Things to do in Algarve, Portugal: The Best Points of Interest & Landmarks

December 21, 2021 Diedre Savory

The Algarve's sunny shores offer perfect escapes for all types, from those seeking the hot nightlife of flashy, energetic Lagos to those desiring secluded stays in rambling Sagres. Portugal's most southerly region offers historical attractions in former Moorish capital Silves and fascinating Tavira, great golf, fabulous beaches from Praia da Luz to Armacao de Pera, thermal springs at Caldas de Monchique, and miles of limestone caves and grottoes, cliffs and bays along its rugged coastline.
Restaurants in Algarve

1. Praia da Cordoama

37° 6' 32.88, -8° 56' 9.24, Vila do Bispo 8650 Portugal +351 282 639 813
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5.0 based on 174 reviews

Praia da Cordoama

Reviewed By davidcibulka - Vila do Bispo, Portugal

Beautiful long beach on the Atlantic coast. The site is often shrouded in fog (in November) but it creates magical charm to the site. Do not miss this place!

2. Elevador Do Peneco

Esplanada Doutor Frutuoso da Silva 5, Albufeira 8200-045 Portugal
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Elevador Do Peneco

3. Algar Seco

Algar Seco, Carvoeiro 8400 Portugal +351 282 350 400 http://lugaresdelibro.es/LdL-AlgarSeco.html
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Algar Seco

Reviewed By KathleenR_28 - Port Dover, Canada

What a stunning place this is! I started my hike from the church and worked my way eastwards using the boardwalk. The scenery is just breathtaking! I took my time going down closer to the water by using the carved steps on the rocks (in many places, you have to watch your steps and make sure you put your foot down on rocks that are not slimy). Lots of natural windows facing the ocean ... just spectacular! By the way, do not attempt to walk down if you are wearing sandals or slippers ... I saw one lady almost fall because she was wearing flimsy sandals. She had to walk barefoot on the rocks because she wanted to go where I went. Also make it a point to go to A Boneca ... there is a small entrance way under the rock and, again, two naturally formed windows facing the ocean. Without a doubt, Algarve is a magical place!

4. Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha

Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-458 Portugal +351 965 041 785 http://www.carvoeirocaves.com
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4.5 based on 655 reviews

Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha

Zona numa falésia, que entra pelo mar dentro, com a Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha do séc. XVI, a praia da Senhora da Rocha de um lado e a Praia Nova do Outro lado. Com uma vista panorâmica única. Neste lugar já existiu um forte militar que protegia a costa de ataques militares e piratas. Na capela podem-se acender velas a pedir a protecção de Nossa Senhora da Rocha.

Reviewed By TylerS30 - Toronto, Canada

This little chapel atop the cliff is a gorgeous little spot. It was super quiet in November with just myself and my partner up there for most of our visit. The church wasn’t open but we walked the grounds and looked peered through the chapel gate. Beautiful stop to check out. Great views. Great photo opportunities.

5. Cape Saint Vincent

Estrada Cabo de Sao Vicente En 268, Sagres 8650-390 Portugal
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4.5 based on 3,729 reviews

Cape Saint Vincent

Reviewed By dawndavies1 - Grimsby, United Kingdom

Pleasant drive along the Algsrve coastline to the most south Western point of mainland Europe. Views outstanding and FREE parking. Cafe and shops at lighthouse, however unable to have access to lighthouse.

6. Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse

Lagos Portugal
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4.5 based on 616 reviews

Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse

Reviewed By dlmoore305 - Mount Vernon, United States

We throughly enjoyed visiting this area. The sights on the outer/water sides of the light house are amazing!

7. Cerro De Sao Miguel

Moncarapacho, Olhao Portugal
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Cerro De Sao Miguel

8. Centro Cultural de Lagos

Rua Lancarote de Freitas 7, Lagos 8600-605 Portugal 1282770450 http://centroculturaldelagos.wordpress.com
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Centro Cultural de Lagos

Reviewed By orchardvine - Canada, null

Stayed in the heart of it all week, and absolutely loved it. The architecture, cobbled streets, beautiful little stores that hold tons of treasures, and wonderful restaurants and cafes- easily the highlight of the visit to the Algarve. The beaches were just icing! Lovely slow start to the day with activity increasing steadily, and watching the hubbub during the day was charming. Such a charming place.

9. Palacio de Estoi

Rua de Sao Jose Estói, Faro 8005-465 Portugal +351 21 040 7620 http://www.pestana.com/pt/hotel/pousada-estoi
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Palacio de Estoi

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While staying in Faro and having some spare time, a visit to "Palácio de Estói" is highly recommended. It is only 10km away from Faro and easily reached by car (or public bus). The palace had its construction started around 1840 and was completed only in 1906. It features characteristics of the neo-baroque and neo-rococo styles, with fine plastered ceilings, beautiful paintings and traditional furniture. At its French inspired gardens, ponds, fountains and many marble statues complete the scene. A chapel dedicated to the "Holy Family" is within its premises. In 1977, "Palácio de Estói" was appointed as a Portuguese National Monument and, after totally renovated, it became a hotel. We just drove from Faro, visited the public areas of the hotel, had lunch at its "O Visconde" restaurant and headed to nearby "Ruínas de Milreu". A lovely day at Faro's countryside! Enjoy!

10. Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao

Praca da Republica Santa Maria, Tavira 8800-316 Portugal
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4.5 based on 503 reviews

Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao

Reviewed By iveter - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Lovely old bridge over Gilao River Great viiews of the River. Love locks on both sides. Access to the other side of Tavira. Great picture spot !

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