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Why to visit the Algarve

Updated: Jan 30, 2022

Wondering why to visit the Algarve? What makes it so special and is it worth visiting? It's quite obvious I think it is so let me tell you why.

Why to visit the Algarve, Portugal
Praia dos Três Castelos, Algarve

1. The beaches

The Algarve is known for its stunning beaches with golden cliffs and turquoise water. Natural bridges breathtaking sea caves and white sandy beaches are all to be found here in the Algarve. If you're a beach lover like me, you'll want to see all of them. Driving around and exploring these beautiful beaches that change drastically ones you drive around the corner to the west coast, is one of my favorite things to do.

A few must visit beaches:

  • Praia da Marinha, Caramujeira

  • Praia do Beliche, Sagres

  • Praia dos Três Irmãos, Alvor

  • Praia do Amado

Read more about my favorite beaches here.

Why to visit the Algarve, Portugal
Surfing Beliche, Sagres

2. Surfing and other water sports

Another reason to visit the Algarve is because it's the ideal destination if you love water sports. The beautiful Atlantic is perfect for surfing, supping, coasteering, sailing and diving.


From beginner to advanced and everything in between, the Algarve is the perfect place to go surfing. You'll find many surf schools along the Algarve coast where you can book a lesson or just rent a board. The south coast can be amazing in winter for more advanced surfers or go around the corner to the west coast for bigger waves.

I've written my favorite surf towns down for you here already!


The Algarve is absolutely perfect for supping as there is so much to explore. Natural bridges, sea caves and clear turquoise water make this the ideal place for supping. Just google any surf/sup school around you and they can take you on an amazing trip!


With an amazing marine diversity and 200 kilometers of coast, the Algarve is great to go diving. The breathtaking underwater sea caves create a unique experience for diving.


The best adventure ever! It's a mixture of climbing, swimming, hiking and cliff jumping along the Algarve coast. Swimming trough caves in the beautiful ocean in combination with climbing and jumping just makes this the ultimate activity to do in the Algarve.

Check out more here!

3. The weather

This might not surprise you but with more than 300 sunny days the Algarve is one of the sunniest places in Europe. This makes it not just a great destination for your summer break but more so for mid and low season. The Algarve is beautiful in spring and fall and in my opinion it's also a great destination in winter.

Why to visit the Algarve
Sagres, Algarve

4. Cliffs and caves

Dramatic huge wild cliffs are so characteristic for the Algarve. In combination with the clear blue Atlantic Ocean this creates a unique scenery that is soooo worth visiting.

5. Traditional tiles & potteries

Who doesn't love them? The typical traditional tiles called azulejos and the beautiful handmade colorful ceramics. They're not just to be found in Porto and Lissabon but also in the Algarve. Where to find them? Check it out here.


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