It is at the southern tip of Europe, at the end of the Iberian Peninsula, that this paradise corner neighbouring Andalusia thrives, beaten by the invigorating waves of the Atlantic Ocean: the Algarve, a destination that continues to attract an increasing number of holidaymakers year after year. It must be said that its assets are numerous, and may even tend, at the peak of summer, to serve it as its golden sandy beaches are so crowded. However, by taking a step aside, by walking along the still virgin paths of tourism, we discover another Portugal, a coastal land made up of small towns and small fishing villages full of charm, sumptuous fine sandy beaches bristling with rocks whose relief has been softened by erosion, forgotten coves... The Algarve tourist guide takes you on a wander of tables of seafood and fresh fish from Sagres or Lagos in fertile lands ideal for strolling, between orchards, fields of fig trees and almond trees. From hiking on the wild and majestic coastline of the Vicentine coast or in the semi-tropical valleys of the Serra de Monchique, to the striking architectural heritage of the picturesque Faro, the region's capital. The Moorish influence of yesteryear can be felt everywhere in Portuguese culture in the Algarve, from gastronomy to craftsmanship, including architecture, such as the castles that dot the territory. Let us not forget its inhabitants, without whom the Algarve would not be the Algarve, always inclined to share some good moments with travellers passing through.

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When to go to Algarve?

When to go to the Algarve? For those who have the opportunity to choose, the best times to visit the Algarve are spring (the time of some popular festivals), early summer (and its many festivals) before August (the time when most Portuguese, English and Dutch people take their summer holidays and when tourism-related prices are the highest) and autumn. Spring and autumn are the mid-season and are ideal seasons to enjoy the magnificent mild climate of the southern coast of Portugal while avoiding the crowds and the great heat of the high season. To the question "when to go to the Algarve", June and September are two very good answers. But the Algarve, which enjoys a very mild climate, can certainly be visited all year round. That being said, why not take a tour of this destination from December to February, the time when accommodation facilities are offering sacrificed prices? The waves, all year round, will make these magnificent beaches a paradise for surfers.

How to go to Algarve? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

There are many tour operators and specialists in the region who are perfectly willing to prepare a tailor-made trip, an organised tour, a family holiday or an all-inclusive (all-inclusive) stay in the Algarve, its cities and hinterland. A destination well known to tourism professionals, you will find many offers on the market. All that remains is to choose the one that suits you best!

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To get to Faro, the capital of the Algarve, you can opt for a flight. Rates vary greatly depending on the city of departure, the period and the time of advance booking of the ticket. In high season, a low-cost return flight from France, for example, is around €200, compared to €80 in low season. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. You can also travel to the Algarve with your own vehicle

If you do not have a personal vehicle or a rental vehicle, allowing considerable range of movement, you can still travel easily in the Algarve: public transport works very well in southern Portugal. Cheap trains and buses sweep the coast. The seaway, in addition to being pleasant, is a possible option, while in the city, taxis are very numerous and relatively cheap.

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  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
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  • Tailor-made trip
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  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to the Algarve? For those who have the opportunity to choose, the best times to visit the Algarve are spri...
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Weather forecast

The Algarve weather has a strong character. In Faro, the average temperature is 12°C in winter, 16°C in April, 26°...
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Budget

All Portuguese people say it: the Algarve is an expensive region. The fault of an excessive tourist attendance in som...
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Formalities

No visa is required to travel to the Algarve for nationals of the European Union and Switzerland: an identity card or...
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Health

No major risks to report when leaving for Portugal. No vaccine is recommended to travel to the Algarve. It may be use...
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How to travel by yourself?

To get to Faro, the capital of the Algarve, you can opt for a flight. Rates vary greatly depending on the city of dep...
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How to get organized?

There are many tour operators and specialists in the region who are perfectly willing to prepare a tailor-made trip,...
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Getting around

If you do not have a personal vehicle or a rental vehicle, allowing considerable range of movement, you can still tra...
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