Algarve Resort Guide

Approximately 2 hours travelling time from most European airports, Portugal’s southern coast of the Algarve offers one of the best holiday destinations for relaxation and enjoyment. Popular for its golden beaches, each unique in its own way, and the over 30 world-class golf courses, the Algarve is a region rich in culture and diversity that offers something for everyone, from fast paced resorts to calm and tranquil settings.

With a mild year round weather, the Algarve is a great holiday choice beyond high summer, which enables holiday makers to choose less crowded periods of the year and still enjoy a warm and sunny holiday. From mid April through to October, the sun is almost always out, extending the pleasures of the Algarve’s beaches far beyond July and August.

The Algarve is an ideal place for families, with an abundance of stunning beaches, many providing a wide range of fun filled water sports. The beautiful coast line offers more than 100 beaches, from long stretches of sand, to beautiful coves protected by rugged cliffs, including interesting caves that may be visited by boat.

Outdoor sports and leisure activities are in abundance in the Algarve, thanks to its fantastic sunny weather and array of purpose-built facilities. There is a large variety of activities on offer ranging from theme parks, water parks, marinas, jeep safaris, water sports, and many sports facilities including tennis, horse riding, not to mention a vast selection of golf courses to choose from.

Go inland and discover the sleepy Moorish inspired whitewashed villages, or explore the unspoilt rural countryside, perfect for hiking, cycling and horse riding. If you are into nature the choices are plenty, from a relaxing walk around the Ria Formosa nature trails, a reserve area well known to the birdwatching community, or a day out on the stunning Costa Vicentina, a National Park with many protected species, where you will also find many great surfing spots. There are many towns across the Algarve providing areas of historic interest such as Faro, Loulé or Lagos.

If you are on the lookout for a bit of retail therapy, you will not be disappointed as the Algarve offers many designer shops and modern shopping centres, offering a wide range of shops, restaurants and cinemas. Lively markets are held weekly in many resorts and villages, with colourful stalls where everything from leather shoes, handbags, clothes, handcrafted ceramics, copper and silver jewellery, are sold. Hand woven baskets and decorative tiles can also be found in the region. The local Algarvian markets are a great way to buy fresh produce, from almonds and olives to oranges, figs and strawberries.

Apart from top quality international cuisine that stems from the expanding tourism industry, the Algarve also offers a very rich regional cuisine. The traditional Algarvian gastronomy is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine using fresh fish and shellfish, and locally grown fruit and vegetables. You will also be spoilt for choice with the variety of restaurants offering local and international cuisine.

The Algarve’s nightlife is vibrant and cosmopolitan, with the many bars and night clubs, where you can party into the early hours in resorts such as Albufeira, Praia da Oura, Vilamoura or Praia da Rocha.

The Algarve is definitely one of the best holiday destinations in Europe with plenty on offer to suit everybody.


35 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Albufeira Holiday villas in Albufeira

Over the years Albufeira has grown to become one of the most desired holiday destinations in Europe, well known for its stunning beaches, and its exciting nightlife, whilst managing to retain the old-world charm of an Algarvian fishing village... Read more

Armação de Pera

46 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Armação de Pera Holiday villas in Armação de Pera

A popular destination among the Portuguese and foreign holidaymakers in the summer, Armação de Pera is a blend of traditional fishing village with a modern high rise resort. Armação de Pera offers all the conveniences of a holiday resort, with ample options in terms of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, not to mention its beautiful sandy beach, one of the longest in the Algarve, stretching as far as Galé beach on its eastern side... Read more


32 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Balaia Holiday villas in Balaia

Centrally located, Balaia is only 5 minutes drive east of Albufeira and a 10 minutes drive to Vilamoura. This beautiful and quiet area is mostly residential, therefore perfect for a relaxing holiday with family or friends... Read more


32 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Branqueira Holiday villas in Branqueira

Branqueira, is a quiet residential neighbourhood situated within 5 minutes drive from Albufeira - the Algarve’s most popular resort - and from a number of excellent sandy beaches like Olhos d’Água, Falésia, Santa Eulália, Oura, or the colourful Fisherman's beach... Read more


60 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Carvoeiro Holiday villas in Carvoeiro

Carvoeiro is family friendly costal resort, located a 10 minute drive south of the town of Lagoa, which also offers plenty of nightlife options, with many restaurants serving mouth watering local specialities, cafés and bars to keep you entertained.... Read more


42 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Castelo Holiday villas in Castelo

The area of Castelo (castle in Portuguese) owes its name to the impressive castle shaped cliff formations found on its beautiful sandy beach. Castelo is a quiet residential area, perfect for relaxing holidays, with mainly villas, a few restaurants, bars and a supermarket for the daily requirements. To complement your holiday requirements, the nearby Albufeira offers everything expected from a cosmopolitan resort... Read more

Cerro d' Águia

40 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Cerro d' Águia Holiday villas in Cerro d' Águia

Cerro d'Águia is a residential area located in the outskirts of Albufeira, and its name means Eagle’s Hill, probably because its elevated position allows for a birds eye view of the beautiful surrounding area. From here you can enjoy the amazing far reaching panoramic views from Galé across São Rafael, all the way to the Albufeira Marina, with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop... Read more


42 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Coelha Holiday villas in Coelha

Located approximately 5 Km West of Albufeira, Coelha is a pretty beach nestled between golden cliffs, with a charming beachside restaurant, serving tasty meals with fresh ingredients from the local market. Coelha is a relatively small beach so you may want to also discover the nearby family friendly beaches of Castelo, São Rafael or Galé, only a few minutes drive away... Read more


44 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Galé Holiday villas in Galé

Galé is a family friendly beach resort, known for its long stretch of golden sand to the west, and the lovely coves surrounded by limestone cliffs, on the east side. The resort has grown increasingly popular over the past few years and offers many good restaurants including a Michelin awarded restaurant, a number of beachside bars, several cafés, mini-markets and a large supermarket. Most of our Galé villas are in quiet residential areas, and some are within walking distance to the beach and other local amenities... Read more


39 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Guia Holiday villas in Guia

Located in the central Algarve, about five kilometres west of Albufeira, Guia is a lovely village which has managed to maintain its Portuguese charm and heritage, offering many shops, cafés, bars as well as a weekly market... Read more

Olhos de Água

30 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Olhos de Água Holiday villas in Olhos de Água

The famous fresh spring water that can be seen bubbling up through the sand at low tide, gave both the beach and the village their name (olhos de água) which means “eyes of water” in Portuguese. Olhos d’Água retains much of its fishing village charm, and you can still spot the fishermen mending their nets on the eastern end of the beach, near the loading ramp where they keep their colourful boats. The village’s cobbled streets are lined with a superb selection of restaurants serving international cuisine and, of course, many fresh fish specialities... Read more


43 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Pera Holiday villas in Pera

Pera is charming village located inland from Armação de Pera where the narrow streets and alleys are lined with beautiful whitewashed houses with colourful trims, dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. The village is conveniently close to the gorgeous Praia Grande and Armação de Pera beaches... Read more

Praia da Oura

33 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Praia da Oura Holiday villas in Praia da Oura

Praia da Oura and Albufeira are packed with great restaurants, bars and nightclubs as well as plenty of shops, places of historical interest, and let’s not forget, many stunning sandy beaches. Much of the pulsating nightlife of Abufeira can be found on the “The Strip”, which stretches for 2.5km from Praia da Oura, through Albufeira, to Montechoro. The Strip is very popular for its lively entertainment, with many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs where you can party the night away... Read more

Quinta do Lago

17 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Quinta do Lago Holiday villas in Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago is purpose built resort tucked amongst pine trees alongside a beautiful stretch of golden sand by the sea, in an area often referred to as the Golden Triangle of the Algarve, which also includes the nearby resorts of Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura. Conveniently located only a 20 minutes drive away from Faro international airport, Quinta do Lago boasts exceptional sports and leisure facilities, as you would expect from one of the most exclusive resorts in Europe. Your Quinta do Lago holidays will revolve around championship golf courses, alluring restaurants, tennis, horse riding, challenging water sports and plenty of shopping venues... Read more


44 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Salgados Holiday villas in Salgados

Salgados is a smaller resort, 10 minutes west of the bustling resort of Albufeira, perfect for those who are looking to enjoy a relaxing holiday, within easy reach of the beach, restaurants, bars and a golf course... Read more

São Rafael

40 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in São Rafael Holiday villas in São Rafael

São Rafael is a quiet residential area where you will find villas and apartments designed around the Algarvian tradition, with whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs and tiling. This resort offers the perfect choice for those wanting a relaxing beach holiday, as it boasts a beautiful sandy beach with a charming beachside bar and restaurant. São Rafael is a stunning family friendly beach, with a generous stretch of golden sand, set amidst limestone cliffs, where the waters are generally calm... Read more

Vale de Parra

43 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Vale de Parra Holiday villas in Vale de Parra

Vale de Parra, which means valley of the vines in Portuguese, is a tranquil residential area, 10 minutes drive west of the lively Albufeira resort. This is a great location for those seeking a relaxing holiday but wanting the convenience of having all the resort amenities within easy access... Read more

Vale do Lobo

18 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Vale do Lobo Holiday villas in Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo’s history dates back to the late 1960’s when the first luxury hotel in the Algarve was built, and it has since grown to be an exclusive beach side resort that offers endless facilities and services in one unique location. The resort comprises of mainly private villas, hotels and a few select apartments, accessed through a network of narrow roads (most are one-way), under the soothing shade of mature pine trees. Another distinctive trademark of Vale do Lobo are the ochre cliffs by the beach, which are complemented by the golden-white sands that stretch all the way to Quinta do Lago on the east and Quarteira to the west... Read more


22 Km, Faro Airport     Holiday villas in Vilamoura Holiday villas in Vilamoura

Stylish and cosmopolitan, Vilamoura is the largest purpose built tourist complex in Europe, located in central Algarve, only 25 minutes drive from Faro airport. The resort offers a fantastic range of sports and leisure facilities, including five golf courses, a casino, extensive landscaped areas with pathways for walking or cycling, golden beaches and a wide range of watersports... Read more