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PictureHoliday in the Algarve, Portugal

A holiday to the Algarve, Portugal’s most southerly region, rewards holidaymakers with stretches of beautiful shoreline, fascinating historical and cultural attractions, and reputable golf courses – all within a space that’s just 200km long and 50km wide. There’s an impressive range of activities for a family holiday too, with waterparks, zoos, and a wealth of great activities available to enjoy throughout the year.

Hailed as one of Europe’s sunniest spots, the region offers long, warm summer days ideal whether you prefer getting active or simply relaxing in the sun. The picturesque beaches are particularly popular, With a rich history and Moorish influences in both food and architecture, the Algarve loves to commemorate its past with festivals and carnivals celebrating the local delicacies, history and culture.

Our Resort

No matter when you choose to visit the Algarve, you will have a great time at our Ocean Club Beach Resort, where you and your family can enjoy watersports or simply a cooling drink from one of the waterside cafes or browsing the craft stalls and shops. The accommodation consists of a choice of charming, spacious one, two or three bedroom apartments dotted around the picturesque town of Luz.

 

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Why choose Portugal for your summer family Holiday

Local Food

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Local Food

With over 200km of beautiful coastline, it’s no wonder that the local food in the Algarve offers a wealth of fantastic seafood options, although it’s also famous for the region’s deliciously spicy Chicken Piri Piri and delicious almond desserts.


Typical Algarve dishes & food

Caldeirada: A delicious fish stew, cooked with tomatoes, onions and potatoes

Chicken Piri Piri: This spicy condiment was brought from Africa to Portugal and adds a zingy flavour to the grilled chicken

Cataplana: Clams, chorizo, onion, tomatoes and herbs steamed together in a copper pot

Sardines: A local staple, great eaten grilled and served with boiled potatoes and vegetables or salad

Feijoada: A deliciously thick bean stew with pork, bacon and sausage

Bife à Portuguesa: A typical Portuguese dish of beef sirloin topped with smoked ham, cooked in a clay dish and served on a bed of French fries

Torta de Amendoa: Delicious almond roll

Molotoff: Traditional dessert made with egg whites and a caramel sauce

 

Water
Tap water is safe to drink in the Algarve, but the taste varies. As a result, drinking bottled water may be advisable.

Culture and History

Culture and History

Each region of Portugal celebrates its own calendar of festivities and the Algarvian local culture is no different, with festivals to suit all tastes and interests. From religious processions, to carnivals, historical events and celebrations of food, wine and music, the area enjoys a range of festivals throughout the year.  With so much sunshine every year, there’s plenty to celebrate!

Religious festivals
The predominant religion in the Algarve is Catholic and the region holds festivals to celebrate key events. The Festa das São Luís is held in late January to mark the day of the patron saint of animals and locals celebrate with a fundraising smoked sausage auction and cultural fair. One of the most important religious events for locals in the Algarve is Feira de Mãe Soberana, which takes place in Loule and is split into two separate events. The first sees a 16th century statue of the city’s patron saint carried through town to the church of São Francisco and the second takes place a fortnight later with a larger procession to return the statue to Ermita do Alto do Cerro.

Cultural festivals
Loule carnival, which takes place over three days in late February or early March, is one of the most renowned carnivals in Portugal. Popular with tourists and locals alike, the event sees colourful costumes, processions of floats and, of course, plenty of music and dancing throughout the town. Music fans will enjoy the jazz festival that takes place in Lagos for five days throughout April. The Algarve also has its own International Music Festival between April and June each year, with performances from international musicians.

Food festivals
Food fans will love the Festival de Gastronomia Serrana in Tavira town between March and April and shows off the region’s delicious, varied cuisine. In July the ten day Silves Beer Festival celebrates the hop-based drink in all its different varieties and in mid-August the Olhão Seafood Festival showcases a wide range of fish products, combined with music and dancing.

A history of the Algarve
The Algarve has enjoyed a long history dating back some 3,000 years to the Phoenicians, who established a trading post in the area. Many other traders and estate stewards established their colonies in the area, including the Carthaninians and Celtics. For 400 years the area was also home to the Romans who built up the agriculture of the area by growing grapes, barley and wheat, as well as building roads and palaces.

In 711 the North African Moors settled in the area and some influences can still be seen in the food, architecture and place names of the Algarve. Silves became the Moorish capital and trade in the area was roaring, particularly in dried fruit and nuts.

The Christian reconquest by King João I in the early 12th century saw most of the Moorish buildings obliterated and Silves and the western territories were captured.

A famous figure in Algarve history is Prince Henry the Navigator, who chose Sagres as the base for his explorations of Africa and Asia throughout the 15th century. Many of these explorations led to Portugal’s high position as a major imperial power, and the era is now termed the Age of the Discoveries.

In more recent years the Algarve has brought more and more people from other countries, thanks to its warm climate and beautiful landscapes.

Weather in Algarve

Weather in Algarve

Due to its proximity to the equator and with over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, the Algarvian weather is celebrated as some of the sunniest in Europe. The fantastic Mediterranean climate sees an average of 12 hours of daylight per day throughout the summer months, with temperatures soaring as high as 30°C. Coastal breezes keep the air cool and the seas are warm throughout spring and summer. Although much cooler in winter, the temperatures still remain mild, with bright sunny days and little rainfall. 

May
Average high temperature: 22°C
Average low temperature: 14°C
Average sea temperature: 17°C
Average daily sunshine hours: 10 

This is a great time for activity holidays and enjoying lovely weather with warmer sea temperatures. Beach weather is almost guaranteed at this time, so you can pack your swimming gear and spend time sunbathing with temperatures in the low 20s.

June
Average high temperature: 25°C
Average low temperature: 18°C
Average sea temperature: 19°C
Average daily sunshine hours: 12 

June is one of the most pleasant summer months, with long days of brilliant sunshine. Cooling sea breezes can help keep the heat and humidity levels moderately low. This is a great time to visit the Algarve and proves very popular with holidaymakers.

July
Average high temperature: 28°C
Average low temperature: 20°C
Average sea temperature: 20°C
Average daily sunshine hours: 12

Sun lovers will adore July, with high temperatures, warm seas and an incredible 12 hours of sunshine throughout the day. The evenings and sea waters are delightfully warm throughout the whole of the summer, making July a great time for nightlife lovers.

August
Average high temperature: 28°C
Average low temperature: 22°C
Average sea temperature: 21°C
Average daily sunshine hours: 10 

Sea temperatures have now reached their warmest, with daytime temperatures sometimes reaching the mid-30s and night times rarely below a balmy 20°C. Sea breezes still help to dispel the heat so coastal and water activities are particularly popular at this time.

September
Average high temperature: 26°C
Average low temperature: 21°C
Average sea temperature: 21°C
Average daily sunshine hours: 9 

As the weather slowly begins to cool, sea temperatures remain warm and the days are still balmy. With around 9 hours of sunshine per day, there are still plenty of daylight hours for making the most of excursions and activities.

October
Average high temperature: 22°C
Average low temperature: 16°C
Average sea temperature: 19°C
Average daily sunshine hours: 8 

The Algarve enjoys warm Octobers, with marginally increased rainfall from brief thunderstorms. This is a great time for sightseeing with fewer tourists and without the high temperatures of the summer. Although noticeably cooler, the evenings still remain warm.

What to See and Do

What to See and Do

There’s plenty for all types of holidaymakers to see and do in the Algarve, from couples and families to partygoers and beach lovers. With beautiful coastlines and warm waters, there are plenty of activities to take part in and culture to soak up in this beautiful Portuguese region. 

The capital: Faro
Historic Faro sits in central Algarve and is the capital of the region, as well as home to the areas only international airport. It offers varied nightlife, dining, shopping, historic and cultural sights, and is surrounded by island beaches and the Ria Formosa nature reserve.

Faro's Sé Cathedral: Situated in the ‘old town’ of Faro, this beautiful Cathedral offers fantastic panoramic views from its tower.

Forum Algarve: Shopaholics will love this vast shopping mall, which is situated on the main road from the airport into town and offers a wide range of stores, restaurants and cafes. In summer it’s even open right through until midnight.

Ria Formosa: Ria Formosa is a protected lagoon landscape and nature reserve which stretches from Faro to the village of Cacela Velha near Tavira. Its sand dunes, beach formations and islands are constantly changing and many now show the remains of ancient settlements, as well as providing a home to a variety of fish, birds and wildlife.

Beaches: With all the beaches around the city, Praia de Faro is the only one that has a roadway connection, but the others can be reached via fun boat trips and still have the necessary amenities for a day by the coast.


The sights
Silves: This historical city is the ancient Arab capital of the Algarve and is home to the Silves Castle, the best preserved Moorish castle in the country, and the Silves Cathedral, the main Gothic monument in the Algarve.

Lagos: As an ancient maritime town, Lagos was home to Prince Henry the Navigator and includes a statue to honour his memory. The town is also home to the Antonine Museum and the site of the former slave market.

Monchique: This north-western Algarve market town is well worth a visit for its spectacular views, a taste of the local strawberry liqeur, Medronho, and the charming streets and personality of this fairy-tale village. It’s also home to hot sulphur springs, baths and natural thermal spas, which have been popular since the days of the Roman Empire.

Sagres: Home to Cape St. Vincent, the south-westerly point in Portugal, this tranquil fishing village is home to beautiful beaches that prove popular with fishermen and surfers alike, a picturesque harbour, a 15th century fortress and incredible views.


Beaches
The Algarve is home to hundreds of beaches and with beautiful crystal, warm waters and golden sands, it’s no wonder the area proves popular with holiday makers from around the world.

The Meia Praia in Lagos: This is one of the longest beaches in the region, offering a range of watersports.

Praia da Marinha: This beautiful beach is secluded in comparison to some other Algarve spots, so a great one to choose for a quieter seaside experience.

Ilha de Tavira in Tavira: As one of the more famous beaches in the region, Ilha de Tavira can get busy, but offers a great range of activities and amenities.


For the kids
Waterparks: There are a range of waterparks in the region, including Aquashow, Aqualand and Slide and Splash, offering a fun variety of slides, pools and rides for all ages.

Leisure parks and zoos:For animal lovers, there’s the Omega Wildlife Conservation Park which conserves endangered species like the cheetah and bamboo lemurs, and offers some beautiful landscapes. Krazy World in Algoz offers a range of entertainment, including 36 holes of mini golf, live alligators, reptilian attractions and a quad bike circuit.


Activities
Dolphin watching: Dolphin watching in the Algarve is becoming ever more popular, with the opportunity to set sail and view the creatures in their natural environment.

Watersports: The region offers a wide choice of water-based activities and, with great weather and beautiful coastline, is an ideal destination for trying your skills at sailing, windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and lots more.

Golf: The Algarve is synonymous with golf, offering a range of first class courses. A great spot is Vilamoura, a delightful harbour town with a comprehensive golf complex. Also popular is Tavira to the east and Penina to the west.

Activities in Portugal

Activities in Portugal

There is plenty to keep you occupied in our Ocean Club Beach Resort. You can head down to the waterfront and check out all the activities going on down there.

Back on land you can play tennis, play golf or join in our fitness classes.

Childcare

Childcare

Portugal has a handpicked hotel which stands out as excellent if you are travelling with Children.

This top family hotel offers superb facilities, a selection of room types to suit, good locations and have a childcare provision for children from age 1 year upwards.

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