Destination Algarve imagens
Image gallery of the Algarve in Portugal, selected as best destination in the world 2016 for retirement
Costa Vicentina: Praia da Arrifana
The beach of Arrifana near Aljezur is very popular among surfers and body boarders, especially outside the summer season, when the sea gets rougher.
Costa Vicentina: Torre de Aspa
View from the Torre de Aspa to northern direction towards the Costa Vicentina with the beaches Praia da Cordoama and Praia do Castelejo. The Torre de Aspa (156 m) west of Vila do Bispo is the highest elevation of the Costa Vicentina, the almost untouched western coast of the Algarve. The way from Vila do Bispo through the heath is not easy to find, but the great views will compensate you for your efforts.
Cabo de São Vicente, Sagres
Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St.Vincent) near Sagres in Portugal and the Ponta de Sagres together form the south-western corner of the European continent. The cape consists of a steep cliff of about 69 m with almost no vegetation.
Cape St. Vincent
The mighty lighthouse with a reach of 90 km is said to be the strongest in Europe
Cabo de São Vicente
View from the Cabo de São Vicente to the west along the coast "Costa Vicentina". The cliffs of this part of the coast are much steeper, and the surf of the Atlantic Ocean is significantly rougher than on the Algarve's south coast.
Sagres and Ponta de Sagres
Aerial view to Sagres. In the foregound you can see the fortress, located on the Ponta de Sagres.
Sagres Fortress: Compass Rose
After passing through the mighty tunnel entrance, one sees a giant pebble circle , detected only in 1921, of unknown age and purpose. The circle with a diameter of 43m is interpreted as a compass rose (Rosa dos Ventos).
Sagres: Port View
The fishing port of Sagres is said to be one of the best in the world regarding quality and assortment of the daily catch.
Ponta da Piedade
The spectacular rock formation is situated at the tip of the bay of Lagos
Lagos: Bay with view to the beach Meia Praia
Lagos Meia Praia
View over the city of Lagos and the marina to the bay of Lagos and the long sandy beach of Meia Praia
Hole 13: view over the bay of Lagos to the Ponta de Piedade
Alvor: rocks of the beach Três Irmãos
In the background you can see the skyline of Alvor
Praia da Rocha
The Algarve coast near the estuary of the river Arade in front of the holiday destination and popular beach Praia da Rocha.
Portimão: Rio Arade
View over the marina of Portimao and the Arade river to the village Ferragudo and the Castelo de São João de Arade.
Armação de Pêra: Praia Grande
View from the beach Praia Grande in western direction towards the tourist centre Armação de Pêra.
Ria de Armação
In the background you can see the silhouette of the tourist hot spot Armação de Pêra.
Albufeira: Praia do Inatel
View to the eastern beaches on the bay of Albufeira. Even during the high season the sandy beaches, extending in front of the former fishing village for several miles, offer plenty of space and perfect conditions for the sunseekers.
Albufeira: Praia do Tunel
Pine Cliffs: Praia da Falésia
View from the so called "Devils Parlour", a Par 3 hole of the Pine Cliffs golf course, down to the colourful sandstone cliffs of Praia da Falésia. Pine Cliffs, located a few miles east of Albufeira, boasts to be the most complete golf and holiday resort not only in the Algarve, but in Portugal.
The golf courses and the international marina are the economic and social centre of this resort, located in the Golden Triangle of the Algarve, next to Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago. At the upper right corner you can see the beach Praia de Vilamoura, stretching from the marina to the neighbouring town Quarteira.
Vilamoura: Victoria Golf Course
This PGA golf course is one of sex 18 holes golf courses in Vilamoura. Is has already been several times the venue for the Portugal Masters, a member of the European Tour.
Quarteira: Lagoon of Almargem
The lagoon is seperated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a belt of sand - the beaches of Amargem and Lagoa. On the right side you can see the popular beach bar and restaurant BJ's Oceanside.
Quarteira: Praia do Almargem
The beach stretches from the lagoon of Almargem to western direction until the beach of Forte Nova and the outskirts of Quarteira. In the background you can see the hotel and apartments complexes of Quarteira and Vilamoura.
Vale do Lobo: Royal Course
Hole 16 of the Royal Course with a spectacular drive over the cliffs is said to be one of the Algarve’s most photographed motifs.
Vale do Lobo: Ocean Course
The Ocean course, leading the golfer down to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, offers great views to the sea.
Quinta do Lago
The lake (port. "lago"), seperated by dunes from the Atlantic Ocean, has given the name to the famous golf and holiday resort
Quinta do Lago: Bridge
The wooden bridge over the lagoon of the Ria Formosa to the beach Praia da Quinta do Lago is one of the area's landmarks.
Quinta do Lago: Laranjal course
Faro Marina: panoramic view to the city
Faro: Largo da Sé
View from the belfry of the cathedral to the Largo da Sé, the central square in the historical quarter of Faro. It is surrounded by orange trees. At the right side you see the palace of the bishop, adjacent to the left is the episcopal seminar. In the background the marina and the Faro airport can be seen.
Ilha da Culatra: Farol
Western tip of the island in front of Faro with a lighthouse (port. "farol").
Ilha da Armona
Aerial view to the western tip of the Armona island. In the foreground you can see the quay where the ferry boats from Olhão debark.
Olhão: Aerial view
The chain of islands of the Ria Formosa in front of Fuseta near Olhão
View to the estuary of the river Gilão, the salt marshes in Quatro Aguas and the Ilha de Tavira in the background.
Cabanas de Tavira
Sand Algarve: Vila Real d.S.A.
Vila Real de Santo António is the most eastern city of the Algarve, situated on the banks of the Guadiana river, the border to Spain. The so called "Sand Algarve" starts at the estuary mouth of the river, watering here into the Bay of Cadiz. On the left side you can see Monte Gordo, one of the most popular tourist centres in this area.
Barragem de Odeleite
Alcoutim on the Guadiana river
Loulé: Market hall
The style of this well known building is reminiscent of the Moorish architecture of former times. The market hall (Mercado Municipal) is located adjacent to the Largo de Gago Coutinho, and every Saturday the weekly fair takes place in the surrounding lanes. After extensive renovations, the market re-opened in early 2007 to display its new splendour.
Silves: Rio Arade
The Arade River connects Silves with the seaport of Portimão. It used to be an important trade route before the lower course of the river silted up. Nowadays the old bridge (“Ponte Velha”) is only used by pedestrians.
Aerial view to the castle of Silves, an impressive monument of the Moorish period and its great cultural heritage.
Castelo de Paderne
Today only a few ruins are left from the Moorish castle, built by the Arabs on a rock and overlooking the valley of the Quarteira river. Paderne was finally taken from the Moors in 1248.
Paderne: Ribeira de Quarteira
The riverlet is damed to drive a little water mill
Serra de Monchique
View from the fortress on the tip of Praia da Rocha, overlooking the estuary of the Arade river, to the mountains of the Serra de Monchique, the highes elevation in southern Portugal
Serra de Monchique: Ribeira de Lageado
Granite rock formation on the way to Monchique
View from the Picota, the second largest elevation in the Algarve, to the village and the hills of the Serra de Monchique.