Algarve Holidays - Portugal
The Algarve stretches right along Portugal's southern edge, from the Spanish border in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Its best asset? The rugged coastline - it alternates between sweeping sandy bays and hideaway coves backed by honey-hued cliffs.
When it comes to picking a place to base yourself, you've got bigger towns spread out along the coast, and quiet hamlets and sleepy fishing villages dotted in between. Each one offers up something different, from Vilamoura and its chic marina and duo of beaches, to the village of Porches, famous for its handcrafted ceramics.
Things to do in the Algarve
Play a round of golf
The Algarve is prime golfing territory, with more than 40 courses to pick from. Some go all out on the scenery, too, with sweeping views of the sea and mountains.
The Serra de Monchique mountains separate the Algarve from its neighbour, Alentejo. Head for the Monchique area and you can dip a toe in the spa waters at Caldas de Monchique, stroll around the cobbled streets of Monchique town, and tour the Moorish castle at Silves.
Sample the local cuisine
Tuck in to a bowlful of caldeirada (fish stew) or a plate of spicy piri-piri chicken, washed down with the Algarve's signature sparkling wine - vinho verde.
Spend a day in Lisbon
Portugal's capital city is a few hours' drive away and makes for a fantastic daytrip. Grab a pastel de nata (custard tart) to go, and explore the backstreets of the city's old quarters. If your feet start aching, hop on board one of the iconic yellow trams that trundle up the steep, cobbled streets.
Hotels in Algarve
High-end hotels are scattered across the Algarve, in some of the region's best locations. The Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, for example, is sandwiched between a marina and a gold-sand beach, while the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa is tucked away in four hectares of gardens, right in the heart of town. Then there's Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort, which puts you in arm's reach of six world-class golf courses, and the clifftop Vila Vita Parc, which is cocooned in subtropical gardens.
See our full list of hotels in the Algarve.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.