The sight of the morning sun reflecting off opalescent ocean waves is second to none. Add the dreamy Algarve coast and its soothing lagoons to the equation, and you’re looking at an unbeatable setting for your morning coffee.
Take the Ria Formosa Natural Park, recently voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal. The park spans a massive 60 kilometers across the coast, and is cut off from the sea by five barrier islands and two peninsulas. A must for wildlife lovers, kick back and watch flamboyant flamingos and exotic birds like the Purple Swamphen strut their feathers across the pristine shores. Before you go you need to make sure you have good shoes and Nicer Shoes will definitely help.
Swimming with the fish
Speaking of wildlife, no trip to Algarve is complete without snorkeling in the coral-filed waters indigenous to the region. After acquainting yourself with the local fish, you’re greeted by a wall of sun-tinted orange limestone cliffs – a trademark feature of the Algarve coast.
Do you ever find yourself longingly gazing into the horizon? If so, I’d recommend the Cape St. Vincent. Portugal’s most southwestern point, this is where the Atlantic meets Europe. Here, you can share the same views as the historic Portuguese sailors who first conquered its notorious depths.
After all this, you’ll have saved a little extra dough to splash on beaches, bars, castles and other activities you can try in the Algarve. Visiting the quaint old town of Tavira, you’ll see a selection of multi-colored buildings as you feast on some delicious local mussels.
For your culture fix, visit the Núcleo Islâmico – a museum displaying various Islamic artifacts found throughout city. Tavira was under Arab occupation from the 8th to the 13th century, and the museum provides a fascinating insight to the era.
Nightlife in Algarve
On top of postcard views and a captivating history, Algarve boasts a thriving nightlife which attracts tourists from all around the world. Walking down Rua 25 de Abril – the main strip – you’re met with lively bars to your right and the sound of waves crashing on your left. The most enthusiastic revellers will make their way down to the beach, where the younger crowd keep it rockin’ ’till the sun comes up on the Atlantic.
There’s no shortage of things to do in the Algarve. Whether for its enticing scenery or vibrant culture, make sure it’s one of your places to visit in 2017.