With many of the country’s safest and loveliest beaches, together with a warm year-round climate, it is not surprising that the west Algarve is Portugal’s most popular region for holiday-makers. The promise of sun-drenched days at the beach, sharing in a relaxed and welcoming family-orientated culture, endless options for dining out and things to do, for all ages, are just a few attractions of the Algarve.
Algarve holidays have long been thought of as the perfect choice for families and those looking for a top-quality beach destination and the region has deservedly earned a reputation for excellent golf holidays also.
However, the west Algarve should also be known for its truly unique contrast between the golden coastline and the beautiful countryside. There are many historic attractions and thousands of species of flora and fauna. All this and much more makes the region an ideal holiday destination for interests such as photography, painting, nature watching, walking and a wide range of other outdoor pursuits.
With a wide range of events throughout the year, whenever you decide to book your holiday you will be sure to catch something going on. To find out what is going on in the area where you are staying visit your local tourist office and browse through the Algarve Tourist Office’s online events guide.
The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (Algarve racetrack), near Portimão, has a varied calendar of motorsport events. All along the Algarve there are powerboat championships, car rallies, motocross, sailing and golf championships taking place throughout the year.
The Algarve celebrates many festivals also. Mardi Gras (normally in February) sees carnivals across the region with the most spectacular taking place in Loulé; Liberation Day (April 25) celebrates the end of a dictatorship in Portugal; medieval festivals are held in Silves, Lagos and Castro Marim; special Easter festivals take place in São Brás de Alportel and Loulé. There is a famous Sardine Festival in Portimão and a Seafood Festival in Olhão and of course Christmas and New Year in the Algarve, with New Year’s Eve parties and fireworks in all the main tourist resorts. During the summer months the Algarve hosts open-air concerts, beach parties, jazz festivals plus many other events across the whole region.
Not sure where you want to stay? Visit our Discover page to learn more about the western Algarve.