Summer is coming to an end, but the air bridge to Portugal remains open (to English and Ulster travellers, at least). But Autumn in Algarve means sunny days, rather warm than hot – no more those inclement hot middays, tipping everyone to the typical Spanish “siesta” that was also practised in Southern Portugal. Many people believe these are the perfect days to enjoy Algarve. Check out six ways to make the best out of it.
Urban, rocky beaches
Western Algarve is home to several urban beaches planted on top of lovely high rocks. Portimão (Praia da Rocha, Praia dos Três Irmãos), Albufeira or Armação de Pêra are perfect examples of this. Go for a walk along the shoreline and get to back to the fancy cafés as restaurants as soon as you want.
Open space beaches
The Ria Formosa Natural Park, on the outskirts of Faro, offers large beaches where you can find all the space you want. It’s not easy to get to beaches like Praia de Faro or Culatra Island, but the difficulty contributes to making them less crowded. And they’re so close to the airport.
Quaint Old Towns
Lagos, Alvor and Tavira are seaside examples showing that Algarve was, in the late Middle Ages, considered a kingdom (the Portuguese kings considered themselves kings of Portugal and Algarve). If you long for the tranquillity of historical centres, these are for you.
Needless to say that Algarve is the best continental Europe region for golf, and the high season is starting! The Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort and the Vilar do Golf Resort allow you to practice your swing and to stay close to the sea and the Faro airport.
We must always underline the advantages of the Marina de Vilamoura for those wanting to rent a boat and go for a tour along the Algarvian shoreline. The spot includes fine restaurants, cocktail bars, boutiques and even the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila.
The Via Algarviana hiking route and the Natural Parks of Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina (in the west) and the Natural Reserve of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António allow you to enjoy the outdoors.