"Warrants a Long Vacation... or Multiple Return Visits." - Reviewed by Lisa
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- Lisa says: “I’ll never forget unearthing a great bottle of ’62 vintage Port in a dusty, old, forgotten bodega.”
- Miguel says: “Try racing a Porsche for a day in Portimoa … beats lying on the beach!”
- Aaron says: “So many great golf courses, so little time!”
The Algarve in Portugal’s southernmost region is famed for its mild climate, beautiful beaches, tiny coves, crystalline waters and world-famous golf.
There are definitely two Algarves; one bustling with tourists packed into high-rise hotels and cheek-by-jowl apartments and the other “authentic” Algarve. Of course, you can easily guess which one TRIPWIX is interested in!
We were in search of the tranquil Algarve: the perfectly prepared, succulent Piri Chicken in the quaint hill town of Monchique, the fresh fish straight from the fisherman’s grill in Portimão. This part of Portugal is a great place to eat well – and it is astonishing that it is not better known for its food, which is universally fresh, simple, and delicious.
In Lagos and Sagres, take a walk back through time following in the brave footsteps of 14th and 15th-century discoverers. Stroll through villages dating from the Roman Empire and discover interesting artifacts in the region’s nautical museums. With so much history on the doorstep, this region warrants a long vacation… or multiple return visits.
Dramatic scenery abounds here: soaring cliffs, white-washed villages, rare rock formations, natural wetlands, rocky bays and golden sand beaches are yours to enjoy.
TRIPWIX offers unique destinations and a local host to guide you as you experience the sights, tastes and smells of a little-known Algarve – taking with you memories of the real region.
- About 2-1/2 hours from Lisbon