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The Algarve: Portugal’s Crown Jewel
Beautiful beaches, picturesque scenery and friendly locals make the Algarve a standout destination when it comes to tourism in Portugal. Millions of visitors make their way to this part of the world each year, many looking to enjoy a slice of the easy life. Whether it’s lazing on a sandy beach, surveying the rugged coastline, exploring historic sites or taking on the challenge of 18 holes of championship golf, unwinding in the Algarve is not a problem. Not a problem at all.
The City of Faro
The city of Faro generally serves as a gateway for travellers making their way to the Algarve. Most arrive via the international airport and either book into a hotel in the city or hire a car and head out to an alternative destination. Visitors staying in Faro are treated to sandy beaches, good restaurants and a friendly atmosphere. The city also offers a number of interesting attractions. The Old Town area of the city is recommended for those travellers that like to glimpse back into the past. Its narrow, winding streets lead to the Governor’s Palace and the Cathedral of Faro, two of the most photo-friendly sites in the city. The esplanade and marina are ideal for those looking to enjoy the typical trappings of a coastal vacation, offering bars, restaurants, cafés and more. Both are close to most of the cities hotels, including the resort hotels found along the beachfront. Travellers staying in Faro will find the city well-positioned for further exploration around the Algarve, with many destinations in day-trip territory.
Few could argue that the beaches found in the Algarve are amongst the best in Portugal, if not the whole of Europe. With more than 80 Blue Flag-approved beaches, there’s no shortage of choice. Many travellers opt to stick to the resort-style beaches close to their hotel, which is just fine. However, those that dare to be adventurous are often rewarded with some scenic, tranquil choices. Recommended beaches off the beaten path include Praia de Albandeira and Prai da Marinha, both in the central part of the Algarve, as well as Praia do Odeceixe towards the west of the region. As well as beaches with soft, white sands, you’ll also find postcard-ready beaches featuring rocky features and colourful shells. Some beaches are suitable for swimming and surfing, whilst other aren’t quite safe, so be sure to check before you enter the water.
Savvy golfers know that the Algarve is a veritable treasure trove when it comes to top-quality golf courses. There are said to be as many as 35 different golf clubs in the region, offering either nine, 18 or 36 holes of world-class golf. Popular choices with visiting golfers include the Oceanico courses at Vilamoura (designed by Arnold Palmer) and the Monta Rei courses at Vila Nova de Cacela (designed by Jack Nicklaus). Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course, popular with PGA golfers and amateurs alike, is said to feature one of the most scenic holes you’re likely to see this side of the 19th hole at Legend Resort in South Africa. Here, the 16th stretches out adjacent to the Atlantic waters and features rocky cliffs between the tee box and the green. In general, many of the golf clubs in the Algarve allow non-members to tee off. However, some courses, including the San Lorenzo Golf Club, have exclusive deals with hotels, meaning that if you don’t stay in the right hotel you won’t be able to book a slot.
Families visiting the Algarve will find a number of water-based attractions to enjoy during their trip. The region is known for its many water parks, where you can enjoy large pool, water slides, and various water-based rides. The three main water parks in the region are Aqualand in Alcantarilha, Aquashow Park in Quarteira, and Slide & Splash in Estombar. The Aquashow Park also features its own hotel, which can make life easier for those families expecting to spend a lot of time splashing around. Another water park, but one with a difference, Zoomarine is also popular with tourists and locals. In addition to its pools and slides, the park also features sea lion, seal and dolphin shows, and offers visitors the chance to swim with dolphins. The park champions conservation, providing lectures and learning experiences, as well as rehabilitation programmes for injured marine life.
The Algarve at Large
Past visitors, particularly those that make a habit of returning to the region, all have their own favourite little corner of the Algarve. In the west of the region, popular destinations include Sagres and Portimão. The former is a quiet and picturesque port town, where you’ll find fishing boats and lighthouses. The latter is a livelier resort town, complete with expansive hotels, quality restaurants and white sandy beaches. A visit to the castle comes heartily recommended too. To the east of the Algarve, the town of Loulé has become a regular site of pilgrimage for those of the Catholic faith, who visit the Church of Our Lady of Piety. It’s also home to a 13th century castle and the Festival of White Light. A border town at the Portuguese-Spanish frontier, Vila Real de Santo António has a real charm about it. It features an historic fortress and a pleasant town square.
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Hotel Hotel Montemar Lagos
Montemar is a three-star beachfront hotel situated in the downtown zone of Lagos, allowing for easy access on foot to several popular beaches, including Pinhão, Dona Ana, Porto de Mós and Meia Praia. Good transportation connections allow for exploration of historical monuments in the Algarve area, while the nearest international airport is around 50 miles away at Faro. The hotel was renovated in 2002 and offers 65 air-conditioned and soundproofed rooms. Fully equipped bathrooms with showers, satellite television, room safes, direct-dial phones and ceiling fans are standard equipment in every room, while balconies allow extra freedom and good views. The reception desk is in operation 24 hours a day, while currency exchange is provided for the guests. Breakfast room, snack bar, reading room and TV lounge are available as well, while Montemar hotel provides parking space for guests who arrive by car. Area offers a lot of opportunities for various outdoor activities including water sports, beach volleyball or golf, and many restaurants and bars can be found in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.. more
Hotel Quinta do Mar da Luz Lagos
The Quinta do Mar da Luz provides both rooms and apartments in a scenic and peaceful setting that's great for guests who don't want to deal with crowds. All rooms at the Quinta do Mar da Luz are air conditioned. They feature satellite televisions, hair dryers and safes. The apartments have kitchenettes. The property has three swimming pools, including one that's just for kids. There's also a tennis court, fitness centre and self-service laundry facilities for guests to use during their stays. Breakfast is served buffet style each morning, and guests have the opportunity to enjoy it on the property's terrace. Less than a five-minute drive from the villages of Burgau and Praia da Luz , the property is just over eight kilometers from Espiche Golf S.A, a golf course. more
Hotel Hotel Nature Beach Resort Quinta Al-Gharb Lagos
Surrounded by countryside, this holiday park offers traditional accommodation and free Wi-Fi. Praia da Ingrina and Praia do Zavial are the nearest beaches and Lagos is a 30-minute drive away.Nature Beach Resort Quinta Al-Gharb features a private sun terrace overlooking the countryside and distant Atlantic Ocean. Guests can choose from fully-contained, traditionally decorated bungalows and villas. The Villa Ingrina-Mar has a private pool.Quinta Al-Gharb provides barbecue facilities and a communal bar and fireplace.Facilities at Al-Gharb include a small sports field where guests can play football or badminton. There is a small golf putting green, a beach volleyball area, and a Petanque area near the bar.For beaches, many with watersports, good shopping areas, restaurants, bars and discos, guests can head to the nearby Lagos and Sagres. more
Hotel Clube Porto Mos Lagos
Clube Porto Mós Aparthotel is located in Portugal on the western coast of the Algarve, close to the resort of Lagos. The resort is situated on the cliff, with views over Praia Porto de Mós, this is a blue flag beach with parking, toilets, cafe, bar and restaurant, sun-beds and parasols are also available for rent. Travellers arriving at Clube Porto Mós will find a 24 hour reception with safe, where guests will be able to organise car rental, tours, babysitting and various activities. Leisure facilities centre around the free-form outdoor swimming pool with paved terraced area, sun-loungers and parasols. Guests wanting to keep in shape can use the on-site gym and then relax in the sauna or jacuzzi, there is also a heated indoor pool. The 4 star accommodation has a choice of double rooms or 1 bedroom apartments offering either sea or land views. They all have standard features which include air-conditioning, ironing facilities, desk, telephone, television with satellite channels, radio, balcony of terrace and private bathrooms with hairdryer and shower. Apartments also have a kitchen with appliances and a lounge area. more
Hotel Apartamentos Magnolia Mar Lagos
Family-friendly Apartamentos Magnolia Mar apartments is located just 200 metres from Porto de Mos beach and features plenty of activities for everyone, including a tennis court, swimming pool and playground. Spacious apartments have a private balcony in addition to a separate kitchen and living area. A TV, fan, iron, safe and microwave are available in all units, and some apartments have a washing machine. Guests can enjoy complimentary parking and Wi-Fi. There is a games room and a bicycle and car rental desk, as well as an airport shuttle and massage service for an additional fee. The outdoor bar overlooks the beach and the cosy indoor lounge is perfect for a drink and watching the game. Or why not cook up something delicious on the outdoor grill? Apartamentos Magnolia Mar apartments is also just five minutes from the centre of Lagos for a great selection of restaurants. The Lagos Tennis Club is a ten-minute drive away. more
Hotel Olive Hostel Lagos Lagos
Olive is a German-Portuguese run hostel in the center of Lagos, offering beautiful, clean and comfortable accommodation with all bathrooms communal. We are housed in a nicely preserved and decorated old building. We loved to design it, please feel free to enjoy it. Welcome to good beds music and vibe. We are located right in the old city center of Lagos, just a stone's throw from all the bars, restaurants, monuments and museums but also only 10 min from the beach. Lagos has it all. Even supermarkets, markets, hospital, banks and post office are reachable in 5 min on foot. We think the beauty of Lagos is it’s variety of adventures that it has to offer for all ages, from escalating parties to rolling down surf and from stunning History to interesting culture, or from beautiful grotto to lovely dolphins. Our accommodation-range goes from double to twin and 4 bed room to the 8er dorm. The house can also be divided in two apartments. The kitchen is the meeting point with a little TV lounge attached. It is fully equipped to prepare your own meals, spices and oil are free and in winter you even have the oven going. We also have a common room with games, books, magazines and instruments. more
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