The all-singing, all-dancing Algarve is without doubt what most of us know as Portugal. Sublime temperatures all year, beautiful beaches, an abundance of golf courses, casinos, marinas, boat trips, nightlife and cuisine for all tastes.
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It’s where you will find most British and Irish but you will still notice the Portuguese love the Algarve as much as we do. That’s the clearest sign to us that the area has not lost any of its charm.
There are changes in scenery from east to west. On the east side near Tavira starts the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a coastal estuary protected from development, full of wading birds and beautiful flamingos. Many of the beaches here are like secret hideaways only reachable by boat. Once there, it’s like you own the island, miles of glorious unspoilt beach where you place virgin footprints from dawn to dust.
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It's the centre that is busiest and it’s no surprise why. Established resorts like Vilamoura and Albufeira are family favourites which draw back the tourists year after year. Being very different in themselves they certainly compliment a family holiday where the late teens can safely party the night (and day) in Albufeira leaving mum and dad to sample the sophisticated tastes on the Vilamoura Marina. Vilamoura is also the home to five championship golf courses and it’s this together with the climate that makes it a great year-round destination. The beaches are wide, golden and sandy – and blue flag so you know it's safe.
As we move west we reach Lagos which for many combines all the best bits of the Algarve. The old part of Tavira, the marina of Vilamoura and the cosmopolitan feel of Albufeira. It’s all here plus some of the best beaches in the Algarve including ‘Porto Mos’.
With Faro airport less than an hour from the most popular destinations and the A22 motorway running almost the whole length of the Algarve everything is easy to reach. There are no tolls in the south, allowing you to keep those euros for a strong Portuguese coffee or a cold bottle of Sagres beer – perfect!