Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, is known for its laid-back lifestyle, and as a haven for expatriates and tourists. With amazing Algarve villas available, along with many other Algarve holiday rentals, this location seems to be a wonderful Iberian alternative to crowded coastal destinations in Spain, as does the Basque Country, as it has its own separate, proud identity. Pacific Portugal reaches the height of serenity upon its southern coast, where white sand beaches are often quiet enough for you to hear the soothing sound of waves lapping against the shore from the waterfront. The white-walled buildings here – both interior and exterior – offer that cool comfort of Mediterranean insulation throughout the hot summer months, perfect for when you're relaxing in your holiday rentals in Algarve.
Take in the stunning view of Algarve's finest beaches
The locals are kind, the beaches stunning, the orchards full of sweet juicy oranges, the weather warm and sunny, and the variety of historical attractions from as far back as the Celtic and Roman era enough to keep you interested for a long while – as if rest and relaxation weren’t enough! Of course the Algarve may be known as a beach holiday destination, for example for example Algarve holiday rentals Praia de Carvoeiro is a great choice for a family trip to the beach with its silky soft white sand and plenty of cafes and bars nearby. Not all the beaches in Algarve offer such flat, combed sand. Indeed, the spectacular coastline of Praia de Marinha, which lies between Lagos and Albufeira, provides a view which is nothing less than remarkable. This beach is just across the bay from Morocco, where you could travel to Fes or Tangier. The turquoise North Atlantic sweeps up against rocky, tan-white cliffside and rock formations jutting out into the sea. This must be a geologist’s paradise, as the layers of tightly packed sandstone reveal millennia of sedimentary wonder. You will feel swept away by the beauty of the Algarve as you stare out at the view of the seemingly endless sea from the patio of your holiday villa and breathe in the fresh, coastal air and the warm trade winds that gently caress your face.
Get active during your holiday in the Algarve
If staring at the ocean from the balcony of your rental property here isn’t enough, why not head out to the water? Yachting is popular, and excursions go out regularly from places such as the prestigious marina in Vilamoura. Golfing is also popular in the Algarve, with a number of golf resorts perched in prime locations that feature breathtaking views of the ocean. For all the carefree sumptuousness of such subdued luxury, there are also active pursuits during the day – for those looking to do something other than just lounging in perfect idleness beneath Algarve’s year-round sun – and the pace does pick up a bit at night, when Portuguese locals and travellers alike replace the sunlight with neon lights at a number of discos, bars and nightclubs in this area. Indeed, the towns in this region have a nationwide reputation for hard-core festivity, in which you are highly recommended to partake. Of course for those on family breaks there is a mellow, family-oriented aspect to this southern Portuguese area, with fine restaurants and wonderful self catering Algarve apartments.