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Exploring the Benagil Cave of Kayak Algarve, Portugal – Part 8

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Algarve Regions

Albufeira
Lagos
Lagoa
Portimão
Tavira
Faro
Outras Regiões do Algarve

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

Albufeira is the busiest beach in the Algarve and has lively nightlife. It is the preferred option of the English and many other tourists who enjoy clubbing and excitement.

Where to stay in Albufeira

Old Town
If you are looking for a great place to enjoy a family holiday, then Albufeira’s Old Town is one of the best places to choose in the area.

Areias de São João
Here is where you will find the busiest nightlife and perhaps the liveliest place in the Algarve. Given the concentration of reasonably priced bars and restaurants, shops, tattoo parlours, nightclubs and fast food outlets, it’s not surprising that the Strip, as it’s known by locals, is the most popular place for groups of friends, farewells single/and generally those looking to party until the wee hours!

Montechoro
Located in the new area of Albufeira, Montechoro is at the northern end of the so-called “The Strip” which is on Av. Sá Carneiro and, while there are still many bars and restaurants in this area, there is a quieter atmosphere more suited to those looking to enjoy the nightlife, but without being in the middle of it.

Oura
The Oura area of Albufeira is a great place for families and beach lovers, as this area is very close to the coast and has a beautiful beach with a coastline full of small bays. There are many resorts and hotels in this area and, although it is not the heart of nightlife and entertainment, it is close to “The Strip” which is Av. Sá Carneiro, so you can find younger travellers here, all enjoying the city. sun alongside families with children and individual travellers.

Olhos de Água
Anyone looking for a more discreet holiday in the Albufeira area should consider staying at Olhos de Água. The traditional feeling of the fishing village remains here thanks to the cobbled streets and golden beach, which still houses boats and fishing huts.

Marina de Albufeira
Albufeira Marina is a newly developed area, just a short distance from the main areas of Albufeira, west of Albufeira’s old town.

Where to eat and Gastronomy
Albufeira has a huge concentration of restaurants, from traditional Portuguese to international cuisine. There is no shortage of options for all tastes and budgets.

Portugal is known for its rich restaurants and good prices, Albufeira is no different, there are several quality restaurants with excellent prices, even sophisticated ones, with Michelin stars and higher prices.

Where to go and what to do in Albufeira

Heritage and culture of Lagos, Portugal

Civil Heritage: Medieval Bridge of Paderne

Military heritage:
Bateria de Albufeira
Castelo de Albufeira
Castelo de Paderne
Torre da Medronheira

Natural patrimony: Olheiros de Água Doce

Religious heritage:
Convento de Nossa Senhora da Orada
Igreja Matriz
Torre do Relógio
Capela da Misericórdia
Igreja de S. Sebastião
Igreja de Sant’Ana

Museums:
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Albufeira
Museu de Arte Sacra (Igreja de São Sebastião)

Galleries:
Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros
Galeria Municipal

Places of Tourist Interest:
Centro Antigo
Oura
Olhos de Água

Albufeira has about 30 km of coastline. In the 2015 bathing season, Albufeira is once again the record holder for the Blue Flags of Europe, winning 25 awards this year, having been the Portuguese municipality with the most distinctions. Of the beaches in this municipality, the following stand out:

Praias com Bandeira azul
Praia dos Salgados
Praia da Galé – Oeste
Praia da Galé – Leste
Praia Manuel Lourenço
Praia do Evaristo
Praia do Castelo
Praia da Coelha
Praia de São Rafael
Praia dos Arrifes
Praia dos Pescadores
Praia do Forte de São João ou “Alemães”
Praia do Inatel
Praia de Santa Eulália
Praia dos Aveiros
Praia da Oura
Praia da Oura-Leste
Praia Maria Luísa
Praia dos Olhos De Água
Praia do Barranco das Belharucas
Praia da Falésia – Açoteias ou Praia da Falésia
Praia da Falésia – Alfamar
Praia da Rocha Baixinha Nascente
Praia da Rocha Baixinha Poente ou dos “Tomates”

Other beaches
Praia da Balaia
Praia do Peneco

Golden Flag or Gold Quality
Praia dos Salgados
Praia da Galé – Oeste
Praia da Galé – Leste
Praia Manuel Lourenço
Praia do Evaristo
Praia do Castelo
Praia da Coelha
Praia de São Rafael
Praia dos Arrifes
Praia do Peneco
Praia dos Pescadores
Praia de Santa Eulália
Praia dos Aveiros
Praia da Oura
Praia da Oura-Leste
Praia Maria Luísa
Praia do Barranco das Belharucas
Praia da Falésia – Alfamar
Praia da Rocha Baixinha Nascente
Praia da Rocha Baixinha Poente ou dos “Tomates”

Tours

Grutas e Golfinhos em Albufeira
Cruzeiro BBQ
Cruzeiro Capitão-Gancho
Passeio Jet Boat
Jet Ski
Parasailing
Pesca
Kayaks

Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

The most famous beaches in the Algarve are located in the region of Lagos. Lagos became very popular with tourists after Praia da Dona Ana was voted one of the most beautiful in the world. For those who don’t have a car and want to do a lot on foot, Lagos is certainly the best accommodation option. It is possible to walk from the centre of Lagos to the beautiful beaches in less than twenty minutes on foot.

The municipality of Lagos is divided into 4 parishes:
Bensafrim e Barão de São João
São Gonçalo de Lagos
Luz
Odiáxere

where to stay in Lagos

Old Historic Center
Bordered by the old city wall, it is the ideal place for those who want to be in the middle of all the action. Some streets do not allow the circulation of vehicles, which invite tourists to walk and get lost in the various alleys and narrow streets. You will find an offer of hostels and inns usually in older buildings. But be careful, if you have a car, finding vacancies will not be an easy task.

Marina de Lagos
A few meters away from the old historic centre, it has easy circulation by car and greater tranquillity. Access is via a charming pedestrian bridge that rises when sailboats need to pass. In summer, there is a “coming and going” boat that also helps on this route. There are great accommodation options, especially with newer and more modern buildings. In addition, you will be within walking distance of the Marina restaurants and a large supermarket in town.

Meia Praia
It consists of the largest beach in the region, with almost 6km of flat sand filled with restaurants and a rental structure for chairs and umbrellas along its entire length. Some good resorts are found in this region and many options for apartments for rent. With a family atmosphere and easy mobility, it is located between 10 to 20 minutes from the centre of Lagos.

Praias Dona Ana, Camilo and Porto de Mós
There are about 10 minutes by car from the historic centre, a good alternative is to look for an accommodation close to the main beaches of the city. These are residential neighbourhoods with good houses and an excellent offer of accommodation, especially small resorts and boutique hotels. It is the ideal option for those who want a room with a sea view. The region is suitable for those who are driving and looking for tranquillity.

Outskirts of the city of Lagos
The surroundings of the ancient wall offer accommodation options for all types of budgets. It is a residential region, with a wide range of commercial establishments, including the largest supermarkets in the city. It has easy access by car and parking is available, and it also allows you to get around to many places on foot. If you drive to the centre, take advantage of the free public parking at the bottom of the wall.

where to eat in Lagos

Prepare your stomach because Lagos can surprise you with its excellent range of bars and restaurants.

The great meeting point at night is the old Historic Center. Allow yourself to walk among the dozens of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops and enjoy all the movement of tourists and street artists in the squares. The Marina de Lagos is also home to some restaurants and bars with live music.

You will find simple Portuguese restaurants, tourist establishments and even more reserved and cosy places for those who expect something more sophisticated and romantic.

Among the famous dishes of the Algarve, try the Cataplanas, which have the same name as the cooking utensil used for cooking. They are basically two half concave copper pans, considered to be the precursors of the modern pressure cooker.

Noteworthy are the traditional Dom Rodrigo cakes, originating in Lagos and considered convent sweets of a remote origin in 1755, after the great earthquake that hit the country. They are usually wrapped in coloured metallic paper in the shape of pyramids.

Where to go and what to do in Lagos

Culture and Heritage / Leisure

Due to its long history, the municipality has numerous physical and cultural remains, which recall various periods in the history of Lagos, the main agents and the most important events.

Heritage and public art
Igreja Paroquial de Santa Maria de Lagos
Igreja de Santo António
Igreja de São Sebastião
Igreja e Convento de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
Capela de São João Batista
Ermida de Nossa Senhora dos Aflitos
Ruínas da antiga cidade de Lacóbriga, no Monte Molião
Muralhas, portas e baluartes da segunda linha de muralhas de Lagos
Mercado de Escravos
Forte de Nossa Senhora da Penha de França ou da Ponta da Bandeira
Armazém Regimental
Pelourinho de Lagos
Antigo edifício dos Paços do Concelho de Lagos
Mercado Municipal da Avenida
A Passagem
Brasão de Lagos
Busto de Júlio Dantas
Busto de Salgueiro Maia
Dia Internacional da Criança
O Tempo do Homem na Terra
Primavera em Lagos
Estátua de El Rei Dom Sebastião
Estátua a Gil Eanes
Estátua a São Gonçalo de Lagos
Fonte das Oito Bicas
Instalação Sem Título
Monumento Liberdade, Diálogo e Democracia
Monumento ao Padre Glória
Monumento ao Pescador
Monumento aos Mortos da Grande Guerra
Monumento aos Navegadores Lacobrigenses
Monumento O Mar, a Mulher e a Terra
Painel da Ponte Pedonal
Padrão Comemorativo do 10 de Junho
Painel dos CTT
Rosa-dos-ventos
Rotunda da Caravela
Tríptico Alusivo a Alcácer Quibir
Vénus Deitada

The biggest attraction of Lagos lies in the abundance and beauty of its beaches. Visitors can choose between long stretches of sand dunes at Meia Praia and smaller, sheltered beaches such as Praia da Boneca or Praia Dona Ana. The historic centre is worth exploring on foot. Despite the destruction caused by the 1755 earthquake, many of the houses retain traditional stonework, picturesque wrought-iron balconies and interior patios. Shops, bars and restaurants line the cobbled streets, mostly pedestrian, making them a pleasant place for a stroll and to try the local cuisine. Of the beaches in this municipality, the following stand out:

Ria de Alvor
Praia de São Roque (Meia Praia)
Cais da Solaria
Praia da Batata
Praia dos Estudantes
Praia do Pinhão
Praia da Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo
Praia dos Pinheiros
Praia Grande
Praia da Ponta da Piedade
Praia do Barranco Martinho
Praia do Canavial
Praia do Porto de Mós
Praia da Luz

Tours
Grutas da Ponta da Piedade
Observação de Golfinhos
Passeio em Catamaran
Costa de Lagos e Grutas
Grutas em Kayak
Algar de Benagil

Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal

Lagoa is a city rich in beaches. It has beaches in visible growth, in infrastructure, water quality and the surrounding environment, now starting to compete with the appealing beaches of Portimão and Albufeira. Of the beaches in this municipality, the following stand out:

Praia de Albandeira
Praia da Angrinha
Praia do Barranco
Praia do Barranquinho
Praia de Benagil
Praia dos Beijinhos
Praia dos Caneiros (BA)
Praia do Carvalho
Praia de Carvoeiro (BA)
Praia da Corredoura
Praia da Cova Redonda
Praia de Ferragudo
Praia Grande (Ferragudo)
Praia do Levante
Praia da Malhada do Baraço
Praia da Marinha
Praia da Mesquita
Praia do Mato
Praia do Molhe
Praia Nova
Praia de Nossa Senhora da Rocha (BA)
Praia do Paraíso
Praia do Pau
Praia do Pintadinho
Praia dos Tremoços
Praia do Vale de Centeanes (BA)
Praia do Vale do Olival

Portimão, Algarve, Portugal

Portimão is a Portuguese city in the district of Faro, region and sub-region of the Algarve. The city centre is located about 2 km from the sea and is an important centre for fishing and tourism.

Parishes of the municipality
O município de Portimão está dividido em 3 freguesias:
Alvor
Mexilhoeira Grande
Portimão

Culture
Museu de Portimão
Teatro Municipal de Portimão, no Largo 1º de dezembro

Beaches
Praia de João de Arens
Prainha
Praia dos Três Castelos
Praia do Vau
Praia do Alemão
Praia de Boião
Praia do Valentim de Carvalho
Praia dos Três Irmãos
Praia da Rocha
Praia Grande
Praia do Pintadinho
Praia dos Caneiros

Tavira, Algarve, Portugal

Tavira is a Portuguese city in the district of Faro, region and sub-region of the Algarve. It is located in the Sotavento area (eastern Algarve). It is a good option for those looking for a quiet place to stay in the Algarve.

parishes
The municipality of Tavira is divided into 6 parishes:

Cachopo
Conceição e Cabanas de Tavira (união de Conceição e Cabanas de Tavira)
Luz de Tavira e Santo Estêvão (união de Luz de Tavira e Santo Estêvão)
Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo
Santa Luzia
Tavira (união de Santa Maria e Santiago)

Culture
Museu Municipal de Tavira
Biblioteca
Cinema e teatro

Beaches
Praia do Barril
Praia da Terra Estreita
Praia da Ilha de Tavira
Praia da Ilha de Cabanas

Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Faro is the capital of the Algarve and is home to the airport that connects the Algarve to several cities in Europe.

Patrimony

Freguesia da Sé
Sé Catedral de Faro ou Igreja de Santa Maria
Paço Episcopal
Seminário Episcopal
Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assumpção ou Museu Municipal
Convento de São Francisco
Igreja da Misericórdia
Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco ou Igreja de São Francisco
Ermida de São Luís
Ermida da Nossa Senhora da Esperança
Ermida do Pé da Cruz ou Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Pé da Cruz e zona envolvente
Ermida de Santo António do Alto
Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Ó (Faro) ou Ermida de Nossa Senhora d´ Entre Ambalas Águas
Fortaleza de Faro ou Muralhas de Faro
“Castelo” ou Fábrica da Cerveja
Arco da Vila
Arco do Repouso
Arco da Porta Nova (Faro)
Celeiro de São Francisco
Casa das Açafatas
Governo Civil
Paços do Concelho
Palacete Belmarço ou Palácio Belmarço
Palacete Doglioni ou Palacete Cúmano
Casa de José Maria Assis
Palácio Fialho (Colégio do Alto)
Palacete Ferreira de Almeida (na Praça Ferreira de Almeida)
Palacete Guerreirinho
Banco de Portugal (Delegação de Faro)
Cemitério da Colónia Judaica de Faro
Teatro Lethes ou Colégio de Santiago Maior
Casa Lamprier ou Casa dos Lamprier

Freguesia de São Pedro
Igreja Matriz de São Pedro ou Igreja de São Pedro
Igreja do Carmo (Faro)
Ermida de São Sebastião (Faro)
Ermida da Madalena
Casa do Compromisso Maritimo
Casa da janela seiscentista
Casa de João Carvalho Ferreira
Casa dos Lamprier
Casa das Figuras
Horta do Ourives
Palácio Bívar
Casa de Saúde (Faro)

Freguesia de Estoi
Ruínas romanas de Milreu
Palácio de Estoi
Igreja de São Martinho de Estoi
Cruzeiro do Pé da Cruz

Freguesia da Conceição
Igreja Matriz da Conceição
Freguesia de Santa Bárbara de Nexe
Igreja de Santa Bárbara de Nexe ou Igreja Matriz de Santa Bárbara de Nexe
Ermida de Santa Catarina-Gorjões

Cultural spaces
Museu Municipal de Faro
Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão
Museu Regional do Algarve
Teatro Municipal de Faro/Teatro das Figuras
Teatro Lethes
Biblioteca Municipal António Ramos Rosa
Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve

Beaches

Faro’s beaches are very beautiful and, for this reason, they are seen as postcards of the Algarve region, in the south of Portugal. All beaches are extremely clean and organized, with clear water, but some are a little cold.

Most of the beaches in the region belong to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which covers several cities in the Algarve and has exuberant flora and fauna, typical of a coastal region.

Praia de Faro
Ilha Deserta
Praia da Ilha da Culatra
Praia do Farol

Places we visit:

Auramar Resort
Beach of the germans
Aveiros Beach
Falesia beach
Coelha Beach
Tip number 7 in Algarve Portugal

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