Why is the Algarve such a popular destination? Yes, its because you can get cheap flights from most UK airports and Yes its because the weather is good pretty much all year round. Oh, and Yes, its because it has a huge number of golf courses. But the next time you go to the Algarve, have a day away from the beach and take in some of the Algarves more traditional attractions.
Portugal has an impressive history, and this is reflected in the surviving buildings in the marina town of Lagos. Take a break from the sun by visiting the cool, historic churches of Santa Maria of Misericrida, Santo Antnio and So Sebastio and then relax at the marina a great day out.
Many of Loule’s most impressive buildings were destroyed in the Algarves great earthquake of 1755, but sections of the castle, dating back to the 12th century, remain. Loule is inland from the Algarve coast, so its a great opportunity to take a short drive inland particularly on Market Day, when the town is busy and full of life.
Most tourists fly into Faro and drive straight out to their holiday destination. Few bother to come back during their stay and take a look at the historic buildings and fascinating museums in the town. As the Algarves capital, theres a lot to see within its medieval walls, including the Roman-Gothic cathedral and the Infante Dom Henrique Museum. Get to Faro before your flight home to catch it at its best.
Sagres is the most south-westerly point of Europe and is commonly known as the end of the world by locals. Its best to visit Sagres when the weather is good, but walking out to the rocks jutting into the Atlantic on a rainy, blustery day really makes you feel at one with the elements, and its worth the drive along the Algarve coast to get there.
Set slightly inland from the popular coastal destinations, Silves is a beautiful historic town, with Phoenician, Roman and Moorish influences making it a great day out. It boasts what is probably the most intact castle in the area, and its cathedral was built on the site of a Moorish Mosque. Narrow streets and hidden cafes make Silves a real must visit destination.
Check out some of the cheap Sagres holiday deals you can book now for August including some all-inclusive options too!
*Seven nights: €692 at the Sagres 30 Seconds to Bars. Book here.
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*Seven nights: €441 at the 3* Residencia Quinta do Poco. Book here.
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