The mild climate throughout the year, the coast full of magnificent beaches bathed by the Atlantic and the diversity of accommodation, nightlife and sports make the region a perfect destination to get to know throughout the year. Still, you can avoid the crowds and visit picturesque fishing villages or the hills of the interior, with its rural way of life and wild vegetation.
What to see
For those looking for lively resorts by the sea, Faro, Portimão, Albufeira and Vilamoura, with its luxurious golf courses, are perfect choices. If you prefer a quieter destination, head for the west coast, facing the Atlantic, where towns like Aljezur offer deserted beaches or visit the dynamic fishing town of Olhão and the appealing fishing village of Alcoutim, near Alentejo and Spain.
Most towns and villages still preserve the legacy of five centuries of Arab occupation, visible in the narrow streets and the architecture of the houses, many of which have chimneys of different shapes and geometric designs.
The south coast is a popular touristic region as a holiday destination for foreigners and for the Portuguese themselves.
With an amazing nightlife, the Algarve offers more than 70 clubs, bars and big festivals that attract people from all over the country.
Although most people visit the Algarve during the summer, there is also in great demand during the winter period thanks to its mild climate (around 320 days a year) and more affordable accommodation during the low season period.