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Discover Algarve’s rare hidden gems- part 2

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Welcome to the wonderful Portugal, the place where Christmas is the absolute expression of joy, peace, celebration and gratefulness.
Portugal has its own Christmas celebrations, a traditional Christmas in Portugal usually takes place on the 24th December, the day where many families and friends gather to celebrate the “Consoada” feast, where they exchange gifts and enjoy delicious dishes, such as Bacalhau (codfish) and Bolo Rei, which is the Portuguese version of a Christmas cake.

Algarve is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, where you have so many treasures to discover and so many locations to admire and enjoy. This is the most wonderful time of the year to visit Algarve, due to all the sparkling special festivities, the heart warming customs and traditions and the welcoming people which will definitely amaze you and win your heart.

Situated to the west of Algarve, Carvoeiro is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Algarve. Originally a fishing village, Carvoeiro is now a very popular destination with a wide range of visitors and it’s considered to be one of the most remarkable destinations with the most picturesque beaches.
Algar Seco, Carvoeiro, is famous for the Carvoeiro boardwalk, a picturseque cliff top starting from Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao fort until the Algar Seco rock formation. This destination is the accurate definition of an astonishing, cheeerful and abolutely breathtaking afternoon together with your family and friends.

For history enthusiasts and lovers, an extraordinary attractive location in Algarve is Alcoutim, an almost unchanged village which preserves its authenticity and ancient charm, situated on the banks of the river Guadiana. The steep cobbled streets seem to lead to the riverside through a mix of low, whitewashed cottages and little squares.
Although it has lost the walls that for centuries surrounded it, and despite some modern constructions, Alcoutim’s steep and narrow streets still maintain much of the calm atmosphere, typical of an algarvian hill town.
This incredibly enchanting location is worth visiting especially in the holiday season, you will definitely find it exceptionnally magical.

Salema is situated on one of the most unspoilt coastal regions of Algarve, the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park.
Situated at the top of a cove that features magnificent rock formations and a beautiful sandy beach that is lined with the old houses that formed the original village, this location is as both scenic and tranquil – the ideal place to take unforgettable strolls and to simply seize the moment.
Another charming aspect about this place resides in Praia da Salema, where you will find gold and orange limestone cliffs typical of Algarve. Some of the oldest sections actually date to the Lower Cretaceous period, so they’re around 150 million years old!

There are a lot of activities and events around Algarve during Christmas holidays, from festive concerts and parades to nativity scene.
Come and enjoy this special holiday in Algarve, Portugal, with your family and friends, surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes and unique atmosphere, always counting on Faro Low Cost Transfers and Lagos Car Hire, which provide excellent transfers and car rental services, whenever you need!




Discover Algarve’s rare hidden gems! – part 1

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Situated in Portugal, the enchanting Algarve is the perfect holiday destination to discover new beautiful places and to enjoy its rarest hidden gems with your family and friends.
The pleasant clime of 28 degrees ( let’s face it, it’s a great weather for this time of the year) and remarkable location will make fall in love even more with these unique places, because you’ll first fall in love with the amazing vibrant atmosphere and the welcoming warmth of the people.

Benagil Cave
Located between Carvoeiro and Armação de Pêra and probably one of the most beautiful caves you have ever visited, Benagil Cave’s first appearance and impression is the one of an imposing magnificent cathedral, due to its distinguished ”architecture” which offers the cave a royal air, surrounded by dazzling crystal clear waters.
Whoever visits it will feel like stepping into a royal palace embraced by breathtaking views.
The color oscillation of the walls, from orange, yellow and white, to an explosion of unbelievable colors might make you start doubting they are heavenly natural and not created by human beings. Another phenomena which strikes admiration is the beach from the interior of the Cathedral of Benagil and its sea water, which acquires a turquoise colour inside the cave, which transports the visitors to a paradisaical island in the middle of the Pacific.
Considered by the Michelin Guide to be the 15th most beautiful cave in the world, the Benagil Cave is definitely a spectacular location, worth to be visited.

Ponta da Piedade
Holding the proud title of the most beautiful beach in the world, Ponta da Piedade is an idyllic destination not to be missed, a stunningly beautiful section of a coastline gathering a fantasy landscape of caves, grottoes and sea arches that nature has sculpted in the cliffs over thousands of years.
Located 2 km from Lagos on the Costa d’Oiro and full of grottos, unknown bays and quiet beaches, the Ponte da Piedade is particularly captivating when viewed from the sea.
The fascinating stories of these oddly shaped rocks are quite famous among the locals and the fishermen. Some names given to these misshapen rocks and perpetuated by fishermen include General De Gaulle, Chaminé (chimney), Catedral (cathedral), Belas-Artes (fine arts), Camelo (camel), Museu (museum), Submarino (underwater), Cozinha (kitchen) and Gruta dos Amores (grotto of love).
The best part of the cliffs is located on the eastern side of the lighthouse. Here is also where you’ll find a long staircase which it will lead you to the most picturesque cove, offering the most wonderful coastline views.
The natural beauty, together with the wide diversity and the natural lush habitat of several birds and animals, which can easily be observed in the waters or near the cliffs, transform Ponta da Piedade in a magical place and a must stop for any visitor.

Pego da Inferno
Situated approximately 7km northwest of Tavira in the eastern Algarve, Pego do Inferno (which literally means ”Hell’s Pool”), is a waterfall and lake combo, once known among locals as the ”secret waterfall”, but definitely not so secret anymore, due to large amount of tourists who come to visit it every year in the pursue of adventures, amazing landscapes and unforgettable memories.
The waterfall is known as Pego do Inferno (”Hell’s Pool”/”Pit of hell”) due to a popular local legend concerning this place about a carriage that fell into the lake, never to be found. It was said that anyone who fell into it would go straight to hell.
The legend also says that the remains of the occupants of the cart, as well as the animals were never found and that divers were not able to find the bottom of the lake, which has been called (”Hell’s Pool”/”Pit of hell”) ever since.
It is definitely a destination which has to be marked on every tourist’s Halloween agenda.

Enjoy the most incredible destinations in Algarve, always counting on Lagos Car Hire, for easy and hassle free car rentals ( enjoy the 20% and 30% autumn promotions), whenever you need, as well as the excellent taxi services with Faro Low Cost Transfers, for new holiday adventures with your dear ones!

 




Enjoy the best summer in Algarve!

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Amongst the most popular holiday locations, Algarve is the perfect place to live the most beautiful adventure, to discover new things and to enjoy the spectacular views and attractions!
You can always count on Lagos Car Hire, the best friendly help you can use during your holidays for hussle free trips and visits in Algarve and Spain as well!




Faro’s enchanting places

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The summer is still young and there are plenty of places to visit and many things to enjoy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and visit the beautiful city of Faro.

Faro is a municipality and the southernmost city and seat of the district of the same name, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.