When people mention The Algarve thoughts automatically turn to the fantastic beaches & famous Golf courses, however there is so much more to offer- it literally has something for everyone!.
So whether you are looking for a family holiday, a relaxing break or an activity filled stay we can help make your holiday just that extra bit special. Check out the resorts below to find your perfect holiday location & accomodation.
The Eastern Algarve coast
The East coast stretches from the Spanish border along to the capital Faro and has more traditional resorts that are not quite as comercial, meaning you can soak up the culture in the Roman town of Tavira or visit the Moorish area of Olhão.
For nature lovers there is the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve which is a bird watchers paradise.
Fuseta ,or Fuzeta, as it is also known lies in the Eastern Algarve which is the lesser touristic side of the region.
It has miles of unspoilt beaches based around the Ria Formosa protected natural park and is full of local life and typical charming fishing villages and the landscape is wonderful for bird watching. It has all the amenities you may require with shops, markets, cafes and traditional Portuguese restaurants.
Fuseta has two beaches. The first, which the locals call “Praia dos Tesos” is a small beach on the mainland. Families with small children will appreciate it as being in the lagoon there are no waves so great for paddling and swimming. Fuseta's other beach is on Ilha de Armona, the small island separating the lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean. You can also swim here on the lagoon side without waves. However, the 'real' Fuseta beach is on the Atlantic side. Children love the exitement of going over on the ferry boat which runs regularly over to the islands.
Fuseta offers a great base for your holiday and as it is not a traditional tourist resort your euros will go much further especially in the fantastic restaurants where a full meal for two with wine would be in the region of 25 euros.
There is a train station in the village so you can venture to the nearby Roman town of Tavira or Faro the capital of the Algarve . As Fuseta lies close to the Spanish border a highly recommended day out is to the fantastic city of Seville .
If you are looking to sample the real Algarve, Olhão is the place. This traditional town is famous for its Moorish influenced architecture, daily fresh fish market, restaurants, cafe's, bakeries and local shops.
Olhão is the largest fishing port in the Algarve and is full of character with Moorish-style houses. The famous fish & shellfish market is surrounded by pavement cafes and restaurants and it is from the quayside near the market gardens that you can catch the regular ferry boat to the beautiful beaches on the islands of Armona & Culatra.
llha da Culatra is surrounded by beautifully clear water, with many species of fish, so it's perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Ilha da Armona, the closest island to Olhão, has a few restaurants and large expanses of golden sand for a very relaxing day at the beach. During the summer season there are hourly ferry boats that take you to the island beach (return trip costs approx. 3 to 5 euros) and all year around there are private taxi boats available to take & pick you from the most beautiful & secluded beach spots.
In the historic centre of Olhão many of the buildings are the elegant merchant's homes with wrought iron balconies, carved stonework and tile decorations. At the centre of the town is the church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, built in 1698 when it was the first stone building in Olhão, and the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Soledade which is 17th century and the original church of the then fishing village of Olhão.
Olhão offers a great base for your holiday and as it is not a traditional tourist resort your euros will go much further especially in the fantastic restaurants where a full meal for two with wine would be in the region of 25 euros.
The Central Algarve is known for the popular Tourist resorts such as Vilamoura & Albufeira and hosts the brilliant Aquashow Water Park & Zoomarine Park.
Nestled in between is the charming village of Olhos de Agua with pine cliff beaches and where you can still see the fishermen bringing in their catch to the seafront restaurants. Luso Living offices are based here along with a selection of great apartments & villas plus the tree top walking experience.
Olhos de Agua
Olhos d'Agua has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the sun. By day, there are plenty of beaches to explore, and by night there is a variety of local restaurants to enjoy. For those wishing to venture further afield, there are a number of theme parks and zoos to be enjoyed by all the family, not to mention the array of world class golf courses within easy driving distance, so you can make your holiday as active or peaceful as you wish.
The beach in Olhos de Agua is great for the kids as at low tide there is fun to be had in the rock pools. You can sit in the beachfront cafes and enjoy the scenery or watch the local fishermen bring in their catch which is served up fresh in the local restaurantes.
There are several other beaches nearby to discover too such as Maria Luisa, Santa Eulalia, Açoteias and Praia do Barranco das Belharucas which streches all the way along to Vilamoura Marina.
Olhos de Agua is ideally located between Albufeira & Vilamoura both served by a local bus or a cheap taxi ride away.
Just down the road there is a 9 hole golf course in the Balaia Golf Village & a little further along in Sta Eulalia you can also go Tree Top walking or Paintballing.
The heart and soul of the award winning resort of Vilamoura is based around the Marina . During the day its a popular place to shop, stroll or cycle along the boardwalk or enjoy lunch watching the world go by .
For those seeking something more active you can take advantage of the many scenic boat trips, dolphin watching, sea fishing, parasailing, jet ski or scuba diving tours on your doorstep. There are two beaches to choose from one each side of the Marina and a family Crazy Golf park to keep the kids entertained (several top class golf courses for the pro's too!).
At night Vilamoura comes to life with bars and restaurants, it's a great place to enjoy a glass of wine on the decking and dream of owning one of the state of the art luxury yachts moored nearby or for people watching -you can even try celebrity spotting as well know footballers such as Ronaldo & Figo are regular visitors. There is a Casino with live shows and gaming rooms with Roulette, Portuguese Dice ,American Roulette & Black Jack & Poker tables.
The Western Algarve coast
Further along to the Western coast and as far as you can get on mainland Europe lies the picturesque & historical town of Lagos. Old with new merges here with a modern Marina alongside the castle walls and Golden Church of St Anthony.
Chances are the beach photos you will have seen advertised for The Algarve will have been from this area as the rock formations are second to none making boat trips a must in this area.
The popular Lagos Zoo is a delight for all ages and has baby hippos, a monkey island plus bats and kangaroos!
Inland and not to be forgotten are the beautiful areas of Monchique & Silves both steeped in history and host to fantastic restaurants where you can savour the famous Portuguese cuisine and wines. Silves hosts a spectacular Medieval Festival each August starting at the castle and spreading along the cobbled streets.
If hiring a car you can discover the real Algarve by visiting Alte, Loule, Estoi or Mertola each a delight in its own right.
The great thing about Lagos is that it has something for everyone, from the historical quarter with its castle walls & fortress to the modern Marina with its fantastic yachts and watersports.
This historical town is famous for its association with Portugal's 15th-century Golden Age of Discovery. It was here that Henry the Navigator had his vessels built for the voyages of exploration along the coast of West Africa which utimately led to the discovery of the sea route past the Cape of Good Hope to India. The Golden Church of St Anthony and the old slave market are reminders of this historic era.
The cobbled streets of Lagos all lead to the the central square which is a great spot for people watching and there are ample restaurants and bars for all budgets. The more modern area of the Marina is also a great place for dining out or an afternoon stroll and just behind lies the train station should you wish to explore a little further afield.
The beaches along the West coastline are some of the best in the Algarve so a boat trip to the caves and grottoes are a must. Lagos centre hosts two beaches - the 4km long Meia Praia, which you can also reach by water taxi and Praia da Batata by the Fortress in the old town. If you have a car then it's definitely worth visiting the nearby postcard beaches of Dona Ana, Camilo and Ponte de Piedade -chances are these are the beaches you will have seen advertised on any postcards or glossy brochures on the Algarve.
Porto do Mos
On the outskirts of Lagos lies Porto do Mos which has it's own fantastic beach and is approx a 20 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from Lagos centre.
It's the perfect base for those looking for a relaxing break in great accomodation.