So you're trying to figure out which area of the Algarve is best. The best part to stay in the Algarve all depends on what you're looking for. There are so many beautiful areas and picturesque beach towns that are wonderful to spend your holiday. So kick back and start dreaming about your upcoming holiday and read all about the best areas to stay.
South western part of the Algarve.
My Personal favorite. ♥️
The south western part of the Algarve is my absolute favorite. Why? Because it's less touristy but does have the beautiful iconic coastline and great Algarve weather!
Towns like Burgau, Sagres and Salema are all seaside fisherman's towns that are perfect for spending your vacation but are so much lower-key compared to the Central Algarve. It's the perfect area if you love beautiful beaches, surfing, road trips, exploring, hiking, horse riding and bird watching.
If you're into a little more commotion, Lagos is the perfect place for you to stay! You'll find a beautiful old town with many restaurants, bars, shops surfschools and rentals and boats tours that take you for dolphin and cliff tours.
Want to know more about beautiful beach towns in the Algarve? Check it out! 👇
Western part of the Algarve
This is the least spoiled and touristy part of the Algarve. In winter this place can get quite windy and cold but if you love wild unspoiled sublime nature this is the place to go! Huge waves hitting the grand west coast cliffs and wild vast fields make this a piece of paradise for surfers and nature lovers.
You'll find some of my favorite beaches here that are beautiful and wild! There are not too many towns to stay on the west coast. You'll find the more famous surfers town of Sagres on the south west corner of the Algarve and small beach towns like Carrapateira a little more north. Aljezur is the bigger (but still very small) town in the western Algarve.
The central Algarve is absolutely beautiful but the downside is more tall buildings and touristy towns like Albufeira and Vilamoura. However, there are some true gems in the central Algarve! Towns like Carvoeiro and Benagil (and surroundings) are absolutely beautiful with traditional white washed crooked houses, sandy coves and the typical rocky dramatic cliffs. It can still be quite touristy in this region but if you go in mid or low season these places are absolutely perfect for a beach holiday, hiking and exploring. With many cute restaurants, a beautiful coastline and beautiful traditional Portuguese beach towns, the central Algarve can be the perfect area for you to stay. Take a cave or sup tour to explore the beautiful coastline or go one one of the many hiking trails taking you along Europes most beautiful beaches like Praia da Marinha.
This area/region is a much more unspoiled and rural part compared to the central Algarve. With the Ria Formosa stretching along the coastline, this part of the Algarve provides you with stunning unspoiled beaches, uniquely formed islands and amazing bird watching. You'll even find many flamingo's here! Picturesque towns like Tavira and Faro are perfect if you love wondering trough old cobbled streets and seeing the typical Portuguese azulejos (traditional tiles).
The south western Algarve is perfect area if you love water sports and a little smaller and quiet towns surrounded with beautiful nature.
The western Algarve is the perfect region to stay if you love wild and unspoiled nature and surfing. The weather here is usually significantly colder then the south coast.
The central Algarve is the perfect area for you if you love more liveliness and having more amenities and facilities around. Here you'll find the characteristic Algarve beach towns and coastline.
The eastern Algarve is perfect if you love bird watching, no big crowds, orange coves and wide stretched sandy beaches!