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Algarve

Algarve

Algarve


The Algarve is a unique destination sitting on the south coast of Portugal where the finest beaches meet with the traditional Portuguese way of life.  Picturesque fishing villages and hidden coves are nestled along the golden shores. Further inland, the region boasts some of the best golfing resorts in Europe.

Albufeira

In the centre of the Algarve is Albufeira, the region's best known resort. Popular since Roman times, this pretty former fishing village and its attractive sandy beach has developed into a mecca for holidaymakers. The Old Town still retains the essence of the village it once was, with narrow  cobbled streets winding up and around the hillsides  and typical Portuguese bungalows lining the roadside.

Olhos d'Agua

Away from the hustle and bustle of Albufeira is the popular fishing village of Olhos d'Agua. With it's palm-fringed promenade and pleasant beach still used by the local fisherman, this resort offers a quieter, relaxing, some would say more real slice of the Algarve. vilamoura Between Albufeira and Faro lies Vilamoura, a well  developed resort of hotels and apartments embracing golf courses, tennis courts, a marina, riding schools and facilities for fishing and shooting. Making this resort one of the Algarve’s favourite destinations.

Quarteira

The resort of Quarteira, just east of Vilamoura, has developed from a small fishing village into a fair sized holiday centre. The fishing catch is still laid out daily on the quayside of the harbour.

Carvoeiro

This is a friendly little town with a small cove-like beach. A short walk either way along the cliffs each side will bring you to other sandy coves.

Faro

Capital of the Algarve since 1756 and home to its busy airport, Faro is an attractive town steeped in history and partially enclosed by ancient ramparts. It has many fine old buildings, churches and museums of interest to visitors as well as a picturesque harbour.

Portimão

A busy town to the west of Albufeira, Portimão is best known for its famous and much photographed beach Praia da Rocha. It is formed by a series of sandy coves broken by rocks of red and ochre.

ALGARVE CUISINE

With over 125 miles of Atlantic coastline it is unsurprising that seafood is the main ingredient in Algarve cuisine. This is joined by succulent fruits and vegetables ripened by the 3000 hours of sunshine the region receives annually.  A variety of clams, oysters and more can be found on many a hotel menu, often combined to make a tasty caldeirada (traditional fisherman's stew). You're also likely to find an ever-changing catch of the day slowly griddled to perfection or thick, succulent tuna steaks. For those less partial to a  pescetarian diet the region offers up an impressive array of meat, with kid (young goat) more likely to be found on the menu than lamb. Not forgetting spicy piri-piri chicken bought over from the former colony of Mozambique. Try Cabrito Estufado (An Algarve speciality - roast kid braised with onions, tomatoes & herbs) or Arroz de marisco (A risotto style dish consisting of rice, tomatoes and shellfish).

TRANSFERS

Transfers to your holiday accommodation are included in the price and will feature shared transport to your accommodation. Alternatively we offer a private transfer service which will meet you at the airport and take you comfortably and swiftly to you hotel. Save money on your holiday, by opting for the shared shuttle bus service stopping at a number of hotels in the area.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Currency: Euros (€)
Language: Portuguese & English Visas: Not required for EU nationals
Time Zone: GMT
Flying Time: 2½ to 3 hrs
Electricity: 230V

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