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    Exploring the Algarve by car

    Published on July 23, 2019

    Portugal is a popular European holiday destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, stunning weather and relaxed culture. In the summer months, you’ll find tourists flocking to the bustling cities of Lisbon and Porto or the magical southern coastline complete with picturesque fishing towns, soaring cliffs and sea caves. The Algarve welcomes scores of tourists and travellers every summer, and it’s not hard to see why. This region is packed with plenty of Portuguese pleasures including 150 beaches, hidden lagoons and all the seafood you could ever eat.

    If you’re planning a holiday to the Algarve this summer (if so, lucky you!) then the best way to soak up the coast is by hiring a car. With car hire from Faro – the region’s capital – you can explore everything from key sights to off-the-beaten-track gems. Here’s what you could pop on your bucket list…

    Go surfing in Lagos

    If you’re a keen surfer then Lagos is a must visit. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced surfer, you’re sure to have a blast. You can sign up to a number of courses if you’re feeling a bit rusty, and surfboard hire is generally quite affordable at around 20 euros for an hour. Sagres and Albufeira are also popular surfing destinations in the Algarve, so if you want to catch those waves, you know where to head.

    Discover Praia Do Camilo

     Enjoy one of the Algarve’s most beautiful beaches on your coastal road trip. It’s a little off the beaten track which is why a car is an absolute essential to find all the hidden gems. Walk down 200 steps to reach the sandy beach and enjoy one of the most breath-taking sunrises in Portugal. While you’re visiting, be sure to locate the hidden beach accessible via a tunnel carved out in rocks. Pack your snorkelling gear and a picnic for the perfect day out.

    Explore Tavira Island

    A few hundred metres from the city of Tavira is a long, barrier island boasting crystal clear azure water, delicious seafood restaurants and plenty of room to make sandcastles. When travelling by car it’s best to head to Cais das Quatro Aguas, this will provide plenty of parking and then you can simply hop on one of the ferries which departs every 30 minutes from the port. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon with the family and enjoy tropical backdrops with plenty of amazing food options to devour.

     Get lost in Alcoutim

    Sparsely populated, this little gem is well worth a visit if you want to escape the crowds and steer away from the main tourist hubs. The sleepy village of Alcoutim is most definitely worth the detour, and provides the perfect location for a lazy afternoon spent with your camera. Be sure to stop by the 14th century castle, for just a small entrance fee you can stroll around and take in the stunning views. The fee also includes access to a small archaeological museum.

     Enjoy retail therapy in Vilamoura

    If you’re looking for a little more hustle and bustle, then head to the wonderful, upmarket Vilamoura. Featuring designer boutiques, fancy restaurants and five nearby championship golf courses, you won’t be short of fun. The area is also home to the ruins of a 2nd century villa complex, Museu Cerro Da Vila.

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