The Algarve is blessed with approximately 200 kilometres of coastline, great weather and once you are away from the choppy seas to the West, around Sagres the water warms and is generally calmer as you head East.
A diverse landscape of golden cliffs, especially between Lagos and Albufeira where erosion has carved out caves and created amazing shapes. We highly recommend visiting Carvoeiro to see the red cliffs where the ocean and wave erosion has carved out grottoes, islets and water-spouts and similarly the Benagil Caves. Dunes of white sand that frame wide beaches, there’s a huge variety of different scenery to see including the salt pans of Tavira
There are the rivers too of course that flow down to the Coast, such as the Arade, with its many places of great beauty between Portimão and Silves, with large swathes of vegetation and many reminders of the Arab presence. To the far East, going up the Guadiana offers a tranquil trip between its broad banks and you will glimpse windmills, typical houses and grasslands. One area not to miss is The Ria Formosa, a protected area of marshland, dunes and uncrowded islands with endless beaches, blessed by clear waters.