About the Algarve
Voted multiple times as Europe's best beach destination
The Algarve, Europe's most famous secret
The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and the most southwestern region of the European continent. The Algarve encompasses a coastline of no less than 200 km with some of the world's most awarded beaches. The sea is therefore an integral part of the Algarvian way of life. But at the same time, the Algarve also has so much more to offer than just beaches and seawater.
Inland, the old villages maintain their historical traditions and cultural life. You can stroll along the cobbled streets between the whitewashed houses and enjoy the timeless atmosphere of the Algarve. In the countless cafés, the villagers enjoy their Bica, the Portuguese version of the Espresso, and exchange the latest village news. The sardines are openly grilled on the street in the coastal villages and the markets offer unique and fresh products in harmony with the seasons.
The Algarve offers its visitors an impressively wide range of activities and attractions
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the Algarve offers a wide range of outdoor activities anyway. All year round visitors and residents alike can enjoy beautiful beaches, impressive nature reserves, picturesque villages, world-class golf courses and beautiful castles.
The authentic cuisine of the Algarve can be enjoyed in small, simple restaurants. But the Algarve also offers renowned restaurants that combine local cuisine with other culinary influences in an inventive and creative way. There are even restaurants with Michelin stars.
Whether during the day or at night, during the hot summer months or the cooler, yet mostly sunny winter months, the Algarve offers its visitors everything needed to enjoy a beautiful, restful and impressive holiday. It is not without reason that the Algarve is a top destination for people looking for sun, sea, sports, relaxation, history, culture, nature or traditional gastronomy.
The Algarve has already been voted the best beach destination in Europe 7 times
The Algarve has been named the best beach destination in Europe for the seventh time (and sixth consecutive time) by the World Travel Awards in 2020.
The beauty and diversity of the beaches in the Algarve that can offer everything from relaxation and tranquillity to various water sports is greatly appreciated by visitors to the Algarve. The Algarve has 87 beaches with a blue flag. No less important: the Algarve has been investing in accessibility for people with a physical disability for years. 48 beaches in the Algarve have already been made accessible to visitors with disabilities. Protecting the environment and cleaning the beaches have also helped make the Algarve Europe's favourite beach destination.
But the fact that the Algarve is much more than a beach destination is no less important. Holidaymakers in the Algarve are always surprised by the enormous cultural, ecological and gastronomic offer just outside the beaches of the Algarve. All in all, the Algarve is a unique destination where the beaches may be central, but there is the necessary diversity for all tastes and preferences of today's holidaymakers.
The Algarve, something for everyone
The different regions within the Algarve offer a lot of diversity. From the vibrant nightlife in Albufeira to the unspoiled nature on the west coast or from the historic towns of Silves or Tavira to the chic marina of Vilamoura surrounded by first-class golf courses, the Algarve offers something for every taste or type of holidaymaker.