The Algarve is one of the sunniest places with the most magnificent golden beaches in Europe. So a short break Algarve is the perfect escape, if you’re getting tired of the cold dark winter days (the lowest average temperature is 16°C) or if you just need to escape from the every day life. It’s a destination you can visit all year round. During Summer people mostly go there to lie on the beach, but there is much more to do in this fantastic region of Portugal!
What to do on a short break Algarve: the bucket list
Hike the coastline
The Algarve has one of the most impressive coastlines in Europe with impressive golden cliffs and beaches. So during your short break Algarve you should definitely do the hike from Carvoeiro to Praia da Marinha. It is definitely one of the highlights passing several sink holes, impressive rock formations, cliffs and fantastic beaches. Another great walk is the hike from the center of Lagos to Ponta da Piedade. You’ll pas many incredible views!
Explore the rocks and sea caves by boat
Another way to explore the coastline is by boat. Not only do you get to see the golden cliffs from a different perspective, the boats will take you inside the sea caves and along the impressive rock formations rising from the sea. I did a boat trip at Lagos early in the morning and I also wanted to do the Benagil boat trip to the most famous sea cave over there, but the sea was too rough, so boats didn’t depart. So I have a reason to go back!
Enjoy the sunset
Sunsets are marvelous at the Algarve! Take a picnic with you, put yourself on the beach or on the edge of a cliff and enjoy the view!
Day trip to Lagos
If you’re not staying in Lagos during your short break Algarve, a day trip to this town is worth your time! The city center didn’t really impress me, but the boat trip and the hike to Ponta da Piedade are fun if you like awe-inspiring views!
Rent a bike
For long distances I took a taxi because it was cheaper than renting a car. But for shorter distances (6km) I decided to rent a bike. Cycling through the hills in the sunshine is just liberating. If you’re not into climbing hills on a bike, I don’t recommend renting one. But I’d say get out of that comfort zone and challenge yourself! Just do it. It made me feel strong and free. I was so proud to be able to climb the hills on my bike! (I’m not a super sporty girl and I was still able to do it!)
Enjoy the beach
Feel the golden sand between your toes and relax on the beach! My favorite was Praia da Marinha.
Stay at a nice hotel far from anything else
I loved staying at a hotel far from the touristic city center. It was silent and calm. I could really enjoy the silence, the sunsets and the nature surrounding the hotel.
You can’t get it fresher than straight from the sea!
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