Located in the country’s southernmost region, the Algarve offers a feast for the eyes, from tranquil landscapes of olive groves, traditional whitewashed villages to the wild, windswept coast with its dramatic cliffs dotted with summer resorts. Faro is the region’s capital, and Lagos is the area’s hot spot for nightlife. Looped by orange groves, Silves is best known for its red sandstone castle, while Tavira is an elegant town packed with Renaissance monuments, bridges and castles.
The Algarve is occupied by bustling cities and quaint towns alike, offering delights of cobbled streets, historic architecture, beautiful old churches, shops, markets and restaurants. Faro is the region’s capital, and Lagos is the area’s hot spot for nightlife. Looped by orange groves, Silves is best known for its red sandstone castle, while Tavira is an elegant town packed with Renaissance monuments, bridges and castles.
Peppered with Roman ruins, the idyllic countryside also offers a wide range of golf courses, and the strawberry tree-covered Monchique mountain range is great place for hiking, biking and horse riding. The coast is home to more than 100 beaches and coves, offering water activities like swimming, deep-sea fishing, cave exploring, yacht cruises, banana boat rides, surfing and jet skiing.
The Algarve’s production of fresh food like fruit, almonds, carob beans and seafood contribute to its delicious cuisine. Distilled from the local strawberry tree berries, Medronho is the traditional drink found throughout the Algarve.
Public trains and buses can transport tourists around the Algarve, but car rentals are also available at the Faro Airport and within various towns.
Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Vilalara Thalassa Resort
One of our top picks in Armação de Pêra. Located on cliffs overlooking Praia das Gaivotas and the Atlantic Ocean, Vilalara Thalassa Resort features an luxurious spa, 6 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Spacious suites are surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens and 4 tennis courts.
The air-conditioned guest rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens, the sea or the pool. Free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a large seating area are offered in all rooms.
Guests can enjoy thalassotherapy treatments and hot stone massages at the spa. A sauna and a Turkish bath are featured. Vilalara Thalassa offers a fitness centre and yoga classes.