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Things to do in Algarve

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The top 607 attractions in Algarve

Historical Monuments in Sagres
Sagres Fortress
Located a few kiómetros from Cape St. Vincent, it was commissioned by Prince Henry the Navigator, after his brother King Don Pedro donated all the lands and adjacent villas Saint Vincent and Sagres. Victim of numerous attacks, including by Sir Francis Drake in 1587 and especially by the earthquake in 1775 when an enourmous wave went overthe height of the rock, this fortress has undergone numerous reconstructions and transformationes. Inside I must highlight the Church of Our Lady of Grace of Sagres. Studies think the current church which was built in 1570, replaced on the same place the the original built in 1459 by Prince Henry. Badly affected by the earthquake, it was partly rebuilt and the sacristy extended and belfry built. In the austere interior, highlights include the Baroque altarpiece and the seventeenth century carving of San Vicente. Because of its history, it was declared a National Monument in 1910, a visit to this place is absolutely essential for the extraordinary views you have.
Villages in Vila Real de Santo António
Vila Real de Santo Antonio
If I'm not mistaken, this is the closest Portuguese town to the border of Spain (Ayamonte). Its streets, despite the traces left by the passage of time, are charming. Ancient buildings full of cracks and bold colors additionally give the town a special touch. It´s a view impossible to see in Spain. In its day it was a popular destination for the Spanish who crossed the border for cheap shopping. Now prices have gone up so the appeal has gone down. You could spend 4 days getting to know Algarve and then head back to Spain with a little extra time. In that case, you can go through Vila Real and take a stroll through its streets.
Villages in Sagres
Sagres, a town in the Portuguese Algarve, is renowned for its strong wind and waves. If you visit and it's not summer you will realize it is completely empty except for some passing surfer. It's a little uncomfortable because of the continuous wind, but it is certainly worth it for the landscape, which is full of beaches and cliffs. There is only one supermarket! Except for the beer (Sagres, well good that is!), everything is expensive.
Cathedrals in Faro
Cathedral of Faro
This simple cathedral (Sé in Portuguese), which from the outside is almost unnoticed, was built in the 14th century, and is Gothic style architecture. It is found in the large square in the heart of the old town, at Largo da Sé, very close to the seafront. Both the tower and the cathedral can be visited after going through the ticket office. The ticket includes climbing the tower, which offers the best views of Faro, a visit inside the impressive cathedral, access the relics museum, and a tour the small courtyard, which has a small altar. Visiting Faro is essential, not only for the views, but also the cathedral grounds. Entrance is 3€
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia da Falésia
The Praia da Falesia is a beautiful beach located in the Algarve region of Portugal, close to the towns of Albufeira and Olhos de Agua. There is plenty of parking near the beach, and if you park at the beginning of the path leading to the beach, it can be enjoyed as well, as it's really beautiful. What caught my attention most at this beach were the cliffs made of brownstone. The views from there are wonderful.
Beaches in Armação de Pêra
Amaçäo of Péra Beach
On our way from Galé Beach to Carvoeiro where we would be eating lunch, we decided to spend just a few minutes at this beach we'd never visited before. With its streets closed for renovation, we went to a part of the beach that was for small fishing boats. There was a hodgepodge of small boats, nets and fishing gear. Small wooden huts lined in two rows, as well as tools and other necessities for everyday use. On the beach there was just three of us, and another couple that was walking and several seagulls over our heads.
Cliffs in Carvoeiro
Albandeira Arch
Albandeira Beach is near Carvoeiro in the south of Portugal. This summer we toured the Algarve coast and this beach fascinated us with its beauty and crystal clear waters. You'll want to keep coming back!
Citadels in Faro
Faro Historic District
Bears some resemblance to the Wall of the Macarena in Seville. It's nice just to walk around and I recommend visiting a ceramics store/ workshop from the fifteenth century where some of XII is set with medieval music and you can see the men in the shop working with the old tools. Very enjoyable.
Beaches in Albufeira
Praia de São Rafael
It´s a little beach which is located in the area of ​​Sesmarias, passing through the Albufeira area. It is not difficult to find as it is well signposted. What I liked best as you can see is the clear water and although it is a cove (a big one), when I was there I had enough room, it was not very crowded. I was there a few days ago and it was one of the things that I liked best about this area.
Castles in Tavira
Tavira Castle
The Castle has a small garden wall and a very special inside. You can not miss if you visit Tavira, because even though it is small, it has lots of charm. You can climb to the top of the walls and enjoy splendid views of the harbor and city. But be careful because it is mostly going down, so if you suffer from vertigo you can have a bad time. It has steep stairs without handrails for support.
Beaches in Portimão
Portimao Beach
This is one corner of Portugal that has clear, cold water, clean sand, and a natural charm. Every visitor who comes to this amazing place can relax and feel at ease.
Beaches in Faro
Praia de Faro
This beautiful fine sand beach, several miles long, is located at one end of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa. Our first intention was to do one of the many walking tours there in order to observe the herons and flamingos that migrate each winter from central and northern Europe to one of the most important wetlands in southern Europe. The weather looked like rain and we had to settle for only visiting this beautiful beach. I'm not sure that anyone will remember the Masiel song from the 60s called "ROSES IN THE SEA", but, we found a white rose abandoned in the rolling waves and we could see a glimpse of the sun on the horizon between the dark clouds. One thing I didn't understand about this place was how an engineer could think to put an airport in this park.
Beaches in Carrapateira
Praia do Amado Beach
The Amado beach is just a couple of miles from the village of Carrapateira, in the Portuguese Algarve. It is a sandy beach with plenty of cliffs, making it a difficult combination to find. If you like surfing, you will also enjoy the area near Sagres, known as second to none for its strong winds and waves. This beach is pretty quiet during the day, but it feels totally wild. Here, you'll encounter many surfers vans that roam at the end of the road. There is also a snack bar above the beach.
Harbors in Faro
Faro Marina
The Lighthouse Marina is located on the coast of the huge Formosa River estuary. Within walking distance of the Old Town, it's one of the most picturesque places in the city, thanks to the colorful yachts, sailboats and other boats docked there, and the beautiful landscape, where you can have a coffee on the terrace, take a ride on the tourist train or get a ticket for a tour of Armona Island.
Historical Monuments in Albufeira
Albufeira Old Town (Monte Choro)
The historic center, old town or Montechoro in Albufeira is one of those places that are impossible to miss, and it is because within its walls and its narrow streets, you can still see the roots, some of them are Roman but the majority are Arab, of of this village called Castillo de Mar. Its streets are typical of the Algarve, which are lined with houses or pale white tiles and have retained that peculiar style of Arabic that mixes the scent of jasmine, with narrow cobbled streets and the typical smell of a fishing village. You have to visit because its history tells us that one day, many centuries ago, it was one of the most important fortresses in the south of Portugal. Albufeira was wrested back from the Moors under King Alfonso III, and remained under military command in 1504 and in 1986 it was named a city, becoming a major tourist center. The information is provided by the Municipality of Albufeira.
Cliffs in Carvoeiro
Algar Seco
When I found this remote part of the beautiful Algarve coast, almost by chance, I immediately thought of the work of Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth. It's from another planet. The sea erosion joined the ocher-red from the sandy rock making this one of the most spectacular places I've ever seen. Access is facilitated by a staircase that goes to the bottom of the cave. On the other hand "The boneca" (doll in Portuguese) is a rock formation which can be accessed in two windows and flows into the sea. This place is crazy, but it is highly recommended for lovers of photography.
Of Cultural Interest in Pêra
International Sand Sculpture Festival
It was something marvellous, enjoyed by all of us, both children and adults. The sculptures were perfect, no faults, perfectly shaped, groomed to detail. This year they were devoted to the animal kingdom, Disney had figures of giant insects that seemed about to get out of the land, of dinosaurs, including Count Dracula with his castle and tell you more for you to go to see it. I recommend seeing this to everyone.
Beaches in Lagoa
Albandeira Beach
After visiting charming Benagil, we went to search out other parts of the Algarve and entered the Praia de Albondeira. The access is a bit complicated (as it is with most paradisaical beaches), but we finally arrived at a very beautiful beach. I went up on the rocks and mounted my tripod to take the following pictures.