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    The Algarve: Portugal’s Crown Jewel

    Beautiful beaches, picturesque scenery and friendly locals make the Algarve a standout destination when it comes to tourism in Portugal. Millions of visitors make their way to this part of the world each year, many looking to enjoy a slice of the easy life. Whether it’s lazing on a sandy beach, surveying the rugged coastline, exploring historic sites or taking on the challenge of 18 holes of championship golf, unwinding in the Algarve is not a problem. Not a problem at all.

    The City of Faro

    The city of Faro generally serves as a gateway for travellers making their way to the Algarve. Most arrive via the international airport and either book into a hotel in the city or hire a car and head out to an alternative destination. Visitors staying in Faro are treated to sandy beaches, good restaurants and a friendly atmosphere. The city also offers a number of interesting attractions. The Old Town area of the city is recommended for those travellers that like to glimpse back into the past. Its narrow, winding streets lead to the Governor’s Palace and the Cathedral of Faro, two of the most photo-friendly sites in the city. The esplanade and marina are ideal for those looking to enjoy the typical trappings of a coastal vacation, offering bars, restaurants, cafés and more. Both are close to most of the cities hotels, including the resort hotels found along the beachfront. Travellers staying in Faro will find the city well-positioned for further exploration around the Algarve, with many destinations in day-trip territory.

    Glorious Beaches

    Few could argue that the beaches found in the Algarve are amongst the best in Portugal, if not the whole of Europe. With more than 80 Blue Flag-approved beaches, there’s no shortage of choice. Many travellers opt to stick to the resort-style beaches close to their hotel, which is just fine. However, those that dare to be adventurous are often rewarded with some scenic, tranquil choices. Recommended beaches off the beaten path include Praia de Albandeira and Prai da Marinha, both in the central part of the Algarve, as well as Praia do Odeceixe towards the west of the region. As well as beaches with soft, white sands, you’ll also find postcard-ready beaches featuring rocky features and colourful shells. Some beaches are suitable for swimming and surfing, whilst other aren’t quite safe, so be sure to check before you enter the water.

    World-class Golf

    Savvy golfers know that the Algarve is a veritable treasure trove when it comes to top-quality golf courses. There are said to be as many as 35 different golf clubs in the region, offering either nine, 18 or 36 holes of world-class golf. Popular choices with visiting golfers include the Oceanico courses at Vilamoura (designed by Arnold Palmer) and the Monta Rei courses at Vila Nova de Cacela (designed by Jack Nicklaus). Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course, popular with PGA golfers and amateurs alike, is said to feature one of the most scenic holes you’re likely to see this side of the 19th hole at Legend Resort in South Africa. Here, the 16th stretches out adjacent to the Atlantic waters and features rocky cliffs between the tee box and the green. In general, many of the golf clubs in the Algarve allow non-members to tee off. However, some courses, including the San Lorenzo Golf Club, have exclusive deals with hotels, meaning that if you don’t stay in the right hotel you won’t be able to book a slot.

    Splashing Around

    Families visiting the Algarve will find a number of water-based attractions to enjoy during their trip. The region is known for its many water parks, where you can enjoy large pool, water slides, and various water-based rides. The three main water parks in the region are Aqualand in Alcantarilha, Aquashow Park in Quarteira, and Slide & Splash in Estombar. The Aquashow Park also features its own hotel, which can make life easier for those families expecting to spend a lot of time splashing around. Another water park, but one with a difference, Zoomarine is also popular with tourists and locals. In addition to its pools and slides, the park also features sea lion, seal and dolphin shows, and offers visitors the chance to swim with dolphins. The park champions conservation, providing lectures and learning experiences, as well as rehabilitation programmes for injured marine life.

    The Algarve at Large

    Past visitors, particularly those that make a habit of returning to the region, all have their own favourite little corner of the Algarve. In the west of the region, popular destinations include Sagres and Portimão. The former is a quiet and picturesque port town, where you’ll find fishing boats and lighthouses. The latter is a livelier resort town, complete with expansive hotels, quality restaurants and white sandy beaches. A visit to the castle comes heartily recommended too. To the east of the Algarve, the town of Loulé has become a regular site of pilgrimage for those of the Catholic faith, who visit the Church of Our Lady of Piety. It’s also home to a 13th century castle and the Festival of White Light. A border town at the Portuguese-Spanish frontier, Vila Real de Santo António has a real charm about it. It features an historic fortress and a pleasant town square.

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    Top hotels

      Hotel Balaia Atlântico Albufeira
      Blue Bay Balaia Atlântico is located in Albufeira and is set on a natural oasis. This four-star hotel never fails to astound guests the moment they see it. It is surrounded by majestic beaches and stunning seas. The hotel has 138 rooms and each room features a minimalist design, accentuated with vibrant colours. A furnished private balcony offers views that will take your breath away! An outdoor pool is located on-site. Guests can have fun in the games room and the fitness centre features state-of-the-art equipment. The hotel’s spa aims to offer the best natural treatments. A minigolf course and a tennis court are also available for use. Panorámico Restaurant offers various dishes that awaken the taste buds. The hotel has two bars, namely Aquarium Snack Bar and Al-Buhera Bar. Blue Bay Balaia Atlântico is a 15-minute drive from the city centre.
      Hotel Rocamar Exclusive Hotel & Spa Adults Only Albufeira
      Rocamar Exclusive Hotel & Spa Adults Onlyoverlooks the beach of Albufeira, in Portugal’s Algarve region and is centrally located to explore the historic fishing village itself. The 3-star hotel’s guests are 10 minutes’ walk from Fisherman’s Beach, take 12 minutes to reach the old town square and are 20 minutes from the Marina. All rooms are air-conditioned, and come with safe, satellite TV and hairdryer. Guests can enjoy an infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic with drinks service, rooftop terrace, spa with beauty treatments and also a fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. The Rocamar Exclusive Hotel & Spa Adults Onlyin-house restaurant offers Algarve and international cuisine, as well as morning breakfast options, and the bar has both inside and external seating. Aveiros Beach is less than a 15-minute drive away and the Sacred Art Museum can easily be reached by foot.
      Hotel Salgados Palace Albufeira
      Salgados Grande is a 5-star luxury resort situated along a beach in Albufeira that features three outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a full service spa, several restaurants and lounges and a beachfront location close to a golf course. Non-smoking rooms feature a flat-screen LCD television with cable channels, minibar, hair dryer, air conditioning, complimentary toiletries and a safe.  Some rooms have balconies. Amenities at the hotel include a terrace, complimentary Wi-Fi, free parking, 24-hour front desk, childcare service, laundry facilities, luggage storage, fitness centre, bicycle rental and nightly entertainment.  The spa features a Turkish Bath, sauna and massage services. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning in the dining room, All in One Restaurant and Moonlight Restaurant serve a wide variety of international dishes during all meal times. Salgados Grande is located close to Salgados Golf, Salgados Beach, Falesia Beach and the city centre of Albufeira.  Guests can also avail of a number of outdoor activities including fishing, windsurfing, horseback riding and hiking.
      Hotel Paraiso de Albufeira Albufeira
      Paraiso de Albufeirais an apartment hotel in the centre of Albufeira that is family friendly with plenty of activities onsite including sports, minigolf and a games room. Apartments range from studio rooms to two bedrooms, all with balcony or terrace, fully equipped kitchen, separate living area and satellite TV. Extra beds and cots are available in request. Guests at Paraiso de Albufeiraenjoy heated indoor and outdoor pools, spa and Jacuzzi, and fitness centre. Reception is 24 hours and a complimentary bus service runs to the centre of Albufeira. Dining options include Eva restaurant, serving a la carte and buffet, and MGE buffet restaurant. Drinks area available at pool side bars and the Glam Club provides a party venue with entertainment and shows. The hotel is a few minutes away from the historic city centre or 25 kilometres of coastline with golden sand beaches.
      Hotel Cantinho do Mar Albufeira
      Cantinho do Mar is only a short distance away from the most popular destinations in Albufeira. There are 14 rooms in the hotel, each of which includes a balcony; kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, stovetop and microwave; and living area with a television and coffee maker. The private bathrooms may have a bathtub or shower. The outdoor pool has an attached spa tub for extra relaxation, and the surrounding terrace is equipped with sun loungers. There is a games room with a pool table for additional entertainment. Both wired Internet and Wi-Fi can be accessed for an additional fee. The poolside bar is the perfect place to unwind with a refreshing beverage throughout the day and evening. A number of local dining opportunities are within a ten-minute walk of the hotel. Cantinho do Mar is within one mile of Albufeira Old Town Square, Albufeira Stadium, and International health Centres Albufeira.
      Hotel Tropical Sol Albufeira
      Tropical Sol is an aparthotel offering self-catering accommodation in a lovely central part of Albufeira, well-known for being a tourist hotspot. There are studio, one and two bedroom apartments on offer which can accommodate between one and six people. Each unit has a fully-equipped kitchenette, air-conditioning, a telephone and a satellite television as well as a balcony overlooking the pool area or the ocean. Among the facilities available at Tropical Sol are a swimming pool with surrounding gardens, a games room and tennis courts. Guests can order drinks at the bar or the snack bar at the pool area which opens seasonally. Oura Beach and Albufeira Marina are both within a 5km radius, as is the town centre where there is plenty of entertainment, shopping and sites.