Algarve

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Portugal's best-known holiday region is the Algarve, famous for its year-round championship golf courses, lively social scenes and beaches that range from broad swathes of golden sand to small and sheltered coves.

The relatively recent tourist development has done little to change the area's intrinsic character. You will still find little inland villages where time seems to have stood still and unspoilt fishing villages, modestly fortified against any future Moorish invasion, where local restauranteurs queue at the quay to select the menu for the evening ahead.


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Best time to be there

Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit. July and August can be very hot, especially in the sheltered bays of the
Algarve in the south, though this region is especially pleasant and mild during the winter months. Madeira and the Azores benefit from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, so can be visited year round.

Fly to

Faro and Lisbon (British Airways); Porto and Funchal (Tap Air Portugal)

flying time

2 hours

time difference

Same as GMT

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Regions in Portugal

Regions in Portugal


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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Portugal

Nights: 6 | from £1,635pp

Link Portugal’s two main cities via a combination of flamboy-ant palaces, fishing villages, world-class wineries, tumbling towns and an abundance of delicious... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Sheraton Algarve & Pine Cliffs Resort

Overlooking the sparkling azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean sits the Sheraton Algarve, a Luxury Collection Hotel, and the exclusive Pine Cliffs Resort.... Find out more

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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

Endless views to the horizon with the luxuriant greenery of the gardens and the sparkling blue of the Atlantic Ocean, create an extravagant display of... Find out more

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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