So you're trying to figure out which area in the Algarve is best to stay. The best part to stay in the Algarve 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.
♥️ 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 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.
Read all about my favorite beach towns in the Algarve here.
Western part of the Algarve.
This is the least spoiled and touristy part of the Algarve. Especially 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.
The central Algarve is absolutely beautiful but the downside is more tall buildings and touristy towns like Albufeira and Vilamoura. However, true gems in the central Algarve are the beach towns of Carvoeiro and Benagil (and surroundings). It can still be quite touristy 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 and bars these places have everything for a lovely holiday. 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 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).