Guide to the Algarve – When and where to go.
Featuring lively cities, sleepy villages, stunning coastlines and a quaint countryside, Portugal has it all. What’s more, travellers and tourists are also treated to numerous natural wonders, several cultural delights and a unique cuisine.
While the capital Lisbon and its northern sibling, Porto will tempt most people into visiting. Portugal’s most enticing and intriguing region is arguably the Algarve. Here you’ll find vast stretches of unspoilt beaches and a mesmerizingly pretty ocean.
But what do you need to know before going on a holiday in Portugal? And what can you do in the Algarve? Well, here is a quick guide featuring some essential facts and figures.
Time zone: Western European (same as the UK)
Emergency services: 112
Average high in July: 29C
Average high in January: 16C
Best time to go.
At the peak of summer, the Algarve can get very busy because families will be making the most of the school holidays. But if you are only able to visit during the months of July and August, head inland for a relaxing rural retreat.
Alternatively, book a trip in May, June or October, as you can still take advantage of the balmy weather but will also benefit from empty beaches and quiet hotels.
Even during winter, the Algarve gets plenty of daytime sunshine, but things can get a little chilly at night.
Best places to go.
For the ultimate in sun, sea and sand, try and find accommodation close to well-known areas like Albufeira or Lagos. Some great deals can be found in places where there are a plethora of hotels and resorts to choose from.
But if you’d prefer a quieter holiday, the inland hills of Monchique will give you an insight into what traditional life is like in the Algarve.
The same can be said for Salema, where fishermen still inspect their nets on the beach hoping for a good catch.
Things to see and do.
Apart from lounging on the beach without a care in the world, there are countless others things you can see and do in the Algarve.
- Play golf – Portugal is widely regarded as one of Europe’s best countries to place golf in. There is a huge range of options, but green fees do vary so seek out the cheapest before heading to the nearest.
- Take to the water – Consider going on a deep-sea fishing excursion or get an adrenaline fix at one of the Algarve’s many water parks.
- Admire the buildings – Especially the churches, as several boast some remarkable late-Gothic architecture.
With this information, you should be able to capitalise on the very best of Portugal, which can largely be found in the Algarve.