The Algarve has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe for decades now. And it is becoming more popular year by year! No surprise, because in the Algarve you find long, white sandy beaches, cute and authentic villages, great food, friendly people and breathtaking sceneries! We want to make sure you get the most out of your trip to the Algarve!
Since part of our team from SeaBookings lives or comes from the Algarve, we have a special connection to this beautiful part of Portugal. That’s why we think we can help you with interesting travel tips for your trip to the Algarve!
First of all, the best way to discover the Algarve during your short trip to the Algarve is definitely with a rental car! With a car, you can not only explore all the attractions of the Algarve but also drive through all the authentic and cute villages along the coast and in the countryside.
There are some places in the Algarve that are most definitely worth a visit because they are just so beautiful! The Caves of Benagil are one of those places. Benagil is famous worldwide because of the unique and impressive grottos that you can visit by boat, kayak or SUP. You probably have never seen such natural beauty before!
A village you shouldn’t miss on your trip to the Algarve is Carvoeiro. The fishermen town has become a very popular place to visit in the Algarve. From Carvoeiro, you can even go straight to the Benagil caves, as it’s very close to each other!
Most tourists just visit the central part of the Algarve, around Albufeira, Carvoeiro and Portimão. However, the Western part of the Algarve is just as beautiful and still less crowded. The further west you drive, you will find wilder landscapes and emptier beaches.
Ponta da Piedade in Lagos is almost too good to be true. If you visit these impressive caves and grottos by boat, SUP or Kayak, you will be amazed by the fascinating rock formations that were formed by the power of nature. Lagos is also a beautiful place to visit during your trip to the Algarve. The cute village with its cobbled streets and colorful houses really represents the typical Algarvian charm.
For sporty people who plan a trip to the Algarve, there are several hiking options. For one, you have the famous Via Algarviana, a trail that will take you across the most beautiful corners of the entire Algarve! You can choose to do only bit and pieces of that 300km long track and discover the Algarve by foot!
In Monchique, you can also see a whole different side of the region during your trip to the Algarve! Here you can also go for beautiful hikes in the forest and even discover the famous Caldas de Monchique, waterfalls in the middle of nature! After a hike, you can relax in the amazing Thermal Spas of Monchique.
Food is of course also an important part of your trip to the Algarve. Due to the location, awesome seafood is a given! Typical Algarvian seafood dishes are for example Cataplana and Massa de Peixe. If you like seafood, you will love the Algarve!
Whatever you decide to do during your trip to the Algarve, we promise you will love this part of Portugal! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed!
The amazing cover picture is taken by João Coelho. Many thanks!