guia

Watch shows with dolphins, seals and sea lions, tropical birds and birds of prey. There is also an incredible aquarium complete with sharks for you to enjoy.

Take a boat tour

The coastline is arguably the Algarve’s greatest selling point, so be sure to see it from every angle. Take a boat tour in Portimao and marvel at the stunning crystal waters and picturesque coastlines. More sedate tourists should opt for a laid back approach where the hard work is taken care of for you, but there are other options that allow you to get your hands dirty.

Explore Lagos

While it’s often busy with tourists, there’s no denying that the charming 14th century town Lagos is well worth a visit. With narrow cobbled streets, plazas and pretty churches, there’s a lot to explore before hitting the stunning beaches.

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