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Long sandy beaches and unspoiled bays, idyllic villages and vibrant coastal cities — discover the south-western tip of Europe on your holiday in the Algarve.
Holiday in the Algarve
The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, bordered by the Alentejo region in the north, Spain in the east and the Atlantic Ocean in the south and west. With over 200 kilometers of coastline with fine, white sandy beaches and extraordinary rock formations, the Algarve is a holiday paradise throughout the year. Picturesque cities such as Faro, Lagos or Albufeira and old fishing towns like Carvoeiro and Alvor have developed into popular beach destinations over the last few decades. These areas are especially lure sun worshippers from northern Europe to the south-west fringes of the continent.
The coast — a beach paradise surrounded by rocks
The "Rock Algarve" is the perfect place to explore steep cliffs, fascinating rock formations and sea caves accessible only by boat. The Rock Algarve stretches from the city of Faro down to the south-western tip of Europe beyond the village of Sagres. Explore small idyllic bays surrounded by rock formations on your holiday in the Algarve. Although these bays are often only accessible by boat or steep staircases, they're well worth a visit — as you'll be greeted by crystal-clear waters and ample inspiration for beautiful photographs. The further west you go, the more the Rock Algarve succumbs gives way to nature.
Thanks to the fresh winds and high waves, the region around Sagres is a paradise for surfers. If you head east from Faro, you will travel into the "Sand Algarve", where a landscape of long sandy beaches, shallow lagoons and offshore islands awaits. The vast, flat sandy beaches make this an ideal destination for families with children.