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Things to Know
The Algarve is the most southern region of continental Portugal and boasts an array of stunning beaches and an all year-round pleasant climate. Apart from its relaxing beach life, Algarve also offers interesting sightseeing in the towns of Tavira and Lagos, bird watching in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, and excellent golfing facilities.
Things to See
Alcoutim Town
Alcoutim is a small yet scenic town built along the Guadiana River. Climb up to the 14th century Alcoutim Castle and take in the stunning views toward the Spanish village of Sanlucar de Guadiana. Then stroll down the cobbled backstreets to reach the quaint riverside town square. If you are feeling adventurous you can even take a dip in the town’s river beach!
Portimao Town
Portimao is the second most populated town in the Algarve and the region’s commercial center. The town is set on the riverbank of the Arade River and is packed with outdoor cafes, seafood restaurants, and charming stores. Don’t miss a visit to the award winning Portimao Museum; the museum is focused on archaeology, underwater finds and the re-creation of the old fish cannery in which the museum is housed.
Silves Town
Overlooking a fertile valley of orange groves, olive trees and vineyards, Silves is definitely one of the most scenic towns in the Algarve. Visit the splendid Castle of Silves - the imposing Moorish stronghold dating back to the 12th century - the small but interesting Archeological Museum, the Silves Cathedral –considered to be the most important gothic monuments in the Algarve - and the Misericordia Church to admire its beautiful painted altar and Manueline portal.
Natural Park of Ria Formosa
The Natural Park of Ria Formosa is a maze of islands, canals, marshland and beaches. This unique coastal Natural Park is home to a large range of wildlife and birds such as the purple swamp hen. Explore the park by foot following the designated trails or opt for a ride through the canals in a traditional tuna fishing boat.
Vila Real De Santo Antonio
This peaceful, quaint town has lots to see and is a perfect setting to absorb local culture. Stroll around the Praca Marques de Pombal with its eye-catching mosaic floor, white washed buildings and monumental obelisk. Visit the Arquivo Historico Municipal that chronicles the almost extinct sardine and tuna canning industry in an interactive exhibition that is free to visit.
Things to Do
International Sand Sculpture Festival
Described as the biggest sand sculpture event in the world, this festival will leave you in awe! Each year, artists from around the world come to the seaside village of Pera to create their imaginative, spectacular sand sculptures. Visit the festival in the evening and enjoy the incredible scenery and the dramatically lit up sculptures. The festival runs from March to October every year.
Zoomarine Algarve
Discover the mysteries of marine life as well as many fun surprises. Swim with dolphins, watch seal and sea lion shows, visit the exquisite aquarium, and have tons of fun at the Zoomarine amusement park. The Zoomarine is an excellent day trip destination for children and grown-ups alike!
Hit The Beach
Falesia Beach
Falesia Beach is one of the longest beaches in Portugal; its golden sand is backed by steep cliffs and decorated with pine trees.

Type: Organized, sandy beach
Location: Near Albufeira, Algarve
Camilo Beach
Camilo beach is one of the most iconic beaches in the Algarve. The steep cliffs shelter the beach from the ocean winds making it ideal for a refreshing quiet swim. To access the beach you will need to climb down some 200 steps.

Type: Not organized, sandy beach. Not suitable for walking impediments
Location: Near Lagos, Algarve
Amoreira Beach
Sitting on the mouth of the Aljezur River, this is the prettiest beach in the area. It is popular among surfers and fishermen. There is a restaurant, lifeguard, and toilets but no sunbeds or umbrellas.

Type: Off-the-beaten-path, sandy beach. Child friendly
Location: Aljezur, Algarve
Rocha Beach
Stretching along the Portimao coastline, Rocha beach is an easily accessible golden beach. The beach is perfect for watersports and a fun family day by the sea.

Type: Off-the-beaten-path, sandy beach. Child friendly
Location: Aljezur, Algarve
Cabanas Beach
A beautiful stretch of white sand and tranquil waters, Cabana beach is the perfect place for a relaxing swim. This island beach can be accessed by water taxi from Tavira.

Type: Organized, sandy beach
Location: Tavira, Algarve