If you’re planning a luxury holiday to Portugal, the Algarve has got to be one of the destinations you’re considering – especially since it’s among the country’s top holiday spots! If you’re having trouble deciding whether to head here or somewhere else, the below list of reasons to travel to the Algarve should help.
One of the truly great things about the Algarve is the sheer variety of activities it has to offer. You’ve got all the ingredients for a lazy beach holiday, for example, but it’s also easy to have a really active break here – or to immerse yourself in history and culture.
Obviously this is handy if you struggle to find destinations that please everyone (as is often the case with family holidays), but it’s also great if you’re indecisive like me. Why? If you can’t decide what kind of trip you fancy, it means you don’t really have to choose, since you can do a little bit of everything.
Good for families, couples and groups
As you might have guessed, this also means it’s well suited to almost any kind of holidaymaker. Families will find loads to entertain the kids, including water parks like Slide & Splash in Estomber, while couples can spend their days in luxury spas or on the beach, and groups of friends can try water sports by day and hit the clubs at night.
Unsurprisingly, the Algarve’s gorgeous climate is a real draw. In the summer months it averages between 25 and 30 degrees C, and it can soar to 40. The winter months aren’t as balmy (typically between around 8 and 18 degrees C), but compared to the UK that’s still pretty pleasant. And if you’re not a particular fan of the heat but still want to visit the Algarve, it’s absolutely perfect.
One of the most obvious things that makes the Algarve so popular is its beaches. I think what’s really nice about the shores here is, again, variety. Finding somewhere secluded isn’t too tricky, while there are plenty of places perfect for lively days out on the water.
• Take a boat from Faro to Ilha de Barreta to find virtually deserted sands
• Head to Praia da Marinha in Lagoa for tranquil snorkelling away from the crowds.
• Visit the beaches at Costa Vincentina for bodyboarding or surfing
One of the region’s most famous attributes is its world-class golf courses. If you’re a beginner, don’t be put off by the term ‘world-class’, as there are plenty of places where you can get to grips with the game. That said, the Algarve is a special treat for seasoned players, since there are just so many championship courses. Some of the top ones to look out for are:
• San Lorenzo: Since it has hosted the Portuguese Open on a number of occasions, it’s a great one to try if you fancy putting your skills to the test. You’ll find it in Quinta do Lago.
• Vale do Lobo: This is home to two courses both famous for their amazing scenery – the Royal and the Ocean.
• Monte Rei North: Nestled between the ocean and the mountains, this one has a really impressive setting and it’s also pretty unusual, since more than half of its 18 holes feature water. Good for a challenge!