Some Great Vacation Locations To Stay In The Algarve

By James Mason

The southern coast of Portugal is renowned for it's long stretch of beautiful beaches and what seems like an endless coastline. Hidden coves and an impressive three thousand hours of sunshine each year, tempt hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. With a vast array of hotels and resorts to choose from, visitors could be forgiven for declaring that they are "spoiled for choice." The following paragraphs give some further details for some great vacation locations to stay in the Algarve.

The name Albufeira comes from the Arabic, Albuhera, and means "castle of the sea." This destination boasts golden beaches, some of the best golf courses, plenty of restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The locals are warm, friendly and inviting. With panoramic views, the glorious countryside can be appreciated sitting outside one of the many restaurants. Local cuisine, offers simple, wholesome fair such as balcalhow (salted dried cod), piri piri dishes and locally caught sardines.

There are ample places to visit of historical and cultural interest, and visitors may find that they have too many choices. Such venues include the Museum of Archaeology, containing interesting artefact's documenting the city's history. Likewise, built in 1869 the Torre Sineira (bell tower) contains an impressive belfry with eight bells.

Vilamoura has contrasting scenery, with some areas covered by pine forests and others open marshlands. The large new marina invites dozens of cruise and sailing ships each week, and the harbor is dotted with restaurants and bars. Pretty white washed houses dominate the town, and there are plenty of sporting and leisure facilities to occupy any visitor.

For those visitors that are interested in the culture and history of this resort, there are numerous place of interest to visit, such as Quenenca, where the 16th Century main church can be found. Similarly, beach lovers and golfers alike are also catered for.

With something for everyone, there are many great vacation locations to stay in the Algarve. Wherever one chooses, plenty of sunshine is guaranteed.

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