Explore some of the best towns in the Algarve

If you’re contemplating a holiday destination, we highly recommend the sun-kissed haven of the Algarve! With its golden beaches, charming towns, and breathtaking landscapes, this southern region of Portugal beckons travellers seeking unforgettable experiences. 

Today, we’ll show you some of the best towns in the Algarve to visit – from the historic streets of Lagos to the tranquil allure of Tavira. So, pack your bags and let’s dive into the heart of this Mediterranean marvel!



Our first stop is Lagos, a sleepy town steeped in history and surrounded by a stunning coastline. Wander through its cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed buildings adorned with colourful tiles. Discover the legacy of Portugal’s Age of Discovery at the iconic Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, or delve into the past at the Slave Market Museum.

But it’s not just history that makes Lagos shine. The town boasts picturesque beaches like Praia Dona Ana and Camilo Beach, where crystal-clear waters meet towering cliffs. After a day of exploration, indulge in fresh seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants as you soak in the sunset hues. 



Next on our list of the best towns in the Algarve is Albufeira, a vibrant coastal town renowned for its lively atmosphere and stunning beaches. Dive into the bustling streets of the Old Town, where you can find quaint shops and a great selection of restaurants to try traditional Portuguese cuisine. Holidaymakers can also explore the ruins of the medieval Silves Castle, or unwind on the golden sands of Praia da Falésia – a great place for snorkelling

When the sun sets, Albufeira truly comes alive. Experience the pulsating nightlife as the town transforms into a hub of music, dance, and excitement. From cocktail bars to chic clubs, there’s something for everyone! For more insights, read our guide on things to do in Albufeira.  



Our journey continues to Portimão, a tranquil coastal town nestled along the banks of the Arade River. There’s so much to see and do here, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Explore the picturesque harbour, where colourful boats bob gently on the water, or stroll along the palm-lined promenade to soak up the atmosphere. 

Portimão is also famous for its stunning beaches, including the expansive Praia da Rocha. With its golden sands and azure waters, it’s the perfect spot for sunbathing and water sports. For motorsport enthusiasts, a visit to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is a must, as it hosts thrilling racing events throughout the year. And don’t forget to visit the Portimão Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the town’s maritime and industrial heritage. 

Read our blog on eight exciting things to do in Portimão to learn more. 



Tavira is one of the quieter towns to visit in the Algarve, making it a perfect peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle. Step back in time as you wander through its historic centre, where you can admire ancient architecture and charming streets. Visit the Moorish castle with its well-preserved walls and beautiful gardens, or explore the Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo for stunning panoramic views. 

Tavira is also known for its beautiful beaches, including Praia do Barril, famous for its iconic anchor graveyard that pays homage to the town’s tuna fishing heritage. Equally stunning is Praia da Ilha de Tavira, where you can sunbathe, swim, and beach comb. Both beaches are accessible by ferry, offering a perfect day of relaxation amidst nature’s beauty.



Our final destination takes us inland to Monchique. This hidden gem of a town is nestled amid the verdant hills of the Serra de Monchique mountain range. Hike through the town’s numerous lush forests and scenic trails, including the renowned Via Algarviana. For a more relaxed activity, why not unwind at Caldas de Monchique? This is a historic spa village celebrated for its therapeutic hot springs and healing properties.

But Monchique offers more than just natural beauty. Indulge in the region’s culinary delights, from traditional presunto (cured ham) and chouriço (smoked sausage) to the locally produced medronho (a strong fruit brandy). History enthusiasts will also love a trip to Parque da Mina, an open-air museum that showcases the region’s mining history.


Book a Luxury Villa for Your Next Family Holiday!

Ready to explore the enchanting towns of the Algarve in ultimate comfort and style? 

Whether you’re drawn to the historic charm of Lagos, the vibrant nightlife of Albufeira, or the coastal bliss of Portimão, we have a range of fantastic luxury villas located across the region, with local amenities and facilities accessible depending on your preferences. 

Suitable for couples, families or larger groups, our range of properties is amongst the finest in the Algarve. We also have a luxury concierge service for those who want to holiday in style.Contact us today to start planning your dream Algarve escape and we’ll we’ll ensure every detail is tailored to perfection.