Algarve, located in the far south of Portugal, forms the basis of a carefree sunshine. In about three hours you fly from most Europian airports to Faro. The South Portugese region is famous for its beautiful golden beaches in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Read more about the beaches in the Algarve!

LIKEA LOCAL

Gold colored beaches of the Algarve. The Algarve in Portugal has 200 km of coastline with countless sandy beaches. These beaches are ideal for young and old, because the is particulary child friendly. There is also a lot of variation in the beaches.There are big sancy beaches and adorable little beaches that are hidden between the golden cliffs of sometimes tens of meters high. Choice enough!

Praia Dona Ana.

Praia Dona Ana is one of the most pituresque beaches of the Algarve. The beach is located around the corner of Lagos and is surrounded on both sides by trees and rocks. It is a versatile beach. You will find the Ponta de Piedade. This rock party is popular with professional and amateur photographers who like to take a look of the place. Also nice: it is possible to sail by boat to the rock formations. Praia Dona Ana is also excellent for a walk. There are short walks along the cliffs, very special! Would you rather keep calm and relax on the golden sands? Sun loungers and umbrellas can be rented for an additional charge.

Praia da Falesia.

Praia da Falesia certainly can not be missed! This is by far the most beautiful beach in the region. Just imagine: red rocks around you, sand as far as the eye strecthes and you on the towel or sunbed with nothing more than the sun. The beach of Praia de Falesia is 3 km long, that makes it ideal for a walk. Take of your shoes and feel the warm sand between your toes.  

 

 

Praia de Marinha

Ever read a travel guide about the Algarve? Thick chance that a picture of Praia da Marinha was used on the cover. The caves, rocks formations and golden beachs make Praia de Marinha a popular beach. Only the walk through it, through the beautiful nature through a path of stairs, is worth it. Praia de Marinha is near Lagos. The beach runs slowly into the sea. In addition, you do not have to be afraid of contaminated water, because the water of Praia de Marinha is very clean. The beach has therefore received the golden beach award.

 

 

ALGARVE WITH CHILDREN

The nicest hotspots and activities!

In addition to a pleasant climate and luxuary hotels at a great price, the Portugese region offers the Algarve enough opportunities for a child friendly holiday.

The nicest water and amusement parks in the Algarve. Take a trip to one of the many water and fun parks that are the Algarve has to offer:

One of Portugal largest water park, Slide and Spash, is located in the Algarve. The park, which has existed since 1986, has spectacular slides. Are you going for the Kamikaze, Black Hole or the Tornado? There are also quiter slides in case you are not keen on those. For children there are seperate childrens pools with shallow water and mini slides.

Zoomarine in Albufeira. This park, where a lot of shows with dolphins, see lions, birds of prey and parrots are stepped up. guarantees a day of fun for young and old! In additoin to the many shows, you will find several swimming pools (including a wave pool) slides, an aquarium, ferris wheel and ternpit.

In Lagos is the nicest Zoo in the Algarve, despite the fact that you will not run into elephants and lions. In the zoo you will find especially smaller sized animals, such as sicky tails, monelys, lynxes and birds. The park also has two playgrounds and a childrens farm.

 

 

EXPERIENCE LIKE A LOCAL

Olhão, the largest fishing port in the Algarve.

In the fishing port of Olhão is a lot of activity. Early in the morning the fishermen leave and in the morning they catch their catch of the day at the quayside. Tons of sardines are landed and trade begins immediately.But not only the port makes us Olhão find a nice place in the Algarve; Also the city center is highly recommended. You are deceived when you think the Moors have had an impact on the building. Although the buildings in the center have Moorish influences, the Moors have never lived, because Olhão is simply too young. A few fishermen from northern Portugal built the first houses in Moorish style. One of the best places in the city center is the daily market in the city park at the Ria Formosa. Buy fresh local produce and go picnic in the park. Also visit the church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário and the Capela do Senhor de Aflitos. At the chapel, the fishermen prayed in bad weather that their men were still returning from the sea.

 

Faro, the capital of the Algarve


A shame that Faro is seen to be  just the city of arrival, but few holidaymakers take the opportunity to take a look at the city.
Faro is not a standard tourist city, but that is exactly the charm of the capital of the Algarve. Stroll through the car-free walled city and enjoy the peace. You will find few notable sights in the city; By a fire in 1596 and two earthquakes in the 18th century all Moorish and Jewish traces were destroyed.
Why do we see Faro as one of the beads of the Algarve? It is especially a very cozy city! In the afternoon, the streets are full of locals looking for a bar, restaurant or bench overlooking the harbor. Also fun: for the coast of Faro are some islands that you can reach by boat. Go for a day to sunbathe.

 

Cabo de São Vicente, the end of the world


One of the most southwestern points of the Algarve and Portugal is Cabo de São Vicente, also known as 'the end of the world'. Because the country suddenly went over in a cliff of 50 meters high, it was thought that this was the end of the world for a long time. Nothing is less true of course, but you have a great view of the area and you can watch the high waves spreading to the rocks for hours.

Silves, a must see for culture lovers


Culture lovers are not allowed to skip a visit to Silves. On top of the mountain top you will find Castelo dos Mouros. Around this castle were found remains of buildings from the 18th century. In the center of Silves you will find a 13th century cathedral and also the Musueu Municipal Arquelógica and the courtyard museum.

 

Lagos, a beautiful mix of culture and beach


Lagos history goes back for years. There are traces of a settlement of the Celts dating back to 4,000 years! Due to its strategic location it was a real trading city; Trade was driven by, among others, the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthagers, both during Roman rule and in the Moorish era.
Many buildings from this time, however you do not find  more; caused by a powerful earthquake (with a 10 meter high tide), Lagos was practically wiped out of the map. Only the city walls and some buildings (like the Igreja de Santo António) have been spared. The church may not be very special from the outside, the interior is overwhelming. Also take a look at the Municipal Museums next to the church. After the city was rebuilt, it became especially a city for life-lovers. The city center is dominated by narrow, attractive streets and squares with terraces and fish restaurants. These run almost seamlessly along the promenade along the Ribiera de Bensafrim and the beaches.

 

EAT LIKE A LOCAL

For food lovers looking to delve deeper into the culinary delights of the region, dining with the locals is a foolproof way to ensure you are sampling some of the best dishes southern Portugal serves up. From seafood snack bars to snug mountaintop restaurants, here is how to eat inexpensive but delicious food while rubbing shoulders with Algarvios.

Alongside sun-drenched beaches and historical villages, the Algarve region of Portugal is packed with choices for anyone with a passion for simple, lovingly prepared local food.

 

 

Start with what the ocean provides. Seafood: clams, oysters, donax clams and cockles cooked on a griddle or in a frying pan are delicious. Some plain barnacles on a beach on the Vicentina coast, razor clam rice, whelk bean stew, clam xerém (stew with maize meal) and seafood açorda (bread casserole) are other examples to make the mouth water.

“Cataplana” is a typical and special dish. It is a big seafood stew served in a metal cataplana cooking pot, and is made for a minimum of two people. The dish includes potatoes, firm white seasonal fish, seafood, peppers, tomatoes, onions and a hint of chilli added to the base sauce.​ You can eat good cataplana at restaurant Ribeiro do Poco in VIla do Bispo  (Rua Ribeira do Poco 11 +351 282639075

www.ribeiradopoco.com

 

 

Percebes are goose barnacles. They look alarming but have an appealing flavour. Vila do Bispo is the “capital of percebes”.The traditional Portuguese restaurants normally offer a large selection of fish dishes, one of which is almost certain to be grilled sardines, served with boiled potatoes and vegetables or salad. Also commonly on the menu are a range of omelettes, salads and some meat dishes, like thin pork slices served with a creamy mushroom sauce or chicken piri-piri. .The prices are very reasonable, the food is good and the portions are generous.

 

House wine, which is normally a local Portuguese wine, is also very good value and very drinkable! On average a 2-course meal for 2, including house wine, can cost less than €25. (Soup of the day €1.50, main course €7.00 and a bottle of house wine €8). Obviously prices can vary enormously depending on location.Restaurants have got a lot better in offering vegetarian dishes on the menu (although don't expect to see more than one or two in most places) and vegans unfortunately are still poorly catered for.

 

You will find the Pastel de nata all over Portugal, but don’t visit the Algarve without having one (or two.) Find a place that serves this creamy custard tart fresh from the oven, as they are so much better served hot. Served with cinnamon and icing sugar, this is one of my favorite foods in Portugal.

 

 

TALK LIKE A LOCAL

 

Do you speak Portugese?

Armed with basic Portuguese phrases you can communicate with the locals, even if you don't know how to say anything else in Portuguese.

You'll see that, with these basic Portuguese phrases, you'll feel more confident when you talk to people or people talk to you. It’s easy to get by in the Algarve without knowing Portuguese even the locals (both young and old) understand and speak varying levels of English. Venture off the beaten path (and you should) to the smaller towns, or mountain-side, however, and suddenly a basic knowledge of Portuguese becomes indispensable. Here are a few key phrases that are sure to help most travellers in Portugal.

Hello     Olá     Olah – This is quite an informal greeting.

Good Morning     Bom dia     Bom[ng] deeya – lit. ‘Good day’ – a slightly more formal greeting than Olá – generally used up until about noon.

Good Afternoon     Boa tarde     Boa tarde (after about midday)

Good Evening     Boa noite     Boa noite – note that the same word, noite, is used for both evening and night.  Switch from saying ‘boa tarde’ to ‘boa noite’ around sunset.

Goodbye     Adeus     Adayush – lit. ‘To God’.  Note that you can use bom dia, boa tarde, and boa noite to say goodbye as well.

Yes     Sim     Sim[ng]

No     Não     Now[ng] – can also mean ‘not’ or ‘don't’.

Please     Se faz favor     Se fazh favor – often shortened to ‘faz favor’

Thank you     Obrigado      Obrigahdu – only said by males

                       Obrigada      Obrigahda – only said by females

Sorry     Desculpe     [des-cool-peh] is the word you use when you are sorry or when you "did something wrong and you want to apologise for it. In short, this means "I'm sorry!". You may also use this word to catch someone's attention as well, for instance at the restaurant when you want to call the waiter.

You'll see that, with these basic Portuguese phrases, you'll feel more confident when you talk to people or people talk to you.