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Do even Portugese people spend holidays in Algarve?

I know that the place is very popular to tourists, but do Portugese locals go to Algarve also? If not, what other beaches in Portugal do the locals prefer?

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A lot of Portuguese people spend their holidays in the Algarve. Nowadays more people spend their holidays outside the Algarve than there. Some of the beaches are: Arrifana, Portinho da Arrabida, Comporta, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes.

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Rui
In a country or region with fantastic beaches and weather the locals don't have to travel far to have great holidays, and Portugal is no different.
The Algarve is a top destination for thousands of Portuguese visitors travelling from the north every summer.
But remember that not just tourists visit the Algarve beaches - the locals do too! Portuguese families love nothing more when the sun shines to pack the family into the car and head for the nearest beach.
In the summer during the week youngsters and young families will arrive after work and school in late afternoon and the early evening - no time is wasted when it can be spent on the beach on the long warm summer evenings.
At the weekends entire families - all generations - will take over large sections of their favourite local beach and enjoy picnics, beach games, sunbathing, etc - these are not just for tourists.
All Algarve beaches have great beach bars and sitting with a coffee or beer watching the world go by is also a popular local Algarve pastime - again this is not just for the tourists - it is way of life.

The main month for Portuguese tourists from the north is August when it is hard to find accommodation in the Algarve if it is not booked well ahead.
Algarve has such a variety to offer to visitors that also Portuguese people from other parts of the country seem to come and visit whenever they can. Not only in the month of August, but all year round in weekends and during bank holidays, creating minivacations. Improved road access to Algarve helps a lot as well as the increasing quality and quantity of cultural events being organised.
Of course, most portuguese, like the spanish people, prefere to spend their vacations in Portugal. We have it all.
in august they are nearly all there...
Yes, many people - especially from Lisbon - come to the Algarve for weekends and other holidays as the climate is warmer and the Algarve is known for it's beautiful beaches. It is only a three hour drive from the Capital and the motorway access is very good.
DEAR DONA, ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ONLY 2 SHORT REMARKS: FROM LISBON TO THE ALGARVE TAKES 2 1/2 HOURS DRIVE. AND PEOPLE FROM WHOLE PORTUGAL MAKE HOLIDAYS AND/OR WEEKEND TRPS IN THE ALGARVE, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT'S WARMER THERE BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE WAVES ARE NOT AS STRONG AS ON THE WEST COAST. NOT ONLY KIDS LOVE IT THERE.... KISS, FRANZEE
Yes, of course. The combination of great weather and beautiful beaches is just amazing and the Portuguese too, take advantage of that.
Well, the answer to your questions is yes. A lot of Portuguese people do go to the Algarve. Not just in the Summer but also to celebrate the New Year, in the long weekend in Easter and whenever there's a holiday near a weekend. It is, in fact, the warmest region in the country all-year round.

But for those who don't like the crouds there are surely alternatives. In the north, lots of people go to the beaches near Póvoa do Varzim (however, the water is freezing compared to the one in southern beaches, and even in the Summer the sky can get quite cloudy).

In the centre of the country locals prefer the coast near Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande (S. Pedro de Moel Beach), São Martinho do Porto, Foz do Arelho, Ericeira, Peniche, Nazaré, Óbidos, Santa Cruz.
Around the area of the capital city, Lisbon, crowded beaches like Sesimbra or Costa da Caparica (both on the other side of the river Tagus)are extremely popular. Near Setúbal there are all the beautiful beaches of the mountains of Arrábida.

In the south it's a whole new deal. While the beaches I've been mentioning usually have a lot of people, here in the Alentejo we can find a place with plenty of room for your towel or to play ball. You just need to walk for a little while. The beaches whose names immediately come to mind are Comporta, Carvalhal, Melides. Near the city of Sines you have Porto Côvo, Ilha do Pessegueiro, S. Torpes.

And then you have some close to the village of Alzejur that are already considered part of the Algarve but are still in the west coast. Here you have some that are a surfers paradise (like Praia do Amado) and others such as Amoreira, Bordeira, Arrifana, Odeceixe, Zambujeira do Mar,...

There are so many that they can't all be mentioned here. Remember:

least crowded - Alentejo
warmest water - Algarve
crowdest - Algarve and Lisbon region
Lasgest sand area - north and Alentejo

Hope I could help.
Algarve is not only known for the beautiful beaches but also for having nightlife, which is almost unique, you can find many other places in portugal with beautiful beaches but to find a place that has both is almost impossible.
Algarve is not only known for the beautiful beaches but also for having nightlife, which is almost unique, you can find many other places in portugal with beautiful beaches but to find a place that has both is almost impossible.
Hi! Yes, portuguese go to the Algarve for their summer holidays with the kids and family and on shorter holidays like long weekends. When we go to the Algarve its because we want to go to the beach but there are other alternatives, the Alentejo is one of them. The Alentejo is inland and is destined for people who like the country and nature.
oh yes specially august............
Yes, its one of those destinations that all Portuguese families go. Its also the number 1 destination for teenagers and young people in Portugal when looking for some fun time.

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