The Algarve is in the south of Portugal. It’s a place of beautiful beaches and cultural cities. Sunshine, golden sands, al fresco dining, lively nightlife, friendly atmosphere and plenty to do make this a top holiday destination. And, when you add to the mix that here at Palmer & Parker we’ve got the best villas for rent in the Algarve – you know its going to be a dream holiday.
Here are five things to do in Algarve in 2018 – guaranteed to inspire…
Golden sands as far as the eye can see, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean lapping onto the beach, dramatic cliffs and gorgeous sunsets. The beaches of the Algarve are amongst the most beautiful in the world. None more so that Praia da Marinha. This is real postcard material, an enchanting sight. The eroded limestone forms outcrops, arches and caves and the snorkelling is superb as the sea is particularly clear. Relax on the white sand or enjoy a scenic boat tour of the sea caves along the coast.
Cruises and water tours
Spend half a day or a full day touring the sun-soaked waters off the coast. Take your swimming gear with you and enjoy a dip en route. Depending on which tour you take, you could visit secluded beaches, sample the local brandy, discover the magical caves, relax and simply enjoy the ride. If you’re feeling more energetic then a jet boat tour might be your thing. There are plenty of speed boat tours on offer either privately rented or with a group. Whatever floats your boat!
There are lots of picturesque old towns where you’ll enjoy a wander along cobbled streets and sitting in shaded squares watching the world go by. A couple not to miss are the old town of Faro, a walled city where orange trees grow and Lagos with its charming shops and churches. Have your camera ready to capture the sights in these lovely historic towns.
One of our favourite landmarks in the Algarve is the Cabo de São Vicente (the Cape of Saint Vincent) – the most south-westerly extremity in Europe. Until the end of the 14th century, this 60m high jagged cliff was thought to be the end of the known world and even today its an impressive sight with its lighthouse whose light is so bright it can be seen from 60 miles away. It’s around 40km from the town of Lagos and well worth the trip for the stunning views.
Who doesn’t love to watch dolphins frolic in the waves. No one that’s who! We all love to see these joyful and intelligent creatures playing and checking you out. There are several companies operating in the Algarve including www.algarve-dolphins.com. They are the only company working in Algarve waters supporting the research and protection of dolphins and other marine life. Highly qualified marine biologists study the dolphins in their natural habitat and act as guides.