The Algarve is a true people pleaser, sort of like an ambassador of Portugal, partly because it offers sunshine by the bucket-load and has 200km of prime golden beaches. Just in case that wasn’t enough for us picky Brits, there are also luxury golf courses, the famous caverns of Algar Seco and a lively nightlife that’s kept itself a bit of a secret. Who knew, right? Well now you do! But that’s not the only pleasant surprise on an Algarve holiday; you can also try delicious fish and meat dishes, all al fresco of course, without breaking the bank. One thing though, avoid the remote fishing villages if you’re not interested in seeing the quieter, local side of the Algarve.
So you’re already imagining yourself getting a tan on the beach, fish supper waiting and a round of golf in the morning...if you’re longing for it that much, shouldn’t you book a holiday in the Algarve and start getting ready? With cobbled streets, coves and cosy bays to explore, there’s always something scenic to enjoy. We know you’re thrilled at the thought...go for it! Book a holiday to the Algarve with Qwerty Travel today.
When: As it’s warm all year round, avoid the rush to properly spread your wings. Try the Algarve in May or September.
Where: Go near Olhao to see the amazing Ria Formosa Natural Park. You’ll be inspired and make your friends back home green with envy.
Why: Plan your own itinerary and go where your mood takes you. Feel like relaxing? Sunbathe on the beach. Having an adventurer moment? Explore the eerie caverns.
When: For the best mix of DJs, events and drink deals, come visit between May and August. It’ll also be the hottest time of the year, in more ways than one.
Where: Definitely stay in Albufeira where lively bars, late night clubs and live music will make your Algarve holiday unforgettable.
Why: Beaches and clubs! Need anything else? Conveniently, lots of bars are right by the beach so you won’t have far to stray, unless you meet someone special...
When: For sun, sea and sand as you know you want it, try anytime from May to September. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s and you’ll avoid a lacklustre British summer.
Where: Go to Vilamoura for the best of both worlds. Spend your days outside topping up your tan and loving the scenery, before hitting the clubs and casino at night...after a romantic meal that is!
Why: Because you want to get sun-kissed together and share the beauty of the Mediterranean before unwinding in a nightclub. Then there are always the lie ins...
When: You want to grab your vitamin D so head out between May to September. With such a wide scope to catch some rays, no one has to miss school so you and the headmaster will be pleased!
Where: Praia Da Rocha is perfect. It has a wide, two kilometre long beach, a zoomarine and great views if you go hiking in the countryside. Our top tip is to take a boat tour along the coastline to really take in the sights.
Why: There’s so much to do and you’ll want to do it all. Top of the list there’s the Amarante water park, the Lisbon Oceanarium and great shopping for souvenirs everyone can treasure...if you can tear the little ones away from the beach.
Basically, the Algarve gets good weather all year round, while in Britain we’re lucky to capture a spot of sun. The summers are distinctly Mediterranean, so think long, hot and sunshine for around 11 hours a day. With all that sun you can fit in a lot of activities, just be sure to take a strong SPF bottle between June and September for average temperatures in the mid-20s, known to hit even 30C. One thing you can leave behind? Your umbrella!
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What to expect
Find relaxed afternoons dozing on the beach or at a spa, a bit of competition on the golf course and food, glorious food to tantalise your taste buds. The locals are welcoming, the beaches are second to none and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore the underwater world by snorkelling or diving. If you love natural beauty and traditional towns, then the Algarve is for you, but give it a miss if you’re looking for a particularly rowdy atmosphere. Instead, head to Lisbon and its coast for an excellent choice of London-esque nightclubs and bars.