- Guide to Vilamoura, Algarve
- Guide to Albufeira, Algarve
- Guide to Carvoeiro, Porches & Ferragudo, Algarve
- Guide to Silves, Algarve
- Costa Vicentina
- Guide to Sagres, Algarve
Best Places to Live in Algarve
Algarve · 10 Items · Fiona Butler
Handpicked by a Algarve Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Best Places to Live in Algarve'.
The most popular places to live in the Algarve. If you are planning on moving to Portugal, here are some of the most popular towns that people choose to live in or retire to. All blessed with a wonderful climate, each town has it's own unique character, from inland towns such as Silves, smaller villages like Alvor, historical towns like Tavira or chic resorts like Vilamoura.
Vilamoura is one of the most prestigious leisure resorts in Portugal. Purpose-built in the 1970s, Vilamoura was designed to provide a wealth of activities and entertainment to visitors of all ages. As well as an award-winning marina, Vilamoura is home to some of world’s best golf courses, outstanding leisure facilities, stunning beaches, nature trails and cycle paths. What to see and do More info
Albufeira is a coastal city, renowned for its club culture, beach bars, lively restaurants and endless entertainment. Every year thousands of young holiday makers are drawn to its stunning beaches and exciting nightlife. But, there is another, more tranquil side to the ‘party capital’ of the Algarve. Around 40 minutes’ drive or transfer from Faro Airport, Albufeira is central to the regio More info
Lagos is an ancient maritime town steeped in history with beautiful beaches, great restaurants and bars and a bohemian vibe. The town became hugely important during the 15th century, the age of the great Portuguese Discoveries, when Prince Henry the Navigator, third son of King João I, took up residence and headed up maritime expeditions to Morocco and to the western coast of Africa. Lagos was al More info
Located just 30 kms to the east of Faro, Tavira is often referred to as the Queen of the Algarve. It is one of the Algarve’s most architecturally attractive towns, bearing the vestiges of the various cultures that have left their mark over the ages. The castle provides a wonderful vantage point from which to view the town – the seven arched Roman Bridge that crosses the River Gilão, the th More info
Alvor is one of the Algarve’s most popular destinations. The village has succeeded in retaining its essence along with offering all that you could want for a superb holiday and that is its charm. The warren of narrow winding streets offers a huge selection of restaurants, cafés, bars and shops yet in the evening you can see the locals, sitting in their doorways, bemusedly w More info
Carvoeiro, Porches and Ferragudo are a triumvirate of small algarve villages that pack a charm punch that belies their size. Steeped in history and tradition, replete with amazing restaurants and gorgeous natural scenery such as the Benagil cave and Praia da Marinha - the Algarve's most photographed beach, they are well worth discovering while you're in the Algarve. Carvoeiro Formerly a trad More info
Silves, the ancient Moorish capital of the Algarve is a charismatic town steeped in history. A great place to visit at any time of the year, there are plenty of things to do and see here. The town nestles against the hills on the banks of the Arade river, surrounded by orange and lemon groves, and backed by it's emblematic castle. Bring your camera - photo ops abound among the winding, cobbl More info
The Costa Vicentina is the Western coast of the Algarve. Stretching from Odeceixe to the North right down to Burgau near Lagos on the South, the area is a protected Natural Park. Here peace and tranquillity reign supreme. The most usual background sounds are birdsong and the crashing of waves on the pristine beaches. The Natural Park covers over 74,000 hectares of rolling hills, marshland, impo More info
Sagres is located in the county of Vila do Bispo, on the Algarve’s rugged west coast. It’s set within a vast expanse of protected natural parkland called Cape St Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente), which marks the south-westernmost point of continental Europe. Sagres is the site of some memorable maritime events and is closely associated with Prince Henry the Navigator, who chose to build his scho More info
Portimão, the second largest town in the Algarve, is the thriving commercial and residential support to the resorts of Praia da Rocha and Alvôr. It is a town that has had to reinvent itself several times throughout its history. It’s more recent incarnations include the fishing and canning centre of the 1960’s and the hot spot for mass tourism in the 70’s and 80’s. In recent years Portim? More info
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