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Algarve Visitors Guide

Endless Algarve Beaches and Fascinating Portuguese Culture

With endless blue skies and a reputation for some of the greatest golf in the world, there are many reasons to fall in love with the Algarve. In this, the southernmost region of Portugal, the countryside and nature reserves are as picturesque as the sprawling beaches, cliffs and miles upon miles of perfect coastline... and of course, it contains some of the finest golf hotels the world has to offer.

Travel to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and you will experience endless sands, crystal waters, rocky cliffs and inviting caves. The area is rich in Roman and Moorish architecture, whilst orange groves and almond trees add a confluence of beautiful colour to an already splendid landscape.

With an abundance of markets, festivals and nature parks to explore, the historic beauty of the Algarve stands tall amidst the tasteful golf courses and cool, whitewashed, buildings... and once you have experienced the grandeur of this relaxing Iberian garden, you will find yourself returning time after time.

Fishing in the Algarve
Fishing in the Algarve

Local Activities near Penina Hotel

The Algarve offers many fun, family friendly activities located only minutes from or within Penina’s five-star resort. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a round on the world-class Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course and try out a range of water sports on the area’s stunning beaches. While those hoping to experience local culture and cuisine can sample delicious traditional dishes, explore historic sites and admire views over the Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve.

Local Activities
Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort
Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

History of Golf in the Algarve

Since the 1960s the Algarve has become a hugely successful holiday destination for both golfers and families. However, most people are unaware of the rich history that surrounds this beautiful coastal destination. From its fascinating Geographical structure, to the golden age of exploration… through to the Algarve’s current standing as one of the finest holiday destinations in the world.

History
Algarve Coastline
Algarve Coastline

Portimão: The Best Golfing Destination in the Algarve

Portimão is a charming Portuguese town in the Algarve. Known today as the centre for golf breaks, Portimão and its many courses are enjoyed year-round. Here are five reasons Portimão is the best place for a golfing holiday in the Algarve.

Portimão
'Ria de Alvor' © Joao Alves | CC License
'Ria de Alvor' © Joao Alves | CC License

Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve

Located just 4km from Penina Resort, Ria de Alvor's stunning lagoon and 1,454 hectares of protected wetlands provide a scenic home to many species of wildlife. Miles of wooden boardwalks allow easy exploration of the area, while an array of family-friendly water activities are on offer in the local fishing village.

Ria de Alvor
Algarve Beach
Algarve Beach

Praia de Alvor

Boasting soft, white sand, crystal clear sea and a wealth of exciting leisure activities, Praia de Alvor is a key beach destination for locals and visitors alike. Located a short 10 minute drive from Penina, this sun-soaked stretch is also home to the five-star resort’s Dunas Restaurant, which serves up a delicious taste of Algarvian cuisine including an array of freshly caught fish.

Praia de Alvor
Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort
Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort

JJW Golf Courses in the Algarve

JJW Hotels & Resorts is proud to offer a great range of Championship golf courses throughout the Algarve: including the first 18-hole Championship Course in the Algarve; the Sir Henry Cotton; the award winning San Lorenzo Championship Course; and the 27-hole Pinheiros Altos.

History of Golf in the Algarve
Benagil Cave in the Algarve
Benagil Cave in the Algarve

Activities in the Algarve

Alongside boasting some of the world’s most sought-after golfing facilities, the Algarve can also offer a whole host of exciting activities off the green. From family-friendly days out to heart-stopping extreme sports and unique cultural experiences, there will be something to suit every interest and age group. Use our guide to some of the region's many highlights to plan an outstanding luxury holiday in the Algarve.

Activities
Portimao
Portimao

The Portimão Museum in the Algarve

Explore the fascinating Portimão Museum in the Algarve, and take an in-depth look at ancient Portuguese civilisations, the significance of the river Arade and the importance of the local sardine canning industry. Open throughout the year, with cheap admission, the museum makes for a great family day out.

The Portimão Museum in the Algarve

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