The Algarve translates, not very imaginatively, as ‘the west’. Surprisingly enough, it’s found on the west of Portugal where the sun shines all year round and the Atlantic Ocean laps at your toes. There are no wet and miserable winters here, just sunshine, sandcastles and sangria. Whether you’re heading on holiday to the Algarve to explore the quaint towns of Carvoeiro and Praia Do Rocha, surf the waves of Lagos or do a bit of boutique shopping in Vilamoura, this beautiful region of Portugal does it all. From a distance the Algarve is instantly recognizable with whitewashed houses and layers of terracotta roofs – it’s a paradise for photographers and artists.
The Algarve is renowned across the globe for its world-class golfing resorts and courses. Professionals travel thousands of miles to tee off and enjoy playing in the warm sunshine. You don’t have to be a pro to take part though as many of the courses, particularly those found near major tourist hotspots, do not require an exclusive membership. Dig your best set of clubs out, or just rent to avoid extra baggage charges, and embark on a golfing adventure. If swinging a club around isn’t your cup of tea, holidays in the Algarve can be spent trying out a number of different sports. Tennis is extremely popular in the region, as is horse riding and a range of water sports. The latter is a particularly wonderful way to make the most of the Algarve coastline. Whether you’re snorkelling or surfing, the warm water will always make it pleasant experience and the clean sandy beaches are the perfect place for your audience to get comfortable.
Holidays in the Algarve can vary from action-packed, thrill seeking trips to where you do absolutely nothing. The sunny region can be visited any time of year and you’ll not have to worry about packing that extra jumper ‘just in case’.
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