Algarve holidays, in Portugal’s balmy south, will introduce you to an area of abundant orchards and a famously hospitable populace. This beautiful region offers the perfect climate for travelers and agriculture – the region’s weather makes it as perfect for working on your tan as it is for raising flavorful fruit. As with all of Europe, its centuries-old history has left a variety of monuments to connect visitors to its past. Its friendly, welcoming people and reasonable prices for meals and accommodation make it one of the perfect Mediterranean holidays for travelers today.
Algarve has many sights, activities and day-trips to choose from or create, depending on your idea of a perfect holiday. You could spend your time traveling through the countryside, taking in the scenery and visiting some of those historical sites – or just head to the beach. Golfers will find several high quality courses in the area, as golf is a big part of the tourist industry here. And everywhere! This is especially true during the winter. Don’t worry though, you probably won’t be playing in the snow. We have many More Algarve Vacation Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.
Algarve holidays have to include a trip to some of its some fantastic beaches! With its modern amenities, “Praia de Barril” is the first choice of most visitors, while “Praia da Armona” is said to be the most romantic. If sun and surfing are what you crave, as a participant or an observer, then “Meia Praia” is probably the one for you.
Of course, in keeping with European tradition, you’ll find many lovely cafes, tempting bakeries and every kind of restaurant everywhere you go. Make sure you sample some of the local produce and authentic Portuguese cuisine…you didn’t come all this way to eat at McDonalds!
Moving inland, you’ll find captivating examples of Portuguese culture and history to explore. The town of Faro is a very old one, and one of the most beloved holiday places in the province. If you go, be sure to enter through the spectacular Arco da Villa Town Gate. About 10k beyond Faro you’ll find the town of Estoi, a favorite stop of art lovers that also presents the best examples of traditional Algarvean architecture.
After another 10k journey, from Estoi, you’ll arrive at Sao Bras de Alportel with its famous town market surrounded by almond groves. There are a lot of almond groves throughout Algarve! While you’re here, you can have a delicious meal on Pousada’s terrace while savoring the incredible view. Further into town, a 15th Century church called Igreja displays a stunning facade and bell tower that represent the classic local style. It’s also home to a fine collection of local art.
Did I mention the almond groves? Almonds are a huge part of the province’s agriculture, particularly in its southern region. It’s known as the ‘Garden of Portugal’ for a reason! During blossom season in late January and early February, the almond trees’ contribute a lot to the enchanting views across the landscape. In addition to the omnipresent almonds, you’ll also find orchards filled with lemons, oranges, carobs, pomegranates and figs.
Amid all that, though, the fondest memories of your Algarve holidays may be of its people. We have many More Portugal Vacation Information, Travel Review and Attractions Articles Now Available.