If the destination has been chosen and you went for the Algarve, there are many options that remain waiting for you. Some, like the most famous beaches, are part of the tourist tours and you probably have heard of them already. Others, however, are a well-kept secret and promise to make your holiday in the south of Portugal become (even more) special.
Today, we will travel through the Algarve to present 10 places filled with charms that spread throughout the region and promise to give you a little bit of everything so that everyone can enjoy this visit: the most paradisiacal beaches, the most hidden corners, the places where you can enjoy the wonders of nature and, of course, feel a bit of
the Lusitanian soul.
1. National Forest of Barão de São João
Close to Lagos, just 9 kilometres away, you will find the nature reserve in which the National Forest of Barão de São João is located.
Nature lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent Mediterranean greenery and also take a walk along one of the pedestrian routes - six in total - that await you there.
2. Algar de Benagil
Lagoa will also have a surprise for those who enjoy natural beauty and the Portuguese beaches. In this municipality, you will find the beautiful geological formation of Algar de Benagil.
Visiting this cave will make you feel like you are in a movie scene and it will be the ideal time to become one with nature, putting your feet in the sand and feeling the surrounding charm in all its fullness.
Photo: Algar de Benagil
3. Olhos de Água
This is not one of the most populated beaches in the Algarve but it is certainly one of the most beautiful. The Olhos de Agua Beach, whose name derives from the "eyes" or freshwater springs, is in the vicinity of Albufeira.
Here you will be invited to take advantage of the surrounding rocky beauty, take a walk along the crystal clear waters or spread your towel on the fine white sand.
4. Pego do Inferno
The Pego do Inferno is a beautiful waterfall that forms a small lagoon and welcomes everyone to take a dive. This waterfall is next to the wooden stairs and behind an enviable landscape, which creates the most beautiful scenery.
The Pego do Inferno is part of the National Ecological Reserve and close to Tavira.
Photo: Pego do Inferno
Next to the coast, near Carvoeiro, you will find the Barlavento area. This region stands out for the beautiful cliffs and the algares, among which is the magnificent formation of Algar de Padre Vicente.
This region will be particularly interesting for fans of the beautiful Algarve landscapes and has the perfect environment for a family day out.
6. Lagos Marina
The Portuguese tradition with regard to the sea takes shape in Lagos Marina. This is, therefore, a current demonstration in the centre of the city marked by the historic journey of the Portuguese Discoveries.
It is one of the largest marinas on the European continent and has a beautiful view of the blue ocean.
Diving enthusiasts will find Boca do Rio, near Salema Beach, an excellent opportunity to dedicate themselves to this activity in an original way.
In this region, which is near Vila do Bispo, the traveller will find archaeological remains on the ocean floor, which will lead him to the past. This is where an underwater museum has been built, which can be visited by divers.
Photo: Olhos de Água
8. Ruins of Milreu
For lovers of archeology who want to stay out of water, it is recommended to visit the ruins of Milreu, near Faro.
In this national monument you can see part of the past up to the sixth century, marking the religious passage from paganism to Christianity.
9. Ria Formosa Natural Park
It is one of the 7 Portuguese natural wonders and truly deserves a mention. You can go on a boat and start discovering its many islands. Armona, Culatra and Farol are the three stopping points to take advantage of the best beaches, do some diving or simply enjoy the best of the natural beauty in the Algarve.
10. Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Scenery; this is the word of order when accepting the challenge of taking the 5.7 kilometre walk from Marinha Beach to Vale Centeanes.
Passing through beaches, cliffs and forests, this route will also invite you to enjoy the summer's biggest pleasures on one of its beaches.