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Sightseeing in Algarve - what to see. Complete travel guide

Algarve is one of the most beautiful places in Europe that captivates from the first minute. Spacious white beaches, green hills, orange groves and fragrance of blooming almond make it a real paradise. Every town of the province features ancient historical monuments, including majestic forts, graceful churches and cathedrals, unusual residential buildings and squares. The mild climate prevails in southern Portugal, so travelers have an opportunity to relax at resorts of the Algarve literally all year round.
Algarve is famous not only due to its beautiful beaches and abundance of seafood, but also for its countless attractions. Travelers that are fond of excursions can safely go to any city of … Open
It should be noted that 50 years ago local resorts weren’t very popular. In the mid20th century the coast has first welcomed tourists from England; every year the number of visitors increased. This inevitably led to construction of new hotel complexes and luxury hotels, but it hasn’t affected the unique nature of the province. The coast of Algarve is considered one of the cleanest in Europe.
The capital of the province is the city of Faro; it is famous due to its numerous landmarks, including ancient cathedrals and churches. St. Francis Church, Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin, the Carmelite Church, Church of St. Peter and the Gothic Cathedral impress with their grandeur and beauty. In addition to architectural objects, visitors could visit local museums; one of them is dedicated to Henry the Navigator and demonstrates a unique exhibition of objects associated with the great explorer’s campaigns. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Algarve is famous due to its charming beaches and nature reserves, art entertainment centers and stylish nightclubs, extensive leisure centers for the whole family and interesting shops. … Open
In the suburban area of Faro there are ruins of Alkalar necropolis dating back to the 16th century BC, as well as the ruins of a Roman settlement. Nature lovers can’t ignore Parque Natural da Ria Formosa featuring scenic lagoons and channels, where you can see unique plants, pink flamingos and storks - the main inhabitants of these places.
Each resort of Algarve offers a large selection of entertainment options, including sports. Golf courses, tennis courts, sports centers and water parks can be found literally everywhere. Active guests will enjoy local sports facilities, gourmets will be delighted by seafood and shoppers would fall in love with colorful markets. No one would be bored in Algarve.
1. Those looking for privacy are advised to choose beaches located in the western part of the coast. It is dominated by rocky beaches with tranquil ambience. The eastern part of the coast is … Open
Algarve will definitely impress fans of peaceful beach recreation, as well as fans of water sports and active entertainments. In the region, there are a lot of beaches, most of which are marked with the Blue Flag, a high environmental reward. At the coast of big resorts, there are upscale water centers, some of which are included in the list of the best centers in Europe.
Besides water centers, you can visit tennis and golf clubs. There are also four top-rated water parks here. Their interesting peculiarity is that their visitors can sunbathe on special terraces covered with soft lawn grass. There are also traditional terraces with loungers. The three most popular water parks are located in the surroundings of Vilamoura. Right at the resort, there is the biggest yacht club in Europe.
Algarve is an ideal place for a beach holiday. It’s sunny here more than 300 days a year and a choice of places for beach holidays is just huge. One of the most popular beaches in the … Open
The resort of Quarteira is very popular with young tourists and those who want to have fun all day and night long. It also attracts travelers with its charming beaches. In the immediate surroundings of the coast, there are multiple restaurants and cafes. When it gets dark, they are illuminated with neon lights. The greatest disco in the region, Qadoc, is held here.
Faro Water Feature - The Algarve Gourmets should certainly spend several days in Albufeira. This city is famous for its upscale national restaurants where you can taste the most popular sea delicacies. The famous national dish is cataplana cooked of several shellfish and fish species. National restaurants offer interesting dishes of sea bass and sardines. These dishes are cooked in different ways.
There are very diverse ones among many hotels and resorts of Algarve; the region represents a decent selection of accommodation places of different categories. Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas … Open
To taste unusual national specialties, many travelers visit local markets. There is a wide choice of seasonal vegetables and fruit. In fish markets, you can buy fresh seafood. The perfect place for food tourism is the resort of Vale do Lobo. World-famous celebrities have already taken fancy to it for many years of its existence. Besides a wonderful beach and multiple sports centers, there are excellent restaurants at the resort. Most of them are holders of prestigious awards. At the resort, there are restaurants of different food directions.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Algarve and surroundings

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Algarve
♥   Castle 'Paderne Castle' , 28.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Ayamonte' Huelva, 48.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tower de Isla Canela' Huelva, 51.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Sanlúcar de Guadiana' Huelva, 65.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Algarve
♥   Nature Park 'Ria Formosa' , 11.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Vale do Guadiana' , 78.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina' , 90.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Algarve from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Benagil Beach

From the series “10 Natural Wonders of the World”
The hidden beach located under an arch of a large natural cave is especially popular among romantic natures. It’s possible to get to this amazing part of the coast only by sea. It’s also worth noting that this place is popular not only among couples, but also among photographers from around the world. Everyone visiting Algarve will be able to see one of the natural wonders of the world. It’ll take less than 10 minutes by car to get to Benagil from there. … Read further
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