10 days in Algarve Itinerary

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Faro
— 3 nights
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Lagos
— 6 nights
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Faro — 3 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
You'll explore and learn at Tavira Ciencia Viva Science Centre and Atelier Zea. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908) and Casa Gineta. Get out of town with these interesting Faro side-trips: Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo Antonio dos Capuchos (in Tavira) and Winery Convento do Paraiso (in Silves). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Faro Cathedral, stroll through Hidroespaco, and get into the urban bustle at Camara Municipal de Faro.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Faro trip maker site.

London, UK to Faro is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Faro hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lagos.
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Shopping · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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Lagos — 6 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia da Falesia and Praia dos Salgados. Head to Algarve Shopping and Garrafeira Lusitanafor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Sagres (Fortaleza de Sagres, Cape Saint Vincent, &more) and Albufeira (Quinta Do Canhoto, Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Orada, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, gain some tasty knowledge on Algarve Food Experience, and do a tasting at Villa Alvor - Wine & Tourism.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lagos trip builder app.

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Algarve travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.
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