Head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve at one of these seaside retreats. Whether you choose to stay in charming Tavira, along the cliffs of Carvoeiro, or at a wellness retreat just off the Ponta da Piedade, these hotels, ranging from former convents to sprawling resorts, can provide a vacation for any tastes.
Best of the Algarve
Though the beaches get all the attention, there’s much to explore beyond the sandy shoreline. Previous kimkim travelers have made excursions to the Serra do Caldeirão, a mountain range that begins just inland. There you can hike to Foia, the Algarve’s highest peak, for breathtaking views on clear days. The region is also famous for its honey and medronho, a brandy made from the fruit of the arbutus tree. Tours of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa showcase another jewel of the Algarve. The protected reserve is home to salt pans, lagoons and islands, with abundant birdlife.
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The key to a stay in the city of Lagos is easy access to the sea. If you want to stay within the city, a spot along the marina will give you water views and easy walking access to shops and restaurants, or go just a bit farther along the cliffs to immerse yourself in a wellness retreat.
Spend a week exploring world-class cuisine at five of the top Michelin Star restaurants in the Algarve. Visit a world-famous wine cellar, explore medieval town squares, and try go-karting on Europe's largest race track. Spend the day with a traditional clam picker and discover Portugal's diverse culinary traditions.
Spend four days enjoying nature and the Algarve coast on this relaxed itinerary. Enjoy sweeping views of the coastline from Lagos to Albufeira, taking in stunning rock formations and pristine beaches, stopping to snorkel, swim, and paddleboard as you like. End the trip in Faro after sailing through the Ria Formosa Natural Park, spotting endemic wildlife, exploring islands, and picnicking on Culatra Island.
Spend five days exploring the spectacular Algarve region, Portugal's southernmost area that sweeps westward to the Atlantic. You'll spend quality time in the region's two main cities — Faro and Lagos — and will discover gorgeous churches in Tavira, stunning beaches, phenomenal cliffside panoramas, and the area's incredible food. Plus you'll have plenty of time to lounge on the sand, cruise along the coast, and unwind amid urban charm and natural splendor.
Spend a week exploring the culture, nature, and history of the Algarve through a culinary lense. Eat and drink your way through Portugal's favorite dishes, visit olive farms, and try your hand at preparing a 3-course meal from scratch. Foodies and nature lovers will love sampling Mediterranean cuisine and relaxing at night in luxurious accommodations.
Escape the hustle and bustle and discover adventure in the Algarve on this packed 7-day itinerary. Try rock-climbing, line fishing for your lunch, and horseback riding on shallow beaches. Spend the night on a sailing boat, paddle in hidden coves, and relax in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Pamper yourself on this eight-day getaway to a resort in sun-soaked southern Portugal. Recharge your body, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, and explore the natural beauty of Ria Formosa National Park. You'll bask on Mediterranean beaches, stretch your muscles on a yoga retreat, dine on gourmet food and more on this blissful week in paradise.
Enjoy discovering the unspoiled nature of the eastern Algarve on this eight-day itinerary. Starting in Tavira, you'll work your way east along the coast to Castro Marim. You'll watch dolphins in the wild, hand pick oysters with local fishermen, horseback ride through lagoons, and soak in a mudbath on the expansive salt plains.
Once thought to be the edge of the world, this seven-day itinerary highlights the southwesterly corner of the Algarve. Packed with adventurous activities, you will sail, snorkel, horseback ride, fish, and rock climb your way from Lagos to Sagres.
Spend a week enjoying nature and the warm Mediterranean coast on this relaxed 7-day itinerary. Sail with wild dolphins, go horseback riding along the crystal waters of the Ria Formosa lagoons, and relax with a nourishing spa in a remote natural preserve. Round out your trip with a visit to the Castro Marim salt marshes, a tour of a beekeeping farm, and a sampling of freshly harvested oysters.
This seven-day food-inspired itinerary is designed for travelers passionate about learning the history and culture of Portuguese gastronomy. Experience the real Algarve as you eat, cook, and drink your way around Olhão and its neighboring villages.
Explore the sensational Algarve on this comprehensive seven-day itinerary that takes you all around Portugal famed region. You'll have ample time in Faro, the Algarve's main hub, and will travel out to see incredible nature parks, tiny towns off-the-beaten-path, and a collection of the best beaches in all of Portugal. Enjoy breathtaking views from coastal cliffs, tackle world-famous surf breaks, wander cobblestone streets in centuries-old towns, or relax on the warm sands of this beautiful region.
Leave your worries behind and treat yourself to a relaxing getaway on Portugal's stunning southern coast. Recharge in the spa at your five-star hotel, dine on gourmet food, and go on a cycling tour of Ria Formosa National Park on this long weekend break. Nourish your mind and body in the turquoise waters and Iberian sunshine of Algarve.
Spend eight days lounging in the Monchique Hills with this wellness-focused itinerary. Located in the Algarve region of Portugal, a trip to this spa town features fitness activities, revitalizing spa treatments, and a thorough exploration of the surrounding natural landscape.
This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.
Discover Portugal's dynamic capital and explore the country's sunny south on this trip plan, which takes you from Lisbon to Lagos in the Western Algarve. Soak up the sun, take delicious and authentic cuisine, and lose yourself either wandering through historic streets or eating through the waves. If you're passionate about beautiful beaches and capturing stunning landscapes, this itinerary is for you!
This weeklong itinerary covers Portugal's biggest metropolis and its southern coast for a city-beach combo that's hard to beat. Kick off in Europe's hottest capital—Lisbon—for a guided introduction to the 'City of Seven Hills', including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, take the train south for several days of glorious beach-hopping while based in a charming old city surrounded by stone walls: Lagos.
This complete nine-day itinerary combines urban exploration in historic cities with stunning rural and coastal excursions for an exciting overview of Portugal. You'll begin in the north in charming Porto and with a private driver, work your way south to Lisbon ending your stay in the Algarve in Albufeira. Along the way, you'll explore the golden triangle of Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril outside of Lisbon as well as spend some time at the end of the world in Lagos, Sagres, and Cabo de São Vicente.
This 10-day trip splits time between Portugal's exciting capital and its southern coast while moving at a relaxed pace. Kick off the adventure in up-and-coming Lisbon for a guided introduction to the 'City of Seven Hills', including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, choose your own day-trip before taking the train to Lagos for several days of golden beaches and picturesque villages in the Algarve.
Explore Portugal's epic coast and spend time discovering city centers, tiny towns, and picturesque beaches on this 14-day trip plan. You'll enjoy guided tours of Porto and Lisbon and will hike through the stunning landscapes in Peneda-Gerês National Park. With the Atlantic at your side, you'll discover beautiful towns like Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Aveiro (whose Venice-like canals are sure to charm you). Make the most of the coast with stops in gorgeous Lagos and surfing hotspots like Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres.
This is the ultimate weeklong introduction to Portugal's southern half. The trip starts in the up-and-coming capital of Lisbon where you'll tour the city—and nearby villages—with a local. From here, drive into the Alentejo region for a night in Évora's inner-walled town known for its university and dining scene. Finish the adventure with a train ride to Lagos for fabulous beaches and stunning views in and around the Algarve.
This two-week Portuguese odyssey combines cities, countryside, and coast for a road trip to remember. Savor traditional cuisine in Lisbon, lose yourself in the riverside neighborhoods of Porto, explore vineyards and cork forests around Évora, and soak up some sun on the golden beaches of Lagos. Along the way, a series of guided tours introduce you to the culture and customs of each city, while plenty of downtown means you can cut loose and choose your own adventure on day trips.
Experience three of Portugal's most iconic destinations on this 10-day trip starting in Lisbon where you'll tour ancient ruins, cobbled streets, and a UNESCO-listed village in the forested hills. Next, head north to Porto—famous for wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. The hardest decisions fall at the end where you can choose between spectacular beaches and white-washed villages in the Algarve.
Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration, that includes ample time is Porto and Lisbon, and stops through charming seafaring towns with fantastic beaches, delicious fresh seafood, and dramatic coastlines. Go hiking in the unparalleled beauty of Peneda-Gerês National Park, hit the waves in the surfing hot-spot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of the Algarve.
See the highlights of Portugal's cities, beaches, and gorgeous towns on this fantastic itinerary that takes you through the country's must-see gems. Explore the urban centers of Lisbon and Porto with the help of experts, in-the-know-locals, and unique opportunities to see — and taste! — the wonderful vibrancy of Portugal. You'll also visit tiny villages, imposing palaces, and dramatic beach towns that off-the-beaten-path. This trip plan is a wonderful option if it's your first time in the country!
Experience the beauty, depth, and romanticism of Portugal, in this 14-day road trip that will show you the variety of the Portuguese landscape, from the city to villages and beaches. You'll experience the art and culture of Lisbon, see the fairytale village of Sintra, sip wine in Porto, and explore the wonders of Évora.
This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start off in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before making your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.
This exciting two-week itinerary combines cosmopolitan cities, medieval architecture, and spectacular beaches for a Portuguese trip of a lifetime. After exploring Lisbon with a local guide, you'll stay in the fairytale village of Sintra and the surf town of Nazaré. Then work your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby wine region before heading to the university town of Évora. End the trip in pure bliss with some beach time in the western Algarve.
See the very best of Portugal and western Andalucía with a perfect mix of highlights and the off-the-beaten-track treasures. Start in Porto, then continue down the coast through historic Lisbon to the beautiful beaches of the Algarve. Continue to Seville to soak in Andalucia's culture and gastronomy, then end your trip in metropolitan Madrid for stunning art museums and bustling city avenues.