“All you’ve got to do is decide to go and the hardest part is over.”

The Algarve is one of Britain’s most popular tourist getaways – famous for the many beautiful coastlines and challenging golf courses. This is why many people are proud to call the Algarve their home. 

The Algarve in southern Portugal is divided up into three regions: the Eastern Algarve, Central Algarve, and the Western Algarve. Each region is very different from the other and individually each has very unique parts to explore.

The Eastern algarve hosts the capital and largest city – Faro. Many people land in the airport nearby Faro and never make the journey to take in the local culture and see the vibrant city come to life, but this is a place that you should put on your agenda to experience a different side to the Algarve. 

Central Algarve is the most popular destination for tourism, with many hotels and resorts situated in Central Algarve. As a base it gives you a opportunity to explore the Algarve in very short travel times and is also a great place to just relax and take in the sun with the many beaches and beautiful coastlines that are situated here.

The Western Algarve is a nature lovers paradise, with its many beautiful views, surfing and hiking trails, you will often find a lot of outdoor lovers here. The popular town of Lagos provides lots of shops and restaurants if you want to unwind after a busy day.  

WHERE TO STAY?

Carvoeiro

Vale de Milho Village

Located in the beautiful town of Carvoeiro in Central Algarve is the 5 star Vale de Milho Village.

The Vale de Milho village – part of the amazing Carvoeiro Clube group boasts 32 townhouses, all equipped with private swimming pools, relaxing garden areas and a beautiful ocean backdrop view, located next to one of the most popular golf courses of central Algarve.

The Vale de Milho Village has a great location, with backdrop views of the ocean.

We had the pleasure of being able to stay in one of the modern two bedroom townhouses, with high ceilings and high quality living, this place really screams luxury. The village has its own resort management with everything from security, accounting, technical services, pool and garden maintenance and all residents have access to the health and fitness tennis club with a great varied programme, from relaxing yoga, to a full workout gym. 

 Every townhouse has it’s very own private swimming pool and garden. 

The townhouses are available for rental and are also currently for sale, with prices starting from 400,000 Euros. This is the perfect getaway for warm weather lovers with temperature highs of 21 °C during the winter months. We stayed early December and during the day sat out on the terrace in a t-shirt and soaked up the sun.  This 5 star resort makes it easy for you to own your own property overseas without all of the headaches. 

Property Sales: valedemilhovillage.com

Book your holidays here: Carvoeiro Clube group 

Albufeira

Hotel Baia Grande

Located centrally in the Algarve and a short drive (3kms) away from Albufeira centre, The 4 star Hotel Baia Grande is a great getaway destination and just 750 metres from the nearest beach. The hotel boasts  111 high quality rooms and 10 suites, spacious communal areas and gardens, providing a stylish, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

The hotel boasts a fully functional SPA with Massages and facial Treatments to free use of the Indoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Bathhouse, Relaxation Room and Sauna.

You can enjoy food and drink from the mermaid restaurant, or one of the three bars the hotel has on offer, with Barbecues outside during the summer months.

Book your holiday here: hotelbaiagrande.com

WHERE TO EAT?

Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis Clubhouse

Great outdoor pool terrace – the perfect spot to relax and unwind over some excellent food.

This beautiful spot located in the tennis clubhouse is a great place to grab lunch during a nice warm day. With a beautiful garden and a wonderful pool terrace you can relax and watch the world go by. The restaurant has a great menu with everything from homemade tapas, healthy salads to impressive burgers. 

Visit website: The Clubhouse

Trattoria Oliveira

Trattoria Oliveira is located in a beautiful tranquil setting.

If you are a fan of Nando’s, then this is a great restaurant to visit. With the delicious house speciality of Peri Peri chicken, this restaurant offers a taste of Portugal. Trattoria Oliveira also boasts a tempting menu of excellent Italian dishes.  

Visit website: Trattoria Oliveira

THINGS TO DO

Surf the waves

The Algarve really is a surfers paradise, you can head to Algarve and find a whole host of fellow surf addicts and the wave conditions are some of the best in the world and are extremely consistent all year round.

Do not worry if you are a beginner to surfing as you can find a number of surf classes in the Algarve to help get you started.

Where to go surfing?

Praia do Tonel. If you are visiting Sagres this is a great option, as the beach is easily within walking distance and the town has lots to offer.

Praia do Beliche. This is a really beautiful spot to surf, with stunning cliffs and amazing views.

Praia do Zavial. A great beach from beginners to experienced surfers.

Praia do Martinhal. This is very popular beach for surfers in the algarve.

Golf

The Algarve is a golfers paradise, with over 35 different golf clubs situated in the algarve there is plenty to choose from and Portugal has won the World Golf awards as the best golf destination numerous times and there is a reason why. With 160 km of beautiful coast the courses offer a challenging conditions with amazing views.

With so many to choose from, you really can find a course that suits any level of player.

We would recommend the following course as a great starting point, if you are travelling with your family.

VALE DE MILHO GOLF

VALE DE MILHO GOLF is a stunning 9-hole course, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, situated close to the village of Carvoeiro. This 9-hole par 3 course for adults and a customised par 35 for junior players. It is a high-quality course designed by Dave Thomas, who played in the Ryder Cup 4 times and, besides “The Belfry”, has designed over 40 golf courses.
VALE DE MILHO GOLF has the feel of a full-sized course and is maintained to a very high standard.

This course will provide a real challenge whatever standard of golf you play.

They even have junior and adult specific scorecards, which is perfect when the whole family plays together.

Book your round today here: valedemilhogolf.com

Feature Blog Image: Coehla Beach, just outside Albufeira credit to ian_woodhead1