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Also known by the beach name 'Praia de Falesia' this superb little resort in the heart of the Algarve is a haven for beach bums looking for the perfect spot to relax. Taking its name from the red and orange cliffs that dominate the backdrop, Falesia can be found to the west of the popular resort of Vilamoura and provides some simply stunning views as you look out at the surrounding landscapes.
The cliffs themselves form a wind barrier so that even if it does get a little breezy because of northerly winds, they won't spoil the fun. While the beach has basic facilities, combine that with the resort itself and you have everything you could possibly need for a break in the Algarve, Portugal.
Hire a car for a chance to feel complete liberation and set off in search of the perfect beauty spots. Falesia holidays offer an ideal base for independent adventure, while also being a dream peaceful haven for you to return to once your day is done. As a haven for anyone who craves sun, sea and sand, Falesia holidays are the perfect way to unwind and forget about the daily strains.
Ria Formosa Natural Park
Occupying 60km of the glorious Algarve coastline, the Ria Formosa Natural Park is home to an array of important wetlands that help to nurture the species of flora and fauna that live within it. Noted for its incredible diversity and perfect for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers, the park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From the hiking trails and observatories to the stunning islands with long sandy coastlines, there's something for everyone here.
As one of Portugal's largest waterparks, Aqualand is a must-visit if you're travelling with children - or even if you're a big kid at heart. With an abundance of attractions for all ages, from death-defying kamikaze slides to gentle flumes - as well as a minipark for the little ones - this fun-filled waterpark will be a treat for everyone. It's open from June until September.
Located in Guia, 6km from Albufeira, Zoomarine is open all year round and offers a super way to pass the day. Home to various wildlife shows, including dolphins, seals and sea lion performances, it's a good choice for all ages.
Admire the Lighthouses
With the Algarve being a beachfront resort, you'll find some postcard-perfect lighthouses to admire and enjoy. Some of them still operate but regardless of whether they're still working, they're a sight to behold. The Cabo de S. Vicente Lighthouse in Sagres is one of Europe's biggest lighthouses, complete with small museum added by the Portuguese Navy, while the lighthouse at Ponta da Piedade offers some astounding views of the cliffs and natural surroundings.
Head to the Fiesa Festival
Between May and October, talented sand sculptors and artists come together to create some simply breathtaking sand art that you can admire as part of your break. It's a huge exhibition that has continued since 2003 and can be found in Pera. Whether you choose to visit during the day, or prefer to capture the beauty of the sculptures via clever night-time lighting techniques, the festival will provide some unforgettable sights and experiences.
Walk the Coastal Path
Take a break from the sandy shores and head for the cliffs, where you can wander the coastal paths and see for miles around. Wander through the pine covered cliff tops and stop at the various rustic villages en route, such as Acoteias and Olhos de Agua.
As the epitome of relaxation and peace, Falesia holidays are perfect for a chilled out break. Vilamoura and Albufeira are both nearby if you want to pick up the pace a little, but if you're looking for something small, intimate and uncrowded, great value holidays to Falesia are the way forward.
As one of the more popular resorts on the Algarve, Albufeira boasts seven stunning beaches as well as long days of sunshine and an active nightlife. The resort places you in the heart of the Algarve and opens up an amazing choice of sightseeing and fun in the sun opportunities for you to take advantage of.
Take the time to appreciate a slower pace of life with one of the great value package holidays to Falesia from Direct Holidays.