Its highly atmospheric old town has a superb market and it’s the departure point for boat trips to some fabulous offshore-island beaches.
2 Ilha de Tavira
Take the ferry to this island with an enormous stretch of dune-backed beach – the best in the eastern Algarve.
3 Rio Guadiana
The river marking the border with Spain offers some of the region’s least spoilt scenery, meandering north to the pretty village of Alcoutim.
4 Boat trip, Lagos
Explore the extraordinary rock formations and grottoes on a boat trip from the historic town of Lagos, from where Portugal’s navigators once set sail.
5 Surfing in Sagres
The beaches around Europe’s most southwesterly town are rated as some of the best in Europe – whatever your surfing skills.
6 West-coast beaches
A stunning variety of wave-battered sandy swathes grace the dramatic and largely undeveloped west coast between Sagres and Odeceixe.