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Luxury Algarve Holidays

Portugal's golden lining

Algarve

Located on the south coast of Portugal, the main draw of holidays in the Algarve is its pristine beaches. Drive along the coastline and find your own secluded spot or quiet bay or enjoy the lively and bustling sweeping golden bays which are backed by family friendly tavernas and offer water sports galore. Whether you’re travelling with the family, as a couple or want to explore the golf, spas and more you’ll find the ideal holiday in the Algarve. 

At Sovereign we’ll help you choose the perfect base from which to explore. The sleepy village of Porches is full of local arts and culture, as well as pretty little streets with family run cafés and bars and quiet coves full of loungers and parasols. Vilamoura offers a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, with its bustling marina where luxury yachts and little fishing boats moor side by side, and two beaches to choose from. 

 

Luxury holidays in Algarve

Whether it’s a relaxing holiday in a sleepy little village or an upmarket spa or golf retreat, you’ll find your perfect luxury holiday in the Algarve. Spend lazy days on the golden sands of the beach, or choose from one of our many hand picked hotels. Here you’ll find infinity pools, elegant interiors and menus designed by Michelin starred chefs. Full service spas offer the chance to leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed while there are professional standard golf courses dotted along the coast. Soak up the sun as you enjoy the views of the glittering sea. 

Explore pretty old towns which date back to ancient times and former fishing villages which retain much of their whitewashed beauty. Drop into pretty little churches and admire views of the sparkling ocean. Take a romantic boat trip along the coastline and stop off in secluded coves where you can enjoy a picnic lunch or snorkel with the exotic fish. 

Our pick of the top hotels on the Algarve
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Blue & Green The Lake Spa Resort

Algarve, Vilamoura
  • In the heart of Vilamoura with access to two sandy beaches
  • A family-friendly hotel with two pools, a kids’ club and self-catering suites
  • Has a lake with floating restaurant, sand-bottomed pool, spa and nearby golf courses

VILA VITA Parc

Algarve, Porches
  • Direct access via steps to a secluded sandy beach
  • Ideal for families with seven swimming pools and kids club for 4-11 year olds
  • Deluxe rooms and family suits with an Algarve seaside theme décor

Pine Cliffs Residence, a Luxury Collection Resort

Algarve, Praia da Falesia
  • Enjoy self-catering suites, kids’ clubs, pools, a beach and playground
  • Set on a clifftop above Falesia and Portugal’s longest beach
  • A Luxury Collection Resort featuring golf courses, a spa and eight restaurants

Conrad Algarve

Algarve, Quinta do Lago
  • Situated by pristine beaches and a beautiful natural park
  • Perfect for couples and families with a range of restaurants and pools
  • A luxurious, contemporary 5-star hotel with spacious, modern rooms

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

Algarve, Vilamoura
  • Contemporary and elegant 5-star resort
  • Family friendly with clubs for teens and kids and babysitting 24 hours a day
  • Surrounded by picturesque golf courses 

Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

Algarve, Vilamoura
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Family holidays in the Algarve

With such a short flight time from the UK to the Algarve this is the ideal place to spend a few weeks as a family. Play golf and tennis, hike or bike through the local countryside or hop from fishing village to fishing village and find your favourite. 


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Destinations in Algarve
Olhos d'Agua
Olhos d’Agua village is a laid-back alternative to neighbouring Albufeira  it offers more fishing boats than sunloungers along the sandy beach. There’s a scattering of restaurants and bars which perk up post-sunset.
Porches
Porches has all the hallmarks of a traditional Portuguese parish. Fishing boats haul their catch from beach to restaurant, pottery workshops speckle the main road, and pretty churches glow dove-white.
Praia Da Falesia
Praia da Falesia is a relaxed town with a corker of a beach, plus a backing of five-star hotels and designer golf courses. Location-wise, it’s a suburb of buzzing Albufeira.
Quinta Do Lago
Quinta do Lago is a beach resort with great golfing credentials. The setting? Ria Formosa Nature Park, where wooden bridges sweep over the estuary and dunes to the sandy beach.
Vilamoura
Vilamoura, in the central Algarve, has been a glamorous port since Roman times. These days, a superyacht-speckled marina, casino and golf courses accessorise this beachside town.
Typical Costs
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Bottle of beer
€2.50-6
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Bus
€18 for 24 hours
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Cup of coffee
€2.50-3.50
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Glass of wine
€6
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Main course
€15
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Small souvenir
€2.50-5
Flight Information

Flights from the UK to the Algarve take around 2 hours 40 minutes.

When to go

Summers in the Algarve get pretty scorching, so beach-goers can expect the mercury to top 30°C in July and August. The shoulder months of April, May and October stay at a pleasantly toasty low 20s, and even in winter, things rarely drop below 15°C – ideal for year-round golfers. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Portugal.

Tipping

A service charge won’t typically be added to your restaurant bill in the Algarve, so it’s common to leave a tip of around 10% of the bill. The same goes for taxi drivers – aim for 10% or round up your fare to the nearest euro. Tipping is not expected for bar staff, hotel porters or maids, although a euro or two would be appreciated for excellent service. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Amie Buxton

I love spending time on the beach and in the Algarve they have the most gorgeous, secluded sandy beaches. I also love the contrast between the Algarve’s modern marinas and traditional fishing villages.

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