Plenty to discoverEnjoy a variety of scenery and activities on the family friendly Portuguese coast
With its rugged coastline hugging the Atlantic on two sides, the Algarve in southern Portugal is a treasure trove of hidden bays, sandy beaches, majestic cliffs and wondrous sea-caves just waiting to be explored.
This is a place of extraordinary natural beauty, including the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, where secret lagoons and bird-filled islands stretch for over 60 kilometres, and the Via Algarviana, which encompasses some spectacular hiking country. Ancient castles, walled towns and enchanting villages dot the rolling hillsides, and citrus orchards and almond trees cover the countryside, enticing you to explore. Pretty fishing villages, like Cacela Velha, are a trip back in time with a slow gentle pace of life. The towns to the south are full of vibrant nightlife and adventurous waterparks, offering to fill up your days with action-packed activities.
So much to discover
The beautiful Algarve has something for everyone and will never disappoint. Sun worshippers will love the miles of golden sands and pristine beaches, just perfect to spend lazy days watching the waves of the deep blue Atlantic. Some smaller resorts, such as Alvor and Carvoeiro, boast gentle sea waters and family-friendly beaches, so little ones can play safely while you relax. To discover the real Algarve head to Tavira, where its cobbled streets and alleys, traditional houses and ancient castle give you a taste of how life used to be. Meanwhile, Lagos will take your breath away with its stunning sandstone cliffs and clear blue sea. Wander the streets to find the ex-slave market or discover the history of the old fort.
Time to Play
The Algarve is a golf lover’s paradise and nowhere does it better than the exclusive Vilamoura. With no fewer than six championship golf courses to enjoy, this is the place to be. Million-dollar yachts sit in the marina surrounded by stylish boutiques and restaurants, just the place to enjoy a chilled glass of wine and watch the world go by. Thrill seekers will find water-sports galore along the Algarve’s stunning coastline, from exhilarating jet-skis and water-skiing to hair-raising waterparks. The west coast is perfect for surfing with miles of unspoilt coastline to explore. Hiking, horse-riding, 4 x 4 excursions, climbing and deep sea fishing - however you want to spend your days, the Algarve is the place to do it.
When the sun goes down
Before heading off to the nightclubs and hotspots to dance the night away, savour a taste of the Algarve at a traditional Portuguese restaurant, where fish and seafood are often paired with a wine from the region. Meat-eaters will love the flavoursome ‘Feijoada’ a traditional pork, bacon, sausage and bean stew, or ‘Bife à Portuguesa’, sirloin cooked in a special clay dish. After your meal, sample a glass of the heady local port.
Once you have visited the stunning Algarve, we know you will want to return again and again, and here at Azure we can tailor a holiday to be exactly what you want. Let us make your holiday dreams come true with a luxurious stay in the beautiful Algarve.
where to stay
We work with a range of hotels throughout the region, and our specialists can ensure you pick the perfect place for you to stay during your holiday. Below is a snapshot of some of the properties we love, but this list isn't exhaustive, so if you want any more advice and full details of all the hotels we work, with please don't hesitate to contact us on 01244 322770.
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra HotelFrom...
Follow in the footsteps of Agatha Christie, Maria Callas and Mick Jagger with a stay at the Tivoli Palacio de Seteais Sintra. The hotel guest book is a veritable celebrity who’s who, and it is no surprise why. This is a romantic 18th century palace that quickly becomes a firm favourite with discerning travellers.
Bela Vista Hotel & SpaFrom...
For those who dream of breathtaking Atlantic vistas, tranquil gardens and decadent elegance, look no further than the Bela Vista. The unrivalled hospitality and romantic surroundings are just some of the charming details of this fabulous hotel.
Vila Vita ParcFrom...
Hidden among lush botanical gardens, the cliff-side Vila Vita Parc is one of the finest resorts on the Algarve. Comprising a range of private villas, ocean-view suites, and well-appointed rooms, this striking resort is the perfect place for a relaxing break in the sun. Cobalt and ivory tones infuse the stylish design here. Many rooms have outdoor spaces, including private roof-terraces, while villas enjoy their own private pool.
Anantara Vilamoura PortugalFrom...
Suitable for both couples and families, Anantara Vilamoura, Portugal, is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Offering a glamorous retreat on the idyllic Algarve coast, the hotel is all about sleek lines, stunning symmetrical gardens and fresh, contemporary interiors.
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