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Guia is an excellent location from which to explore the Central Algarve coastline, one of only a few remaining unspoilt regions of Southern Europe. The small town of Guia (shown on the map below) is only a 30 minute drive from Faro airport, 5 minutes drive from the beaches and town of Albufeira and a 15 minute drive from the world class golf courses of Vilamoura. Faro is accessible with scheduled, budget and charter flights from most airports across the UK and Ireland

Map of the Algarve showing Guia near Albufeira

This region of southern Portugal boasts unrivalled opportunities for holidays in the spring, summer, autumn and winter, which can be as active or relaxing as you wish. Without a doubt the main attraction of Guia and Albufeira holidays is the marvellous string of sandy beaches. Albufeira beach is an attractive well-equipped stretch of broad golden sand. Likewise the other main Albufeira beach, Praia Da Oura, which is sheltered by ochre coloured cliffs. Around Albufeira is the beautiful gentle countryside with its fig trees and sleepy orange groves. For a private villa holiday algarve 'style' then Central Algarve is in a perfect area for your villa holiday.

Most of the Central Algarve beaches have at least one bar or restaurant, usually an ideal setting to sample the excellent seafood and watch the sun set. All the beaches in the Central Algarve are available to the public without charge although a small fee may be made for the use of sunbeds and parasols, etc.

Gale Beach near Albufeira

Sun Parasols on Pera Beach Aerial view of Blue Flag Gale Beach

In Portugal family summer holidays can be spent doing as little or as much as you want. Everywhere in the Algarve you will find good value restaurants. The Central Algarve is particularly famous for its fresh fish and seafood. Eating out in the central algarve region of Portugal is not only a pleasurable experience, but is also inexpensive. Fish and eggs feature a great deal in the Portuguese diet. Cod or "Bacalhau" is the national dish of Portugal. Furthermore cod, the national dish, is not the fresh variety you would expect from a country with 516 miles of Atlantic coastline, but is brought all the way from Newfoundland or from Norway, dried and salted. In southern Portugal, garlic soup is traditionally drunk by fishermen early in the morning, or accompanied with grilled sardines.

Sea food dinner at Pedras Amarelas Almond and sweet fig deserts Lobster and red wine

Nowhere in Europe does Africa seem so close as it does in the Algarve, in its white washed vilages and towns and great climate. The even shortline of the Sand Coast with its broad, flat beaches begins at the Spanish Portuguese border and extends westwards past the resort of Monte Gordo and on to Faro, where an are of transition between the two geographic regions begins.

Lemon groves in Guia Back streets in Guia Albufeira town square at night

Many believe that Ferragudo is the most attractive fishing village in the Central Algarve. Village life revolves around the quay side square. Excellent beaches dot the coastline down river to round the headland and lighthouse. The miniature castle, built to help guard the river mouth and local community, used to be owned by the former royal family. The local market is also on the quay side, where you can buy fresh fish landed from the boats tied up a few yards away. You can also enjoy the barbequed fish cooked on the quay side from the many restaurants that line it.

Ferraguda Castle and beach Picture tile scene of Ferraguda Lagos beach

Portimao and Praia Da Rocha, approximately 90 Km (56 miles) west of Faro, lie side by side. Portimao is a fishing port and centre for shopping; Praia da Rocha is the Algarve's best known beach resort and winter retreat.

Algarve flowers Algarve Chinese rose in bloom Algarve hibiscus in bloom

Alternatively, travel to the highest peak in the Algarve, the 902 metres of Mount Foia in the middle green and cooler Serra de Monchique. Cycle back down to the coast down remote trails, discovering ancient villages, lost valleys and forests of cork and eucalyptus.

With so much to do it is important to plan where to spend your time and how to get the most of your time in the Algarve.

The Algarve has a great all your round climate. No doubt this is why so many choose to return the the Central Algarve to escape the colder and darker days in the UK and the rest of Europe.

As a guide we have put the average temperatures for the Algarve region below, which should help you prepare for the long hot sunny days. See our What's On and Holiday Activity pages for more information about other events which are on in the Algarve.

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