In the western half of Portugal’s southern region – called ‘Barlavento’ – you will find a different Algarve. A less explored area, where the golden and often extravagantly shaped cliffs descend magnificently into the sea and hide precious beaches like Amoreira, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana or Carrapateira. Whilst some of them are like well-kept secrets, often accessible by hidden paths, others are well-known to surfers and bodyboarders, and some, like Praia do Amado, are even often venues for international competitions of these sports.
If you have never visited this area, we advise you to do so, as there is quite a lot to see, to discover and to be dazzled by.
Ponta da Piedade, near Lagos, is not to be missed. From there you will have one of the most spectacular views over the cliffs. However, if you want to see them ‘from below’, hop on a boat trip and discover the impressive caves they create, like the Algar de Benagil. And if you like hiking or cycling, follow the numerous paths in this area and lose yourself in the natural beauty of this area, in perfect communion with the life that runs slowly.
But if you are looking for something more cosmopolitan, with entertainment that lasts well into the night, take a trip to Praia da Rocha, in Portimão, where you will find some of the best bars and nightlife venues in the region. And during the day you will find plenty of leisure options to enjoy the summer in a more active, or more relaxed way, whichever you prefer.
Don’t forget to discover Western Algarve’s villages and small towns, like Alvor, Vila do Bispo or Lagos, whose origins are lost in time, and that were home to various people throughout history, still treasuring and keeping their memories alive. Or go shopping and discover the regional products or some of the big international brands, coexisting peacefully, much like everything around here. And don’t even get us started on the region’s gastronomy – from the typical dishes that impress the most demanding palates, to their reinventions and reinterpretations by chefs and restaurants with Michelin stars, here you will find it all.
If you’re looking to relocate, for a second home, or even for a real estate investment, Western Algarve is the place to choose, and now is the best time to do it. Or, maybe, you just fancy a vacation somewhere different and surprising – though in this case beware, as you might never want to go back!