How To Make The Most Of Your Algarve Weekend Break

Benefitting from having the prime location across the Southwestern coastline of Portugal, the Algarve is filled with sandy beaches and beautiful sites to cast your eyes on, making an Algarve weekend break a great way to spend your Saturday and Sunday. It’s a popular destination for holidaymakers due to its sandy golden beaches, clifftops looking over breathtaking views and a cuisine that is simply divine.


Considering a weekend seems to fly by, it’s important to make the most of your Algarve weekend break so you really get to embrace the culture and what it has to offer. In doing so, you’ll need to have a rough itinerary that you can follow throughout the weekend for the ultimate Algarve experience. To make sure you know what you’re looking for, here’s a rough guide on how to make the most of your Algarve weekend break.


Make The Most Of Transportation


Transportation is really useful in the Algarve for getting around. They have a bus service that runs regularly on the weekend that goes between Lagos, Faro and other major cities in the region. They stop close by to resorts if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend, or it’ll be a small walk to close by markets and beaches. Bus tickets and passes are also available which cater perfectly to your Algarve weekend break so you can save money in the process too.


Visit The Beaches


If you’re a beach fanatic that loves a good day at the beach, to really make the most of the beaches that the Algarve has to offer you’re better off making a trip to Albufeira, one of the popular coastal cities in the region. Each beach is a stone throw away, sitting beside each other on the coastline. Across one coastline, there 6 beaches in total including Praia do Inatel, Praia da Coelha, Praia dos Salgados and others. Each of them is uniquely different, popular for a relaxing visit or stretching near rocky cliffs that provide a spectacular view when they’re hiked.


Explore The Sea Caves By Boat


Considering the Algarve is known for its magnificent rocky coastlines, it should be no surprise that exploring the sea caves is on the list. To really get an idea of just how impressive the rock formations are, it’s recommended that you visit the sea caves by boat. It’ll take you right near the golden cliffs and into deep into the sea caves. There can be some occasions where boats won’t be available if the tides are too rough, so look out for prime conditions if you choose to go.


Embrace The Cuisine


Portuguese seafood is considered the best around the world, handpicked from the sky blue seas and mixed in with Indian and Mediterranean influences to inspire finger licking dishes. The use of local produce in restaurants around the area is extremely popular, making the most of homegrown exotic fruits and herbs. Some of the local popular dishes to try include the following:


  • Piri Piri Chicken – Spicy Grilled Chicken, Portuguese style
  • Pudim Flan – Flan prepared in a creamy sweet way, with a caramel flavour
  • Bacalhau – Salt dried cod which is prepared in a variety of ways and served with a side of potatoes


For a short Algarve weekend break, this list highlights the best aspects of the Algarve that you should definitely consider during your trip. Food, picturesque sights and easy travel will allow you to get around the spots that you really need to see and enjoy your time. If you’re ever of need accommodation, we also have a variety of Algarve villas to choose from that can top off the weekend break.

waves up close in the water during a weekend break