Located in Southern Portugal, the Algarve is definitely one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. With breathtaking cliffs, stunning sandy beaches, clear water and exciting nightlife; it’s not surprising that millions of people visit this region every single year.
During the summer, the beaches are full of people from all around the world, all looking to enjoy their summer in the incredibly popular destination.
However, there is a lot more to the spectacular Algarve than just the busy tourist hotspots. Hidden away in locations that only the locals are aware of, we’ve put together a guide to some of the most beautiful hidden gems of the Algarve.
Ria Formosa Natural Park
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is just a short drive away from Faro. Voted as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, the park is the best place to visit to experience some of the most beautiful wildlife and plant life in the whole of Portugal. It’s set in stunning lagoon that is protected by around 60km of beach and dunes.
Rio Formosa Natural Park is considered as being one of the most amazing places in the Algarve. The park is home to endangered creatures such as the chameleon, the seahorse, and the Portuguese Water Dog.
It’s definitely worth taking a trip to see – you might even be lucky enough to spot flamingos at sunset!
Located around 28 kilometres East of Faro, the gorgeous town of Tavira is often considered as being the prettiest place in the whole of the Algarve. The distinctive fishing town is steeped in history and has held on to its traditional characteristics.
Tavira was conquered by the Knights of the Order of Santiago in 1242, after previously being under Arab rule. It was made a city in 1520 and became the main trading port in the Algarve between the 16th to 18th centuries.
You can walk around and take in the stunning Roman bridges, Renaissance architecture and historic churches. The picturesque city is definitely worth a visit!
Located in North-Western Algarve, the beautiful town of Monchique is definitely worth a visit whilst in the region. It’s situated high above the coast and is a huge difference from the golden sands of the beaches below. The picturesque hamlet, pretty and green, offers you some truly breathtaking views of coast.
Offering you beauty and tranquillity, it’s the perfect location to escape the crowds. You’ll be treated to rolling hills, huge mountains and leafy woods; a whole world away from the busy tourist beaches that you’re used to from the Algarve.
If you need somewhere to stay when exploring the beautiful Algarve region, you can stop in one of our luxury Pousadas Algarve. We have three hotels in this specific region, each located within reach to all the most stunning sights and locations.
For more details on our hotel, or to make a booking, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Just give us a call on 0871 218 1751 and we will be more than happy to help!