The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal. Families and couples are favourites in the Algarve as there is so much to do for everyone. Golfers also enjoy the resort as there is a brilliant golf course for them to enjoy. There are over 100 sandy beaches in the Algarve and many are backed by the limestone cliffs and the unique rock formations. The sands on the beach vary from white to gold but all are attractive and perfect for sunbathing on. You will find plenty of sunbeds and parasols for hire on many of the beaches as well a lifeguards and water sports. You will find hotels, apartments and villas in the Algarve. There are properties ranging from 2-5-stars. The accommodation ranges from budget prices to quite expensive so there is something for everyone. You well find everything from self-catering to all-inclusive in the Algarve and all of the accommodations have all of the services and facilities available that you would expect them to have.
In the Algarve, there are hundreds of activities for you to try. Water sports are very popular as most people spend a lot of their time at the beach anyway. You can try windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, water-skiing, jet-skiing or even parasailing. Golf is one of the most popular activities in the Algarve as there are over 20 courses. Everyone from beginners to experts can play on the courses. Tennis is also popular and there are a number of courts around. Horse-riding is a good way to get around the Algarve and see the sights. It is also a very relaxing experience. Sailing and fishing are popular, especially among families. This is a great way to see some beautiful sights and enjoy the coast. If you are travelling as a family, then there are many family days out to enjoy as well such as visiting the Zoomarine, going to a theme park or water park, go-karting or even boat trips for dolphin watching.
There are many restaurants in the Algarve, all with different cuisines, different number of courses and different specialities. You will find Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, British, Chinese, Indian and a lot of seafood. There is also a lot of fast food available. Prices tend to be quite reasonable within the restaurants and the quality of the food is very high. There are many different types of nightlife in the Algarve. If you are looking for a strong party holiday being out until dawn then you will find it with nightclubs, bars, discos, pubs and beach parties. Albufeira is a favourite party spot. Praia d' Oura is also a popular place for nightlife. If you prefer quieter, relaxing evenings then you will find that as well. Shopping in the Algarve is quite good, particularly in Albufeira and Faro. Some resorts may just have a few souvenir shops, however others have more with clothing, souvenirs, jewellery, shoes, bags, crafts and electronics. Public transport is good in most of the resorts with regular buses and taxis taking you all over the Algarve.
The weather in the Algarve is what attracts to many people each year. The summers in the Algarve are long and dry with winters continuing to stay mild with limited rainfall. July and August are the hottest months in the Algarve with average temperatures reaching 30°C. You will also find up to 12 hours of sunshine a day meaning you have plenty of time to enjoy the day. The coastal breezes tend to keep the temperatures slightly lower to enable you to feel more comfortable in the heat. The spring and autumn is still warm with temperatures at 17-19°C. The coldest winter months are January and December although the temperature is till at around 15°C. There is also still around 6 hours of sunshine a day. From November to March is when most of the rainfall comes however on average there are only around 50 days of rainfall a year.