Journey Towards Algarve and Experience the Beauty of the Region

22/10/2021

The Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost region, and one of the most common vacation destinations in Europe. Blessed with a fantastic beach and some of the country’s loveliest beaches, the province enjoys hot, dry summers and short, mild winters. Warm sea temperatures and calm winds add to its charm.

The Algarve is a land of distinction, and there are lots of things to do. More than fifty percent of all tourists to Portugal spend their holidays here. The popular and more advanced central region offers lively seaside resorts, first-rate visitor facilities, and some of Portugal’s best golf courses.

Farther east, a string of sandbar islands and ponds form part of a beautiful and secure natural park, and a particularly Spanish atmosphere permeates the border towns and villages. Over to the west, a very different Algarve beckons. Crazier and more remote, this is a place to escape the crowds and where surfers seek communion with the restless Atlantic Ocean.

Cliff walk at Praia da Marinha

Arguably the most picturesque beach in Portugal; Marinha Beach and its surrounding cliffs are one of the things you must do in the Algarve. The beach is a stretch of soft sand surrounded by limestone cliffs and turquoise waters.

But the real focus here is the path along the cliffsides giving you jaw-dropping views. Follow a 1.5-kilometer walk where you pass the Arco Natural, the so-called heart-shaped rock, which is an optical effect towards the popular Benagil Cave.

Algarve’s beautiful beaches

The main purpose for visiting the Algarve is the endless number of beautiful beaches. There’s something for every kind of beach lover, from protected coves with limestone caves too long sweeping white-sand bays. The beaches that lie close to Lagos are beautiful for swimming and relaxing but for superb surfing, head a bit further out of town.

Praia de Dona Ana

One of the nearest beaches to Lagos town, Praia de Dona Ana, is common for locals and visitors. It’s a medium-sized yellow sand beach with beautiful calm aqua waters shaded by the Algarves’ token limestone cliffs.

Because the beach is protected and the water is calm, it’s perfect for swimming. What’s more, it’s described as one of the best beaches in the Algarve!

Renting a Car

Car rental is a good way to see the country with your own eyes. You can get Car Hire Faro Algarve Airport.

 A car trip across Portugal is an absolute joy. However, beforehand get to know some of the mental aspects to save money and time.

In Portugal, there are many cars with mechanical transmission and diesel engines. That’s okay for rental companies. When you sign a car hire contract, don’t forget to clarify the following points:

  • Is it allowed to cross the border and the insurance is valid?
  • Are you allowed to move to the islands by ferry?
  • IS there limited mileage (daily or else)
  • Is fuel policy “full/empty tank” in action?
  • Is it allowed to travel through Gibraltar, etc?

The thing is that each rental agency, even the most popular one, has its principles. You can’t help it if you have already signed the contract. Thus, look through the contract considerately.

Thus, you’d better rent and return a car with a full tank. If not, you will have to pay a service fee for refueling (around 25 Euro). However, not everyone can return a car with an empty tank. By the way, Portugal is among the countries with the most pricey fuel. At the local gas stations, you can buy diesel fuel, as well as unleaded petrol 95 and 98.   

The common rule here is the earlier you book a car, the cheaper the rental. July and August are high visitor seasons in Portugal. According to the rule, you may book only a vehicle class. We suggest you rent a car for several days. In this case, that will be cheaper for you.

Car rental is available in large cities or at airports. You can find out more.