Algarve is the not-so-hidden gem of Portugal. With whitewashed towns, picturesque beaches, brassy resorts, spectacular cliffs, natural bays, and stretched sandy islands, it is no wonder that the place is Portugal’s number-one holiday destination. Sweltering heats and long sandy beaches with clear, lapping waters to perspire yourself out on. A cosmopolitan nightlife that screams glitz and glam, and some of the best restaurants in all of Portugal. This is the ultimate summer destination.
Like most places, the Algarve is split into many personalities. Lagos is the cavalcade queen of the Algarve, with its cobbled streets, young crowd and ample nightlife. Tavira, with a history dating back to the Romans, is set along a serene river and remains ever so elegant and phlegmatic. And Monchique, a charming town with stunning views over the expansive countryside.
Nevertheless, it isn’t just all parties and crowds of people. The Algarve is still actually rather underdeveloped, especially on the Spanish border around Alcoutim. This makes the place also rich with a historical culture that makes it that oh so more interesting. The market town of Loulé and the Roman ruins of Milreu are both worth a visit from Faro and the old Moorish town of Silves is easily accessed from Portimão. There isn’t a place in Europe better to visit.
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