Algarve Holidays 2020/2021

The Algarve isn't Portugal's most-visited region for nothing. It more than earns the title with world-famous beaches flying numerous Blue Flags, waterparks and zoos, rolling green golf resorts and fresh seafood. Round-the-clock warm weather doesn't exactly hurt, either.

Algarve Holiday Deals 2020/2021

Alvor Baia

Alvor, Algarve, Portugal

(2560)

7 Nights

19th Apr 2020

All Inclusive

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On 1 Bedroom Apartment with Pool View and Balcony

Falesia Hotel

Acoteias, Algarve, Portugal

(2563)

14 Nights

9th Mar 2020

Half Board

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Twin Room with Balcony

Oceanus Aparthotel

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

(880)

7 Nights

26th Apr 2020

Self Catering

London Gatwick - Direct

Based On Standard Studio with Balcony

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Laying claim to Portugal‘s southern coast, the Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the whole of Europe. For that reason, many parts are exclusively dedicated to tourism, packed to the gills with glorious coastlines, waterparks and animal parks, golf courses and some seriously fabulous food and drink.

That being said there are smaller destinations where you can enjoy the charms of traditional Portuguese villages but still be close to all the action. Quiet spots can be found at places like Altura and Tavira, close to the Spanish border.

The biggest draw to this part of the world has to be the beaches. Decked with golden cliffsides and crystalline water, many fly the coveted Blue Flag for safety, cleanliness an facilities. What’s more, the Algarve’s year-round warmth makes stretching out on these shores just that much sweeter. If you’re looking for a family holiday or cheap break, why not consider an All Inclusive Algarve holiday?


Currency: Euro

Language: Portuguese

Time Difference: GMT - None

Population: 452,000

Religion: Roman Catholic

Resorts

Portimao

If you're looking for a buzzy, cosmopolitan city, look no further than Portimão, the largest city in the western Algarve. Holidays to Portimão bring shopping and delicious seafood to the table – it was once a key port for the country's fishing industry. Take a stroll along the scenic promenade, leading to the quaint and tree-lined plazas of the old town. Explore the snazzy boutiques and long strips of shops. Discover the history of the city with its iconic buildings, or simply indulge in freshly cooked food at the local cafes and restaurants. Holidays to the Algarve have never been so exciting.

Acoteias

Acoteias is a traditional Portuguese village with a tranquil, intimate feel. Located less than a 10-minute walk from the sandy coastline and nestled between the busier resorts of Vilamoura and Albufeira, this quiet spot is a haven for couples and families looking to enjoy a relaxed, easy-going holiday to the Algarve.

Alvor

Brimming with character, many holidaymakers are attracted to this picturesque former fishing village turned All Inclusive Algarve holiday hotspot. Traditional narrow, cobbled streets mark out the centre, which is filled with bars and restaurants, while the main beach offers a lovely escape from it all.

Armacao De Pera

Named after the fishermen's settlement Pera and a traditional fishing boat, an armacao, Armacao de Pera offers a mix of traditional Portuguese charm seamlessly blended with shiny new All Inclusive Algarve hotels. It has sandy beaches and attractions for all including a market, casino, fort and watersports, plus a waterpark nearby.

Ferragudo

This charming village on the southwest coast of Portugal lies nestled between the Arade River and the Atlantic Ocean. With it's picturesque white and terracotta houses and cobbled streets, it has a relaxed, easy atmosphere throughout. Its golden beaches and secluded coves are perfect for both sunbathing and watersports.

Praia Da Gale

The pleasures of Praia da Gale rest in its golden beaches, small town charm and persistent sunshine. Take life at a slower pace at this seaside retreat, but rest assured you've got plenty to see and do if you're ever able to tear yourself away from the shimmering beach.

Quinta Do Lago

Most people know Quinta do Lago for its world-class golf courses, but there's much more to this sensational part of the Algarve. Sport, relaxation, fine dining and shopping all vie for your attention, together with access to truly sublime stretches of shore.

Vale Do Lobo

Originally designed as a golf resort in the 1960s, this beachside destination is still popular with golf groups today, as well as tourists looking for a luxury haven. Together with Almancil and Quinta Do Lago, it's part of the Algarve's golden triangle – a trio of upscale resorts that make for the ultimate luxury holiday to Portugal.

Vilamoura

Vilamoura is a large, glamorous resort located on the Algarve coastline. There's a sleek yacht marina with plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as two spacious beaches to stretch out and relax on. With six golf courses, it also makes for the ideal golfing holiday destination.

Alcantarilha

Portugal's Algarve is one of the most popular places for a sunny holiday getaway, as you're almost guaranteed good weather, even better beaches and picture-perfect villages and towns. Holidays to the Algarve are particularly ideal for families, with many attractions and activities that cater especially for children. These include water, amusement and marine parks, as well as zoos. Whoever you're enjoying the Algarve region with, Alcantarilha holidays can offer all of the above – and much more besides. Alcantarilha is a quiet town with a peaceful atmosphere, making it ideal for really switching off and appreciating this beautiful part of Portugal.

Almancil

Only 15 minutes from Faro Airport, Almancil holidays drop you smack-bang in the middle of Algarve's golfing territory. This small, inland market town offers a traditional Algarve experience with easy access to the luxury resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. The town caters for visitors to the resorts with its fine dining restaurants and stylish boutiques, yet also offers a more laid-back, relaxed holiday experience than its bustling neighbours.

Alte

The Algarve is Portugal's most popular region and is famous for unspoilt beaches of golden sand and warm, almost impossibly-clear waters. Dotting the coastline are lively resorts as well as former fishing villages that have become popular getaway destinations. These are just a few examples of all that holidays to the Algarve have to offer. A holiday to Alte is perfect if you're looking for a beautiful place in which to soak up the traditional Portuguese atmosphere and enjoy a totally chilled-out experience. This quiet and peaceful village is a true hidden gem of the Algarve.

Boliqueime

On holidays to the Algarve, most people head to the popular coastal resorts of Lagos and Albufeira. However, if you'd like a laidback break, why not enjoy a peaceful holiday to Boliqueime? In this picturesque village you'll be able to experience traditional Portuguese life. Some of the region's best beaches and attractions are just a short drive away.

Branqueira

Each year, millions of tourists go on holidays to the Algarve. They're attracted to the region for its gorgeous Blue Flag beaches, and the superb Mediterranean climate. But this means certain Algarve resorts get busy during the summer months. That's where Branqueira holidays come in. This small village is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of livelier resorts, within a couple of miles of the Algarve's beaches and other attractions.

Guia

Are you considering holidays to the Algarve this summer? If so, why not take a trip to Guia? This small village exudes charm and is a great spot to avoid the summer crowds. It's also a short drive from some gorgeous beaches and within easy reach of some fantastic attractions, including water parks, theme parks and water sports centres. Guia holidays are perfect for those looking for a relaxing break, with no shortage of things to see and do.

Loule

Holidays to Algarve evoke images of families playing on sandy beaches against a backdrop of limestone cliffs. Rock pools wait to be explored under the beating sun and restaurants serve fish caught only hours before by local fishermen. Just half an hour away from Faro airport is Loulé, a traditional Portuguese market town with an unhurried atmosphere. If you want to experience authentic Portugal, Loulé is the place to go. Locals flock to the Arabic inspired market to pick up their weekly shopping, and the town is geared towards its Portuguese inhabitants before tourists.

Monchique

The first thing that will hit you on your holiday to Monchique, Algarve is the sensational scenery. Sat on a mountain top in the Serra de Monchique mountain range, this picturesque town looks down over rugged hills and green valleys. Ancient olive and eucalyptus trees surround this market town, and the temperature is pleasantly a little cooler than on the beaches of its coastal neighbours. Whitewashed walls, brightly coloured windows, and terracotta roofs line the streets climbing up the hillside. Leave your troubles at home and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this Portuguese paradise.

Porches

Porches is the perfect destination for demonstrating why holidays to the Algarve enjoy continuous popularity. Offering a glimpse of the more traditional side of Portugal, holidays to Porches are notable for the peace and quiet they offer alongside gorgeous beaches, a healthy dose of history and culture and more delicious food than could be eaten in a lifetime. Perfectly positioned in the southern part of Portugal, a host of sightseeing options are within easy reach, though you might find it difficult to leave the tranquillity of Porches behind.

Praia Dos Salgados

If white, sandy beaches and plenty of sun are at the top of your wish list, holidays to the Algarve are a no-brainer, especially when there are quiet little retreats such as Praia Dos Salgados to explore. A pretty resort town in the south of Portugal, it is known for having one of the loveliest beaches you'll find. Complete with Blue Flag certification and with Albufeira just a 20-minute drive away, it's a great base for enjoying day trips around the area. Simple relaxation rules the day during holidays to Praia Dos Salgados, but there's still plenty to enjoy.

Praia Do Vau

Praia Do Vau holidays have one thing on the agenda: plenty of rest and relaxation. This small, tranquil town is nestled into the Algarve coastline, so you can expect great weather, gorgeous beaches and all the home comforts you desire. While the picture-perfect beach may be the main attraction for holidays in Praia Do Vau, it's also home to a handful of good restaurants and shops. And when you're ready for some livelier action, you can head to the neighbouring towns of Praia da Rocha and Alvor. For holidays to Algarve, there aren't many places prettier than Praia Do Vau.

Quarteira

Portugal's Algarve attracts visitors from all over the world, and it's not hard to see why. Its coastline boasts long, sandy stretches of luxurious resorts catering for beach lovers and sun seekers. There are also plenty of spots where the authentic fishing-village atmosphere still remains, creating quiet and quaint places to enjoy holidays to the Algarve. To experience one of these more laidback coastal towns, treat yourself to a holiday in Quarteira. The laidback town of Quarteira has remained loyal to its traditional roots, with a fishing community that still thrives to this day.

Vale De Parra

Literally named 'Valley of the Grapevines', this picturesque village on Portugal's sunny Algarve coast sits among winding vineyards only a stone's throw from the action of Albufeira. With easy access to the beach, nearby nightlife and local wine tours, this quiet destination won't fail to keep you entertained.

Quinta Dos Alamos

Quinta Dos Alamos holidays are simple, sunny and good for the soul. Imagine balmy evenings, delicious foods and beautiful beaches. The village is well off the tourist track, so you can slip into the slow pace of life and enjoy the region's best attractions. Quinta Dos Alamos is a picture-perfect village that's quintessentially Portuguese: whitewashed villas stick out among the green landscapes. Plus, there's some incredible food, courtesy of neighbouring Guia, and one of the region's nicest beaches down the road.

Tavira

Distinctive orange rooftops, sunlit white walls and colourful community spirit make Tavira a welcoming town to visit during holidays to the Algarve. The beach, the cuisine and the nightlife all shine, while the natural beauty of the surrounding coastal areas give you the chance to get in touch with your wild side and explore.

Sao Bras

Found in the Barrocal region of Portugal, not too far north of Faro, Sao Bras is a surprising town that has so much to see and do. Boasting a piquant mix of old and new buildings, you'll be fascinated by the contrast of traditional little churches and the far more grandiose merchant homes and contemporary apartment blocks. In terms of holidays to the Algarve, Sao Bras is well-equipped, centrally located and set among charming countryside vistas, making it a firm favourite with many travellers who want to explore, instead of staying on the beach.

Sao Joao

Sao Joao is a lively holiday destination within the Albufeira region on the Algarve coast. It's got a sandy beach for relaxing and soaking up the sun and its own strip of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs. Known as one of the liveliest night spots in the Algarve, combined with Albufeira it has dozens of bars and clubs.

Sao Rafael

Sao Rafael holidays offer some of Portugal's best beaches, chilled out villages and delicious cuisine. Like many holidays to Algarve, you can expect warm and sunny weather, and a great choice of places to stay. Sao Rafael is a small, peaceful seaside town with charming streets leading to neighbouring villages and long stretches of golden sand. The houses and buildings are built in the traditional Portuguese style with plenty of whitewashed walls and terracotta tiles. Once you've sampled the bars and restaurants here, you can head to the more lively city of Albufeira, just ten minutes away.

Praia Da Rocha

A lively part of Portugal's Algarve, Praia da Rocha couples culture and zesty nightlife to tremendous effect, all backed up with beaches and restaurants that are sure to leave a good impression on you. You'll never be lost for what to do amid the casinos and day trips on offer.

Sesmarias

Holidays to Algarve don't get much better than heading to the quaint town of Sesmarias. You can enjoy the quiet life in this small town, while being just three kilometres from all the action of Albufeira. Sesmarias holidays give you a true taste of the Algarve without staying in a busy city or crowded town – instead, you can head to a peaceful beach and relax in the sun. Sesmarias has a host of small but welcoming restaurants, so you don't even need to leave the town to enjoy delicious Portuguese cuisine.

Vale De Garrao

Vale De Garrao is flanked by two of the most exclusive resorts on the Algarve: Vale Do Lobo and Quinta Do Lago. And at only half-an-hour's drive from Faro airport, your holidays to the Algarve can start almost as soon as you land. Renowned for endless sunshine, golden beaches, water parks, golf and nightlife, the very best of the Algarve can be enjoyed on holidays to Vale De Garrao. The only question is, how do you fit everything in to a couple of weeks?

Praia Da Oura

Sunny all year round, this cosy cove features golden sand and inviting clear sea, all capped by food, drink and entertainment options that make it a hidden treasure of the Algarve. Head north for the lively Sao Joao strip of bars and restaurants or west to the city of Albufeira.

Praia Da Luz

A compact town in the west of the Algarve, Praia Da Luz has a golden beach complete with a watersports centre and rock pools. Its busy promenade will keep you fed, watered and shopping happy, while Lagos is 10 minutes away for busier times and nightlife.

Olhos De Agua

Sandstone cliffs and freshwater springs on the beach are what Olhos de Agua is known for. It's a top place for an authentic holiday to the Algarve, watching the fishermen and exploring the cobbled streets. There's loads to do, with water and animal parks nearby as well as shopping destinations and towns full of nightlife.

Montechoro

On the outskirts of Albufeira, Montechoro sits a 10-minute walk from a lengthy sandy beach. It has a long street called The Strip where you'll find everything from restaurants and antiques to vibrant clubs and bars. It's also a child-friendly resort with its own children's theme-park, making it the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy Algarve holidays.

Lagos

Lagos was once the capital of Portugal and remains an attractive, bustling town. It has a lively centre with plenty of activities and a vibrant nightlife. With large beaches and fun, interesting attractions, Lagos is the ideal sunshine destination for families, couples and groups of friends looking for holidays to Portugal.

Carvoeiro

Tranquil Carvoeiro has retained its village-like atmosphere with white-washed buildings leading down to a central beach. There are further hidden coves, and excellent bars and restaurants to discover. This area is full of activities for both adults and kids, from golfing to waterparks, and boat trips to diving.

Balaia

Balaia is a secluded village resort located on a quiet stretch of the coastline between Albufeira and Vilamoura. Surrounded by a natural landscape of pine and almond trees, and with two superb beaches, it's the ideal destination to enjoy a relaxed, easy paced holiday to the Algarve.

Albufeira

Located in the centre of the Algarve, Albufeira is definitely the heart of the region, in terms of culture and partying as much as golden beaches and sublime restaurants. The town's storied streets encompass an old town, a swanky marina, museums, galleries and ruins.

Location

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Blue Flag coastlines

There are nearly 70 Blue Flag award-winning beaches in the Algarve region alone, meaning that no matter what resort you choose, you won’t be far from a knock-out set of sands. Praia da Marinha in Carvoeiro is regarded across the board as being one of the most stunning beaches in the world, while Albufeira alone has 25 beaches to choose from.

With 30 kilometres of coastline to explore, we’re pretty sure you’ll find somewhere to lay your towel. Awash in golden and rusty red tones, they’re what holidaymakers come far and wide for. Most of the beaches come clad with yellowish sands and aqua blue water that’s cut into the coastline and formed craggy cliffs, caves and rock pools for exploring.

Parks, parks and more parks

Algarve holidays let you mix water fun with seeing animals in mega attractions. Zoomarine Algarve is a super-sized park with water slides, rides and animal shows, not to mention a chance to take a dip with the resident dolphins. There’s also Aquashow Park, one of the biggest waterparks in the Algarve. Here you’ll find slides, pools and roller coasters, as well as even more animal shows.

There’s a traditional zoo too with no added water – that’s the Parque Zoologico de Lagos, home to more than 200 species of animals. We can’t forget the Parque Nacional da Ria Formosa either, a massive expanse of land that’s part wetland, part lagoon and part saltpans. A number of the area’s rare animal species roam here and you get the chance to see them up close and in their natural habitat.

Seafood heaven

Algarvios are known for their affinity with seafood, as is evident by many of the menus found in the local restaurants. On the whole, cuisine in the Algarve is influenced by the groups of people that have graced this side of Portugal, plus a hint of flavour from the Mediterranean.

You’ll find fresh, local food everywhere, from the Algarve’s Michelin-rated establishments to cosy coastal restaurants with outdoor patios. Algarvios are vigilant about ensuring only the freshest fish is prepared, of which there’s plenty due to the region’s seaside landscape. Salted cod is Portugal’s national dish, but other Algarve favourites include fish stews, rice and beans and fresh veggies, often accompanied by a fiery glass of aguardente – the local spirit.

Party town

You won’t have trouble finding your regular watering hole in the Algarve. Each resort has a number of night-time venues, from laid-back bars to pulsing nightclubs that are sure to keep you going long into the evening.

Albufeira is renowned as being the Algarve’s nightlife capital, which holds down the Algarvian nightlife scene with its own strip of bars and clubs, as well as a selection of classy lounges.

However, Lagos and Sao Joao are hot on its tail. Lagos is filled with nightspots the whole family can settle into, while Sao Joao houses a popular strip, packed with cosy wine bars on one end and nightclubs on the other.

Malls and markets

Retail enthusiasts need not fear – just as the Algarve brims with eye-popping beaches, there’s lots of shops, markets and malls for the shopping-inclined too. Both Portimao and Guia have shopping malls, with Guia’s being the largest in the Algarve, housing more than 200 shops cheap holidays to the Algarve are not just about sunbathing and partying, they also offer plenty of shopping opportunities too.

Almost every major resort holds at least a monthly market as well. Here you can pick up everything from textiles to fresh fruits and veggies, fish and clothing.