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Ten reasons why the Algarve is an ideal holiday destination

The Algarve is a beautifully versatile region in the south of Portugal that you can visit for many reasons:

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  1. Portuguese cuisine

Portuguese cuisine is tasty and can be described as simple and solid. In the Algarve, you will find a lot of fresh fish, shellfish and seafood on the menu.

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2. Climate

The Algarve has a wonderful Mediterranean climate with no less than 300 days of sunshine annually and almost no rain. The winter months are cool (but never really cold) due to the Atlantic Ocean. The summer months are hot, but it does not become extremely hot (maximum temperature is 27 degrees).

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3. Golden beaches

A characteristic feature of the Algarve coast is its incredibly beautiful long beaches and small idyllic bays with high impressive orange cliffs and rocks.

From the villa, it is a 20-minute drive to the Praia da Lago beach, for example. The following golden beaches are also worth visiting: Praia da Falésia, Praia da Galé, Praia da Oura and there is much more to discover. It is all equally photogenic!

4. Hiking

The green hinterland of the Algarve is a great place for hiking. The Monchique Mountains are a hiker's paradise par excellence. It is located in a protected nature reserve, the Serra de Monchique.
You can also do the famous Seven Hanging Valleys walk along the Algarve coast. This famous footpath is highly recommended and takes you along seven valleys: you walk from bay to bay. The view changes constantly. The starting point is Praia da Marinha (according to many the most beautiful beach in the Algarve) and the end point is Praia de Vale Centianes. The walk is 6 km in total (12 km if you also walk back). The walk has a relatively low level of difficulty. Make sure you wear good shoes (not slippers) and be prepared (take enough water with you, especially in the summer months).
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5. Water sports

Water sports enthusiasts can get their money's worth in the Algarve: you can go supping, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking and much more. The south-west coast of the Algarve is a surfer's paradise with ideal waves and authentic towns like Sagrès. You can also surf or kitesurf on other beaches.

6. Golf

The Algarve is one of the most popular golf destinations in Europe. This is thanks to the perfect climate and the many beautiful golf courses (34 courses in total).

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7. Cosy towns and villages

The Algarve has many authentic villages and cosy cities, such as: Faro, Albufeira, Lagos, Silves, Loulé, Tavira.

 

Loulé

From the Quinta, it is a 5-minute drive to one of the oldest towns in the Algarve, Loulé. Under the Moors, Loulé was a fortified city, al-Ulya. You will recognise the Moorish architecture in Loulé: the white houses in the old centre and the beautiful covered market hall. Here you can find fresh vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, other local delicacies, stalls with handicrafts of wicker, leather, pottery, etc. On Saturdays, there is also a local market around the market hall in Loulé.

 

The atmospheric shopping street Rua 5 de Outubro offers good shopping (souvenirs, clothes, delicacies, shoe shops). In the medieval streets and cute alleyways, you will find authentic craft shops selling copper cataplana pans, wickerwork, pottery, tile decoration and cork products.

8. Relaxed atmosphere

The Portuguese are a very friendly people: they are open, helpful and don't make a fuss. As a result, there is a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

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9. Shopping

The Algarve has several malls/shopping centres where you can shop extensively. A 10-minute drive from the villa is the shopping mall the MAR and Designer Outlet. There is also a large mall in Faro and one in Albufeira.

10. Easily accessible

The Algarve is easily accessible. Several airlines fly directly to Faro every day. With just a three hours' flight you will be at the convenient Faro airport.

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