Algarve Beach Travel Guide: 6 Awesome Things to Do!
By far, Algarve is known for its spectacular beaches, stunning fishing towns and a climate that remains pleasant almost all the time. However, Algarve is not just about beaches; it has everything for tourists whether it’s theme parks and waterparks for adventure-lovers, historic towns for history-lovers, buzzing nightlife for party animals, and of course, superb beaches for families. In addition, the region is extremely safe, and has topnotch infrastructure and hospitable people.
Here’s a short Algarve Beach travel guide to let a traveler make the most of this wonderful holiday destination.
1. Lagos Old Town
There is nothing more joyful than roaming through the historic center of Lagos, the former capital and now a major region of Algarve. The colorful cobblestone streets bordered by neat houses and shops adorn the town. If the history of the town interests you enough, pay a visit to the museum and the historic Baroque Church of Santo Antonio.
2. Forte de Nossa Senhora da Rocha
If you’re fond of quaint sights or historical monuments, this fort that tops a peninsula near Lagoa is worth visiting. It dates back to before the 8th century when Moors arrived here. The actual fort was pulled down in the 19th century, but you can see an old hermitage featuring a terracotta tile roof. If you’re quirky enough, you’d definitely love its cliff-top position, whitewashed walls and the stunning views of the ocean and the neighboring Praia Nova and Praia da Senhora da Rocha beaches.
3. Algar Seco
These red rock formations in Carvoeiro are a must-visit. Here you can see the power of the ocean in eroding out these cliffs forming caves, hollows and rocky outcrops. The broadwalk over the top of the cliff is also a must-visit as it will give you some unforgettable views of the caverns being stricken by the sea.
4. Cape St. Vincent
As far as possible, don’t miss the chance to stand on the southernmost point of Europe, Cape St. Vincent. The setting is stunning with cliffs 75 meters above the ocean and jaw-dropping views of the rocky seascapes to the north as well as to the east towards Sagres Point.
5. Dolphin Watching
Dolphins are adorable marine creatures and watching them is sheer joy. The ocean off the Algarve is full of common and bottlenose dolphins and you’ll hardly miss spotting them. So, don’t miss the chance!
If you’re traveling with kids, waterparks are perhaps a must-do activity and Algarve has some of Europe’s best waterparks including Side & Splash in Estombar, Aquashow Park in Quarteira, and also Zoomarine Algarve which has an animal park.
And there’s much more! You can have all the fun at Algarve. So, have you started planning a trip?