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The Algarve Coast Guide

Things to do

With its picturesque views, ancient architecture, exciting outings and numerous ocean sports, you’d be hard pressed to be at a loss when it comes to planning a day in Algarve. If you love spending time outside, then a visit to one of the region's many beaches will definitely be on the cards.

A golfing paradise, Algarve has been recognised as Europe’s best golfing location more than once in its history, possessing numerous courses and vistas for golfers to enjoy. Water sports enthusiasts won’t be disappointed, with the world’s largest artificial reef available for scuba diving, as well as power boating and water-skiing, along with zoos, waterparks, skydiving and more. If it can be done, you’ll likely find it on the Algarve coast.

Those who enjoy a quieter, less boisterous holiday won’t be disappointed either. Inner Algarve has a host of castles, ruins and cathedrals to explore, with its vast history of colonial exploration waiting to be uncovered. From the walls of Laos to Roman ruins and the Faro cathedral, there’s something for everyone, and you will never be too far from a café or bar to relax in after a day’s activities.

Places to eat

There’s a wealth of choice when it comes to eating in Algarve, with dozens of restaurants serving international and local fare. For fresh fish and shellfish, which are staples of traditional Portuguese cuisine, a visit to Gigi’s is a must. As famous for its food as its singing owner, the restaurant has delighted holidaymakers and locals for years. For a taste of Portuguese Tapas, more commonly known as the Spanish small plate phenomenon, one ought to dine at Paixa. With a huge range of dishes, including local favourites such as oysters or even pigs ears – diners are rarely disappointed by either the service or the food. Those who wish to eat while overlooking one of Algarve’s beautiful valleys should make their way to Luar da Foia. Serving succulent local dishes such as wild boar, roasted rabbit and sweet potato chips, it guarantees an unforgettable meal.

No matter where you choose to eat, two things are guaranteed: good food and good wine. Known worldwide as a top wine exporter, wine lovers won’t be disappointed, with numerous local varieties on offer wherever you go. The more adventurous soul might even wish to try the unique northern variety known as ‘green wine’. Named not for its colour, but for its lack of maturity, the Minho regional wine is something to be sampled at least once.

Shopping

A wealth of shopping awaits any and everyone who wants to take a break from the beaches. Shopping centres have appeared all over the coast in the last few decades, offering a range of services. International and local brands, medical services, as well as jewellery and local crafts; there’s something for all tastes and flavours. The markets of Algarve don’t disappoint, either. Notable examples include the Mercado de Olhao. With its wide range of fruits, wines, meats and cheeses; it’s bound to have something to excite your taste buds. A visit to Studio Bongard might also be in order. With the owners having converted their home into both a gallery and a museum, it offers some unique local pieces and fantastic examples of regional art.

Getting there & around

Travel in Algarve is a simple affair, with a range of methods to choose from. Outdoorsman might opt to rent bicycles and enjoy the fresh country air, though, a modern road system allows for easy car travel to and within the region. Trains link the larger towns and cities, as well as connections through to Lisbon and the rest of Europe. Buses allow travel within the region, though, travellers should be wary. The system can be somewhat confusing, as times and destinations are rarely displayed at the bus stations themselves. Ferries and cruises often land at the towns and cities of the coast, and the Faro International airport offers travel to dozens of European destinations.

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