Discover the Algarve all year round, luminous and safe

The Algarve has increasingly been advertising its cultural and natural secrets, while building a reputation as a safe holiday destination – all year round, thanks its mild, sunny climate.

 

In the far south of Portugal is a region with Europe’s mildest climate and more days of sunshine a year than any other, at about 300: the Algarve. Its mild, relatively dry winters and hot summers are the result of the twin influences of the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea and its proximity to North Africa.

With so many days of sunshine it is a great place both for holidays and for work.

Unique light

“It is clearly one of the sunniest, most luminous areas of Europe,” says the president of the Algarve regional tourist board, Desidério Silva. “The Algarve is a region with lots of light – fantastic light.”, conta o presidente da Região de Turismo do Algarve, Desidério Silva.

This luminosity is ever more popular with cinema directors who opt to shoot their films in the Algarve, but it also guarantees holiday photos in colours that will make your friends jealous!

 

Aside from such factors, there is a whole panoply of ways to enjoy the region, from nature-oriented, cultural or sporting activities, such as bird watching, walking, cycling or local cuisine.

You can’t ski in the Algarve but you can explore the mountains and hills of the interior, the coast, the Ria Formosa estuary, the Rota Vicentina coastal walking route and the Guadiana valley, all thanks to the mild climate,”, says Silva.

Safe, relaxed holidays

The land is here all year round, as are the local products, the climate and the safety”, he points out.

These days safety can count for a lot when people are choosing where to go on holiday.

We all see people in the region going about their daily life and going out at night without problems”, says the tourist board president. “The Algarve is a family destination and one where you will see lots of people on the streets.”

Safety is important not only for the region’s residents but also for visitors, and has been a key factor in establishing the region as a top tourist destination.

Three enchanting beaches to discover in the Algarve

Three enchanting beaches to discover in the Algarve

With 200 kilometres of coast, the Algarve has many nooks and corners of unique beauty that are known only to a lucky few.
These beaches are practically deserted, accessible only by boat and, in some cases, not even listed in official guides.
In the Algarve’s marinas and docks are various companies that offer regular or tailor-made trips that will enable you safely to reach beaches that are inaccessible by land.
With inlets and cliff caves, to rocky beaches or broad strands bathed by clear, lukewarm waters, there are options for all kinds of outings and sunbathing opportunities, from private hideaways to lively urban beaches.
These are veritable monuments carved out by nature where you can “go to the beach” in unforgettable fashion and without the crowds that beset the region’s best-known and busiest beaches.

Praia dos Arrifes

Located in Albufeira, this beach is in a little inlet sheltered by low sculpted cliffs, with natural rock pools, arches and several caves in the rock walls that surround it.
On the horizon are three enormous rocky islets from which the beach gets its local nickname: Praia dos Três Penecos.
Although the beach is accessible by land, that is only down a flight of wooden stairs; there are also lifeguards in the bathing season.
This beach is just 5.5 kilometres from the Vidamar Resort Algarve.

The “wild” Praia da Morena

Other beaches are only accessible by boat, such as the Praia da Morena in Lagoa. This wild beach 18 kilometres from the Vidamar Resort Algarve is not included on official lists of Algarve beaches.
Located in a little inlet, it is small and bathed by waters that are usually calm. In the central portion of the surrounding rock is a little cave and on the eastern side a larger one, and a large arch.
In the sea is an islet whose shape, seen from the beach, recalls that of a submarine.

Praia do Pau

Praia do Pau is only accessible from the sea, making it another of the Algarve’s “secret” beaches. Framed by a rocky formation along the shore and with an islet on the horizon, this little beach with its calm, clear waters is sheltered by two small headlands colonised by many seagulls.
The way to this beach in the municipality of Lagoa is about 18 kilometres from the Vidamar Resort Algarve – about a half-hour drive.
For safety reasons, it is advisable to keep a sensible distance from the crumbling limestone cliffs.
The Portuguese authorities periodically monitor the region’s cliffs but visitors should take into account the fact that these natural structures are constantly exposed to erosion, above all the unceasing action of the sea.