Villas in Algarve

For holidaymakers looking for a sunny getaway, one of the best villa holiday destinations to book is Portugal. Plenty of tourists enjoy browsing for holidays to Portugal and taking the time to find the perfect relaxing location for them. The Algarve boasts some of Portugal’s most picture-perfect beaches and some of the finest golf courses in Europe, making this an ideal destination for a villa holiday. Popular with British holidaymakers, the Algarve is a mix of popular tourist destinations and hidden gems off the beaten track, both along the glorious coastline and further inland.

If you’re looking for where to stay in Algarve, we have the finest selection of villas for you to choose from all benefiting from their own private swimming pools. You can choose from a range of locations and sleeping options, so whether you’re a couple staying for a romantic week away or a large gathering of friends and family, you’ll find a villa to suit your needs. All our villas are hand-picked for their comfort and style, and all are fitted with the commodities you need to have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Many are just a short distance from a wealth of amenities such as restaurants and beaches, yet they still afford you the privacy you crave. With air conditioning, WiFi, and with some villas featuring children’s pools, our Algarve villas are perfect for any group of tourists. If you’re seeking more holiday villas in Portugal, we also have a selection of exquisite holiday villas in Costa Verde and Minho here at Vintage Travel.


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A delightful mix of cosmopolitan resorts, laid-back country towns and hilltop villages where traditional handicrafts still proper provides a stunning backdrop against which to enjoy many special occasions, whether relaxing by the pool, enjoying a family day out at the beach or simply wandering through the cobbled streets of the many historic towns and villages.

Visitors can escape to the most south westerly point on mainland Europe, the windswept Cape St. Vincent, which displays towering cliffs and a rich maritime history. Head to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, home to flamingos, or take a short boat journey out to the ‘Ilha Deserta’ to enjoy freshly grilled sardines while watching the sun set over the ocean.

Great things to do on the Algarve

Play Golf!

The Algarve is renowned for the quality of its golf courses, offering challenges for every standard of player. There are over 30 courses along the length of the region.

Visit the most south westerly tip of Europe at the Cabo de São Vicente, which reputedly has one of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe. To watch the sun setting here is a truly memorable experience.

Wander around the delightful old town of Faro.

Faro is the regional capital and has a delightful old town, well worth visiting for an afternoon or early evening and having a wander around. Stop for a drink and watch the world go by along the Rua de Santo Antonio, which is lined with shops, bars and restaurants.

Pamper yourself in the spa town of Monchique.

This delightful town is set amidst hills of cork, eucalyptus and fruit trees. There are some lovely walks through the woods with stunning views of the mountains. Indulge in some treatments in the Spa Hotel Termal in Caldas da Monchique.

Explore the castle town of Silves.

The cathedral, built in red sandstone, and the Moorish castle both offer beautiful views over the orange and almond groves below.

Browse the market stalls at Loulé, which is famous for its lively Saturday market where it is possible to buy some great bargains in leather and textiles. The town is also well known for its crafts- watch the local artisans wood carving, making lace and painting pottery and tiles.

Try sardines along the quay at Portimão, freshly caught and simply served with salad and local wine. Explore the narrow streets of the old quarter with their fascinating shops, some specialising in leather goods.

Sample the port wine.

When in Rome… don’t forget to sample the many different types of port wine! Chilled white port makes an interesting aperitif and can be a serious rival to sherry. Accompanied by some delicious local olives, it’s a great way to preface a supper of freshly grilled sardines!

Explore the beaches of the Algarve

The Algarve is famous for its diverse and beautiful shoreline, which ranges from long stretches of sandy beaches in the East to tiny rocky coves and dramatic cliffs in the West. There are about 90 ‘Blue Flag’ beaches on the Algarve. Here are some beaches to choose from…


This golden sandy beach seems to go on for ever. It is backed by reddish cliffs, and is overlooked by some of the Algarve’s finest hotels. There are various wooden shack style beach bar/restaurants dotted along the beach.

Olhos de Agua

Olhos de Agua was originally a fishing village. It is a small sandy beach with several restaurants set in sandy coves.


The beach fronting Albuferia is a lovely sweep of sand backed by sandstone cliffs and rock formations. This is the sort of beach where you can hire pedaloes, go on inflatable bananas, or go water skiing.

Praia Verde

This can be found to the east of Tavira and is one of the least developed stretches of sand along this part of the coast.

Praia do Canavlal

A less developed beach which can only be accessed via footpaths which go over the top of the cliffs and down via steps carved into the cliffs. It is narrow and sheltered on either side of the cliffs, thus creating a feeling of isolation.

Explore the towns and villages of the Algarve

The Algarve coastline stretches for some 180 kilometres and offers and amazing variety of opportunities to explore.

Tavira is considered by many to be the most picturesque town on the Algarve. The river Gilão flows through it and the two sides of the town are joined by a Roman bridge. There are some delightful cobbled streets and renowned fish restaurants on the river front. One claim to fame of Tavira is that there are about 40 churches in the district.

Loulé is famous for its colourful Saturday market where people come from far and wide to buy or simply to observe. There are numerous stalls selling fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, herbs, honey, dried fruit and nuts, clothes, shoes and basketware. The town is also an important centre for local handicrafts such as copper, leather and ceramic goods.

Silves has a lovely Moorish castle to explore and the views from the fortress over the orange groves and beyond are breathtaking. The town is surrounded by orange groves and dominated by the Moorish castle itself.

Lagos is one of the most popular towns and resorts along this coastline. The beaches here are fabulous, characteristically sandy coves with the interestingly shaped rocky outcrops framing them. The town is enclosed within 14th century walls and dotted around the cobbled streets there are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops.

Food and Wine


In Portugal breakfast is often taken at a café and will normally consist of a ‘meia de leite’, ‘galão’ or ‘bica’ or in other words coffee with milk, coffee with mostly milk in a glass, or an espresso. This is normally accompanied by toast, which can be soft loaf bread, or homemade type, a croissant, a sandwich or a range of cakes.


This is one of the most important meals of the day, and when the Portuguese have a sandwich at lunchtime they consider it as not having had lunch! Most families will have a three-course meal during the day. A typical menu would be soup, a main dish with either fish or meat, rice, potatoes and salad followed by dessert, such as ‘pudim’ which is rather like crème caramel. There are many places that serve the dish of the day and if you avoid the tourist areas you can have a ‘prato do dia’ at a very reasonable price.

However, for those of us who would prefer to save ourselves for dinner, sardines on the beach, or a salad in the marina usually suffice. The Portuguese usually request bread when eating sardines and the fish is placed on the bread whilst the skin and head are removed. After preparing the three or four sardines they eat the bread with its marinade.


Another very important meal of the day, regardless of what one has eaten for lunch. This is also a three course affair similar to lunch and always accompanied by wine.