If you want something more from your beach holiday than simply sun and fun, consider booking a trip to the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal. In addition to possessing some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, it also boasts a mountainous inland terrain full of vineyards and flowering almond, orange and fig trees. Holidaymakers can choose from a wide array of Algarve hotels, because of the quality of the Algarve’s beaches and the ensuing tourism boom.
Where to Go
For breath-taking views of the local countryside, visit the quaint city of Monchique, perched in the hills high above the coast. There are many things to do for entertainment, including hiking, walking, cycling or canoeing, or you can stop to explore the area’s private zoo, which is dedicated to animal rehabilitation.
Fall back in love with life, when you drink from the city’s woodland health spa’s fountain of love, which is rumoured to have positive affects on the drinker. Just a few kilometres northwest of Albufeira, you can visit the Adega do Cantor winery that produces Sir Cliff Richard’s Vida Nova wine. If you want to learn more about the local flora and fauna, then you wil want to go to the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa nature preserve. In the park, you can see sand dune islands, marshlands, salt pans and fresh water lakes, as well as exotic birds like the purple gallinale.
What to Do
Adventurous holidaymakers can book horse-back rides through the Algarve’s remote interior—depending upon your skill level you can ride with a group or on your own. Motorbike and four-wheel drive rentals and tours are also available for visitors interested in exploring the heavily forested mountains, hills and groves of the area.
When to Go
From July to mid-September it is the busiest, so come in spring or Autumn, the flowers are especially lovely throughout the countryside during the spring. You will find great deals on Algarve hotels in this time of year too.
Where to Stay
You can book a holiday that is a perfect fit for you, since Algarve hotels cater to a variety of price points—from self-catering apartments to luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Enjoy the best of the Algarve by combining a stay at one of the area’s cosmopolitan beach areas with day trips to visit its scenic natural attractions.