Must-Sees and Dos in the Algarve

When considering a trip to the Algarve –
whether you’re after a lavish stay surrounded by five-star luxury or perhaps
you’re seeking cheap holidays to Algarve within a tight budget – most people
first think they’ll spend their days soaking up the sun on the beach. Of course
the Algarve certainly knows how to do beach breaks. Mile upon mile of soft
golden sands are lapped by crystal clear waters; the beaches flanked by steep
craggy cliffs and punctuated here and there by rocky pinnacles rising out of
the deep blue sea to lofty heights.
But
what if you don’t fancy lazing on a beach all day? No problem – the Algarve may
be famous for its beaches, but there’s a lot more to do here than meets the
eye.

Faro
– perhaps best-known for its airport and arrival point for sun-seeking
visitors, is well worth your time. Relatively laid-back and full of charm, this
lovely Portuguese city has a pleasant medieval quarter that’s home to beautiful
old buildings and ancient churches. Stroll along the narrow winding streets and
quaint plazas, browse for trinkets to take home or stop for a cappuccino in a
shady outdoor café. An attractive marina filled with yachts rounds off the
scene. When travelling with a tour operator – such as package holidays
with Thomas Cook

– you’ll often find reasonably priced day excursions into Faro or the
neighbouring cities. Otherwise, hop on a bus; unless you’re planning on
travelling each day of your holiday, it’s much easier than hiring a car.
The
Algarve is also famous for its golf scene. There are over 30 golf courses
throughout the Algarve region, offering varying degrees of professionalism
depending on your skill, personal preference and of course budget.
Depending
on when you visit this sun-baked corner of Portugal, the chances are you’ll
come across a fabulous local event or festival. In February, the Mardi Gras
brings carnival fever to the Algarve with a heady spectacular of dance, song,
parties and floats hitting the streets of Loulé, while the Silves Medieval
Festival is a fun-filled affair that typically takes place in late summer. Olhão
is home to a Seafood Festival and of course the festive period is always
synonymous with lively celebrations and a wonderful party atmosphere.

Whatever
you’re into, there’s no reason to sit on the beach all day. Get out and explore
the best of the Algarve and soak up this wonderful region’s local culture – you
certainly won’t regret it.

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