Destination Guide: The Algarve
C&IT's sponsored guide to the Algarve will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, restaurants and incentive activities when planning your next event.
With excellent infrastructures and an impressive natural beauty, the Algarve is the perfect destination to carry out a wide variety of initiatives such as congresses, meetings, incentives or product presentations.
The quality of the hotels, resorts and restaurants, with rich and varied gastronomy, combines perfectly with the mild climate. Both can be savoured on landscapes that vary from the green of the Sierra to the deep blue of the sea, or involved in the charm of towns where the building heritage invites you to a journey through time.
Modern, cosmopolitan yet picturesque, the Algarve preserves an impressive authenticity to its visitors distinguishing it from other locations around the world
These are but a few of the many reasons that make Algarve the perfect setting for whatever your imagination comes up with.
Portugal’s sunniest region is the perfect location for Meeting Industry events. If you make a checklist of what is critical for the ideal conference and incentive destination the Algarve will be the place.
A little over two hours’ flying time from most European cities, a wide choice of airlines and departure points, as well as fast transfers from Faro airport to Algarve’s major hotels, towns and resort complexes.
With mild winters, hot summers tempered by Atlantic breezes and warm and sunny shoulder seasons, the south of Portugal is a perfect year-round location for business and pleasure.
From five-star luxury accommodation, courtesy of leading local and international brands, to world-renowned golfing resorts, and from chic boutique hotels, historic inns (Pousadas) and sumptuous all-suite developments to comfortable mid-range properties, the Algarve is capable of matching any event requirement or budget.
Meeting and exhibition facilities
In addition to its hotels, the region also boasts a wide range of top-class venues for conferences, conventions, business meetings, workshops, exhibitions, product launches, awards ceremonies, sporting events and cultural gatherings.
Activities and incentive ideas
Take your pick: from golf, tennis and a host of water sports, hot air ballooning, aquatic shows, vineyard tours, outdoor activities, jeep safaris to craftmanship, there will always be something to keep your delegates occupied outside of the meeting room. With over a hundred kilometres of superb beaches and more than 5.000 square kilometres of diverse landscape to choose from, delegates certainly won’t find themselves suffering from claustrophobia.
The appeal of the Algarve doesn’t end here.
Looking for a destination with a rich history and culture, and plenty of variety?
For social activities, convention add-ons or partner programmes, the Algarve has bustling, atmospheric towns and picturesque villages, Moorish castles and Baroque mansions, and a lively and thriving arts and entertainment scene, from museums and galleries to restaurants, casinos and a vibrant nightlife.
New motorways and an excellent network of local roads makes it easy to get around this region. Trains, boats, planes and other transport options, from yachts and cruise ships to helicopters and light aircrafts.
Experienced and inventive destination management companies and other business service providers, from audio-visual suppliers to ground handling companies, will ensure your event goes off without a hitch.
Value for money
Portugal is one of the most inexpensive countries in Western Europe, ensuring budgets covering every aspect of your event, from hotel accommodation and conference room hire to food and drink, will stretch a long way, without compromising quality.