The Best Towns in Algarve: Something for Every Traveler

Here are the best places to visit in Algarve, Portugal. Whether you want big resorts, charming small towns, or fishing villages, Algarve has it all

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Formerly a fishing village, Albufeira is now the largest resort town in Algarve and is best known for its historic center, beautiful beach, and nightlife. 


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Armação de Pêra boasts plenty of excellent restaurants, a tiny, jumbled old town, a bird-filled lagoon, and an impressive mix of beaches.

Armação de Pêra

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The region is dotted with numerous caves, with the Benagil Cave being the most popular of them all. To visit it, you’ll need to go by boat, kayak or paddleboard.


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The beach town of Carvoeiro is one of the smaller towns in the Algarve, yet one of the most popular, because of its perfect location close to stunning beaches, impressive rock cliffs and beautiful hikes.

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If smuggling, roman salt secrets, and the Knights Templar interest you, then Castro Marim is a fabulous day trip. Visit the castle and walk around the top of the walls for great views and photos of neighboring Spain, the Guadiana River, and rolling hills.

Castro Marim

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Faro offers the opportunity to have the best of both worlds: a cosmopolitan city break and a relaxing holiday at the beach.

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The scenery around Lagos is spectacular; rugged limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, dramatic drops, stunning lookout points, and turquoise water.


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