Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal

Things to do - general

The Algarve is without doubt Portugal’s prime holiday destination. With countless golden pockets of sand separated by limestone cliffs, views of cobalt blue seas and dozens of golf courses, it’s no surprise that tourists have been flocking here since the 1960s. From Lagos to Faro, the Algarve is a long ribbon of hotels, apartments and villas hugging the picturesque coast.

Thankfully, mass development has been limited to a thin strip beside the sea. Venture inland and you will find a far more authentic experience of Portugal, where ancient castles perch above flower-covered hillsides, where whitewashed villages are surrounded by olive and almond groves, and where rural life still lived in harmony with nature.

The western Algarve too is mostly undeveloped. Whipped by constant winds and battered by huge swells that roll in off the Atlantic, it has a desolate feel but is a surf and water sports paradise. Whether on the sheltered beaches of the south coast or the vast empty ones of the west, however, the Algarve’s easy-going lifestyle, wonderful food, superb wines and friendly people are never far away.

Country Portugal
Languages spokenPortuguese
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)92,212
Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel

Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel

Algarve, Portugal
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Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel offers refined luxury in the midst of rugged nature.    

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Activities for kids

Ice Cream

AliceE in Sagres town serves exceptional home made ice cream – a great reward at the end of a bike ride with the entire family.

Water parks

There are several water parks including Slide and Splash on the road to Faro from Sagres. These are best visited early or late in the season as they get very busy in the peak months.


A marine theme park that is focused on education and rehabilitation, where adults and children can enjoy slides, rides and pools, as well as interacting with dolphins and watching marine mammal and bird of prey presentations.

Fiesa Sand Sculpture Festival

Pera, Algarve is home to the world’s largest sand sculpture festival each year, which runs from May to October. Visitors can admire the incredibly detailed sculptures, some up to 12 metres tall, as well as joining workshops, watching demonstrations and taking guided tours.

Beach Day

The Algarve is packed with beaches so why not pack a picnic and some beach gear and spend the day building sandcastles, jumping in the waves and relaxing in the sun?