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Creative blends of Portuguese and Moorish cultures influence the southern region of Portugal. Along a hundred-mile stretch of golden sands, a holiday to the Algarve is a truly enchanting one. Moorish towns and traditional whitewashed villages contrast with cosmopolitan resorts and luxury marinas, whilst a wealth of sporting facilities, including world-famous manicured golf courses dot the region.
A favourite with tourists seeking warm winter breaks, golfing holidays and family summer fun, Algarve holidays will leave you spoilt for choice. To the west lies a succession of bays, inlets and rocky coves sheltered by dramatic sandstone cliffs, which creates magical places to laze away the day. Whilst to the east you'll find the long, unbroken expanses of golden coastline ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
It's not just the sun, sea and golf that attract holidaymakers all year round. With so much to explore from dramatic cliffs paths to hidden beach coves, an Algarve holiday offers so much more.
With over 300 days of sunshine year after year, the region benefits from weather that is as warm as the locals welcome. That's just one of the reasons why holidays in the Algarve are popular with everyone. Families, golf fans, sun worshippers, water sports enthusiasts, fresh-air fiends and party animals head to the Algarve because of the variety this truly diverse destination has to offer.
A Golfer's Paradise
Home to a spectacular range of courses, golfers flock to the Algarve yearly and with its 35 plus golf courses, it's no surprise why; your only problem will be choosing which green to play to score that hole in one. From beachfront courses with water features to cliff top fairways surrounded by pine trees, there is no wonder the Algarve is often rated as one of the world's best golfing destinations.
The rolling hills of the Serra de Monchique
Head into the Serra de Monchique mountain range with its lush mountain trails and panoramic views of the Algarve and take a trip to the lovely little village of Caldas, famous for its hot springs. If you're a fan of walking or mountain biking, then this is the place for you, though it is possible to hire a car to take in the picturesque villages and surrounding countryside without building up a sweat.
Out to sea
Boat trips leave daily from most resorts and a trip out to sea is a great way to see the hidden secrets of the Algarve's rugged coastline. Explore the caves, search for dolphins or take a sunset cruise over the azure waters. With a boat trip, there's plenty to do. Whether you're looking for a relaxing sail or something more adventurous ' shark fishing for example ' with an Algarve holiday you'll be sure to find something to keep the whole family entertained.
The charm of this original fishing village is still well preserved, yet as one of the liveliest resorts in the Algarve, it is as famous for its nightlife as it is its beautiful beaches and cobbled streets. Albufeira holidays are as popular with families as they are with those who wish to dance till dawn. With two theme parks in close proximity, Krazy World and Zoomarine, there's plenty to keep you occupied no matter your age.
As the best resort for golfing, with easy access to some of the best courses in the region, it's no surprise that Vilamoura holidays are some of the most popular in the Algarve. Expect to spot the rich and famous taking a stroll along the largest marina in Portugal: a place for people-watching, window shopping and promenading. At night, with its grand selection of cuisine, the harbour becomes a dazzling array of lights, reflecting off the marina waters that are home to the impressive boats that are moored there. With family-friendly bars that stay open till the early hours, Vilamoura is the ideal destination to spend with family or friends.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trap, this attractive town with a colourful past has plenty to see and do. Visit the Forte da Ponta da Bandeira, a picturesque fort on the seafront, and look out from the rooftop at the superb natural harbour. Or take a boat across the crystal waters to the 'Bridge of Piety', the Algarve's most visited rock formation. With a zoo just outside the town and plenty of shopping within the city walls, a holiday to Lagos is a great for all ages.