Algarve Sightseeing: 3 Must-Visit Attractions

The Algarve is a fantastic family holiday destination, thanks to the stretches of clean, beautiful beaches and great weather, but there is so much to see and do here, rather than just sitting on the beaches. There is plenty to do in the Algarve, with attractions to keep everyone happy, from young children to adventurous travellers. When planning your trip, here are 3 attractions to add to your Algarve sightseeing list. 


Benagil Cave

When it comes to Algarve sightseeing, the Benagil Cave is an absolute must and is a great trip which is truly unforgettable. Benagil is a small fishing town on the south coast of the Algarve and, thanks to its amazing sea cave, has become hugely popular over the past few years.

Although the cave doesn’t look too far away from the main beach, swimming there is not recommended as the currents can be very strong, with quick-changing tides. Instead, take one of the popular Algarve sightseeing tours or hop on one of the boats which will take you from Benagil into the cave. These boat tours can last a few hours, so are a great way to sit back and relax, whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Algarve coast. 


Ria Formosa Natural Park

When it comes to Algarve sightseeing destinations, there are few locations which are as stunning as the Ria Formosa Natural Park. A maze of islands, marshes, canals and barrier islands, the Ria Formosa Natural Park stretches for around 60km along the Algarve coast and attracts a wide variety of wildlife. 

If you want to spend a day relaxing, then this is definitely one of the top Algarve sightseeing attractions because it is so unique. Many birds call the Ria Formosa Natural Park home, so is a great spot for bird watching. It is also listed as one of Portugal’s Seven Natural Wonders and is easily accessible from many popular locations across the Algarve. 


The Town of Silves

Silves is a medieval town and was the centre of culture during the Moorish occupation of the Algarve. If you want a day-trip, then this unique town is ideal for spending hours wandering around the cobbled streets and admiring the stunning architecture – you’ll truly believe that time has stood still. The centre of Silves has plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, so there is plenty of things to do if you just want to take in the culture of Silves. 

Be sure to visit the castle, as it is an Algarve sightseeing must-do, especially the Cistern of the Enchanted Moorish Girl. The views from the castle looking over Silves are truly amazing and the castle gardens are well worth looking at, also.  After this make your way over to the neighbouring cathedral, which dates back from the 13th century and is one of the main Gothic monuments within the region.