Your 2019 Travel Guide to the Algarve
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The Algarve is certainly one of the most beautiful regions in the world. With golden beaches, warm seasons, delicious food and amazing scenery; you will never want to leave.
If you are planning on visiting the Portuguese Coast this summer, keep on reading for our 2019 Travel Guide to the Algarve.
Where to Stay
There are lots of great cities to stay along the Algarve Coast. We strongly recommend Portimão. Only 45 minutes from Faro Airport, Portimão is ideal for families and couples. The city is right in the middle of the Algarve – perfect for your day trips out exploring.
If you enjoy getting out and about, we’d recommend hiring a car during your stay. Hire a car via chill.ie from Faro Airport and you can pay as little as €9.99* per day with unlimited mileage.
Day 1 – Cape St. Vincent and Sagres
The Edge of the World
Cape St. Vincent is the southwestern most point of Portugal and of mainland Europe and was once considered up until the 14th century, the end of the known world.
Along the cliff edge, you can’t help thinking about the magic and wonder of the place. The views are simply breath-taking! We recommend taking a light jacket as the winds can be very strong.
A ten minute drive from Cape St.Vincent will bring you to the magnificent Sagres Fort. The fort was originally designed to protect the town from raiders sailing in from the Mediterranean. It was from here where Henry the Navigator devised his expeditions and marked the start of Portuguese exploration.
Day 2 – Lagos
Lagos is full of life with plenty to do and see. The 16th century town is characterised by cobbled lanes, colourful piazzas and churches. We recommend exploring the local shops and the beautiful beaches.
Make sure to visit the world famous Ponta da Piedade which is located very close to Lagos. Here you will come across a stunning landscape of caves, grottoes and sea arches. With clear blue waters and a lush landscape full of colour, you will have arrived in paradise!
Day 3 – Zoomarine
You’ve enjoyed some of the most impressive sights of the Algarve so now’s the time to let your hair down! Grab your towel and swimming gear and head out to the fun-packed Zoomarine. One of Portugal’s top water parks, Zoomarine is a mixture of water-slides, amusements and zoological presentations. Whether you’re zipping down a slide or catching the dolphin show, there will be plenty of things to keep the family occupied.
Day 4 – Explore the Sea Caves
A highlight for many visiting the Algarve is to take a boat trip visiting the coastline and caves of the Portuguse coast. We recommend booking a boat trip from Benagil Beach. Make sure to bring a waterproof camera as the views of the coastline and the caves are spectacular. Most of tours will make a stop at the world famous Benagil Cave. You will be blown away with its sheer size and beauty – it really is out of this world.
Day 5 – The Secret Waterfall
You won’t find it in many tour guides and it’s pretty hard to find, but a visit to the Pogo de Inferno waterfall will stay in your memory forever! This small waterfall and lake is located in Tavira but not well signposted. The location is as beautiful as the photos – it really feels like you’re in a movie!
If you do decide to venture out, make sure to have Google Maps working on your phone. The GPS co-ordinates to enter into Google Maps for the car-park are 37°09'26.9"N 7°41'52.0"W. After getting your photos, you should make your way to Barril (Barrel) beach in Tavira Island. Access to the beach is by mini-train. Barril beach offers calm and warm waters during the Spring and Summer. The beach often holds the blue flag.
Day 6 – Seven Hanging Valleys Tour
If you enjoy walking, you need to place the Seven Hanging Valleys tour onto your to-do-list. It is one of the most scenic hiking routes of the Algarve.
We recommend parking the car at Praia da Marinha and then making your way gradually west to Praia de Vale Centeanes. It’s a long walk to and back taking about 4-6 hours. But there are plenty of beaches to explore and restaurants along the way if you need to re-fuel up. Bring a camera with you and it might take longer. You will be stopping every few minutes to snap the dramatic coastline, majestic sea arches and the golden cliffs.
Day 7 – Silves
As your holiday comes to an end, why not make one final day trip out to the historical town of Silves. Once the ancient capital of the Algarve, Silves is a great tourist destination with plenty of sights to explore and visit.
All the streets wind up to the impressive red brick castle which dominates the town. Stop for lunch along the outdoor cafes and take in the wonder of this delightful town.
There is so much to do and explore in the Algarve and we hope you have taken some inspiration from our 2019 Guide. May, June and September are great months to go as the sun is hot and the beaches aren’t that busy. Wherever you go, make sure that you and your loved ones are protected with travel insurance. Get a quote here today.
*Price correct as of 16/01/2019.