When it comes to holidays in Algarve, you could be forgiven for thinking of a sun-worshipper’s haven with more sandy beaches and sun-roasted holidaymakers than you could shake a parasol at. With so many attractive beaches, developed resorts and well-kept hotels – not to mention a high rate of competition between tour operators – there are always plenty of cheap Algarve holidays on offer which brings tourists flocking here in their millions. But although this gorgeous part of Portugal is a hit with tourists who want nothing more than to kick back under the warming rays and do as little as possible, there is so much more to the Algarve than meets the eye.
Firstly, the Algarve coastline serves up some great waves which makes it a prime spot for surfing. This stretch of North Atlantic coastline is becoming more and more popular as growing numbers of surfers and body-boarders take to the water for thrills, spills and swells. So whether you’re a shaky novice or a seasoned pro, grab your wetsuit and give it a try.
If you prefer dry land, the Algarve is home to beautiful mountains, rugged hills and a great selection of hiking trails. Set off on the winding paths to experience the local villages and tranquil life of rural Algarve, meeting the friendly residents as you pass through and marveling at how many parts of this holiday hotspot are so untouched. You could also hire a bike and make your way along any one of dozens of different trails, some leading you up hill and down dale, others winding through quiet country lanes and past local vineyards. It’s a great way to see the ‘real’ Portugal and experience a different side of the Algarve that the vast majority of visitors miss. And best of all, you’re never too far from a beach when it’s time for a well-earned break.