Often receiving a bad rap for its vast number of hotel complexes, overcrowded beaches and popularity with British tourists, Portugal’s sun-kissed, southern coast has undergone a bit of a revamp in the last few years. With a burgeoning reputation as a new wellness mecca and some of the best seafood cuisine in Europe, the reasons to visit the Algarve are growing with every passing day. From beaches to backstreets, sardines to spas, here are the top five reasons you should book yourself an Algarvian holiday in 2016!
Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Algarve
It’s the ideal place to find yourself
With decadent spa retreats, luxury resorts and beach-front yoga schools popping up left, right and centre, the Algarve is fast becoming one of Europe’s best health and wellness escapes. Whether you fancy learning the art of inner-balance with the sound of crashing waves as a soundtrack, or being thoroughly pampered at an opulent spa, the Algarve has it all to offer.
It’s not all about the beach
The Algarve’s beaches are undeniably incredible, and are the main draw for many of the region’s tourists. However, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the golden sands and azure waters, you’ll find charmingly charismatic towns where people-watching with a coffee in hand is just as relaxing as sunbathing by the sea.
It’s a foodie heaven
With just under half of Portugal’s Michelin-starred restaurants to boast about, the Algarve sure knows what it’s doing when it comes to food. Far from the delicious but predictable sardines by the pier, the Algarve’s foodie scene is overflowing with world-class seafood and inventive dishes. Meat lovers should head into the hilly region of Monchique, home of hearty Algarvian stews and broths.
Its beaches are still underrated
You may think, what with all the publicity garnered by the Algarve’s coastline, that understating its beauty is impossible. However, there are still magnificent stretches of beach left virtually undiscovered and unspoilt by mass tourism. Praia da Marinha in particular is a hidden gem, listed as one of Europe’s top 10 most beautiful beaches.
Its locals can party
The Algarve’s nightlife may well be associated with clubs, bars and 2-for-1 shots, but with an action packed calendar of festivals, celebrations and events all year round, partying with the locals is a must. White Night in Loule is a definite highlight, bringing the entire community together for food, live music and dancing ‘til dawn.
Find out more about the Algarve’s many charms on Travel Republic’s blog.