The dramatic rocky coast of the Algarve – Portugal’s most south westerly region – has become a tourism sensation since it was discovered by the mainly British package tourist industry in the 1960’s. Today it attracts visitors from all over Europe, who enjoy the beaches, gulf courses, excellent cuisine and laidback Mediterranean attitude – as well as the low cost of flights and Algarve accommodation.
From the most prestigious luxury resorts to forgotten ramshackle backpacker digs Algarve hotels have something for everyone. The incredible beaches with average summer temperatures of 27 degrees Centigrade, the busy marina and quaint old town of Lagos makes the resorts on the west coast. The Carvi Hotel, Clube Porto Mos Hotel and Aqua Meia Praia Hotel are all strong mid-range contenders. Other great resorts include Carvoeiro, Armacao de Pera, and Monte Gordo in the east towards the Spanish border.
Recommended hostels – which charge from 10 Euros per night per person for shared dormitories – include the Lagos Youth Hostel, Rising Cock, Carlos House and Hen House.
To experience the old Algarve visit the ancient fishing village of Alvor, which is not only charming but has a vibrant nightlife with live music bars and excellent selection of restaurants.
Places to eat in the Algarve vary from traditional Portuguese dining to British-style fish and chips by the sea. The Restaurant Vila Velha in Logos is Portuguese through and through with traditional décor, friendly service and warm fire to try excellent local food.
For an idyllic country-setting visit Cachoas Restaurante just outside Lagos – there’s a beautiful tree lined terrace to welcome you.
Like many Mediterranean regions the Algarve has a vibrant café and bar culture. The Bahias Beach Bar near the Lagos train station, Do Cais next to the marina and the wine cellar in the town centre at Adenga Velha are all great options.
For more information see Mydestination.com/Algarve