The Algarve has so much to offer beyond being a holiday destination, and living here could feel like a permanent vacation. Here are five activities that make the region so appealing for couples, all year round.
Walking in nature
From leisurely walks to more challenging hikes, the Algarve is the ideal place to put on a pair of comfortable shoes and rack up some steps. The boardwalks of Alvor, Carvoeiro and Salgados offer easy strolls with stunning views, while serious walkers will find their perfect paths in Lagoa's Seven Hanging Valleys trail, the Vicentine Walking routes or anywhere in the Monchique countryside.
Part of the migratory route of rare birds from Africa, northern Europe and North America, the Algarve is one of the top birdwatching regions in Europe. Bring your binoculars and explore the many different habitats in the region, including the Ria Formosa, the Salgados wetlands, the Alvor estuary and the Sagres clifftops, home to Portugal's largest annual birdwatching event.
Active couples will be pleased to know that the Algarve has excellent sports facilities, especially those enjoyed outdoors. Recognised as one of the best golf destinations in the world, there are countless courses and driving ranges across the Algarve, but that's not all. Tennis enthusiasts will find welcoming communities in various clubs, many of which also offer padel courts, a growing sport in the region.
Often in the shadow of the country's larger wine regions, such as the Douro and the Alentejo, the Algarve is home to award-winning wine estates that have opened their doors to visitors. While smaller in size, the region's winemakers focus on quality over quantity, which visitors can attest to through intimate wine-tasting experiences.
Sailing into the sunset
The Algarve is famous for its coastline, making it popular with families who want to enjoy a day out visiting the caves. But come nightfall, many local companies offer sunset cruises that are the ultimate romantic experience for couples.