Top Five Reasons to Visit the Algarve
By Stephanie Rumalay
Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and is Portugal’s top tourist destination due to its central region that is popular for its lively coastal resorts. This region is quite in demand especially during the hot, summer months when we all just want to get away. The Rio Apartments in Vilamoura and The Mirachoro II & III in Portimão prove to be popual accomodation choices amongst our customers. We came up with top 5 reasons why you should visit the Algarve besides the obvious all year round fabulous weather.
1: ENERGETIC NIGHTLIFE
NoSoloÁgua in Portimão is one of the most popular night clubs and favourite summer hangouts in Algarve. This nightclub not only offers live music nights with different music genres but it also is a restaurant where you can enjoy your meal as you take in the beautiful scenery of the vicinity. Also, have fun and enjoy the sunset parties that take place around the club’s swimming pool from dusk till dawn. Take advantage of the club’s free entry until 1 AM and find yourselves dancing to the beat and sipping on your favourite beverage.
2: CHARMING VILLAGES
Find yourselves entranced by the charm of the villages in Algarve. Alte, in Lolulé, is one of the most unspoilt villages in the Algarve region. It will definitely capture one’s attention with its cobbled streets, jovial ambiance and colourful window frames against whitewashed houses. Alte’s church is located at the centre of the village that has several cafes is the surrounding area where you can take in the peacefulness of the village. It is possible to stay in Alte at the villages only hotel, aplty named the Alte Hotel.
Visit this quaint village during February where you can watch its annual carnival where you can throw confetti at the float parading down the streets for €1.50.
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If inland villages are not your thing, maybe coastal villages are your cup of tea. Santa Luzia is a fishing village in Tavira, Algarve. The perfect time to visit this village is around the first two weeks August. Join the locals as they celebrate Expoluzia – a festival celebrating the fishing heritage of Santa Luzia. They also celebrate Festa dos Pescodores (Festival of the Fishermen) in the last few days of Expoluzia.
Santa Luzia is the octopus capital of the Algarve and the image related to the village is covos – octopus pots. Octopus is the village’s local specialty that should be tried at least once in one’s lifetime.
3: RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS
Algarve offers numerous restaurants and cafes that will definitely satisfy the palates of gastronomes. Vila Joy in Albufeira is a 2 Michelin star restaurant that offers an array of food options. You will find yourselves indulging the food creations of Chef Dieter Koschina in this luxury restaurant.
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If you are looking for something more affordable than Vila Joy, why not dine in O Terraço restaurant in Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel. This restaurant offers traditional Portuguese cuisine for both the hotel guests and to non-residents. Their menu will appeal to all ages and caters for children as well.
4: Children Friendly / Family Orientated
Algarve is one of Europe’s destinations that are suitable for the family. The children will enjoy a day filled with fun and parents would not have to worry about their kids throwing a tantrum.
Zoomarine in Guia is one of the top children’s attractions in the Algarve. Visitors of different ages will definitely enjoy Zoomarine with its waterslides, educational shows and swimming along with the dolphins. Zoomarine offers a one day and two day ticket entry that are of reasonable prices. The attraction also offers a scheduled shuttle bus service that covers the whole of the Algarve for an affordable price.
5: BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
Anyone visiting the Algarve should not miss going to one of its beautiful beaches. Praia da Dona Ana, near the Carvi Beach Hotel in Lagos has been dubbed as the number one beach in the Algarve that everyone should check out. This beach offers several activities such as swimming and snorkeling perfect. And also, there are nearby coves and hidden grottoes that can be explored via boat tours that is perfect for families and/or friends.
The five reasons we have listed above should have convinced you to keep Algarve in mind when thinking of booking your next holiday. Algarve has many more to offer that suits all types of visitors from parents with children to a group of friends travelling together.
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