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Travel Guide | Algarve, Portugal

Algarve
Cacela Velha Milreu Praia do Barril Estoi Estoi Praia da Marinha Algarve Cave

Fast Facts

  • It is the southernmost region, being the most popular destination in Portugal.
  • Temperatures are really nice and almost never falls below zero.
  • Official language is Portuguese, nevertheless if you speak Spanish most people will understand you; currency is Euro.

Transportation

  • Fly into the Faro Airport if you want to arrive by plane.
  • The best way to move around is by car. The motorways are really good and you can go from end to end in less than two hours.

“I’ve got to places I like to be. Portugal is one”. — Cliff Richard

Recommendations

Many people visit the Algarve looking forward spending some days at the beach, but you shouldn’t miss the small and beautiful old towns of the South of Portugal. Make sure to visit:

  • Cacelha Velha: You can’t miss this little and pinterest-y town that only has six houses. One of the most charming places of the Algarve.
  • Alte: Known for its natural pools where you can swim if you feel like it.
  • Milreu: Rather than visiting the little town, I recommend you to visit the roman ruins. Bear in mind there are only a few mosaics left, so don’t expect something really impressive. But in my opinions the visit is worth it.
  • Estoi: The famous palace is a gorgeus hotel today. Make sure to visit the gardens, they are really pretty and not crowded at all.
  • Praia do Barril: You might have seen photos of this floating around the web–it’s an anchor cemetery. To go there you should head to the Ilha de Tavira and then take a little train for just 1,20€. You can go on foot as well if you prefer.
  • Praia do Marinha: One of the most beautiful places you should visit.
  • Praia da Rocha:  You can take a little boat to visit all the amazing caves. From here you will be able to visit the famous Benagil Cave, known as “the Cathedral”.
  • Join a kayak excursion in Lagos to visit the caves.
  • Seafood is very good and cheap in Portugal. Make sure to avoid the most touristic restaurants and go where locals have dinner. Tripadvisor will be your best friend and will help you find the best places.

Travel tip: If you want to visit as much as possible, set your basecamp in the middle. To make the most of if, you can split your stay in two cities: Loulé and Lagos.

 

  • This looks so dreamy! Is there a better season to visit in–I’m assuming fall and early spring might be ideal for avoiding crowds?