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Boliqueime

Boliqueime, Portugal

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.

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A traditional town

Holidays in Boliqueime are the Algarve's best-kept secret. Boliqueime is a small town nestled in a landscape of rolling hills, a few miles from the stunning coast. You'll love strolling through the town centre, narrow streets lined with quaint pastel-coloured houses, some decorated with traditional Azulejo tiles.

In the town you'll find a small square, a church, a cluster of local shops and restaurants. There's little in the way of attractions but that's part of Boliqueime's charm. Relax by the pool of your hotel or villa, and let the days drift lazily by. In this rural location, car hire is advised – it's included in many villa rentals. There's a surprising amount going on within a 15-minute drive.

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  • Euro
  • Portuguese
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Stunning beaches

Although it doesn't have a beachfront location, holidays in Boliqueime are all about the beaches. In under 15 minutes you'll be at Falesia Beach. It's a long stretch of golden sand backed by dramatic red and white cliffs. You'll easily find a quiet spot but there's also sun loungers, beach bars and water sports facilities on offer.

Head down the coast in either direction, and you're bound to find a beach that appeals. In fact, there are around 25 beaches in and around nearby Albufeira. They cater to all different types of holiday-makers. Praia dos Pescadores, near Albufeira's old town, is perfect for families. Golden sand leads to clear, shallow waters where the little ones can swim. Not only will you find loungers and restaurants here, there's also an inflatable water park – perfect for cooling off in the summer heat.

If you're looking for something a little more secluded, we recommend São Rafael Beach, just 20 minutes from Boliqueime. It's a secluded cove enclosed by honey-coloured rock formations with golden sand and brilliant turquoise waters. One elegant beachside café provides delectable meals. There are also trails nearby where you can go walking.

Outdoor Activities

Boliqueime is surrounded by idyllic countryside and a dramatic coastline. There are numerous trails in the nearby area. Hike through ancient cork forests, flower-filled mountains and rugged hills. If you aren't keen on walking, you can take quad-bike and dune buggy safaris through the beautiful Algarve. In nearby Albufeira, you can even organise tuk tuk tours of the area.

If you prefer water sports, there are plenty of options available on the nearby beaches. Kayaks and pedalos are available to rent, and you can try adrenaline-fuelled activities such as parasailing and jet-skiing.

There are several waterparks in the surrounding area. Aquashow Park is less than 15 minutes away. Kids and grown-ups alike will love the large pools, water slides and log flume.

Dining Diversity

Boliqueime is small but there's a surprisingly large number of restaurants in the village and the few miles surrounding it. You'll be able to try sushi from Japan, curries from India, and there's even a British pub serving good old fashioned roasts.

There are lots of traditional Portuguese restaurants nearby too. Look out for regional specialties such as pork cooked with clams, a meat and bean stew known as feijoada, and cataplana de marisco – fresh seafood simmered with white wine, tomato and herbs. There are lots of delicious desserts on offer, such as the famous pastel de nata, the creamy custard tarts Portugal is renowned for.

Day trips to Faro

Once you've explored the local area, you could take a trip to Faro, 25 minutes away. The Algarve's capital is sometimes overlooked in favour of the beaches but there's so much to see and do here. You'll love browsing the shops and galleries lining the atmospheric lanes and squares. There are several fascinating buildings to see, including the Church of Bones. The site contains a chapel built from the bones and skulls of 1,200 monks.

Faro is also the gateway to Ria Formosa. This national park, comprised of uninhabited islands and deep lagoons, is one of Portugal's best-kept secrets. Play at being Robinson Crusoe as you take a boat trip to these desert islands, stopping off at footprint-free beaches.

You're guaranteed to love Boliqueime holidays. This dreamy village provides you with peaceful surroundings to relax in. Jump in the car and you'll discover beaches, water parks and cultural hotspots. You'll quickly be captivated by Boliqueime and its picture-perfect coastal surroundings.