Stretched along Portugal’s southernmost shores, the postcard-worthy Algarve region is renowned for its pristine beaches and bucolic wine country. But its culture is also one of the richest in Europe, most significantly influenced by the Moors, who once thrived in its walled cities and verdant countryside.
Take to the sea to explore the coast's ancient limestone cliffs and grottos.
Spend the afternoon relaxing on the sandy shores of Praia da Falesia, then take the wooden pathway back to the Pine Cliffs Hotel.
Rugged oceanside cliffs rise out of the sea and reveal a series of hidden sea caves that dot the shoreline.
Each week, Old Town Albufeira's main square becomes a bustling marketplace where local handicrafts and delicacies from across the Algarve region are on offer. Locals farmers and craftsmen venture in from the hillsides, selling everything from lavender-scented honey to lavish jewelry and terracotta pottery.
While the Douro Valley has dominated Portugal’s wine exports for decades, the Algarve has come into its own in recent years, drawing acclaim for both traditional and forward-thinking varietals and techniques. Spend a day visiting historic wineries, touring vineyards, meeting winemakers, and tasting some of the region’s best wines along the Rota dos Vinhos do Algarve.
The sandstone walls of the 15th-century Fort of São João do Arade rise above the pine-fringed cliffs of Praia da Angrinha beach and point the way to the crumbling medieval walls of the ancient fishing village of Ferragudo, where white-washed houses cascade down the hillside, overlooking the deep blue line of the horizon. Spend a day exploring the town, then pull up a chair at a café in the picturesque main square and dine on just-caught fish paired with local vinho.
A collection of tidal islands and lagoons on the Algarve’s southern coastline, this nature reserve covers miles of rugged wilderness, open to the public for biking, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife-watching. Birders in particular flock to the reserve’s Quinta de Marim observatory, as some of the world’s rarest bird species stop here as part of their annual migrations.
The Algarve is dotted with picturesque historic towns, but Silves merits a longer visit than most. Originally founded by the Romans along the banks of the Arade river, the town rose to prominence as an 11th-century Moorish capital, and its Moorish castle and abundant architecture from the period are constant reminders of the famously abundant culture that once flourished here. Wander the winding streets and visit the many art galleries, or plan your trip around the town’s medieval festival.
This mesmerizing festival of Middle Eastern and North African dance and music recognizes the centuries-old Moorish influence on culture in Portugal.Learn More
Cycling enthusiasts won’t want to miss this annual festival of world-class road racing riders as they take to this mountainous 480-mile course.Learn More
Join revelers in the streets for parades and pageantry of the oldest continuous festival in Portugal which marks the start of Lent and the Easter season.
Parades, folk dancing, music, and fireworks are part of this national holiday marking the fall of the Fall of the Estado Novo fascist regime.
Gather with dedicated motor sports fans to cheer on drivers in this exciting Lisbon to Algarve road race that began in 1967.Learn More
Workshops, dancing, street entertainers, and food are all part of this five day festival of world music from Brazil to France in the historic city center.Learn More
Learn more about traditional Algarve culture through agriculture, cuisine, wine handicrafts, and music at this festive 10-day heritage fair.Learn More
The Sagres Peninsula (an hour’s drive from Algarve) is a significant point for migratory birds, and this annual festival with lectures, field excursions, and watersports attracts birders and nature enthusiasts alike.Learn More
A favorite destination of European golfers, it is little wonder that the decade-old Portugal Masters draws an even bigger crowd each year it hosts this world-class event.Learn More
"The ancient town of Silves on the banks of the Arade river is dotted with almond trees. As the folklore goes, the Moorish leader who ruled the land fell in love with and married a northern princess named Gilda. Gilda was terribly homesick, so he planted almond trees native to the north throughout his kingdom to cheer her up. Today, these trees still cover much of the south Iberian Peninsula countryside, and are not to be missed when blooming in spring."
Take advantage of private access to Portugal's longest golden sand beach, Praia da Falésia, kick back with chilled cocktails and live music as you admire its amber-red sandstone cliffs and azure Atlantic waters.Learn More
The Porto Pirata Kids' Club keeps pint-sized guests entertained all day long, with activities like volleyball, mini-golf, and bounce castles, and most of the restaurants offer dedicated kids' menus.Learn More
Running through a pinewood forest atop the oceanfront cliffs of the Algarve, the nine-hole Pine Cliffs Golf Course is one of Portugal's most original - and scenic.Learn More
Play tennis like a pro on one of the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy's five floodlit courts - two clay and three all-weather hard courts - or perfect your game with the two full-time tennis pros.Learn More
Take a dip in or soak up the sun next to one of the five outdoor swimming pools, framed by an idyllic landscape of manicured gardens and rocky cliffs overlooking turquoise waters.Learn More
The Pine Cliffs Resort encompasses three luxury properties, all of which share access to each other's gourmet restaurants, swimming pools, spa facilities, health clubs, and more.Learn More