Five Best Towns to Visit in the Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve is the hidden gem situated in the South of Portugal, and it is the most popular holiday destination and the best-visited region in the country. It is also rich in culture and graced with offbeat a hundred beaches garnering more than four million visitors each year and offering good ambiance to its visitors, like the golden beaches, sea caves scalloped bays, soaring cliffs and the sandy peninsula. This region is surrounded on two sides by the Atlantic. It is wonderland to everyone who first seen the place, and most for the surfers, particularly along with the vitality undeveloped west coast.

This region offers a large tourist hots pots aggregation of holiday villas, hotels and impetuous resorts that filled with loaded activities from water parks to water sport and energetic nightlife, beach bars to blistering nightclubs. The Natural gems include bird-filled lagoons and reef of the protected Park National of Ria Formosa from the West of the capital Faro.

Up to the greenish hills – the historical castle town and ruins of some villages rolled countryside covered in rocks, olive trees, almond trees, and citrus orchards, including farmhouses.

So if you have to think for a place for the gateway, you might consider Algarve as your destination to spend with your family and friends.

Here are the five best towns to visit in the Algarve:
  • Albufeira
  • Lagos
  • Loulé
  • Tavira
  • Portimão
Praia do Pescadores ( Fisherman beach ), Abufeira
Praia do Evaristo, Albufeira
1. Albufeira

It is one of the cities of the Algarve, and it was known as a small fishing village. The town is divided into two parts – ‘ The Old town and the New Town.’ Moreover, The Old Town is four times the size for the Strip or the New Town. The Old Town is situated at the seafront principally a pedestrian area. In here there are vast choices of restaurant bars, and shops. Many bars always have a live band every night, and the most known is the Rock Cafe on the central square. The place is trendy for young people.

Things to Do: Albufeira has many various beaches, one whose close to the town is ‘ Praia dos Pescadores.’ ( Fisherman Beach ) also, in this place you can find a boulevard with lots of restaurants that you can choose from, and many traditional Portuguese cuisines, an example: is the cataplana styled dishes with mixed of fresh plates of seafood in it. Adding to their traditional dish is the (Frango con Piri-Piri ) roasted chicken with spicy sauce, and much more depending on your choice, also including to their menu an international meal.

If you want to stay in a quiet place away from the crowded area, there are many deserted places like the beach Praia da Evaristo, in here you will find a massive formation of rocks and a small natural basin where the children can enjoy playing in the island.

For divest the day away from the beach for the kids go to “Krazy World Zoo.” It is 16 kilometres northwest of Albufeira. In here, kids can play with pony rides, petting farms with goats, deers and a lot more.

How to Get There: You can access Albufeira by cars, buses and trains. From Faro airport to Albufeira can take 37 minutes rides by car. It is not advisable to take a train almost always because it’s stop in the middle of nowhere and it is 7 kilometres from the tourist centre.

Tips: It is a lot better to rent a car because public transportation in the Algarve is so slow. However, if you are not in a rush, you can always take any public transport.

Things not to Forget to Bring:It is essential to bring with you a sun cream, and towel. Sun cream you need when the heat of the sun strike you need to apply first to protect your skin from UV.

Praia do Camilo, Lagos
Praia da Ponta Piedade, Lagos
2. Lagos

Lagos is one of the tourist town attraction in the Algarve with its remarkable discovery, lies along the bank of the Ribeira de Bensafrim. The old town is beautiful, the cobbled lanes, quaint churches and squares are confined predominantly in the fourteen century to 16th-century walls. Apart from the walls is a prevailing but not overly repugnant ramble and some authentically spectacular beaches. The Praia Ponta da Piedade, and Praia da Camilo, with its climatic chunk of the foreland with writhe, flecked sandstone ledge and fortress, integrated with incandescence lights. Surely it is a breathtaking place.

Things to Do: If you do love shopping there are many shopping malls in the town, and it is open from 10:00-21:00 daily except on a Sunday. Also, boat trips run along the coast all year round while personal side trip in inland to Lagos zoo.

How to Get There: You can reach Lagos with cars, trains and buses. But it is much easier to rent a car from Faro Airport to Lagos. If you go by car, it can take a 1-hour drive. Trains and buses are slow and not on time, but it can bring you to where you need to be.

Loulé Market
3. Loulé

Loulé is the largest backland of the Algarve, it is 16 kilometres northwest from the capital Faro. This town is the Arabic inspired tight market upon which they are selling local produce fresh fish. Surround the market it is also busy shopping streets and every Saturday the town is bustling due to both gypsy and farmers market day and loads of tourists. It is also known for its artisan traditions works up to this present time, artisans make copperworks, wicker baskets, and quilting in hole-in-hole wall workshops about towns. This town should not consider a beach holiday because the nearest one is 10 kilometres away.

Things to Do: When you love to go to the local market, then this town is best for you, combined with exploring the whole market place with its old museums and the cobblestones streets.

How to Get There: Loulé can be reached by cars, trains and buses. From Faro airport to the centre of Loule is 16 kilometres drive by car.

Costa do Acantilado, the capital town of Tavira

4. Tavira

Tavira is considered as the charming town of the Algarve. The ruin of the old castle and old Roman bridge and a Gothic-Renaissance church are among its historical attractions, an appealing combination of guesthouses and an impressive restaurants make an attractive base to explore the eastern richness of the Algarve. Digging the prodigious archaeological remains that found on the ( Castelo ) castle dated back from the 8th-century BC through the 8th-century AD, and the exhume has brought to light the part of Phoenician wall circa on 800 BC an ox-tongue partisan altar in the 9th century BC.

It is also quintessential for strolling the street with its beautiful gardens and the shaded square, and it includes stunning beaches too.

Things to Do: Discover the beautiful architecture archaeology of the town and the boat tour. Discover the lagoons and its bird in the Ria Formosa Tavira. In there you can explore and have close contact with nature.

How to Get There: You can access Tavira by cars, buses and trains. Faro airport to the centre of Tavira is 28 kilometres. It is advisable to rent a car.

Praia da Rocha, Portimão
5. Portimão

Portimão it is the second biggest city in the Algarve; sited on the broad of the Rio Arade. Made its living from fishing since the Roman times but around these times it is the most paramount urbanised in the west Algarve. Known for its small airfield and small harbour. And famous for its fresh fish restaurants, grilled sardines is the city’s unique dish. Praia da Rocha beach is one of the best tourist natural attraction in town. To get to Praia da Rocha is 30 minutes walking from the centre.

Things to Do: There are a lot of shopping in the centre of the town if you do love shopping – with any kind examples are decorative objects, jewellery, pottery and many more.

How to Get There: Portimão has a small airport field but not scheduled or regularly feature domestic flights. You can reach the town by trains, cars and buses. Faro airport to Portimão is 71 kilometres away.
Tips: It would be Ideal to rent a car i.e. because as always the bus and train are not on time.

© Leonie M.