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The Algarve is one of a unique place in the world — a coastal strip just over 150 Km (95 miles). It combines its natural environment and cultural heritage with the traditions of coastal towns’ picturesque fisherman villages. Many of these natural areas are protected and considered a world heritage by UNESCO. The region is among the best tourism destinations in the whole European continent.
Things to do in Algarve, Portugal
- Fantastic family friendly resorts & accommodation
- Three exhilarating water parks in Vilamoura, Albufeira & Carvoeiro
- Stunning 100km coastline with sandy beaches
- Experience Fatima, Lisbon and Seville on one day tours
- Lively local markets
- Boat trips and water sports
- World renowned & championship golf courses
The Algarve is mostly considered a beach destination, ideal for nautical sports, with some of the best beaches for sailing, surfing and windsurfing. But it has many other hidden gems like its rural traditions and villages, popular for country walking and hiking. The region is also known for its many and popular golf courses
You can also choose to enjoy unique sightseeing towns like Tavira and Lagos, sunbathe on the beautiful white sandy beaches near Albufeira, enjoy birdwatching and boating among flamingos in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, or feel the calm of an inland city and the weight of history in Silves
Algarve is the perfect relaxing experience; a region known for its slow cities movement philosophy. A relaxed pace of life and exquisite gastronomy, with affordable prices for anyone who decides to visit. You will get to know the different municipalities and cities of the Algarve region, get a glimpse of the main tourist attractions and unexplored gems, as well as tips and useful information that will help you plan your stay and routes efficiently.
Spending one day at one of the Algarve water parks is sure a fun day; both for kids and for adults. There are plenty of slides, tunnels, free falls (almost), inflatable mattresses, giant buoys, wave pools and fountains. Everything is a reason to refresh the body and enliven the day.
Aqualand: One of Portugal’s biggest water parks, Aqualand is the perfect location for an unforgettable day out. Enjoy attractions for all ages such as Kamikaze (95 meters high), Crazy Race, Banzai and Mini Park.
Aquashow: The biggest water coaster in Europe is in Aquashow. Featuring attractions like, White Fall, White Snake, Waves Pool and a Water Rollercoaster with a trip of more than 740 meters in and out of water
Slide & Splash: The Entertainment Water Park Slide & Splash was inaugurated on June 10, 1986. It currently occupies an area of 16.000 acres and it’s considered one of the biggest and best in Europe.
Tourist Attractions: What to See and Do
The Algarve is a garden, as its own name translation from Arab (al-gharb) suggests, and it's one of the favourite destinations for the Portuguese and by many tourists. The main attractions are its beaches, with small rugged coves on the west coast, and large beaches on the east coast and the water is mostly warm throughout the year. But the region is also full of history marked by old bridges, charismatic churches, important castles and city walls.
The Algarve is also the ideal place for golf and water sports with some of the best golf courses and beaches for surfing and windsurfing. For family fun there are several water parks in Algarve, including Aqualand, Slide and Splash or Zoomarine. You can also visit one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal: the Ria Formosa -- a protected area where you can experience great nature tourism activities and tours.
Usually time is the only constraint “so much to see, so little time” so I’ll give you a heads up of some good scenic spots to start with; then it’s up to you to find your way. The best way to move around is to rent a small car, a GPS and get lost through roads and paths… At the end of the day list all the places you’ve been to and mark them on a map so you can plan the next day adventure. The recommendation is to see as much as possible; you will find every little bit of it delightful.
Theme Parks are a perfect place to spend some fun time with all the family in any warm and sunny day! And although seems contradictory to go to the Algarve and hit a Theme Park instead of the beach, it's the perfect option for those "today I'm not in a beach mood" days. But remember, the sun burns equally strong anywhere in the Algarve, either in a Theme Park, in a cloudy summer day, or at the beach.
FIESA is a mega exhibition of sand sculptures held by Prosandart since 2003 in Pêra, Algarve. The festival is unique in the Iberian Peninsula and is considered the largest sand sculpture festival in the world.
Zoo Marine Located in Guia, just a few kilometers from Albufeira, you can watch presentations with dolphins, seals and sea lions, with tropical birds and birds of prey.
Ria Formosa Natural Park
Wetland of international importance, the Ria Formosa is a maze of canals, islands, marshes and barrier islands, stretching 60kms along the Algarve coast, between the beaches of Manta Rota and Garrão.
If you like sun and sea, you will find the paradise in the Ria Formosa Islands. From East to West, a succession of beautiful places like Faro Islands, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira, with long sand coasts. To cap the tour, visit Cacela Velha, a white village with a remarkable heritage. Climb the fortress, and look around. The landscape that blends the blues of the lagoon, sea and sky, is breathtaking. But there are also plenty of alternatives for those who do not play golf: high-quality trading, luxury spas, sports of all kinds, restaurants, casinos and nightclubs, sightseeing and fascinating beaches that provide a bronze envy
Algarve and Golf
The Algarve is considered one of the best golf destinations in Europe and an elite product for the practitioners of the sport. The mild climate, with over three hundred days of Sun per year, allows the golf season to extend for several months, bringing in players from everywhere around the world. It was the legendary golfer Sir Henry Cotton who put the Algarve in the World Golf Route, having also designed several classic golf fields, stretching along 240 kilometres on the Atlantic coast and connecting Sagres in the West with Vila Real de Santo António in the East. Almost 60 years later, the legacy of Sir Henry Cotton still lingers. Find at your disposal a network of excellent hotels, apartments and resorts, marinas, good restaurants and a variety of nightlife establishments.
Most golf courses are around 30 minutes from Faro airport, around Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura Marina, where you will find all the services you need to enjoy a perfect holiday. However, there are hidden treasures yet to be discovered, both to the West along the rocky coast and all the way to Sagres, as well as to the quieter East, among whitewashed villages and globally recognised natural reserves full of wildlife.
Not only is the Algarve an obligatory passage for the amateur golfer, but also has attracted, with the quality of its golf courses, the world's largest professional sports and major tournaments such as the World Cup 2005 and the Portugal Masters 2007 and 2008. All this gives greater credit to golf in the region. Whatever you are looking for on your golf holiday, the Algarve will likely have itThe fields, mostly designed by international architects, along with the fantastic landscape where they lay in, meet the requirements of the most demanding fans, marking the region as a premier destination for the sport. Depending on where you're going to stay, you have a wide range choice of golf courses.
Algarve Golf Courses
Western Algarve Golf Courses -Golf courses between Sagres and Portimão, are part of the Western Algarve.
Portimão, Monchique, Lagos , Aljezur, Vila do Bispo
Central Algarve Golf Courses - The area between Lagoa and Faro has the highest number of Golf courses.
Faro, Loulé, Albufeira, Silves, Lagoa
Eastern Algarve Golf Courses - Between Vila Real de Santo António and Faro, also called the Eastern Algarve region.
São Brás de Alportel, Olhão, Tavira, Castro Marim, Alcoutim, Vila Real de Santo António
12 Best Golf Courses in the Algarve
Several times considered the best golf destination in the world by magazines and associations form of specialized tour operators, the Algarve does justice to this distinction maintaining quality proof.
4 Best Golf Courses in Western Algarve
Boavista Golf Course, Palmares Golf Course, Penina Championship Golf Course, Morgado do Reguengo Golf Course.
4 Best Golf Courses in Central Algarve - Oceânico Victoria Golf Course, Oceânico Old Course, Quinta do Lago North Golf Course, San Lorenzo Golf Course
4 Best Golf Courses in Eastern Algarve - Quinta da Ria Golf Course, Quinta de Cima Golf Course, Castro Marim Golf & Country Club, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club.