Who can say no to the sun, sand, and sea?
And when they all come together in one of the most gorgeous spots in Portugal, saying no gets even harder.
Here is how you can spend 10 days in Algrave soaking up the sun, sand, sea, scenery, and food!
Top spots to visit in Algarve Portugal
Faro is the largest city and the capital of the region, home to Algarve’s international airport.
The charm of the old town is what attracts visitors, the cobblestone streets, the cathedral, and the ruins of the defensive walls are what sightseers would like to see. Faro is also home to a large beautiful natural park and its own fabulous beach.
Vilamoura is home to Portugal’s largest marina, it’s also a magnet for golf enthusiasts. Vilamoura is beautiful, enchanting, and caters for a respite holiday under the sun or for family fun with plenty of activities to pick from.
Albufeira the top beach destination pulling tourists in from all over the world. Some of the best stretches of sand in the Algrave are there making Albufeira the tourist capital of the Algarve.
Portimão is where you can stay in an urban setting yet be a stone throw away from the beach. It’s Algarve’s second-biggest city and has done a really good job at reinventing itself. You will find a collection of cultural and historic attractions as well as a stunning artificial reef that attracts divers from all around the world.
Lagos is the western Algarve’s liveliest resort town. It showcases a collection of medieval castle walls and churches, but what really lures in the holidaymakers is its magnificent coastline.
I heard the shopping is pretty inexpensive and the food is great too!
Both Vilamoura and Albufeira were chapters in my travel story to the Algarve – Portugal
What to see in Vilamoura and Albufeira
1- Vilamoura Marina is a must!
Visit during the day, stroll around the designer shops and the stalls. Treat yourself to snacks or meals at the waterside cafes and restaurants.
You can hire a bicycle and cycle your way around, or simply sit there and do a bit of people watching, it’s a common thing to do.
Don’t miss out on the night scenery along the marina, it’s both romantic and enchanting. You should try it even if you are on a solo trip.
2- Head to the beach at either destination, because the more beaches in life the better (or at least that’s how I feel).
3- Visit the Roman ruins
Vilamoura has an archeological site that will take you back 5000 years, with both an indoor and outdoor museum.
You can check opening times and ticket information here.
4- Water sports and excursions.
You can get pretty much anything; parasailing, a 3-hour boat trip in Benagil caves, Dolphin watching, snorkeling, kayaking, or a full-day private yacht charter tour.
5- Hit the golf courses
Both Vilamoura and Albufeira are renowned for their golf courses and resorts. The favorable climate, and being mostly located in unspoiled areas with stunning views, making this a paradise for golfers from all over the world.
Where to eat?
Il Lamparo: fresh salads and sandwiches (Vilamoura Marina)
Prime Steakhouse: quality meat cuts cooked to your liking (Vilamoura Marina)
Thai Beach Club: Thai food in style (Quarteira)
Uniko food with finesse (Vilamoura Marina)
Don Alfonso (Vilamoura Marina)
Amorino Icecream (Vilamoura Marina)