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.
Lagos is a beautiful town on the western Algarve coastline, known for its character, charm and hive of activities, which perfectly blends traditional Portuguese culture with lively tourism. The beaches in the Lagos area are hailed as some of the best in the Algarve, with golden sands stretching for miles. Vintage Travel explores some of the best beaches near this magnetic destination.
The Algarve is well-known for its delicious cuisine served in top-notch restaurants. And none more so than Restaurant Bon Bon, renowned for its individual dishes and exceptional attention to detail. Such is Restaurant Bon Bon’s credible reputation for high-quality cuisine that it has been awarded a Michelin Star for 2017.
The Algarve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal. It has everything you need; breath-taking cliffs, clean sandy beaches, clear water, essential amenities, and a thriving nightlife. It has 160km of coastline and, on average, 300 sunny days a year.
The Algarve in southern Portugal is one of the most popular beach destinations in Europe. It has over 160 kilometres of shoreline and can boast an impressive 300 days of sunshine per year. Here are five wonderful recommendations for secluded beaches on the Algarve…
Despite being the Algarve’s capital, Faro has managed to retain much of its Portuguese qualities and not succumbed to mass tourism. The restaurants and bars cater just as much for the locals as tourists, and consequently offer many authentic traditional dishes and at reasonable prices. Even the shopping areas in Faro are lined with open-air cafes and tend to cater primarily for Portuguese buyers. Faro is an attractive city, particularly inside the old walled town and the area around the marina.
With over 160 kilometres of coastline and with 300 days a year of almost guaranteed sunshine, the Algarve is blessed with so many great beaches. Here are five fabulous beaches of the sunny Algarve, made for relaxation, enjoyment and soaking up some sunshine.
If you don’t like sharing a beach with thousands of others, being jostled in tourist venues or having to wait in a queue at restaurants, then take a winter break to the Algarve. You’ll have more time to talk to the locals, explore the area and actually relax.
With its sandy beaches, upmarket marina, pretty waterfront promenade, picturesque old town and busy nightlife, it’s not difficult to understand why the Algarve town of Albufeira is a popular tourist destination. Though the appeal of this coastal town isn’t confined to the summer months. On the contrary, Albufeira attracts holidaymakers throughout the year and none more so than on New Year’s Eve.