PORTUGAL ALGARVES - Sagres, Faro, Lagos,Albufeira, Vilamoura
Lagos is a historic and lively city that is situated on the beautiful Western Algarve coastline. As a holiday destination, Lagos offers visitors glorious beaches, buzzing nightlife and a charming historic centre, which has retained its traditional character and charm. Within the Lagos region is an abundance of varied sights and activities, which makes the city a fantastic destination for tourists who want more than just great beaches and glorious weather for their holiday. For the intrepid visitor, Lagos can be used as a base from which to explore the entire western Algarve and there are numerous enjoyable day trips, many of which are easily accessible by public transport.
Albufeira is the largest, liveliest and most energetic of all of the resort towns that line southern Portugal’s beautiful Algarve coastline. Albufeira provides stunning beaches, a glorious climate, a vast selection of restaurants and a buzzing nightlife; there is so much to love about Albufeira and this has transformed the once peaceful fishing village into the Algarve’s most popular holiday destinations. Being the largest resort town of the Algarve, Albufeira has an extensive range of activities, attractions and hotels, making the town an ideal holiday destination for families, couples or groups looking to party.
Sagres is remote, adventurous and unlike any other destination in southern Portugal. The small town is situated at the extreme western tip of the Algarve, a region of dramatic natural scenery; comprising of raging seas, towering cliffs and vast beaches. Sagres is a destination where visitors come to embrace nature’s immense power, be that in the sea surfing, on the land hiking, or basking under the glorious sun. Sagres may not be for all, as the town has a laid back ambience with an outpost’s rugged and unkempt appearance, but for others Sagres will be the best location in the Algarve.
Vilamoura is one of southern Portugal’s finest resort towns, offering so much more than just stunning beaches and glorious weather. Originally, Vilamoura was constructed in the 1980s as an elite golfing centre, and today the town has matured into a stylish and sophisticated resort, boasting world-class golf courses and outstanding tourist facilities. Vilamoura is a sprawling town encompassing numerous parks, multiple tourist developments and five golf courses, but its true centre is the exclusive marina complex. Found at the marina are stylish hotels, gourmet restaurants and chic bars, and from here it is only a short stroll to the pristine beaches of Praia da Falésia or Praia de Vilamoura. Vilamoura is unlike any other Portuguese town, gone is the dilapidated charm, replaced with striking perfection, which is simply expected by the super-rich who moor their million-dollar yachts in the marina.
Faro is a fascinating city, which combines an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and an abundance of Portuguese charm. Sadly, Faro is often overlooked, considered purely for its airport and being the main point of entry to southern Portugal, but for those visitors who spend time in Faro will discover a wonderful and captivating city. Within Faro, there is a delightful historic centre that is encircled by ancient city walls, while the pretty city centre is filled with pedestrianised shopping streets and peaceful plazas. By day there is an unhurried ambience about the city, with old men playing dominos in the plazas, but by night there is a surprising buzzing and social nightlife to Faro. The city is also the gateway to the Ria Formosa nature park, a series of saltwater lagoons and mudflats, which are a haven for migratory birds and wildlife. Beyond the Ria Formosa are three sandbar islands, which are the location of Faro’s pristine beaches, along with traditional fishing communities. Faro is a diverse and intriguing city, which provides an authentic Portuguese experience, and deserves to be visited.