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The Algarve Coast Guide

Sights and attractions

The most popular tourist destination in Portugal, the Algarve coast might also be the most beautiful. Algarve is home to more than 150 km of coast, with gorgeous towns and villages looking out over a turquoise ocean, and ancient castle towns welcoming intrepid visitors further inland. Europe’s premier golfing destination, Algarve hosts all manner of sports enthusiasts. Whether on a safari, scuba diving the world’s largest artificial reef, visiting the Polvo Aquapark or skydiving, Algarve offers a plethora of ways to experience the beautiful sights, sounds and smells of the region. Those who enjoy a slower holiday pace might enjoy a stroll among some of Algarve’s many olive and cork groves, a walk along the walls of Laos, or perhaps nature watching at the Ria Formosa lagoon, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Algarve welcomes any and all travellers, with a little something for everyone, all with its charming local flair that keeps visitors coming back time and time again. With a developed coastal region that fills all the needs of tourists without being overly urbanised, visitors can journey from charming resorts to near untouched interior villages, rich with histories and ancient castles.

Restaurants and cafes

Portuguese cuisine is based on simple ingredients, with an emphasis on seafood and an eclectic influence on its tastes, which are inspired by the region’s links to Africa, the Middle East and India. Diners who favour only the finest food must pay a visit to Ocean, one of Portugal’s pair of 2 star-Michelin restaurants. All meals ought to be accompanied by Portuguese wine – some of the world’s finest – with red and white being joined by the Minho region’s ‘green wine’, named not for colour, but for its youth and lack of ageing.

Rei das Praia’s offers some of the finest examples of the aforementioned wine, and it can be paired with fresh seafood on a beachfront terrace. Those who enjoy small plate dining should visit Paixa, an open plan Portuguese Tapas restaurant offering a vast selection of morsels from pig’s ears to oysters. While it would be almost impossible to do so, those who find themselves tired of ocean views can journey to the Luar da Foia, a rustic restaurant set amongst the hills of Algarve. With a gorgeous view of the valley below, it offers regional favourites, such as wild boar, wild rabbit and sweet potato chips.

Shops

Algarve is littered with local markets, with a huge range of fares; from fish markets to olive oil, local crafts and vast selections of local wines. The Mercado de Olhao doesn’t bear missing, with its picks of the region’s finest fish, cheeses and fruit. Family owned store Canastra is a hidden gem of the region, with handcrafted goods, local herbs and all sorts of local fare, its owner is always on hand to guide and assist any store visitor.

Bargain hunters searching for international shopping won’t be disappointed either, as numerous shopping centres exist all over Algarve. With international fashion houses abound, such as H&M or Iberian brand Stradivarius, there’s something for everyone, and more than one café to relax in after a hard days shopping.

Travel

Travel to, from, and within Algarve is as easy and varied as could be. Bus systems operate regionally, with some services lasting until midnight, and coach services covering routes to mainland Europe. Motorway and road systems connect not only the towns and cities of the region but also to Europe at large, allowing some intrepid adventurers to simply drive, enjoying the beautiful sights of Portugal. Car rental is available, most prominently at Faro international airport, which offers flights to and from dozens of European destinations. Train services connect various cities, as well as offering services to Lisbon. Docks and boating services are available in some regions, with cruises running along the coast.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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