Information about Portugal

Information about Portugal

Golden beaches, wonderful sunshine and fantastic rugged scenery: the Algarve overflows with holiday pleasures. On top of all this, there’s a string of world-class golf courses, fabulous scuba-diving and the chance to visit historic Seville too.

Resort Guide to Albufeira

The most famous resort in the Algarve, Albufeira blends real charm with superbAlbufeira holiday entertainment. Divided into two areas with distinct characteristics there is a wonderful Old Town perched on a cliff, with cobbled streets tumbling down the hillside to the famous Fisherman’s Beach.

The new town flanked by a large stretch of sandy beach comes alive at sundown with a healthy selection of up-tempo discos and bars.

Transfer time from airport: 50 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Alvor

This quaint old fishing village sits on the edge of a wide bay with a scenic lagoon. alvorAround the waterside, there’s a superb array of fish restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a warren of little back streets to explore. The main sandy beach at Praia da Alvor is fringed by dunes and is beautifully clean and a peaceful atmosphere abounds.

Alvor is situated towards the western end of the Algarve. Nearby Praia da Rocha provides endless lively bars and there are also several golf courses nearby including Palmares, Penina and Alto Golf.

Journey time from Faro airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Carvoeiro

Picturesque with a delightful sandy beach, Carvoeiro is becoming ever more carvoeiropopular not unsurprisingly so, considering its many charms. Still a quaint fishing village with a working fleet, the main beach and little nearby coves benefit from the shelter of high surrounding cliffs, creating a picture-postcard Algarvian setting.

Within the resort, you’ll find a healthy selection of cafes, bars and restaurants and a handful of shops for hunting down souvenirs. Great for families and couples who want to relax in a pretty location. Great bases for exploring, Salicos is tranquil and unhurried whilst Sesmarias, another tranquil location is a friendly, pretty picturesque fishing village.

Journey time from Faro airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Monte Gordo

Located to the east of the region this resort is perfect for roaming across the montegordoborder into Spain. Monte Gordo is just two hours drive from Seville and ideal for an active sun and fun holiday.

Boasting one of the region’s finest beaches 14 kilometres of beautiful golden sand and watersports in high season, it also has a delightful cafe-lined waterfront. Castro Marim golf course is nearby should you like a round or two, or even pop across the border into Spain where you’ll find a couple of courses on the Costa de la Luz. Nearby Altura is a more peaceful spot.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour approx.

Resort Guide to Olhos d'Agua

Olhos d’Agua is a firm favourite with families and couples looking for a refreshingOlhos d'Agua beach holiday. Lying a few kilometres east of Albufeira, the resort’s new hotels look out over one of the longest expanses of sand the Algarve offers, stretching more than seven kilometres. The gently shelving beach is perfect for young children and at low tide fresh water springs well from the sands, creating little fountains and pools that are really delightful.

The resort centre still portrays some of its fishing-port charms, with gaily-coloured boats moored on the sands and has small shops, local restaurants and cafes. Albufeira’s more lively charms are easily accessible by local bus, as is nearby Vilamoura with its marina.

Transfer time from airport: 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Praia da Falesia

Relaxing, tranquil and picturesque best describes this small resort surrounded by Praia-da-Falesiapine trees. Located about ten kilometres east of Albufeira and just three kilometres from Vilamoura, Praia da Falesia appeals to those after a resort with a more upmarket feel. It has one of the longest beaches on the Algarve stretching 4.5 kilometres along the coast and although there is not the greatest selection of shops to choose from,

Vilamoura is close by. Evening entertainment is low-key, mainly focusing on a good meal in the local restaurants where traditional dishes are worth a try.

Transfer time from airport: 50 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Praia da Rocha

Praia da Rocha boasts an exceptional sandy and spacious beach, embraced by Praia da Rochabeautiful sandstone cliffs that have been carved into fantastic shapes over the centuries. This is a popular resort with all nationalities and provides plenty to see and do.

When you’re not lounging on the sands, you can stroll along the clifftop promenade, lined with restaurants and cafes. At night there’s plenty to keep you happy from numerous busy discos and a casino to some lively late-night cocktail bars. Sports are in good supply, including a great selection of watersports in high season.

Transfer time from airport: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Vilamoura

Purpose-built for holiday-makers, Vilamoura is a stylish resort for a relaxing or Vilamourasporty vacation, its centrepiece is a magnificent marina, complete with a buzzing waterfront of chic cafes, bars, boutiques and restaurants. First class sports facilities are thick on the ground with excellent golf, tennis and fishing, and there are two sandy beaches hugging the marina.

Night-life is relatively low-key centering around a good selection of places to eat and drink, complemented by a casino. Slightly inland and not too far from Vilamoura lies the peaceful countryside location of Benfarras, offering peace and seclusion it’s the ideal retreat for a relaxing holiday where you have the superb chance to explore the surrounding area including the resort of Vilamoura where you’ll find a bustling marina and a wonderful array of pavemement cafes and restaurants to tempt and refresh you.

Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes approx.

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  1. I would like to move to albuferia and am looking for z job.

    I have qualifications in business admin and have run a buisness with extensive experience in he, payroll, invoicing, hiring and firing aswel as sales and general admin work

    • Sounds like an Administrator role would suit you, going from your previous experience. Although you can request a destination when applying, it is never guaranteed that you will be sent there.

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