ALGARVE TRAVEL GUIDE
Algarve is the southern region of Portugal, known for its beautiful beaches and impressive cliffs all over the coast. It has become very popular over the years, so some of the coastal towns have grown too much and it’s better to avoid them, but there are many small towns with the unique Portuguese seaside charm. The southern coast is where you’ll find the cliffs while the west coast is a surfers paradise, very quiet and surrounded by wild nature.
But the beaches are not the only reason why Algarve is so popular, the gastronomy in this area is amazing, with plenty of fresh fish, seafood and homemade meals. Hidden in the middle of all those postcard-worthy towns, you’ll even find ruins of a Roman Villa, with amazing mosaics and Moroccan Castles to visit during sunset.
All in all, it’s the perfect destination for a road trip, so here we go...
TAVIRA AND ILHA DE TAVIRA
One of the first towns in Algarve, Tavira is the perfect seaside town, with white houses and cobbled streets. It’s the perfect place to stay while exploring Ria Formosa, and enjoying calm evening eating the local seafood and specialties. We stayed at the Pensão Princesa do Gilão, a small but charming hotel very close to the town square.
- Get lost wandering the beautiful streets of Tavira, visit the local church, a perfect example of the Algarve architecture, and the Castle’s gardens.
- Take the ferry to Ilha de Tavira and explore the beautiful island. Keep walking on the beach until find a deserted spot just for yourself!
OLHAO AND RIA FORMOSA
Famous for its Fishermen’s Market, it is situated in the middle of the Ria Formosa National Park.
Take the ferry from Olhão to Ilha de Culatra and explore the this white sand island, that is almost deserted. Keep in mind that when the tide goes up, it floods almost everything!
When you come back from the ferry, get lost in the cobbled streets of this unique seaside town and enjoy the colorful Portuguese Architecture.
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Loulé is a town that is deeper into the Algarve interiors, where you can wander around before dinner and visit the unique red market. We had dinner at the Cantina dos Sabores, a healthy food restaurant that was surprisingly good,
Faro was such a surprise! Once you enter the town, you get through the medieval wall and surround yourself with its cobbled streets, you fall in love with the place.
We had lunch at the terrace of Modesto Tavern, a typical Portuguese restaurant.
PRAIA DE FARO
There is something magical about sunsets in Praia de Faro. The road there from Faro is a must-visit in itself.