A Basic Guide to the Algarve, Portugal

Ahhh the Algarve...who doesn’t dream of visiting this amazing Portuguese paradise? It’s a place I will continue daydreaming of for probably years to come. You’ll understand why when you see the photos!


Here are all the things you need to know for a great trip down to the Algarve: 

How to get there 

Faro is the capital of the South and they have a newly renovated airport, which has direct flights to a lot of cities across Europe. The first time I flew into Faro it was in the middle of renovations, so it was a mess to say the least but now it’s pretty awesome. If you want to go anywhere in the Algarve, you will probably be flying into Faro. The hotel we stayed at was about a 40-minute drive from the airport so I would definitely recommend renting a car. Regardless of where you’re staying, I would say renting a car in Algarve is the way to go. We, however, did not rent a car and took a taxi which was a bit pricey. Plus, if you have access to a car, you’ll be able to go to places you otherwise might not have easy access to.

Where to Stay 


This was one of the best parts of the trip, so listen up! Stay at the Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. You’re going to want to believe me on this one! Nestled in the Algarve, it was the perfect choice for our trip. The hotel offers a number of experiences from horseback riding on the coast, to spending a day with a local farmer, to wine tasting, and so much more. This hotel connects you with the local side of Portugal (aka my heaven!) The rooms were nice, the food was amazing, the staff was friendly, and it is a close walk to the beach. For more photos of the hotel, find my Algarve journal on the Jet Journal app. There you can see our room, the restaurant, the pool, and more!


 What To Do  

There are so many things to do in the Algarve. First off, I recommend staying at the Praia Verde Hotel, that way you have easy access to many Portuguese experiences. You just have the hard decision of picking which one you want to do! Here are some of the things we did: 

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Bike to Vila Real de Santo Antonio


Wander around Cacela Velha

most picturesque village and one of the best beaches


Hang out by the pool

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Horseback riding on the coast

ride through the water, orange trees, and vineyards

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Beach Day

so many options, so little time


Eat way too much

Portuguese food is beyond delicious, and don't even get me started on the wine!

That's all for this basic guide to the Algarve, but there is so much more to see and love about this place! For more information on our trip to the Algarve, download Jet Journal and start saving ideas for your next trip!

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