8 days in Algarve Itinerary

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Olhao
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 5 nights
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Olhao — 2 nights

Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Get a sense of the local culture at Faro Cathedral and Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario. Explore hidden gems such as Praia de Monte Gordo and Praia de Cacela Velha. Step out of Olhao with an excursion to Cerro da Vila in Vilamoura--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), and contemplate the long history of Arc of Repouso.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Olhao route builder app.

London, UK to Olhao is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from London in March, expect Olhao to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia dos Pescadores and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Visit Arrifana Beach and Praia dos Salgados for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Praia da Oura (in Albufeira), Aljezur (Praia Da Amoreira & Praia do Monte Clérigo) and Olhos de Agua (Praia da Falesia & Praia dos Olhos de Água). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Vau Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Beliche, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lagos trip planner.

Drive from Olhao to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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