5 tips and many reasons to travel to Algarve – the southernmost part of Portugal- Part 1
Travelogue for Algarve, Portugal with tips for good experience in 4 parts. The photo in the post cover is from the landmark Ponta da Piedade, one of the most significant in Lagos. What else to do in the Algarve from Algarve, Portugal travelogue with tips for good experience in 4 parts. This is a no AI content.
The first thing any tourist would say if asked about the southernmost part of Portugal, down by the Atlantic Ocean, Algarve, is just that – a very beautiful place. The most distinctive landmark is the coastal strip with its bizarre rock formations, shaped by the ocean with its 4-meter high tides.
On the other hand, every town in Algarve has an old history, its own charm and cultural and historical attractions.
The Portuguese are a very colorful people, in the good sense of the word. They smile a lot, always in a good mood, sing, dance… The food is excellent, and let’s not forget, they make great wine there.
But let’s continue with this travelogue.
How to get to Algarve?
Unless you are in a neighboring country or in Portugal, you can travel there by plane and with a transfer. There is no direct flight from Bulgaria. In general, it takes a whole day to get there.
The airport is located in Faro, which is more or less in the middle of the southern coastline. However, the opportunities for a good experience go far beyond the borders of Faro, so if you have chosen to be somewhere further east or west, you will also need a rental car. You will also need it to travel comfortably along the entire coast and to see more towns and other sights.
I highly recommend checking out the local car rental companies as they offer a great service at a very competitive price.
Yes, it is true that they use a shared kiosk in a booth in the center of the airport parking lot or, as was our case with LuzCar, the contract is signed in a bus in front of the kiosk, but they are worth the inconvenience of the small wait in line.
We are very happy with LuzCar cars and service. I recommend getting automatic gears, because the price difference with a regular gearbox is very small, something like EUR 15, for a week.
You must take a toll payment device.
You prepay some amount at the beginning of the car rental company, and when you return the car, they determine how much you still owe.
Where to stay in Algarve?
It is best to first clarify in which part of Algarve you want to settle. It is best, if you are staying longer, to change several cities in order to see more sights around them.
We chose Lagos, some Portuguese pronounce it Lagosh. It is in the western part of the Algarve.
Lagos is very beautiful town with great vibe and very nice seaside promenade.
Check out some street art over there.
The town has grown to make room for more hotels and resorts. We were not in the city itself, but 5 minutes by car from it.
Our resort was called Belmar SPA and Beach Resort. It is located very close to the ocean beach, it has a really good SPA and a pretty decent restaurant. The most impressive thing in Belmar is that for the money you pay you get 3 times more comfort than in Greece for example. Read why I think so in my review about it Berlmar SPA and Beach Resort, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
If you are a golfer, there are quite a few high-end golf resorts in Algarve, some of them with Michelin restaurants. So, grab your golf jacket and clubs and go check out the grass over there.
If you’re on a budget and want to immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of the Portuguese ocean coast, look around for houses and apartments for rent. You will find many nice things at very good prices.
In the next part two, I will tell if you can go to the beach in the Algarve region or it is too cold for it.
How to get to Belmar hotel ?
Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:
A: Estr. de Porto de Mós, 8600-513 Lagos, Portugal
Check-in: 4 pm, Check-out: 10 am
How to book your stay?
You can book your stay right here. For your convenience, I have added a booking.com box, which refers directly to their site. I guarantee you’re going to use all your genius discounts and privileges they would offer to you and I will get a modest commission. Just enter the dates of your trip, the place, then hit the Search button and voila.
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