Sweeping sandy bays, secret coves and dramatic cliffs combine to create the Algarve’s picture-perfect holidays. Every year, holidaymakers while away their time here, exploring everything this 125-mile-long stretch of shoreline has to offer.
As well as its beautiful sandy beaches, Portugal’s southernmost region is filled with everything from vibrant seaside towns and pretty fishing villages to family-friendly water parks and exquisite eateries.
Villa Plus has over 200 holiday villas available in Portugal, all Algarve-based, offering everything you could want from a villa stay. From centrally located properties and countryside retreats, to 2-bed villas for couples and 8 bedroom options for large groups, there is an impressive selection of properties available. Our Algarve villas are available across 21 resorts, so you can take your pick from bedrooms with beach views at Gale, family-friendly stays in Albufeira or traditional Portuguese breaks in the town of Loulé. Villa Plus also offers villas at a range of hotel resorts across the Algarve via VP Resorts, for customers who want the best of both a hotel resort and a villa holiday.
The Algarve is a land of contrasts, between ancient and modern, the simple grilled sardines and the Michelin starred fine dining, the lush rolling hills inland and the endless miles of golden sand and stunning cliffs of the coast. We have villas deep in the countryside and right on the coast, some perfect for big groups of friends, others ideal for a small family. If you just want to relax, you need never leave the poolside, but if you are keen to explore, there are fascinating Roman ruins, museums and historic churches. If you like an active holiday, there is every kind of water sport as well as top quality golf, tennis, riding and fishing.
The landscape and light are an artist’s dream and if photography is your thing, you will be kept very busy! There is plenty here to delight a real foodie, and if you love wine, there are vineyards to discover, including the one owned by Sir Cliff Richard. If you love bird-watching, flora and fauna, you will be very impressed with the Ria Formosa Natural Park.
Whatever your passion, we are sure you will love the Algarve!
A villa holiday in Albufeira, the most popular resort in the Algarve, has it all. The lovely beaches and ideal climate combine with a rich history and culture to give a great all-round holiday experience. There is also a fantastic choice of shops, excellent sports, nightlife and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Carvoeiro is a traditional, family-oriented pretty seaside town once a thriving fishing village. Villa holidays in Carvoeiro revolve around lovely sandy beaches set beneath towering dramatic cliffs, whilst excellent shops provide a bit of retail therapy and numerous bars and restaurants offer evening entertainment.
Fort Sao Joao is a pleasant small holiday resort in The Algarve with a good sandy beach, located in between the resorts of Praia d'Oura and Albufeira. The remains of Atalaia and Quinta da Torre can be seen in the area which were medieval watchtowers used to give warning of attacks by pirates.
Set in the hills overlooking the Algarve coastline, Loulé is a historic town with a great deal of charm and character. Browse the daily local market for bargains or spend time people watching in one of the cafes on the Avenida. For culture lovers, the castle and Gothic churches are a must see.
The Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is set on a picturesque landscape over 1,000 acres featuring the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Explore the exceptional golf facilities, exquisite collection of restaurants and opulent accommodation with concierge service. You’ll be sure to have an memorable holiday experience.
With outstanding views over the spectacular beaches of Carvoeiro sits the remarkable resort of Monte Santo offering modern style apartments and townhouses. If your looking for pure relaxation we’ve got you covered with 7 swimming pools, pool bar offering endless cocktails as well as a gym and spa. If you can tear yourself away from the resort the nearby beach has golden sands and crystal clear waters.
The Cascade Wellness & lifestyle resort lies on a beautiful clifftop setting on the Southern Coast of Algarve. The outside space is absolutely tranquil, palm trees encircle the extensive lawn area and lagoon shaped pool with sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean creating the perfect place to sit, back and relax. Enjoy the facilities this resort has to offer with its very own sports and fitness centre, relaxing spa and exquisite dining options.
Salgados Beach Villas has it all and it’s the perfect holiday for families, couples and groups of friends. You’ll be stone’s throw away from the stunning Blue Flag beach of Salgados with a long swathe of endless golden sand and fresh clear waters. Make use of the facilities at the 5* VidaMar Resort offering 5 swimming pools, kid’s club, gym and fitness centre and for pure relaxation there Is an adults only Mar-Club to enjoy that me time. There are plenty of choices for dining from international cuisines to traditional Portuguese delights.
Algarve is famed for its stunning beaches, traditional cobbled streets, local cuisine including the famous Piri Piri Chicken, hidden caves, sporting facilities including championship golf courses and many water sports.
Taking a boat is the perfect way to see this spectacular coastline. There are many kinds of boat trips on offer - for dolphin watching, deep sea fishing, sightseeing and champagne breakfast trips. The amazing scenery including grottoes, arches and caves have intriguing names such as Love Grotto, Cathedral, Elephant and Ghost.
Opt for a full or half day cruise in a lovely, large catamaran or yacht, boats and discover Algarve's picturesque coastline taking in beautiful beaches, fishermen's villages, seaside towns, impressive rock formations and some of Europe's largest caves.
Whichever villa you choose in the Algarve, you are not far from a championship golf course. Autumn and spring are the key seasons for golf here.
Vilamoura is world famous for golf with five 18-hole championship golf courses, mainly north of the town, including Oceanico Victoria, host of the Portugal Masters since 2007 (you will need to show your handicap certificates if you want to play).
Almancil is a brilliant holiday location for golfers, with 5 championship courses on your doorstep. There are 2 world class courses at Vale do Lobo. The scenic Ocean course was designed by British golfer Henry Cotton over fifty years ago.
Although courses are fairly relaxed on the sartorial front, you will be expected to wear golf shoes and a shirt with a collar on.
Are you looking for some adrenaline? You will be sure to find a fun water park in the Algarve, so whether you’re with friends or family, there is something everybody. For adults you’ll find a range of thrilling rides, tall slides with multiple twists, outdoor attractions and much more. Not forgetting the tiny tots and younger children there is a mixture of water slides, mushroom showers and animal shows.
If that's not enough, you can relax on one of the many gardens and relaxed areas on sun loungers. For pure relaxation why not lay back on a inflatable donut and follow along the lazy river whilst soaking up that Portuguese sun. The popular waterparks are Zoomarine, Aquashow Park, Slide & Splash, Aqualand and Krazy World.
Algarve with the long stretches of golden sand and clear waters, makes it the perfect holiday destination for watersports. There are endless choices including sea fishing, snorkeling, waterskiing, parascending and jet-skiing. Consistent all year Atlantic swells make many beaches in the Algarve ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, bodyboarding, and paddle surfing. If diving is your thing, you don’t need a second mortgage to take a short course at one of the local dive centers.
The Algarve is renowned throughout Europe for its stunning stretches of golden sand backed with colourful cliffs, crystal clear waters, beach bars and a vibrant atmosphere. More secluded beaches have caves, rock pools and beautiful scenery, the Algarve truly has something for everyone.
Please also take note of the Portuguese flag system: a red flag means bathing is forbidden altogether, a yellow flag indicates that swimming is forbidden but sunbathing is safe, a green flag means that swimming and sunbathing are safe.
This is one of the best and most surprising beaches in the area. Hidden from sight until you walk along the cliff top path, this sandy beach stretches away from the attractive honeycomb cliffs. At the western end an opening through the cliff reveals an interesting secret cove.
Relatively quiet because of the lack of surrounding development, the beach is a walk down steps. It is however well provided for with lifeguards, car parking, a beach bar/restaurant, windsurfing hire and boat trips during peak season.
Coelha is a pretty cove beach with dark green waters and is superb for snorkeling. Its width offers a lot of space for picnics and in between the rocks is good for fishing and exploring. This beach offers peace and quite with the perfect opportunity to lay back relax and enjoy that Portuguese sun.
This small sandy cove lies beneath Benagil village, perched on the cliff tops, with colourful fishing boats and rugged landscape making for great views. The beach opens out into a sandy stretch to the east and fishing or boating trips can be arranged. You'll find a bar and restaurant up a few steps to the village.
This unique beach is reached by a long drive through pinewoods followed by descending steps cut into the naturally sculpted red and cream cliffs. The beach is lined with Caribbean-style thatched wooden sun umbrellas and is recommended for swimming. Why not stroll along this beautiful beach and enjoy the surrounding views?
Known locally as 'Smugglers Beach', Carvalho beach is a natural jewel on the Algarve coastline. Access is through one of the two natural tunnels in the cliff and down some steps. This is definitely a beach for adventurers. Caves are carved out of the cliff walls above the beach which can be explored by climbing steps and going through a passageway. You'll find a small island which is only a short swim off shore.
This beautiful beach has expansive sand. Sit on the sand or hire an umbrella and sun loungers. The crystal clear blue sea invites you to take a refreshing dip and enjoy water sports such as parasailing and water-sled rides.
One of the finest cove beaches in the Algarve, Castelo is isolated and surrounded by breathtaking rock formations. There is a good cafe which overlooks the beach out to sea and sunbeds and parasols are available for hire. The water becomes deep quickly but lifeguards do man the beach in high season.
Curved across Lagos Bay, this sandy beach stretches 3 kilometres long with soft golden sands and shallow crystal-clear waters. For those of you who are adventurous there are plenty of water sports available. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes framing this beautiful expanse of sand, so you’ll be sure to get a bite to eat with some chilled drinks.
In the shape of a shell you’ll find shallow clear waters making it a great spot for snorkeling. With the Blue Flag beach status this beach is great for families with younger children and those looking to while away soaking that Portuguese sun. There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols for hire.
This sweeping bay in Lagos benefits from soft sand, fresh shallow waters and plenty of sun loungers and parasols for hire.
Alongside the beach and separated by sand dunes is a small lake. There is a small bar and keen walkers can walk along to Vale do Lobo or Quarteira, depending on the tide.
The popular Praia D'Oura strip runs all the way down to the golden sandy beach from which Praia D'Oura derives its name. There are plenty of water sports available plus a choice of beach side cafes and restaurants for a spot of lunch, dinner or simply chilled drinks with snacks. The beach is surrounded by tall colourful cliffs and crystal clear blue waters.
With the open sea in front of your eyes and a golden bright swathe of sand that is backed by red color of the cliffs, is the perfect beach for relaxing and soaking up that Portuguese sun. Cool off with a chilled drink from many of the cafes and restaurants.
Bordered by golden cliffs, Galé Beach is home to various rock formations that provide a scenic backdrop. For those interested in sports there are sunbeds, jet ski and water skiing facilities as well as parasols and pedalos available for hire. In addition there are a range of restaurants and bars in the nearby village.
4 miles to the west of Lagos, Praia da Luz is a thriving family resort. The long wide sandy beach flanked by dark headland cliffs is well known for its fishing, snorkeling, windsurfing, paddle boating and sailing school open June to September.
This beach is easily accessed and has good facilities and activities plus a diverse landscape. Beach bars and restaurants are plentiful with windsurfers and sailing boats available for the energetic. The beach is long relaxing stretch of sand that meets gold and scarlet coloured cliffs sheltering a small cove called Tres Irmaos.
At the Armacao de Pera resort cliffs give way to a sandy beach that stretches for miles to the east. The first stretch of beach is excellently provided for with car parking along the front, lifeguards and flags, bars, fish restaurants, sun umbrellas for hire and water sports.
A wide sandy beach that stretches away from the village of Ferragudo. As you follow the beach south the view changes spectacularly from riverbank to open sea as the estuary of the River Arade opens up. Windsurfers, sailing boats and water skis can be hired from the water sports school or take advantage of the estuary for a spot of fishing.
Sao Rafael offers the perfect choice for those wanting a fabulous beach holiday. Its beautiful sandy beach is set in a pretty bay, flanked by tall ochre coloured limestone cliffs. Parasols and sunbeds are available to hire and there is a lively beach bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a chilled drink or a meal as a break from the sun!
Praia de Vilamoura is the stretch of sandy beach located adjacent to the marina in the heart of this very popular resort. Very central this beach is within easy walk to the marina with its shops, bars and restaurants. Watersports are available during the summer months and whilst parking is available it does get busy.
The endless stretch of golden sands that form the Praia do Ancão is backed by pristine sand dunes along much of its length. There are however also plenty of facilities as this is a Blue Flag status beach, there are sun loungers and parasols which are available for hire and a number of restaurants for a light lunch or a chilled drink.
Lots to enjoy on this long stretch of sandy beach. Watersports are available during the summer months or unwind at the variety of restaurants and beach bars with musical entertainment.
Praia dos Caneiros is a popular beach which nestles between honey-coloured cliffs and is overlooked by the Ponta do Altar lighthouse. If visited in the winter it offers seclusion and great scenery. Low tide opens up a smaller beach beside the lighthouse – excellent to explore and keep the kids busy.
A sandy beach in a fantastic setting backed by red cliffs. You can hire sun loungers and umbrellas, enjoy a variety of water sports and taste the local dishes at a restaurant right on the beach with views of the sea and beyond.
Olhos de Agua or 'Freshwater Beach' is a great family beach with good sand and swimming. The fishing village nearby has pretty houses, bars and restaurants, boat and fishing trips, good car parking and lifeguards on site in season. To the west are a number of secluded coves to explore each with its own caves and attractive cliffs.
This is an ideal place for surfers, windsurfers and spectators who like to watch their energetic feats. Conditions are perfect and there is a large tidal lake. A long stroll is recommended along the sandy stretch of beach which is backed by dunes and fringed with pine trees. Visitors have a choice of bars and restaurants and there is a water sports centre, lifeguards and good car parking facilities.
In true Caribbean style this sandy beach is lined with pinewoods and permanent wooden thatched sunshades. Visitors can enjoy feeling the waves break around their feet as they stroll the length of this extensive strand.
Water sports, lifeguards, bar/restaurants and car parking are available.
The Algarve is the perfect destination for families, with lots of fantastic waterparks, suitable for children of all ages. For more aquatic endeavors, lots of the beaches offer water sports with ideal surfing conditions and banana boat rides! Spend the day at ZooMarine, an oceanographic theme park with lots of interesting and exotic marine creatures. The Algarve is the perfect place for to take a new sport, such as golf or tennis. A great opportunity to learn a new skill and create some family friendly competition!
The hottest month to travel is July when temperatures can hit 30⁰C and there is almost no rainfall throughout June, July and August. Those looking to explore the region in the slightly milder months will benefit from travelling in early spring or late autumn. As well as being ideally located, each holiday property has been chosen to suit the climate with air conditioning. To make the most of the average 300 days of sunshine in this region, each of our Algarve villas are perfectly prepped for alfresco living, with a private pool, outdoor dining and BBQ available in most of our villas. from April to June and September to the end of October, many of our villas also have pool heating so can enjoy an early morning or evening dip in comfort.
The Algarve is the perfect choice for couples! There is so much to see and do, there will always be something to do. With beautiful scenery, rich in culture and pristine coastline its definitely a romantic escape. Why not discover the hidden treasures, on a scenic boat ride on the crystal clear waters or simply take an evening stroll on one of the many long stretch golden sands? There’s more, go horse-riding together along a deserted beach at sunset before a candle lit dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant.