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Introduction to Algarve

Sweeping sandy bays, secret coves and dramatic cliffs combine to create the Algarve’s picture-perfect holidays. Every year, holidaymakers while away their time here, exploring everything this 125-mile-long stretch of shoreline has to offer.

As well as its beautiful sandy beaches, Portugal’s southernmost region is filled with everything from vibrant seaside towns and pretty fishing villages to family-friendly water parks and exquisite eateries.


Best for...
  • 125 miles of gorgeous coastline
  • Impressive water parks
  • Stunning sea caves and cliffs
  • A vibrant nightlife
  • 300 days of sunshine a year
  • A golfer's paradise

Your Algarve Guide
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Algarve

Choosing a Villa Plus Villa

Villa Plus has over 200 holiday villas available in Portugal, all Algarve-based, offering everything you could want from a villa stay. From centrally located properties and countryside retreats, to 2-bed villas for couples and 8 bedroom options for large groups, there is an impressive selection of properties available. Our Algarve villas are available across 21 resorts, so you can take your pick from bedrooms with beach views at Gale, family-friendly stays in Albufeira or traditional Portuguese breaks in the town of Loulé.

 

Where are the best places to explore in the Algarve?

For activity-filled adventures, you’ll find an array of options available. Try your hand at scuba diving or enjoy a round of golf at one of the many clubs in this part of Portugal. If you opt to practice your swing at one of Quinta do Lago’s courses, you can round off the day by relaxing in one of our Algarve villas in the nearby area. Whatever type of break you have in mind, whether you visit in the warm months or make the most of the cooler days when the region is less crowded, you’re sure to find your dream Algarve villa holiday here.

 

What is there for families in the Algarve?

The Algarve is the perfect destination for families, with lots of fantastic waterparks, suitable for children of all ages. For more aquatic endeavours, lots of the beaches offer water sports with ideal surfing conditions and banana boat rides! Spend the day at ZooMarine, an oceanographic theme park with lots of interesting and exotic marine creatures. The Algarve is the perfect place for to take a new sport, such as golf or tennis. A great opportunity to learn a new skill and create some family friendly competition!

 

When is the best time to travel to the Algarve?

The hottest month to travel is July when temperatures can hit 30⁰C and there is almost no rainfall throughout June, July and August. Those looking to explore the region in the slightly milder months will benefit from travelling in early spring or late autumn. As well as being ideally located, each holiday property has been chosen to suit the climate with air conditioning. To make the most of the average 300 days of sunshine in this region, each of our Algarve villas are perfectly prepped for alfresco living, with a private pool, outdoor dining and BBQ available in most of our villas. from April to June and September to the end of October, many of our villas also have pool heating so can enjoy an early morning or evening dip in comfort.

Algarve Beaches

The Algarve is well-known for its dramatic coastline and of course you can explore more of this scenic coastline on one of the many boat trips. Whether you’re looking for popular beaches with lots of bars and activities on offer, or more secluded coves, there really is something for everyone. A real gem of the Algarve coast is Benagil Sea Cave. Forming a circular inner grotto with a collapsed roof, you can explore this magnificent feature from both the land and sea.

 

What can you get from our villas?

Should you be holidaying here when the weather turns cooler, you can still take a dip as many of our pools are heated. Some pools are also gated or have the option of a removable pool fence, making these an ideal choice for those travelling with little ones. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are also available at most villas – look out for the symbol for these when making your villa selection.

Villa Plus in Algarve

There are thousands of villas to choose from in the Algarve, but we think you would be happiest in one of ours – the clue is the Plus part of Villa Plus! It is all the free extras that make our villas extra special, and the special people we have working for us on the spot to ensure that your holiday is the best we can make it! Language is no problem when you have someone right there on your side, fluent in both English and Portuguese. The majority of our villas have air conditioning, so your nights will be cool and peaceful, and most of our pools are heated so you won’t get a shock when you take the plunge!

We are members of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct and we provide financial protection for non-flight packages, by way of a bond held with ABTA. Plus, we strive to make the booking process as quick and easy as possible. You can book flights, car hire, transfers and insurance right here. This means you can spend less time organising your holiday and more time dreaming about time spent by your private pool.

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Algarve Resorts

The Algarve is a land of contrasts, between ancient and modern, the simple grilled sardines and the Michelin starred fine dining, the lush rolling hills inland and the endless miles of golden sand and stunning cliffs of the coast. We have villas deep in the countryside and right on the coast, some perfect for big groups of friends, others ideal for a small family. If you just want to relax, you need never leave the poolside, but if you are keen to explore, there are fascinating Roman ruins, museums and historic churches. If you like an active holiday, there is every kind of water sport as well as top quality golf, tennis, riding and fishing.

The landscape and light are an artist’s dream and if photography is your thing, you will be kept very busy! There is plenty here to delight a real foodie, and if you love wine, there are vineyards to discover, including the one owned by Sir Cliff Richard. If you love bird-watching, flora and fauna, you will be very impressed with the Ria Formosa Natural Park.

Whatever your passion, we are sure you will love the Algarve!

Albufeira
8 Villas

A villa holiday in Albufeira, the most popular resort in the Algarve, has it all. The lovely beaches and ideal climate combine with a rich history and culture to give a great all-round holiday experience. There is also a fantastic choice of shops, excellent sports, nightlife and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Carvoeiro
32 Villas

Carvoeiro is a traditional, family-oriented pretty seaside town once a thriving fishing village. Villa holidays in Carvoeiro revolve around lovely sandy beaches set beneath towering dramatic cliffs, whilst excellent shops provide a bit of retail therapy and numerous bars and restaurants offer evening entertainment.

Almancil
6 Villas

It is the fabulous climate and magnificent beaches that draw people in their thousands to this part of the Algarve all year round. Villa holidays in Almancil offer the perfect chance for guests to recharge their batteries and simply relax.

Armacao de Pera
7 Villas

Armacao de Pera is a busy town, but not so long ago it was a small fishing village, and the old town retains its original character with winding alleys, tiny whitewashed cottages and a 16th-century chapel.

Branqueira
12 Villas

Branqueira is situated in a residential area within a 5 minute drive from Albufeira, one of the Algarve’s most popular resorts, as well as a number of beaches including Olhos D’Agua, Falesia, Santa Eulalia, as well as Albufeira's Fisherman's beach being a short car ride away.

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Things to do in Algarve

Algarve is famed for its stunning beaches, traditional cobbled streets, local cuisine including the famous Piri Piri Chicken, hidden caves, sporting facilities including championship golf courses and many water sports.

Boat trips

Taking a boat is the perfect way to see this spectacular coastline. There are many kinds of boat trips on offer - for dolphin watching, deep sea fishing, sightseeing and champagne breakfast trips. The amazing scenery including grottoes, arches and caves have intriguing names such as Love Grotto, Cathedral, Elephant and Ghost.

Opt for a full or half day cruise in a lovely, large catamaran or yacht, boats and discover Algarve's picturesque coastline taking in beautiful beaches, fishermen's villages, seaside towns, impressive rock formations and some of Europe's largest caves.

Golf

Whichever villa you choose in the Algarve, you are not far from a championship golf course. Autumn and spring are the key seasons for golf here.

Vilamoura is world famous for golf with five 18-hole championship golf courses, mainly north of the town, including Oceanico Victoria, host of the Portugal Masters since 2007 (you will need to show your handicap certificates if you want to play).

Almancil is a brilliant holiday location for golfers, with 5 championship courses on your doorstep. There are 2 world class courses at Vale do Lobo. The scenic Ocean course was designed by British golfer Henry Cotton over fifty years ago.

Although courses are fairly relaxed on the sartorial front, you will be expected to wear golf shoes and a shirt with a collar on.

Water Parks

Are you looking for some adrenaline? You will be sure to find a fun water park in the Algarve, so whether you’re with friends or family, there is something everybody. For adults you’ll find a range of thrilling rides, tall slides with multiple twists, outdoor attractions and much more. Not forgetting the tiny tots and younger children there is a mixture of water slides, mushroom showers and animal shows. If that's not enough, you can relax on one of the many gardens and relaxed areas on sun loungers. For pure relaxation why not lay back on a inflatable donut and follow along the lazy river whilst soaking up that Portuguese sun. The popular waterparks are Zoomarine, Aquashow Park, Slide & Splash, Aqualand and Krazy World.  

Water Sports

Algarve with the long stretches of golden sand and clear waters, makes it the perfect holiday destination for watersports. There are endless choices including sea fishing, snorkeling, waterskiing, parascending and jet-skiing. Consistent all year Atlantic swells make many beaches in the Algarve ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, bodyboarding, and paddle surfing. If diving is your thing, you don’t need a second mortgage to take a short course at one of the local dive centers.

Beaches in Algarve

The Algarve is renowned throughout Europe for its stunning stretches of golden sand backed with colourful cliffs, crystal clear waters, beach bars and a vibrant atmosphere. More secluded beaches have caves, rock pools and beautiful scenery, the Algarve truly has something for everyone.

Please also take note of the Portuguese flag system: a red flag means bathing is forbidden altogether, a yellow flag indicates that swimming is forbidden but sunbathing is safe, a green flag means that swimming and sunbathing are safe.

Praia da Marinha

This is one of the best and most surprising beaches in the area. Hidden from sight until you walk along the cliff top path, this sandy beach stretches away from the attractive honeycomb cliffs. At the western end an opening through the cliff reveals an interesting secret cove.

Relatively quiet because of the lack of surrounding development, the beach is a walk down steps. It is however well provided for with lifeguards, car parking, a beach bar/restaurant, windsurfing hire and boat trips during peak season.

Praia Dona Ana

One of the most attractive and exciting beaches in the Lagos area. This stunning setting, the dramatic cliffs, the calm sea waters are an crystal blue colours and the sands are soft and inviting. Along with the wonderful scenery, there are all the expected facilities of a sun beds with parasols for hire, beach restaurants, shops and showers.

Explore caves and grottoes on a boat trip and scuba diving and snorkeling (with your own equipment) is available. The beach is relatively small and gets very crowded in high season.

Praia Santa Eulalia

A spectacular stretch of golden sand flanked by cliffs and framed with colorful plants and tall palm trees. There are plenty of sun loungers and parasols for hire to ensure you can make the most out of the Portuguese sun. 

Praia da Coelha

Coelha is a pretty cove beach with dark green waters and is superb for snorkeling. Its width offers a lot of space for picnics and in between the rocks is good for fishing and exploring. This beach offers peace and quite with the perfect opportunity to lay back relax and enjoy that Portuguese sun.

Praia do Benagil

This small sandy cove lies beneath Benagil village, perched on the cliff tops, with colourful fishing boats and rugged landscape making for great views. The beach opens out into a sandy stretch to the east and fishing or boating trips can be arranged. You'll find a bar and restaurant up a few steps to the village.

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Food & Drink in Algarve

As with the rest of Portugal, the Algarve is home to some exceptionally tasty dishes. Blending traditional Iberian influences with its own take on cuisine, the Algarve is renowned for its food and the restaurants that serve it all up to you.

Whether you stop into a Casa de Chá (a teahouse that serves up herbal and black teas along with a usually impressive selection of cakes) or a Fumerio (a smokehouse that serve up cured pork and cheese with oil and cornbread), the Algarve will have a tradition that undoubtedly suits your mood.


Local Markets - Puglia
Markets

As a coastal destination, the Algarve is a definite favourite with fish lovers, fresh catch-of-the-day dishes are readily available in the towns. It's not just a destination for fish lovers though, with tender meat and delectable vegetarian delights on the menu too.

Sit-down restaurants and cafés aren't the only way of life in the Algarve though, as the Portuguese destination is home to lots of markets, selling all manner of foodstuffs. The markets and their locations are listed in more detail in the Villa Plus guide to the Algarve, but rest assured that markets occur in the Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Loule, Monchique, Portimao and Silves. These markets sell everything from freshly-caught fish to fruit, vegetables, and meat, and often feature vendors selling prepared goods too that make an excellent lunch.


Speciality Dishes - Puglia
Speciality Dishes

Portugal is home to many speciality dishes. From spicy chicken to offal stews, the Algarve serves up all its culinary delights with panache. Though the pace of life (and usually the table service) can be a little slower than you may be used to, the Portuguese relax when it comes to their food and enjoy eating – to fully enjoy the cuisine on offer in the Algarve it's worth bearing this in mind.

Take your meal slow, and enjoy every taste as it arrives – no one else is rushing either. Here are a few of the dishes that are on offer in the Algarve:

Chicken Piri Piri – worlds away from what we eat under the same title in the UK, the Portuguese piri piri is cooked on open flames, and comes with a bit of a kick. It's usually served with salad and rice or potatoes.

Cataplana – a one-pot dish that consists of an array of seafood, namely mussels, clams, prawns and fresh fish, rice and potatoes. Very filling and very tasty!

Feijoada – don't let the ingredients put you off of this dish. Yes, the feijoada contains offal, but it's cooked with pork, beans and tomatoes, stewed into a lovely thick sauce. It's usually served with bread or rice, and is definitely an experience to try once you're here.







local recipes


Why not liven up your home-cooking and try some Portuguese cuisine before you explore the country for yourself? It's not all spicy food, and even if it is, the native dishes are easy to recreate for yourself at home. For a main meal, you could try piri piri prawns and couscous, with a delicious broa castelar (sweet potato cookie) for a tasty treat after.

Piri Piri Prawns

<p>Piri Piri Prawns</p> -  Algarve

For the piri piri prawns, you'll need:

  • Twelve large cleaned African prawns with the shells removed and tails on
  • Two chopped and seedless red chillies
  • One roughly chopped dried chilli
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Three peeled garlic cloves
  • One tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • Four tablespoons of olive oil
  • One tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

It may be an intimidating list of ingredients if you've not worked with spices much before, but the method of preparing the dish couldn't be easier. By blending all of the ingredients except the prawns together, you create a nice piri piri sauce.

Next, rub this over the cleaned and de-shelled prawns before leaving them in the fridge for an hour or so to marinate. After the hour, cook the prawns on a really hot griddle or frying pan. Allow around 5 minutes for each side of the prawns, though cooking time will greatly depend on the size of the prawns. Serve up with couscous and a dash of leftover lemon juice – incredibly tasty and quick to make, too.




Broa Castelar

<p>Broa Castelar</p> -  Algarve

For the sweet potato cookies you'll need:

  • 700g of sweet potatoes
  • Two tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 250g of corn flour
  • 250g of plain flour
  • 150g of grated coconut
  • Three eggs
  • One orange rind
  • 300g sugar
  • Two egg yolks for brushing

Firstly, be sure to cook your peeled sweet potatoes – you can do this by boiling them on a medium heat with a pinch of salt until they're soft. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the sugar to the pan (including the water) that they are sitting in. Stir whilst this mixture simmers until it reaches a puree like consistency, then take the pan off of the heat and allow to cool for an hour.

Then, add all the other ingredients, minus the flour and two additional egg yolks. Place it on the heat again and mix well until the mixture boils. At this point, you can add the flour – on mixing it should be a smooth, even and thicker in consistency. Pour the mix onto a floured sheet, and allow to cool once more. Now you can mould the dough into the traditional cone shape, before brushing with the beaten yolks you've saved.

These cookies cook at 180 degrees Celsius for around 15 to 20 minutes, and should look golden brown when cooked.

 
 
 


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