This is a guest post by Hilary Graham from Affinity Villas.

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What are the Western Algarve Top Attractions?

The Western Algarve has some incredible attractions for individuals, couples and families alike, hence the increasing demand for private villa holidays and hotel accommodation. Whether you’re looking to find your sea legs and enjoy some water sports, put a focus on more land based activities, or enjoy a mix of both, you will be able to here. Read on for some of the best attractions in the Western Algarve!


There is a reason why villa holidays in Silves prove very popular. In the town, you will see vibrant valleys of orange groves, with the focal point being the red sandstone castle standing high against the backdrop. Silves was home to many poets and it isn’t hard to see why when you take in the beauty of the place.

Water Parks

There are several landmark water parks in the Western Algarve including Aqualand, Aqua Show and Slide and Splash where you can spend whole days here if you wish. Perfect for kids and families of all sizes and ages.


Local pottery souvenirs are one of the prettiest and unique gifts you can take home with you. Make sure you visit Porches Pottery for beautiful workmanship, where you can find work decorated with gorgeous flowers, fish, and dragonflies. You can find soap dishes, plant pots, candlesticks and much more. Your items can be shipped home if you need them to be too.

Olhão Market

Olhão and Fish Markets

Visiting foreign food markets is always exciting for foodies and in the Algarve a focus is put on fish. Olhão has been famous for fishing since the middle ages and here you will find a fish market with over 80 stalls to browse. There are plenty of adorable cafes to stop for refreshment as you shop. Not only will you find a huge fish market in Olhao, you’ll find some of the most charming seafood restaurants in the world. The fish here is like no other, so if you love seafood, make sure you plan to eat here. There’s a waterfront where you can sit and chill out, as well as many nature trails you can follow.


The Algarve has a huge range of world-renowned golf courses that are frequented by the esteemed, rich, and famous. Top golf courses include the Penina, Monte Rei and Vale do Lobo.  Fees vary but you can shop around to ensure you get the best deal.

Join local fishermen on a fishing tour

Enjoy Fishing

As the Algarve is quite famous for fishing, why not enjoy some fishing yourself? You can go on a seafari, where you enjoy things like deep sea fishing and reef fishing. These activities are held on catamarans and yachts depending on what you prefer. There are a number of impressive caves to venture into, so the fish won’t be the only beautiful things you see on your outing.

The Algarve is one of the most incredible places you’ll ever visit, rife with amazing opportunities to explore!

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