The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations in Portugal with its beaches and seemingly endless sunshine. With this Top 10 list of Marco Polo’s insider tips, you are sure to make the most of your time in the beautiful Algarve.
1. PONTA DA PIEDADE
Enjoy picture perfect views off the coast of Lagos – bizarre, majestic cliffs interrupted by a medley of natural arches and caves. They’re best experienced on a boat tour.
2. CABO DE SÃO VICENTE
Frequently whipped by hellish winds, this Cape, named after St. Vincent, plunges spectacularly down into the roaring sea below.
3. PRAIA DA FALÉSIA
This magnificent beach is the sandy flagship of the Algarve. Overlooked by imposing walls of rust red cliffs, the Praia’s sweeping expanse of sand lies in the east of Albufeira, a popular holiday resort.
The fish market hall is a real highlight, and the fruit and vegetable stands are lively affairs, especially if you go on a Saturday.
5. PRAIA DO AMADO
A wildly romantic, rugged Atlantic beach near Carrapateira. It’s the perfect playground for surfers on the Costa Vicentina.
6. IGREJA DE SÃO LOURENÇO
This small church on the edge of Almancil enchants visitors with its azulejos – the tiled décor here is extremely hard to beat.
With its river, churches, small castle, camera obscura and numerous refreshment stops, Tavira – the springboard for exploring the Ilha de Tavira – boasts a selection of great attractions!
8. RIO GUADIANA
This border river flows peacefully past Vila Real de Santo António, the castle town of Alcoutim, and the bird rich wetlands of the Reserva Natural do Sapal.
9. ILHA DA CULATRA
This island, home to the pretty villages of Culatra and Farol, is in a world of its own. The boat ride through the Ria da Formosa nature park is worth the trip alone.
The Algarve’s largest city surprises visitors with its harbour, its historic architecture and its vibrant, bustling atmosphere. Check out the well-preserved Old Town that’s surrounded by mighty walls.
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