In Algarve, well-known golf destination in Europe, you will find some of the best hotels in Portugal.
The beaches, natural landscapes, historic heritage and delicious cuisine make the Algarve the perfect destination for family vacations and romantic getaways.
The Pestana Group has 10 of the best hotels in Algarve close to the beach. Visit us at Alvor, Vilamoura, Portimao or Carvoeiro.
Monuments and Points of Interest
Serra de Monchique, Serra do Caldeira, the golden sand beaches and warm, calm waters, which are considered the best in Portugal and offer many bars, restaurants and hotels.
A highlight for Vilamoura, one of the best known touristic complexes in Europe next to Falesia beach.
In recent years, the Tavira region has become more and more an important tourist centre thanks to its rich cultural heritage and its landscape. At Algarve’s most eastern end we find Monte Gordo, one of Algarve’s oldest seaside tourism points along the coast, this old fishing village is located right on the Gulf of Cadiz, and as such is bathed by the warm waters of the country: not uncommon in the summer, are sea water temperatures of up to 26 ° C.
Although the majority of tourism is due primarily to the regions paradise beaches, its sporting events of recent years, and musical events such as the Algarve Summer Festival, have contributed to a great increase in its tourism.
Tastes of the Algarve
Algarve has a strong connection to the Atlantic Ocean, which is evident in its cuisine, rich in fish, seafood and shellfish
The Algarve cuisine dates back to historical times of Roman and Arabic presence, alongside with the region’s climate, this makes it one of the main tourist attractions. The ingredients used reflect the fresh flavours of the sea with pleasant and strong aromas of the countryside.
From the famous " Razor Clam Rice " of Faro, to the wonderful grilled sardines of Portimão and even the "" Don Rodrigo "" desserts of Lagos, there are delicious delicacies for all tastes.
The town of Monchique stands out, known for its pig farming, the proof of the pudding is in its well-known sausage made with pork (sauce, black pudding flour, black pudding and chorizo) and cured ham, exhibited annually at The Sausage Fair and The Cured Ham Fair, respectively.
Also widely known is its Arbutus (strawberry tree) liquor produced in this region, with its own brand name, which attracts people from everywhere to enjoy its flavours. Other liqueurs made with local produce are also sought.
One is spoiled for choice as far as being able to enjoy the typical culinary of Algarve, especially in the restaurants of the Pestana hotels.
This region in southern Portugal is a perfect combination of Sun and Sand with Culture and Leisure.
How to Arrive
There are several ways in which to arrive at and visit the region of Algarve:
- International Access: Faro Airport; has Rent-a-car, taxis and buses services. The main airlines to fly to Faro Airport in 2010 were Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch, Transavia and TAP Portugal.
- The International Axis Road: N431 (Huelva, Spain) / A22 (Via do Infante, Portugal)
- National Access Road: A2, IC1, N2, N120, N122, Trains, Buses, Access in Algarve.
- Main roads: A22 (Via do Infante), N125, Train.