The Algarve is one of the most picturesque regions of Portugal, with fine sandy beaches, charming towns and glorious sunshine waiting to be enjoyed.

There are so many fantastic vineyards in the Algarve, that you will be spoiled for choice on which ones to visit. The views over the countryside are always impressive, so make sure you stop and admire the nature while you're there.

It’s also a popular wine-making region, which has recently started producing wines to rival even the most well-established vineyards across the country. With more wine estates, and better wines in the Algarve than ever before, the dedicated wine traveller will have plenty to savour here.

Wine enthusiasts can't visit this part of the world and not appreciate it by going on some wine tours. Many wineries have organised tours, where you will get to see the production, learn all about the history and, of course, try the wine.

The majority of production is at the western end of the Algarve and you will find good quality estates in the areas around Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Albufeira.

Rui Virgínia is highly regarded for the fruity and well balanced wines he produces for his still and sparking range of wines at Quinta do Barranco Longo. In the late 1990s, the wine maker planted some vines on his family’s orange plantation near Algoz and Albufeira, and since then the results of the white, red and rosé ranges have gone from strength to strength.

Praia da Marinha beach in Lagos is known for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So make sure you go and check it out once you've finished exploring the vineyards.

Some of the reds feature blends of Aragonez and Touriga for a plum-like ripeness, while the white varieties are made from Chardonnay and Arinto for a lively citrus tone and rich flavour. These grapes are also used for creating the blush rosé which combines body, fruit and freshness for a refreshing and lingering taste. Tours and tastings are by appointment only.

Wine is best paired with a delicious dinner. Make sure to try some of the local delicacies - ask the locals what they recommend as they'll know best! You might find a new favourite dish while you're there.

Lagos is an enduringly pretty town where old meets new; with ancient architecture, rustic churches and charming squares set against sleek restaurants and bars. Add in quaint shops and beaches nearby, it has something for all the family both day and night.

You'll also find some of the best seafood restaurants here but for one with a view Restaurante O Camilo comes highly rated. Set above Camilo Beach, pre-book a table on the outdoor terrace before devouring some sumptuous ocean fare ranging from grilled sea bream to indulgent oysters. Don't forget to pair your dining experience with a crisp and chilled white wine from the local vineyard for the perfect blend of wine and dine.

The pretty town of Lagos is a delight for all the family.

The pretty town of Lagos is a delight for all the family. A blend of old and new, it has beautiful ancient architecture, as well as charming little shops and plenty of places to eat and drink.

In contrast to Lagos, Albufeira is packed to the brim with restaurants, bars and tourists, all looking to have an unforgettable holiday. There is a modern marina as well as the Strip where you'll find the buzzing nightlife, and the Old Town where there are plenty of restaurants to satisfy your taste buds.

For wine enthusiasts, you will be spoilt for choice here as there are so many bars to frequent, so make the most of their wine lists brimming with fabulous local varieties. Sal Rosa is a wine bar and tapas restaurant with a cosy ambience overlooking the beach in Albufeira's Old Town. Time your visit for sundown for the best views and clink your glasses to a holiday well spent.

Albufeira is packed to the brim with restaurants, bars and tourists, all looking to have an unforgettable holiday.

Albufeira is packed to the brim with restaurants, bars and tourists, all looking to have an unforgettable holiday. There's so much to do, you'll be spoilt for choice.

When you're not spending time taking in the delights of the vineyards and surrounding beautiful countryside, or dining on the seafront, there are so many beaches to pick from if you want a change of scenery, and to really make the most of the glorious sunshine.

Portugal's coastlines regularly hit the top spot. Praia da Marinha is frequently named as one of the best beaches in Europe, so if you can only fit in an afternoon of beach time, make it this one. The rocks have eroded into intricate cavities and caves, making an impressive photo backdrop.

The Quinta do Francês Tinto is a full-bodied red made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Trincadeira and Aragonês grapes and it is regularly voted the best wine in the Algarve, so make sure you have a taste!

What makes the beaches of this region special are its mixture of long stretches of golden sands and pretty coves, from shallow calm waters for children to paddle to a plentiful range of water sports if you're feeling active. As far as coasts go, it's hard to top Albufeira.

The Algarve boasts some of the most spectacular coastline in the world, so make sure you spend some time at one of the many beaches

The Algarve boasts some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, so make sure you spend some time at one of the many beaches. Whether it's a walk after dinner or a day spent sun worshipping, you won't regret it.

At Quinta do Francês, Patrick Agostini farms eight hectares of vines in the hills of Silves, on the Odelouca River Valley, near Portimão. His dry and rounded Odelouca Rosé is a fruity hit, while the Quinta do Francês Tinto is more of a full-bodied, savoury and smoky blend of Trincadeira, Aragonês (aka Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. Sample some of these in the welcoming tasting room, before joining a tour of the winery and cellar.

There are some beautiful vineyards in the beautiful hills of Silves, on the Odelouca River Valley, so try and explore this beautiful area while you're on holiday.

There are some beautiful vineyards around the Silves hills on the Odelouca River Valley, so be sure to take some time out to explore this gloriously pretty area.

Another must-see estate is the Quinta dos Vales in Estômbar, Lagoa. It is an idyllic place to relax with stunning vineyards and much more in between. The grounds are also home to extraordinary art sculptures including the Dance Of The Bears. It’s a working farm too, home to Iberian black pigs, geese and even some deer so you can make a full afternoon of it here in between your wine adventures.

As well as the beautiful vineyards, Quinta dos Vales in Estômbar, Lagoa is a working farm too.

As well as the peaceful vineyards, Quinta dos Vales in Estômbar, Lagoa is a working farm too. There's Iberian black pigs, geese and lots more to admire.

​Pre-book a tour of the grounds and winery, and stop by the all-important tasting room to test out their excellent vine to wine produce. It’s hard to choose one, but the Marquês dos Vales Grace Vineyard Red takes some beating. This mature red with hints of a dark fruit jam and spicy notes owes to the complex blending of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo grapes, and subsequently it is regularly voted one of the best wines in the Algarve.

Try and book a couple of wine tours while you're in the Algarve to sample some of the different flavours.

Book a couple of wine tours while you're in the Algarve to compare and contrast the local offerings.

In between time spent chilling out on the beach or by the pool, or teeing off on one of Portugal's world-class golf courses, a winery tour makes the perfect complement to your stay, and is a real treat for tantalising your taste buds whether you're a wine connoisseur or just curious!

There's nothing more relaxing on holiday after a busy day of exploring than sitting down to dinner accompanied by a glass of the local wine. If you're a wine expert, or just interested in trying new flavours, the Algarve will be the perfect place for your next holiday.

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