The western Algarve

We continue our tour of the Algarve to travel along the western coast from Faro to Cape St. Vincent, the most southwestern point of Europe, which is only 2 hours away from AMA Residences Andalucia. 


Vilamoura is what could be considered the Marbella of the Algarve. Just one hour from AMA we can find multiple leisure options. High quality restaurants, golf courses and an endless number of nautical activities that start from its imposing Marina (the largest in the country). In addition, if you are looking for long beaches, we recommend you to visit the beaches of Falesia or Vilamoura with its beach club Puro Beach. 

Between the beaches of Falesia and Vilamoura is the Cerro da Vila museum, an archaeological site located in the Marina, which shows how the Romans saw centuries ago the benefits of this enclave by the sea to create their Roman villa.


Albufeira is undoubtedly one of the most visited places in the Algarve. Located right in the center of the southern coast of Portugal and hidden between sandstone cliffs, it has become one of the most popular places in the area. Albufeira has a lot to offer, and it is for this reason that the once peaceful fishing village has been transformed into the most popular destination in the Algarve. 

Albufeira owes its fame to the lively atmosphere it delivers day and night in its old town, but also to its beaches as it’s one of the most popular beach destinations in the Algarve. From Salgados to Falesia, chosen as one of the 25 most beautiful beaches in Europe. 

Although any time of the year is good to visit Albufeira, we love it in autumn or spring as you can enjoy clear and sunny days, but without the intense heat and crowds of tourists. Eating a cataplana at the Pedras Amarelas restaurant with incredible views of Galé beach is a real treat.


Carvoeiro perfectly combines Portuguese tradition and first class services. Sailing from Carvoeiro to Armaçao de Pera we find the caves of the Algarve whose orography, composed of soft stone, provides unique images. 

Among them stands out the well-known Benagil, probably the most impressive natural attraction to see in the Algarve. This stone cathedral can be reached by swimming, boat or kayak. Of course, in July and August it is advisable to book in advance as they are quite crowded. 

Marinha beach is another must-see at least once a year. From this beach ends (or begins) the route through the 7 suspended valleys (7 vales suspensos) a route of about 12 kilometers along cliffs, caves, beaches, lighthouses … an activity not to be missed.

Near Carvoeiro, in Armaçao de Pera we find Ocean restaurant whose chef, the Austrian Hans Neuner, besides having been elected several years the best chef in Portugal, has 2 Michelin stars.


Portimao is the largest city in the western Algarve and a traditional center of shipbuilding and sardine fishing. The old fishing piers, the promenade, pedestrian shopping streets, historic buildings and tourist attractions make Portimao a perfect tourist destination for a pleasant day trip. We recommend you to visit the Museu de Portimão, the Jardim Visconde Bivar, see the Jardim 1º de Dezembro square, have a coffee and a cake at the Pastelería Arade, and visit the main church of Portimão: Nossa Senhora da Conceição. 

Praia da Rocha, or rock beach, is the beach of the city of Portimão. It is a 1.5 km long sandy beach, whose back is guarded by a natural barrier of cliffs and the Fortress of Santa Catalina. Praia da Rocha is an ideal destination to relax on the beach and enjoy a fantastic meal.


Lagos is the perfect place to get in touch with the ancient stories of buccaneers and pirates. The Fort of Ponta da Bandeira, the church of Santo Antonio with its golden carving and tiles, the Castle of the Governors or the first slave market in Europe are some of the must-see stops in Lagos. Lagos was the shipyard, warehouse, barracks and starting point for the expeditions undertaken by the then largest navy in Europe. Portugal had succeeded in turning to the sea, until the Lisbon earthquake devastated its effigy, inspiring sad fados. 

The reconstruction work, fortunately, was carried out at a time when the taste for tradition had not yet been forgotten: The merchants rebuilt their palaces and the slave market, warehouses and palaces such as those that can be admired around Praça Luis de Camoes, and the Rua do 25 de Abril was filled, as before the earthquake, with spices, fabrics, ebony and ivory.

This golden crown of the Algarve also attracts visitors in love with its crystal clear waters, ideal for diving, and the climate, warm even in winter. We recommend you to visit: Camilo and Dona Ana beaches, two beautiful coves surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Where the water has made its way through the soft rock, creating islets, grottoes, natural arches and coves that can only be reached by boat. 


Located in the extreme south, known as the Costa Vicentina, Sagres hides some of the best beaches on the coast. A surfer’s paradise. Very close to Cape St. Vincent, Sagres remains untouched by the masses of tourists. 

Cape St. Vincent, the most southwestern point of Portugal, first sign of land for many sailors. Although it has already been losing prominence, its high and lonely cliffs are still among the places not to be missed in the Algarve. 

In Sagres you can taste delicious barnacles. A safe bet is the restaurant A Tasca in the fishing port of Baleeira.

Eating, always eating

The gastronomy of the Algarve is fresh, light and delicious with high quality ingredients from the Algarve’s sea and land. 

The options for eating well in the Algarve are innumerable. This is where the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Portugal and an endless list of restaurants serving food from other countries are concentrated. Indian food in Portugal is of very good quality due to the possessions that this country had in India before its independence such as Goa, Daman and Diu.

Our neighboring country offers a lot to see and its proximity to AMA Residences Andalucia makes it the perfect destination for a day of relaxation.