So you are getting married in the Algarve.
Well first we would like to congratulate you, on your engagement and also for choosing one of the most amazing places to tie the knot.
Getting married in the Algarve is getting more and more popular every year, with the warm weather and beautiful beaches it is a perfect place to become husband and wife, alongside it is only few hours away from the UK so it makes it perfect for all the family to join you on your special day.
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What the Algarve has to offer.
With some of Europe’s best golden sandy beaches and beautiful secluded coves, the Algarve is blessed with an almost tropical climate, boasting over 3.000 hours of annual sunshine.
Portugal’s southern region is justifiably the most popular year round destination, with idyllic rocky coves, fresh seafood, and picturesque fishing villages. It offers bright, mild winters, and long balmy summers – a favourite for all ages.
The Algarve is 240km from east to west, and approx. 40kms from north to south.
There are numerous resorts, spectacular scenery and activities for all tastes, whether it’s lazy days by the pool, sunset walks on the many stunning beaches, exciting days out to water parks or leisurely strolls around picturesque perfect towns full of history and tradition.
The Algarve Wedding Directory would like to invite you to get to know this charming and splendid region, where you will have the perfect combination of attractions and stunning sceneries that can fulfil your wedding dreams!
The Eastern portion of the region is the quieter one, head to the Ria Formosa nature reserve where you will find island lagoons, endless sandy beaches sloping up to forests of pine and eucalyptus and the occasional beachside bar.
Vila Real de Santo António Castro Marim and Monte Gordo
Linked by the river that divides the Algarve from Spain – Guadiana River – you can find Vila Real de Santo António (peaceful quaint town laid out on a grid system), Castro Marim.
The large town of Monte Gordo is spaciously laid out with wide and flat streets, ideal for walking and cycling, but the most charming city of the coast is, without a doubt, Tavira. It reflects a mixture of architectural styles, cobbled streets revealing a Roman Bridge, Moorish whitewashed houses and numerous 18th century churches.
The fisherman town of Olhão is classed as the Algarvian Capital of the best seafood. It has the largest fishing port in the Algarve, and offers beautiful sandbank island beaches in the protected nature reserve Ria Formosa. These island beaches can be reached by the boat services that run from the Olhão port.
The delights of Faro, the capital of the Algarve, are often missed by visitors, however, it is really worth a visit. Faro is a culture rich city with various museums, art galleries, lovely churches and a fantastic historical and medieval area near the harbour. It is also a vibrant city for shopping lovers and it offers a multitude of restaurants, coffee shops and bars, set around the beautiful cobbled squares and marina.
Moncarapacho, Estoi, Bordeira or São Brás de Alportel.
Further away from the big resorts, we can explore the pretty villages of Moncarapacho, Estoi, Bordeira or São Brás de Alportel. Surrounded by a tranquil beauty, glorious views towards the sea can be seen from some of these undisturbed rural communities.
So is the East where you see yourself getting Married in Algarve?
It is in the Western side of the Algarve is where you will be dazzled with glorious beaches framed by cliffs and surreal rock formations. This is the area where you will find the classic postcard images, such as a series of tiny bays and coves, as well as amazing grottoes.
Nominated by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Praia da Marinha offers an impressive scenery, as well as a peaceful atmosphere and green area of fields. Carvoeiro, which is only a short distance away, is a bustling and friendly small fishing village. It has expanded enormously and is now the home of lovely villas and apartments along and up the hill.
Ferragugo, Portimao and Praia da Rocha
Located across the river estuary of Rio Arade, we can find Ferragudo, a low rise old world charm village overlooking Portimão and the marina. Portimão is the biggest city of the Algarve, and has a perfect shopping town centre, offering a wide range of clothes, gifts and souvenirs. It has many famous fish restaurants under the old bridge, by the water front of the Arade River, as well as a sophisticated and colourful marina that is worth seeing.
The vast Praia da Rocha is just next to the marina, and is one of the most lively and bustling holiday resorts, as well as popular tourist centre.
If you head to the head of the hills north of Portimão then you must explore the outstanding Serra de Monchique. Is it the highest mountain range in the south region, with cork and chestnut woods, as well as remote little villages. The pretty spa town of Caldas de Monchique has a gracious its eucalyptus-shaded central square. Moorish architecture can be explored in Silves, and enchanting town that sits on the banks of Arade river and where you can visit an impressive and well preserved castle.
The charming fishing village of Alvor with narrow cobbled streets is also well known in this area. It has two long sandy beaches just a walk away: Praia de Alvor and Praia dos Três Irmãos.
Lagos and Luz
The fantastic town of Lagos is vibrant for all age groups. It has an older part that is still circled by the 16th century walls, historical churches and a modern marina. The upper part of the town displays an amazing view over the Meia Praia Beach and its 4kms of golden sand.
A few kilometres ahead lays the recent developed resort of Luz, and its attractive Praia da Luz beach and lovely promenade.
If you continue to head west, you will reach the untouched village of Sagres, site of Henry the Navigator’s naval school. It is still an attractive town with low rise houses and quiet streets. The cost around Sagres is dotted with secluded coves and wild beautiful beaches that are very popular with surfers.
So is the West where you see yourself getting Married in Algarve?
It’s easy to understand that due to the fact that most people who come for an Algarve holiday or wedding prefer to head for this central destination, where they know they will find, bustling towns, fine restaurants, sports facilities, shopping areas, as well as some of the most gorgeous beaches, make this a great destination that will suit everyone.
Loule is a large and interesting town, Its famous Saturday morning gipsy market is one place not to be missed, as well as the unusually shaped Nossa Senhora da Piedade Church.
Not far from Loulé, there is a delightful inland village that it’s well worth a visit: Alte. This small village, one of the most typical villages of Portugal, is full of whitewashed houses with lattice work, handcraft chimneys and narrow cobbled streets, as well as a church located in the centre of this tranquil place.
Almancil is the gateway to the posh resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale de Lobo, which are exclusive luxury developments with fantastic golf courses, tree lined avenues, chic shopping areas, five star accommodation hidden amongst the gardens, lakes and pine forests, surrounded by an elegant atmosphere. Both areas have an excellent reputation amongst celebrities and wealthy holiday makers, as well as golfers.
In Vilamoura you can get a real taste of Algarve luxury. It is one of the biggest private tourism resorts in Europe and probably the most prestigious one in Portugal. The marina is the main centre of activity with a wide range of restaurants, bars, designer shops, Luis Figo´s Bar “Sete”, a Casino and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its fine long beaches, lovely gardens, top quality golf courses and many other sports facilities and well as superb nightlife, attracts the wealthy, yachtsmen, golfers, celebrities, and, in fact, anyone who just fancies a nice place in the sun!
Only a few kilometers before arriving into Albufeira, you will find the marvelous Falésia Beach, in Açoteias (where the delightful coast-hugging golf course of Sheraton Pine Cliffs is located), the exquisite fishing village of Olhos de Água as well as the pretty beaches of Maria Luísa and Santa Eulália.
Albufeira is the most popular resort in the Central Algarve Region, being a small fishing village until the tourism industry emerged in the 1960´s. Substantial developments since the have turned this popular town into a major holiday resort. Today it is hugely popular, it has some of the most beautiful beaches, a new marina and a vibrant atmosphere. Albufeira has two main areas: the “old town” which is full of narrow pedestrian streets with cafes, bars, shops and restaurants; and the east side known as “Praia da Oura area”, where the popular Oura beach and nightlife area of “the Strip” can be found.
The inland villages of Paderne and Boliqueime are located only a short distance away. Both villages are delightful hamlets with breathtaking views over the sea and Barrocal Region.
Guia is a popular village, only 7kms away from Albufeira, which boasts a number of popular chicken piri piri restaurants. Just outside Guia is the Algarve Shopping Centre (also know as “Guia Shopping”), with a hypermarket, a wide range of shops, cinema and a fun bowling area. The spectacular Zoomarine theme park is also nearby, as well as a number of beaches in the neighboring Vale de Parra area.
Vale da Parra
Vale de Parra, which you can find only five kilometers towards the west side of Albufeira, is an area of low hills and whitewashed holiday homes, with the wonderful and picturesque beaches of São Rafael, Coelha, Castelo, Galé and Salgados along the coast. These glorious sandy beaches, as well as more intimate coves, offer some superb beach front restaurants, perfect for fish and sea food lovers.
The expanse of Salgados beach (where the popular Salgados golf course is located), links to the well established holiday resort of Armação de Pera. Like many other Algarvian towns, Armação de Pera was once a small fishing village, but as tourism has taken hold it has expanded with many high-rise holiday apartments and hotels being built, particularly to the west. The eastern side of town is not as popular, and was able to retain much more of its original character. Its beach is rated by many as one of the best.
So is the Central where you see yourself getting Married in Algarve?