The Algarve is one of Portugal’s standout regions. At the southern end of Portugal, it combines outstanding beaches (and all that comes with them) and impressive cultural and historical sights. Arts and crafts are also a large part of life in the Algarve and those looking for statement pieces of décor to take home will be in heaven.
Where to go
People come to the Algarve to relax and unwind on some of the best beaches in Europe, so put a towel down and drink in the sun! Away from the sands, explore thousands of years of local history wandering the streets of Faro’s Old Town – also an excellent shopping destination for local handicrafts, such as the striking painted tiles that adorn buildings. Those seeking more modern fashion boutiques will not be disappointed in Faro either. If you’re more of an outdoor sort, take a boat tour and go hiking through the Ria Formosa National Park. Or you could just find a beach club, order a drink and go with the flow – no rush!
Food & Drink
Food in Portugal is full of pulses and beans, fresh vegetables, grilled meats and sausage. Delicious desserts, such as flaky custard tarts are a welcome addition. In the Algarve we like the double-Michelin-starred Ocean (Rua Anneliese Pohl, Alporchinhos) for its modern take on traditional dishes and spectacular views. You might also like to try the restaurant at Vila Joy (Estrada da Galé. Albufeira), one of our favourite hotels and the other eatery in the region to boast two Michelin stars.
Portuguese love long, drawn out evenings spent drinking, dancing and laughing. This goes double for the Algarve. For something truly unique, try Caniço (Aldeamento da Prainha, Alvor), where you can dance and sip icy cold cocktails on the beach – access is via a glass lift! Otherwise, we recommend you head to the Bar at Bela Vista (Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Portimao) for magnificent views and a very impressive drink selection.
Where to stay
We mentioned Vila Joya
earlier – it has an outstanding restaurant that has not one, but two Michelin stars. It also faces directly onto the beach, has easy access to one of Europe’s best golf courses and boasts a holistic spa offering many rejuvenating treatments. We think it’s pretty special. Epic Sana Algarve Hotel
is another standout amongst the many luxury hotels in the area. You will love the fully-equipped, acclaimed wellness centre and there is a choice of restaurants to suit the tastes of every member of the family.How to get there
Swiss Air and Eurowings fly to Faro from London, with a stop, daily.