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Algarve Holidays 

Located on the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve region combines the best of traditional with a modern,lively and fun holiday destination. There’s a big choice of resorts spread along the coastline, each withloads of white sandy beaches, lively bars and cobbled old towns where you’ll find markets and seafoodrestaurants. There are lots of leisure options too, with surfing at Sagres, world-class golf courses and a bigrange of water sports on most beaches. Algarve holidays are a fun beach-break getaway.

26 °C

Summer average high temperatures are 26˚C in July and August, the hottest months. Temperatures eitherside of then will be cooler but still with enough warm sunshine to get a tan on your holiday.

3 hours

Faro International Airport gives the best access to the Algarve, with good transfer options to most resorts.Lisbon airport is around three hours drive by car.

Book a cheap holiday to the Algarve with Airtours to enjoy year round warm weather, a huge choice ofresorts, family friendly beaches and a warm Portuguese welcome from the locals. 

Featured holidays in Algarve

smartline Amarilis

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach, bars and restaurants
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Free kids' places

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Oceanus Aparthotel

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Great base for exploring
  • Close to local bars and restaurants
  • Short walk from the beach

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Based on 713 reviews

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Clube Alvorferias

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Popular with families
  • Great base for exploring the area
  • Free kids' places

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Based on 885 reviews

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smartline Miramar

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Extended sun terrace planned for 2018
  • Within easy reach of the Old & New Towns
  • Free kids' places

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Based on 541 reviews

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Pinhal da Marina

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Set back in peaceful gardens
  • Beach & marina within easy reach
  • Apartments sleeping up to eight

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Based on 478 reviews

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From traditional music and folk dancing to partying in upbeat nightclubs, there’s plenty of evening entertainment to be had right across the Algarve. During the daytime, pick from a big selection of beaches to explore or have some fun on, or in, the water. From surfing to sailing, the Algarve and the beach lifestyle are more or less inseparable. 

Without a doubt, the main attraction in the Algarve is the huge selection of beaches, with everything from secluded coves to big sandy bays. Most resorts are well placed to access at least one or more of these family friendly stretches, with warm waters and soft white sand. If you make the effort, you can get away from the crowds and discover secluded coves, like Culatra, where you might have the whole beach to yourself.

The hippy hang out of Lagos and serene Sagres are two of Europe’s most popular surf destinations, with big waves coming in off the Atlantic. Take a few lessons in the smaller waves to learn the ropes before heading out to hang ten. Further along the coast is more sheltered but you can still have plenty of fun in the water with banana boat rides and sea kayaking; there’s some excellent inland waterparks to check out too.

There’s all kinds of night time fun to be had in the Algarve, from family friendly promenades bustling with street performers and craft markets, to the livelier grown up stuff. Hit the bars in Albufeira, one of the Algarve’s busiest and hippest resorts, where you can enjoy drinks on the seafront or get down in one of the clubs. To sample the more authentic culture, try one of the bars offering live Fado music, a distinctly Portuguese mix of love songs and the blues.

Algarve is best for

Family fun: Big, sandy and child friendly beaches, lively old towns and bustling markets can be found allalong Portugal’s Algarve coastline, with lots of eating options and fun activities too. 

Water sports: The western end of the Algarve offers some of the best surfing in Europe, but if banana boats are more your thing, there’s plenty of choice on most of the Algarve’s beaches.

Golfers: Set back from the resorts in the gently rolling hills is an exceptional choice of golf courses.Morgado, Amendoeira and Oceanico are just three, where you can go for a round in the sun.

Fast facts

Language: The official language in the Algarve is Portuguese but English is widely spoken too. 

Currency: The Euro (€) is used in the Algarve.

Local time: The same time zone as the UK so you won’t have to adjust your watch.

Fly to: Faro International Airport is the best choice for the Algarve.

Flight time from UK: Just under three hours.

Tourist Information: Discover more tourist information about the Algarve at

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit advice/portugal for more information and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Algarve.

Weather and climate

Temperature: Average high temperatures of 26˚C in the middle of summer.

Best time to visit the Algarve: The Algarve is home to one of Europe’s warmest microclimates, which means you can expect warm sunshine almost all year round. The holiday season gets going in the spring,lasting right the way through the high summer months of July and August and the late summer. There’s plenty of sunshine and little rainfall, with water temperatures warmest in mid summer but still mild the rest of the year. 

Getting Around

By taxi: Taxis are easy to spot, reliable and relatively cheap so they’re a good way of getting around. Most towns and villages have cab ranks or just ask your hotel to call one for you. Luggage can cost extra. 

By hire car: Hiring a car is a good option for seeing more of the region’s coastline. Albufeira and Portimão are two of the bigger towns, but the smaller resorts are often home to the quieter beaches.

By bus: There are a number of bus companies offering tourist travel in the Algarve, mostly between the airport and main resorts. You can buy tickets at most bus stops with multi day passes also available.

By train: There’s a train line running the length of the Algarve region, stopping at a number of towns along the way. Trains are reliable and affordable, with connections to Lisbon and beyond available too.


For carnivals: Carnival takes place in February and is a big deal in Portugal. One of the best can be found at Loulé. Dress up in your best costume and dance the night away at the colourful parade. 

For foodies: The Portuguese are very proud of their food, especially when it comes to fish. The annual Sardine Festival in Portimão and Seafood Festival in Olhão take place in August and are not to be missed.

For flowers: Taking place on Easter Sunday, the Flower Torches Festival in São Brás de Alpotel is one of the highlights of the year in the Algarve, with the streets literally carpeted in colourful flowers.

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