Sunset Aerial view of Faro.

If you’re considering staying in the Algarve’s capital city, here are some of the best hotels in Faro, plus charming guesthouses and superb apartments. Because more people are choosing this historical city as a base, the accommodation offer in Faro has become wider and more varied over the past fewRead More →

View of beach, cliffs and sea from Albufeira

Albufeira is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Algarve, thanks to its expansive golden sands and central location. Choosing where to stay in Albufeira and getting the right accommodation for your needs is important as you won’t necessarily want to be based in the party zone orRead More →

Looking along bridge, tourists walk along bridge in Tavira, Portugal

Tavira, a small town in the eastern Algarve, straddles the Gilão River and is the perfect place in which to take your time and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. It’s also a great place to stay in the Algarve if you want to be away from the built-up tourist hotspots,Read More →

Colourful boat on the lake, Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Over the past 16 years, I’ve visited the length and breadth of the Algarve and stayed at luxury Algarve resorts, restored fishermen’s cottages and everything in between. To help you choose the best area to stay in the Algarve for you, I’ve identified certain towns and villages that make goodRead More →

Olhao city scape with dome of church

I always enjoy visiting Olhão in the Algarve but I was a little nervous about taking a visiting friend there in April to show her its understated charms. Would she find it too low key or shabby? Not at all! In fact, she loved its laid back authenticity, as didRead More →

Caldas de Monchique, Algarve surrounded by trees.

If you’re looking for an inland town to visit in the Algarve, you’ll find several things to do in Monchique that more than justify the journey into the hills. Monchique is a gorgeous little town in the Serra de Monchique mountain range and is surrounded by forested slopes. Although itRead More →

View from Silves Castle, cathedral, trees and buildings.

Whether you visit as a day trip or use it as a base, there are plenty of things to do in Silves. I’ve visited this charming town in the Algarve many times over the years and always enjoy it. Situated on a hill above the River Arade, Silves is aRead More →

People looking out to sea, Sagres, Portugal

Are you wondering whether there are enough things to do in Sagres to justify a day trip or considering using it as a base when you’re in the Algarve? Read on to find out what’s in store so that you can decide if it’s the right place for you toRead More →