Portuguese wine is amongst the most famous in the world with Portugal being the world’s seventh largest wine producer.
Being doused in sunshine for virtually the whole of the year, boasting a beautiful golden coastline of soft sandy beaches and scattered with vibrant towns and villages bursting with character and life, it’s hardly surprising why the Algarve has long been a popular destination for families seeking sun, fun and a memorable holiday with a difference.
With the sun soaring overhead, the temperatures warming up nicely and colourful festivals taking place in almost every city, town and village, Easter is a wonderful time to be on the Algarve.
At Eastertime, fairs are put on across the region, where you can sample gastronomic delights unique to the region, such as almonds covered in chocolate or sugar and traditional ‘folares’, sweet or savoury Easter bread topped with a hardboiled egg still in its shell.
In the traditional Algarve town of Tavira, an annual Triumphal Procession takes place on Palm Sunday. The colourful procession starts at the church and makes its way through the streets, parading past throngs of onlookers, until it eventually finishes back at the church.
Holy Week is celebrated with deep Catholic significance across the whole of the Algarve. Religious ceremonies are re-enacted, including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, the ascension to Heaven on Holy Saturday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Festas das Tochas Floridas – Flower Torches – is celebrated each Easter Sunday in the town of Sao Bras de Alportel. The streets of this characterful town are carpeted in flowers and petals displayed in intricate patterns.
The region’s bustling city of Faro is an enchanting place to be at Easter when the Carnation Revolution is celebrated every year. On April 25, 1974, the peaceful revolution marked Portugal’s liberation from a 40-year dictatorship.
This emotional festival involves locals singing Grandola Vila Morena, the song originally sung by the leftist folk singer Zeco Afonso.
With such vibrant, traditional, unique and meaningful events, carnivals and festivals held across the whole of the region, Easter is the perfect time to experience the Algarve at its most authentic, traditional and enchanting.
A visit to the small fishing village of Benagil in the Algarve promises to be a memorable and fun day out for all the family. This pretty, coastal village is nestled between the popular tourist towns of Praia do Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra.
The mighty mountain range of the Serra de Monchique is a dominant natural landmark of the western region of the Algarve, approximately 20km inland from the coast. The highest peak of this striking chain of mountains is Foia, which stands at a lofty 902m above sea level.
Portugal’s most southern region, the Algarve, spans an area nearly 2,000 square miles. It offers a wide range of scenery, history and culture, and is the country’s most popular destination for holidaymakers and those looking to settle down for good.
With a cluster of whitewashed buildings lining narrow cobbled streets tumbling down to the water’s edge, the riverside fishing village of Ferragudo is widely cited as one of the prettiest towns on the Algarve.
The Algarve remains a leading European holiday destination all year round. Unlike other areas, many of its sites, shops, restaurants and tourist activities stay open all year round, meaning there’s plenty to do for all the family.
15 kilometres to the northeast of Portimão on the banks of the Rio Arade in the Algarve, lies the attractive town of Silves. Rusty-coloured rooftops, red-stone walls and narrow streets that wind around a hillside, dominant this tranquil rural town.
Faro often gets overlooked as a resort, merely because people head on to other destinations from its airport. That could be said to work in the city’s favour, as for those who do discover its charms, Algarve’s capital city remains relatively unspoilt and retains a predominantly traditional and peaceful atmosphere.