LOVE IN THE ALGARVE
As one of today’s most popular tourist destinations, Portugal is a country steeped in history, culture, inspiring architecture and incredible natural vistas. While most travelers venturing to this Iberian Peninsula hot spot are familiar with the bustling city life of Lisbon and Porto, others are discovering a stunning oceanside area known as the Algarve—an Atlantic Coast gem that makes up Portugal’s southernmost region. Characterized by idyllic temperatures, unspoiled beaches and a culinary scene rich in the freshest seafood, the Algarve offers honeymooners the perfect blend of natural beauty, friendly locals and luxury resorts.
Located at the southwestern-most point of continental Europe, Sagres is an historic Portuguese town known for its charming and informal atmosphere. Travelers can stay at the Martinhal Sagres Family Resort while exploring the area, which lies within the boundaries of a protected natural park. One of the country’s most picturesque beaches, Praia Dona Ana, is a mere half-hour drive away, making for an afternoon filled with clear waters, golden sand and steep strata cliffs.
Dive deeper into Portugal’s history by checking in to the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa. Situated over the cliff of Praia da Rocha in Portimão, this boutique hotel features colorful guestrooms and suites, the romantic Vista Restaurante with ocean views, and the tranquil Spa by L’Occitane. Rumor has it that Bela Vista is the Algarve’s first hotel, and its guest books include signatures such as that of Umberto II, the last King of Italy. Just east of Portimão is Lagoa, where couples can pay homage to the pristine Praia da Marinha. Listed by the Michelin Guide as one of Europe’s top ten beaches, Praia da Marinha is known for its scenic cliffs, sparkling waters, and the famous pit cave—quite possibly the best spot for a photo op in the Algarve. For those wanting to stay in Lagoa, Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort boasts incomparable ocean views, world-class accommodations, swanky bars and restaurants, and the Tivoli Spa. Alternatively, Vila Vita Parc allows couples to enjoy a more intimate setting in the privacy of their own luxury villa.
No visit to the Algarve is complete without experiencing the iconic ambiance of the region’s fishing villages. While tourists now enjoy the beaches and nightlife of Albufeira, the city is still home to many local fishermen, and serves as a popular location for boat trips, scuba diving and dolphin watching. Praia da Falesia is a favorite among beachgoers, and Pine Cliffs Hotel provides a sumptuous sanctuary to return to after a full day of activities.
Less than an hour away, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura Algarve Resort is a family-oriented hotel option with an easygoing, yet elegant atmosphere. Nearby, Conrad Algarve hosts lovers from around the world, delivering the brand’s incomparable level of service, indulgent amenities and fine dining experiences. Charter a private yacht, book a massage for two, take a cocktail-making masterclass, or explore a traditional Algarvian market with Executive Chef Osvalde Silva to discover the secrets of authentic local cuisine.
For the ultimate day trip, a quick boat ride to Tavira Island leads to eleven kilometers of sandy beaches, al fresco dining, lively bars and plenty of wildlife for nature fans. Whether newlyweds are looking for a day of hiking, kayaking, watching flamingoes or simply wandering around and taking in some coastal Portuguese culture, the island has everything necessary for a leisurely honeymoon adventure in the Algarve.
> Written by Lauren Malamala
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