The Algarve is the main tourist destination of Portugal. It is located in the southern part and is taken from the rest of the Portugal by a chain of low-lying mountains. It has become a favorite holiday destination especially with European holiday makers and golf lovers and for all the good reasons.
The Algarve offers spectacular scenery and over 100 sandy beaches with stunning cliffs. For more energetic traveller the Algarve offers activities to suit all: more than 30 golf courses, theme parks, zoos, historical sights, marinas, tavernas, cafes and night clubs, the list seems to go on and on.
The Algarve boasts an array of resorts spread along the coastline each offering its’ own unique character and qualities to suit all tastes, from hotels to apartments. One of the largest resorts of the region is Albufeira. It’s bustling and lively nightlife is a great option for families and younger travellers. It has been recently voted among the top 10 Beach Destinations in Europe by Trip Advisor Travelers Choice 2012 awards.
Neighbouring Vilamoura, although just a short drive along the coast offers a completely different ambience with its stunning marina. It was established in 1974 and thus is the oldest and biggest marina in the Algarve. Vilamoura is perfect for older guests or families seeking a quieter and more reserved resort.
Top 3 Places to Visit in the Algarve
Zoomarine is one of the main attractions of the Algarve. Bear in mind that it is open from 19th March till 4th November. So book in advance. You can even book online. Located at Albufeira it gives the chance to see exotic animal shows and exhibitions including dolphins, seals, sea lions and even sharks. Also the park allows the opportunity to swim with the dolphins through the Dolphin Emotions Experience program but again the numbers are limited, so try to book in advance. In the special and restricted environment of the Lagoa Azul, visitors are allowed to spend memorable time with bottlenose dolphins and make unforgettable memories. Thee are also several rides and variety of shows including a 4D cinema show to capture the hearts of the tourists.
If you want to visit the Algarve in style then Quad Ventura should be your choice. Quad Ventura is a must do while at Algarve especially if you like thrill, adventure and fun. Algarve is a picturesque place but most of it is not accessible through cars so exploring the city’s beautiful coastline on quad bikes is indeed a unique experience. The quad bikes are fully automatic and easy to drive. Children above 8 are allowed.
With around 30 golf courses, golf is the sole purpose for many visitor’s trips to the Algarve. The Penina Championship Course was the first golf course that was built in the Algarve by one of the best known golf architects, Sir Henry Cotton. This stunning course offers unique views in a calm and tranquil setting showing nature at its best. The course has several bunkers, almost four hundred thousand trees, plenty of water with wide greens and a vast tee area making this a real championship course. The Masters is held every year in the Algarve at Oceanico Victoria in Vilamoura. It is filled with lakes, wetlands and is regarded among the world’s highly regarded golf courses.