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The Best Places to Visit in the Algarve

Stay at the Rocha Brava Village Resort for easy access to them all!

Holidays in the Algarve mean different things to different people. To most who come to southern Portugal in summer, the Algarve is a prime destination for an excellent beach holiday. Others come for spring golfing excellence, while others jet to the region for winter sunshine and outdoor activities from cycling to hiking and even the odd water sport. Whenever you may have booked your trip, the Algarve provides still more to see in the shape of picturesque fishing villages, bustling cities, and historic establishments. 

Ready to find out the best places to visit in the Algarve? Then check out our list!

Consider Carvoeiro for a great day out

If you’ve already booked your stay at the Rocha Brava Village Resort, make sure you pencil in a day for a visit to Carvoeiro, only a 5-minute drive away. Once a scattering of fishers’ houses lining dramatic cliffs, the town now boasts restaurants for all tastes, cute souvenir shops, and colourful boats pulled up onto the beach that leads straight off the main road. Must-sees near the town include Benagil sea cave and the historic Alfanzina lighthouse. 

Potter around Portimão or Armação de Pêra

Slightly further from the resort lie Portimão and Armação de Pêra, each twenty minutes away, with Portimão lying to the west and Armação de Pêra to the east. If you fancy the hustle, bustle, and culture of a big city, spend the day meandering through Portimão Museum, the local fort, and exploring the gorgeous beaches that stretch along the city’s southern edge. 

Looking for a bit less movement while still benefitting from a beach-side city? Armação de Pêra may be the place for you, with its long stretch of sand providing the perfect place to laze the day away. 

Amble around Albufeira Old Town or Lagos

Next on our list of places to visit in the Algarve is Albufeira Old Town – think Mediterranean architecture, golden beaches, and winding cobbled streets filled with life, bars, and restaurants of all kinds. Albufeira Old Town brings together the best of the Algarve, providing everything from brunch to a lively night out. And if you’re there, catch a sunset from the viewpoint over Praia dos Pescadores! 

Lagos, which lies only 35 minutes from the resort, has a life of its own and centuries of history to explore. Home to what was Europe’s first ever slave market, castle walls, cathedrals, and a picturesque market, the city of Lagos is worth a day trip or two. Then there are the beaches – each postcard-worthy, boasting soaring cliffs, hidden coves, stairways into the Atlantic and even a Roman-style bridge between rock formations… though you’ll have to duck through a sea cave to find it! 

Have some fun in Faro city

Finally, there’s Faro. Home to the Algarve’s only airport, Faro City is so much more than a point of transit. Head into the old town through an ancient archway to explore rich stories of Moorish princesses and Christian knights, climb the cathedral’s bell tower for striking views over the Formosa lagoon, and catch a glimpse of the Atlantic in the distance. Or simply sip the afternoon away at a rooftop bar with a pool and views for days. Faro really does have it all!

Stay at the Rocha Brava Village Resort for easy access to all the Algarve’s best places to visit

Its prime location along the Algarve coast makes the Rocha Brava Village Resort a choice destination for anyone wanting to explore everything the Algarve has to offer. Only a short drive from all of the Algarve’s best attractions, the resort ensures you have access to the utmost comfort once you get back from your day of exploring in what is nothing less than your home away from home. 

Ready to book your stay? The Algarve’s only a click away!

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