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WHY VISIT THE ALGARVE?

Sun, beaches, surfing and salty ocean waves. The Algarve is surrounded by warm water and gorgeous cliffs that rise out of the sand. There is lots of good hiking and watersports galore.

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View the PORTUGAL COUNTRY OVERVIEW for everything else.

WHERE TO STAY IN THE ALGARVE?

The Algarve is a region that runs across the south coast of Portugal. Central Algarve is the most developed. As you move to the west, the terrain gets more rugged. As you move east, the terrain is flatter and it’s less developed. You’ll also find the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the east, which is a protected system of barrier islands. If you want nightlife, head to Albufeira, Praia da Rocha or Lagos.

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Maps of the Algarve, Portugal

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Farmhouse of the Palms ($$$$) Chic, minimalist farmhouse with an ultra-stylish pool.

Forte de sao Joao da Barra ($$$) Barefoot luxury retreat. Beach on one side and a pristine natural reserve on the other.

Villa Monte Farm House ($$$) Design oriented hotel surrounded by an orange grove and two pools.

Convento ($$) Romantic townhouse in an authentic fishing village for an unbelievable price.

Quinta da Idalina ($$) Gorgeous views of the hills and ocean. Outside is painted white with bright splashes of blue. Amazing value to money and includes natural pool.

WHERE TO EAT IN THE ALGARVE?

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Ocean ($$$$) Gorgeous, contemporary decor and two Michelin stars. On water’s edge.

Rei das Praias ($$$) Eat on the beach and dont forget to order rose. Best for fresh lobster and fish. This is a “see and be seen” place.

Vila Joya Gourmet Restaurant ($$$) Sit outside and gaze at the ocean. Food is incredible, modern and delicate. Menu has options to satisfy everyone.

O Estaminé ($$) Mouth watering seafood (clams, prawns, squid, fish) on an nature reserve island just off the coast of Faro.

Casa de Pasto Ze Leiteiro ($$) Fish with salad and potatoes. Tiny menu exceptionally well executed.

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Vilalara Thalassa Resort in Armacao de Pera (from 3 Day itinerary with Stephanie @wanderlostway); Algarve-Beach

WHERE TO GO AT NIGHT IN THE ALGARVE?

Heads up – some of the places get rowdy with tourists. We’ve listed the more mellow spots.

Canico Drinks, music and dancing on the beach. Bar is set above the beach between two cliffs.

Stevie Rays Jazz Amazing mellow jazz tunes.

Clube Praia Verde Dance the night with funky beats at this club.

Duna Beach Club Lively and stylish bar by the pool and beach.

BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR THE ALGARVE?

Local surf school @algarvesurfschool

Official tourist @algarvetourism 

Skydiving school @skydivealgarve 

HOW TO GET TO THE ALGARVE?

Faro airport is the only airport in Portugal’s southern region. Faro has flights from large European cities. If you’re coming from further away, Faro is only a 45 minute flight from Lisbon. If you’re driving, it’s just under 3 hours between Lisbon and most points on the southern coast. There is also a train service between Lisbon and Faro, about three hours and EUR 30 for a one way ticket. Check train schedules here.

HOW TO GET AROUND THE ALGARVE?

Renting a car is the best way to get around the Algarve. There is a public bus system but busses often run on limited schedules and remote areas are not well served.

BEST ITINERARY FOR THE ALGARVE?

Check out this awesome itinerary from one of Travel Honey’s awesome savvy traveler contributors. Don’t see an itinerary that matches your travel needs?  Let us know you’re looking for by emailing support@travelhoney.com