Main attractions in the Algarve

Great excursions to experience with your vacation home

Book a vacation home in Portugal to be right in the middle of one of the most enthralling areas of Portugal. The Algarve coast is known as the best place in Portugal to book a vacation rental, for both a relaxing beach holiday and a vibrant, active vacation, with it's dramatic coastline and pristine beaches. Take an excursion to explore the local towns and villages, and experience Portugal's cultural and historical heritage. Look below to get an idea of just a few of the attractions that you should experience on your stay in Portugal.

Praia da Marinha

Known as the most beautiful beach in Portugal, Praia da Marinha should be within driving distance from your vacation home, and shouldn't be missed. Tucked away between towering rock formations and cliffs, this stretch of beach has unusually clear waters and golden sand. It is quite a journey down a stone staircase between the rocks to reach the beach itself, but when you get there you realise that it was definitely worthwhile.


The Albufeira resort is well known among people who book a vacation home in the Algarve. Particularly the famous entertainment area 'The Strip' and the beaches nearby, are popular attractions. Beaches such as Praia dos Pescadores, Praia do Tunel, and Fisherman's beach can provide a wonderful day by the ocean while you're there. If you want a taste of the history of Portugal and the Algarve, you can visit the nearby fortress of Paderne, which still has its original ramparts.


You should consider spending a day in the stunning city of Silves, which is dominated by the massive fortress 'Castelo dos Mouros', which dates back to the 8th century. Amongst other attractions, you should visit the 'Museu Municipal de Arquelogia' which holds artifacts dating back to the stone age. End your day with a glass of wine as you listen to open air Jazz on the plaza in the shadow of the old gothic cathedral.

Caldas de Monchique

There is incredibly varied nature to be experienced in the Algarve. Go from the flatland near the beaches to mountainous valleys of the 'Serra da Monchique', where you will find the cozy village of Caldas the Monchique with its hot water springs and spa complex. since you're in the area, the nearby town of Monchique can also be worth a visit.


Lagos is a town that is definitely worth visiting on your vacation in one of our vacation homes. With its cozy city centre, harbour area and old shipyards it is a popular attraction worth taking a trip to from your holiday rental. Make sure to visit the nearby natural attractions such as 'Ponta da Piedade, the Laguna de Alvor, and the Mata Nacional de Barao de S. João. Make sure to pass by the majestic fort that guarded the harbour for hundreds of years, where you can get a valuable insight into the history of Lagos.

Cabo São Vincente

Visit the 'Fim du Mundo', the end of the world, near Sagres on the very south-western point of Europe. If you're a nature lvoer amke sure to travel through the nearby 'Costa Vincenta Natural Park' with its 76.000 hectares of unadulterated land to explore. Visit the 16th century fortress near Sagres which used to defend the point from assailing oceangoing enemies.

Vila Real de Santo António

Visit the town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio which is famous for its central landmark, the lighthouse on the coast. Take a walk down the beautiful central square, which sits surrounded by low rise shops and blooming orange trees. Experience the nearby museum honoring Manuel Cabanas, who is known as the best wood engraver in all of Portugal.


Book your vacation home and travel to the picturesque town of Vila real de Santo, nesteld right by the Guadiana river which flows through the town and into the Atlantic ocean. A big attraction is the 14th century castle Alcoutim which used to reign over the local copper and iron mines, but is now the home of many types of handicrafts and agriculture, and a great place to plan an excursion from your vacation home.

Book your vacation rental in the Algarve with NOVASOL and there will always be things to do, and sights to see. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in your holiday home, and bring a car to travel round the countryside experiencing the Algarve. We wish you a lovely stay in your vacation home in the Algarve.