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Algarve's Super 4 S's

Algarve's Super 4 S's

Summer is coming and that means three things – sun, sea, sand, and chilled wine. Ok 4 things, we can't forget the vinho! Portugal, specifically the gorgeous Algarve, is best known for being sun soaked, and also for its amazing beaches.
Shimmering sea, sizzling sun and superb stretches of sand aren’t the only S’s that will have you packing your bags this summer season and maybe looking to find a place to stay...
 
Sagres
Wild and remote with a distinct end-of-the-world vibe, Sagres sits at the westernmost tip of the Algarve, Portugal and Europe. In fact, Henry the Navigator stood atop the cliffs of Sagres in the fifteenth century, gazing out across the ocean and wondering whether there was any land beyond.
 
Its appeal lies predominantly in its isolation, where weather-beaten cliffs and an abandoned fortress overlook the choppy, windswept ocean. The dramatic natural scenery is a huge draw for visitors, who come from across the globe to embrace the power of nature, hike the cliff tops or join the surfer crowd.
 
Silves
Suspended in time, this medieval town clings to its colourful history, with 500 year old city walls, a red brick castle and defensive gates providing a glimpse into the past. Silves was the capital and defensive stronghold of the region between 700 and 1200 AD, when the North African Moor’s ruled the Algarve.
 
With remnants of this illustrious era sprinkled throughout, Silves is bursting with history and tradition and makes a fascinating day trip inland. With a peaceful ambience and no hint of modern development, it really feels like stepping back in time.
 
Santa Luzia
Famed for its delectable octopus dishes served all along the harbour front, this pocked-sized fishing village is perfect for a day trip, holiday or second home! Home to a small harbour front with colourful boats and a handful of family run restaurants, Santa Luzia is an authentic, traditional Portuguese fishing village in the Eastern Algarve which hasn’t quite made it onto the tourist trail.
 
Peaceful and unspoilt, Santa Luzia overlooks the lagoons of the Ria Formoso Natural Park, a haven for marine life and migratory birds. It also plays host to some of the quietest beaches on the Algarve, such as Praia da Terra Estreita, which is accessible by ferry and calm even at the height of summer.
 
Serra de Monchique
A rolling mountain range in the Western Algarve, the highest peak of Serra de Monchique rewards hikers with boundless views over the south coast and all the way to Cabo de São Vicente. Furnished with oak and chestnut trees, this natural landscape is glorious in summer but particularly ravishing in autumn, when it is transformed into a sea of rusty reds and sunset oranges.
 
Hikers and day trippers can relax in the Caldas de Monchique, a contemporary spa offering jet showers, water massage and a steam room. Set in a forested ravine, the spa has Ancient Roman roots and has been used by Portuguese royalty. What better way to celebrate the end of a hike?
 
Sintra - special bonus, but not in the Algarve
We simply had to include it because it’s one of Portugal’s most stunning S’s! If cursious to venture out of the Algarve, Sintra is a must. West of Lisbon and just a few hours north of the Algarve, Sintra is truly a fairytale come to life.  
 
Colourful castles, shimmering lakes, vast gardens filled with historical treasures…you could easily spend days exploring this otherworldly gem, which is quite unlike anywhere else in Portugal, or dare we say it, the world. From dense forests to gleaming palaces, it’s definitely worth a visit!
 
With so much to offer (and that’s just one letter of the alphabet!), it’s easy to fall in love with Portugal. If you’re thinking of buying a holiday home or relocating to the Algarve or Lisbon, we’d love nothing more than to guide you through the process.
 

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