Algarve

"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.

LOCATION

  • About 2-1/2 hours from Lisbon

EXPERIENCES

  • Beaches – With its wonderful, Mediterranean climate and miles of golden sand beaches – the Algarve is popular with families and watersports fans.
  • Water sports – The Algarve offers just about every water sport imaginable: jet ski, parasailing, flyboard, diving, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, fishing and sailing.
  • Boat trips – Book one of the many boat cruises offered in the area and see some spectacular scenery. Explore caves and grottoes, feast your eyes on the rugged coastline, or head out and watch the dolphins as they frolic about in the beautiful bays.
  • Fishing – The Algarve is a fisherman’s delight! All types of fishing expeditions can be had here: reef fishing, deep sea fishing… even shark fishing is available for the more adventurous!
  • Gastronomy – Algarve cuisine is strongly influenced by that of the Mediterranean. Fish and seafood dishes are readily available on the Algarve coast, while recipes featuring poultry and pork, along with fresh vegetables, are the main ingredients as you go inland.
  • Golf – With about 40 courses to choose from and sunny days most of the year, the Algarve is a top-notch golf destination.
  • History – The Algarve region is steeped in history – from Roman ruins in Cerro da Vila (Vilamoura) to Moorish monuments like Silves Castle to impressive cathedrals such as the Sé in Faro.