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Luxury Algarve Holidays

Portugal's golden lining

Algarve

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.

The year-round climate means the Algarve caters for more than just the beach crowds – it’s one of the best places in Portugal for golf, and since it rarely gets cold, you can hit the greens any time. Another upside of the climate? The fantastic fresh cuisine – expect locally grown fruit and veg, and seafood suppers you can see being hauled off the boat. 

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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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.
Sagres
Sagres is poised on the rugged western edge of the Algarve. It’s been an important lookout for centuries, with 15th-century fortresses and lighthouses watching over surfer-friendly beaches.
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.

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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.

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

Pine Cliffs Village

Algarve, Praia da Falesia

VILA VITA Parc

Algarve, Porches

Pine Cliffs Hotel a Luxury Collection Resort

Algarve, Praia da Falesia

Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa

Algarve, Vilamoura

Pine Cliffs Residence A Luxury Collection Resort

Algarve, Praia da Falesia
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