The architecture of the region dates back to as early as the 1500s and experiencing locally made cuisines of fresh seafood and homemade sweet treats is a mouth-watering must. 

If you are planning a (more than likely well-deserved) trip to Portugal, and more specifically the Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, then our guide to the essential things to do here will help you to plan a dream trip.

Get advice for what to pack, places to see, things to do, and food to try.

Let’s dive in and see where your next Algarve trip could take you, including top tips to ensure you have all the information you need to have an amazing break.


Packing Essentials

First things first, the Algarve is warm all year round, even in winter. Be sure to check the weather forcast before departing but usuaully you will just need light clothing.

Don’t be fooled into thinking a bag or backpack is not necessary, it is, especially for day trips. You will need a big bottle of water to stay hydrated as much as possible, easy-to-grab snacks to keep energy levels up as some picturesque spots do require some walking and comfortable footwear.

We recommend closed footwear to get to your location but then be sure to have a high-quality pair of comfortable slides to wear so you can feel the sand and waves envelop your feet and connect you to Mother Nature. You will want a good pair of open-toe slides so your feet can breathe and cool down. 

Remember to also pack a sun hat, sun cream, and a portable phone charger to ensure you capture lifelong memories along the waywithout your battery running out.

Aso one thing not to forget is to download a language app or some basic Portuguese travel phrases before departing. Although this region is very touristy   


See Beautiful Beaches

With white sands as far as the eye can see and turquoise waters, it is no wonder the Algarve is considered one of Europe’s top beach destinations.

Marinha Beach with its limestone cliffs surrounding and protecting you from the outside world is an absolute must, the cliff walk at Praia da Marinha is a breathtaking moment you don’t want to miss. 

If you don't mind being surrounded by other tourists then Praia de Dona Ana is a popular choice with its pretty yellow-sand and calm ocean waters which makes it perfect for snorkeling. 

Lagos is another must see destination, and also a great place to base yourself to see more of the region. Lagos is a really beautiful coastal town with a Instagramable photos around every corner. The town centre is very historic with lots of bars and restaurants, whilst the beaches and coast here are spectacular.


Non-beach Attractions

Sometimes exploring spots other than the beach allows you to be fully immersed in the culture and among the community. Be sure to explore and take a day trip to some of the most serene towns, villages and cities in the area. 

If you love traditional whitewashed stone buildings and winding narrow roads adorned with cobbles and flowers then this charming fishing village is the place to be. Beautiful photo opportunities everywhere you look so be sure to have your camera ready and relax and people-watch at the local café with a coffee and a custard pastry.

Just 10 minutes away from Ferragudo and you stumble across a quant, hidden between the cliffs, a village with simplistic aesthetics, and a cozy beach away from the bustle. The cuisine in this village is highly sought after so be sure to try one of the restaurants. 

Sagres, the tiny charming village, is a great stopping point at the most South Western point of Europe. The beaches are smaller, but the waves are quite rough, with common gusts of winds. Visit the iconic Cabo de Sao Vicente lighthouse which stands at the edge of the cliff for a perfect sunset view. 

The chances are if you are arriving from overseas you'll fly into Faro. This is the capital of the Algarve region, and a really underrated gem which most international tourists don't see. Expect pretty cobbled streets, museums, shops, restaurants and great value places to stay. It is also a great base to explore more of the region.   



What is a holiday without doing popular tourism activities, right?

The Benagil Caves
The Benagil Caves should be at the top of your list of places to see. The cave itself is a natural occurrence of erosion by weather with circular formations pointing to the sky that you could stare at and get lost in thought. Take caution, however, that swimming to the spot is NOT advised because of quickly changing tides even though it is only a short trip from the beach. Always go on a tour or take a SUP.

See Wildlife
Take a sightseeing boat trip to see marine life like whales and dolphins - this is a magical experience.


Souvenir Shopping 

Leaving a trip without something to remember it by is almost too wrong to say out loud, you cannot leave the Algarve without stopping in at one of the local ceramic and gifts shops. The walls and shelves are lined with plates, bowls, and everything in between, beautifully hand sculpted and painted by locals, an excellent gift for someone, or a fabulous dinnerware set to lay out for your next evening soiree. 


Plan Your Trip to the Algarve Today

Isn't travelling and experiencing the world for all its beauty the best thing? There are so many reasons to visit Portugal and the time to see the Algarve is now! This region is stunning and once you've been, you'll definately want to go back. So search flights, and your beach-ready comfortable slides to wear, and head to southern Portugal for sun, beaches, adventures, tasty food and so much more.