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Algarve Beaches - Let’s Take a Look of Them
There are many kind of attraction in Algarve, but most people come to Algarve for its beaches. Though there are not enough words to describe the beauty of them, here are some of best beaches in Algarve.

Algarve, the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, is really famous as the tourism destination. Actually, there are many kind of attraction in Algarve, but most people come to Algarve for its beaches. Do you believe that there are more than thirty beautiful beaches in Algarve? Let's take a look some of them.

Praia Da Arifana
This beach is ideal for family vacation. Your children can happily swim in this beach, off course with fully safety. It’s really safe to swim in Praia Da Arifana beach because it has calm and warm weather. This beach also offers other kind activities for family like snorkeling, diving, banana boats, and many more.... read more

Family holidays in Albufeira on the sunny Algarve coast in Portugal
With its 120 km of gorgeous coastline and warm and sunny weather, the Algarve is the perfect destination for a family holiday. All along the coastline, with its stunning beaches and scenic rock formations, several resort towns offer everything the family could need in the way of fun in the sun for both parents and kids... read more
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Albufeira is a Portuguese city and a municipality in the district of Faro, Algarve. The municipality has a population of 35,281 inhabitants and a total area of 140.6 km². The population expands to an estimated 300,000 in the summer and New Year's as Albufeira is one of the leading tourist resorts of the region. Facilities include a marina, golf courses plus innumerable hotels, apartment blocks, restaurants and bars for the annual flood of visitors.  Tourism and commerce are the main activities in Albufeira. Most tourists arrive via the nearby Faro Airport, a 40-minute drive away. After sunset, the centre of Albufeira comes alive with bars, restaurants, and shops to suit most tastes, from authentic Portuguese-fare to Irish pubs.

The architecture of the town ranges from typically Algarvian narrow streets with pale white and sometimes tiled houses to very modern tourist developments. The apartments near the newly built Marina e Bryn are a unique splash of pinks, blues, and yellows, dubbed "Legoland" by the local inhabitants.

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Apartamentos Marina de Albufeira
The Apartamentos Marina de Albufeira are part of a holiday complex located in Albufeira, Portugal, 100 metres from the sea and one kilometre from Albufeira centre. Oura Beach is 2.5 kilometres from the hotel.
Hotel Features. A two-storey aparthotel, the Apartamentos Marina de Albufeira are characterised by modern design and primary colours. Part of a wider resort complex complete with a marina, the residence offers access to an outdoor swimming pool. Drinks are served at the lounge and poolside bars. The complex offers a basketball court and bicycle rentals. Facilities for children include a kids' club, splash pool, and playground. The local area offers water sports including parasailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing. The 220 self-catering apartments and studios at Apartamentos Marina de Albufeira are defined by contemporary decor and furnishings. All open onto balconies....
Balaia Golf Village Resort Albufeira
The Balaia Golf Village is a complex of 506 low-rise, self-catering apartments and villas set in throughout extensive landscaped gardens and mature parkland, located between Albufeira and Vilamoura in central Algarve, just 300 metres from the nearest beach. Guests can dine al fresco in Restaurante A Varanda which offers international and Portuguese cuisine with fish and seafood specialities. Snacks and light meals can be enjoyed at Restaurante Le Club with its large terrace and views over the golf course to the sea in the distance. The resort has 6 children's pools and one outdoor pool, heated in winter, as well as four tennis courts with a resident pro. Guests can use the gym at the health club, swim in its indoor pool, and relax in the hot tub, Turkish bath and massage room. Golfers can make use of the 9-hole golf course, driving range and putting greens, as well as receive professional coaching at the Golf Academy.
Hotel Vila Gale Praia Albufeira
The Vila Gale Praia is a couple-oriented 'Ambience and Wellness' hotel set in extensive gardens, 120 metres from the beach and six kilometres from Albufeira. The hotel offers an extensive breakfast service until 11 a.m. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy massage treatments and beauty therapies in the hotel spa (surcharge). There is a daily surcharge for access to the health spa area, including the sauna, large hot tub with panoramic garden views, Turkish bath, and gym. A large palm-fringed swimming pool is sprawled across the hotel's manicured main lawn, and offers loungers for sunbathers and a splash pool for younger children. In the evenings guests can relax beside the fire in the lobby lounge, play cards and snooker in the games room, and mingle over cocktails in the bar. The beach is just 120 metres away for water sports, swimming and sunbathing and golfers will find the 18-hole Salgados Golf Course two kilometres from the hotel.
Quinta Pedra Dos Bicos Albufeira
Quinta Pedra Bicos is a modern resort set on a cliff top in Albufeira with gardens and private beach access, less than 200 metres from Praia dos Bicos Beach, which is five kilometres from the marina. The 61 guestrooms are decorated in blue or beige tones with contemporary furnishings; all have garden, sea or pool views. Kitchenettes come with microwaves, refrigerators and cookware. Guests can relax on the sun terraces, cool off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, and enjoy refreshments from the poolside bar. Children are well catered for with a separate pool and play area; guests can enjoy nightly offerings such as barbeques, live music shows, and karaoke. As well as the Praia dos Bicos beach, 170 metres away, guests can enjoy the bars and nightclubs along The Strip, 600 metres away; Algarve shopping centre lies 10 kilometres away. Families can enjoy fun days out at Zoomarine ten kilometres away or the Krazy World Fun Park 12 kilometres away
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Almancil is a town and a civil parish of Loulé, situated in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal.  Almancil is a resort in the southern shoreline of Portugal enjoying a warm climate all year round. It has become an important centre for providing services to feed the needs of two nearby well-established holiday and residential developments; Quinta Do Lago and Vale Do Lobo. The area has many resorts and housing developments which appeal mainly to the English. In keeping with the needs of the area there is a large selection of restaurants offering many different forms of cuisine. Also, there are many real estate offices, interior decorators and furnishing shops.

Located in the east of the village is the church of São Lourenço. Covered inside with beautiful 18th Century ceramic tiles it is an outstanding example of Algarvian Architecture. Also located in Almancil is the Estádio Algarve which was used in the 2004 European Football Championship. It is the home ground of Louletano DC and SC Farense and is also used for charity matches from time to time.

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Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort Almancil
Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort is a large modern resort located on the Vale do Lobo estate, just 100 metres from the beach and eight kilometres from the famous San Lorenzo Golf Course, owned by the hotel. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle bus service to and from the San Lorenzo Golf Course, considered one of Europe's finest. This challenging 72 par 18-hole course has a club pro, golf shop, driving range and enjoys ocean views. Guests can also play at a number of other nearby courses at specially negotiated rates, including the Vale do Lobo Course, a five minutes walk from the hotel. Non-golfers can enjoy a game of tennis on the floodlit courts and brush up their skills with a lesson from the in-house instructor. After a dip in the outdoor pool guests can relax on the sun loungers and take in the sea views...
Pinus Ria Hotel Almancil
Located in the heart of the Algarve in Valverde, about 400 meters away from Quinta do Lago (Vale do Lobo road), one of the most prestigious resorts in the region, the Pinus Ria Hotel has excellent accommodation, sports and leisure facilities as well as the only restaurant in that area that specializes in fine Portuguese gastronomy. This hotel has 77 rooms, all of which are air- conditioned and include direct dial telephone, satellite television, balcony, hair dryer, safe, mini bar and anti- fire doors. The food is spectacular in the hotel's restaurant. If you have the notion, stop by the hotel's bar for a before or after dinner drink. The hotel also boasts a hot saltwater swimming pool, laundry service, tennis court, hairdresser, beauty salon, practice putting green, and a health club complete with sauna, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and gymnasium. 
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Faro is a city in the Faro Municipality in southern Portugal. It is the seat of the district of Faro and capital of the Algarve region. The Algarve and Faro district cover the same territory.  Faro is located next to the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and a stopping place for hundreds of different species of birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods. The beach is roughly seven kilometres from the city, and consists of a long sandy spit reached through a bridge.

Faro has a Mediterranean-Subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Csa). Summers are warm to hot and sunny with average daytime temperatures of 27–29 °C (81–84 °F). The weather in the autumn and winter months is generally mild with temperatures around 8–17 °C (46–63 °F). Faro gets most of its rainfall over the winter months; rain is rare between June and September.

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Best Western Hotel Dom Bernardo Faro
The Best Western Hotel Dom Bernardo is located in Faro, Algarve, Portugal. The property is within 800 metres of the Trem Gallery, the Arco Gallery and the Faro Municipal Museum. The nearest train station is one kilometre away and Faro Airport is 10 kilometres away.  This five-storey hotel is set in a modern building in central Faro. Multilingual staff are available at the 24-hour front desk to offer use of a safe-deposit box. High-speed Internet access is provided in public areas. The lounge bar features satellite television and is home to a snooker table. Sao Francisco Sala serves a complimentary continental buffet breakfast each day. The lobby bar is open around the clock and serves coffee, tea and cocktails.  The Holy House of Mercy, 1 kilometre from the hotel, features the drawing of a Greek cross, unique to the region. The main facade of the church includes several altarpieces and golden carvings. 
Hotel Faro, Faro
In the heart of the Algarve's capital city, the Hotel Faro in Faro, Portugal is a modern, four storey hotel next to Faro's marina and seven kilometers from the airport. The Hotel Faro has the Restaurante Ria Formosa which serves Faro regional and international cuisine in a modern setting. The terrace enjoys panoramic views over the city and out towards the ocean. Guests can also unwind with a drink in the cocktail bar, even whilst surfing the web, thanks to the hotel's wireless Internet service. Outside the Hotel Faro in Faro visitors can take a 15-minute boat taxis ride to sandy beaches on the islands in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Golfing enthusiasts can find 12 golf courses within 25 kilometers of the hotel. Swimming, windsurfing, tennis and motor boating are all widely available in the area. 
Pousada De Faro/Estoi-palacio De Estoi near Faro
The Pousada de Estoi is set in the old 19th century Estoi Palace, which used to belong to the Viscount of Estoi, José Francisco da Silva. The palace took 20 years to build and in May 1909 a huge party was thrown in the gardens to celebrate the inauguration. After the Viscount’s death, the palace remained in the family until 1987, at which time it was acquired by Faro Municipal Council. Besides the main building, the tea pavilions and Versailles-style gardens are still being renovated. The Palácio de Estoi is a new Pousada de Portugal since May'09, a project signed by Gonçalo Byrne, a famous portugues architect.
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Praia do Tonel
Situated in close to Sagres at the most western point of the Algarve, this beach is really perfect for wind-surfing lovers. Wind surfing at Praia do Tonel is really safety because all of the activities are controlled by professional beach guardians.

Praia Da Rocha
When you come to Praia Da Rocha beach, you can see acres of wide open sand as far as eyes can see. It’s really cool! This beach is really good for sun bathing. Get the beautiful tan skin in Praia Da Rocha!

Praia de Barril
What makes this beach attractive is because Praia de Barril is like the beautiful girl. You need extra effort to reach the beach location. You have to walk across a narrow pontoon bridge, or take a ride on the miniature train, or you can walk alongside the track (it's paved) before you come to Praia de Barril. It’s quite tiring, but as soon as you reach the beach you will admit that your tiring journey to Praia de Barril is worth it!

Praia da Ilha de Faro
This is the most crowded beach at Algarve. The location near the airport makes Praia da Ilha de Faro easy to reach. This beach is for the party lovers! Well, if you need private and calm atmosphere, Praia da Ilha de Faro is really not recommended for you!

Paraiso Beach
Set in a small bay to the west of the town of Carvoeiro lays Paraiso Beach. This is the perfect place for summer holiday with your friends. This beach offers many exciting activities like scuba diving, wind surfing, and many more. Besides sport activities, the nightlife in Paraiso Beach is also the great attraction for tourism.

Praia do Castelo
Located only approx. 8 km to the west of the tourist resort of Albufeira, the Praia do Castelo is really the favorite place for holidaymakers. This beach is really crowded in peak holiday season. Many people come to the Praia do Castelo’s for the clean and white sand. It’s really paradise on earth!

Olhos de Agua
This is the calmest beach in the Algarve. Located at below red rocky cliffs, pine trees and alongside a former fishing village, east of Albufeira, the Olhos de Agua is really the perfect place for you who want to have meditation at calm village atmosphere.

Talking about Algarve beaches is a never ending story. There are not enough words to describe the beauty of all beaches in Algarve. Just take yourself to Algarve beaches and feel the wonderful experience!

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