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If there’s one place where the sun shines almost all year round, it’s the Algarve. Here you can find the best of our country, a mild climate, beaches and a culture to get to know. And nothing better than getting to know the Algarve at a time as magical as Christmas.

There are illuminated streets, nativity scenes, Christmas markets and fairs and you can feel the Christmas spirit in the air.
We will tour our region and show you the cities you really must visit.


Faro, has a new charm in December

We start with the city of Faro, which during the month of December has Christmas activities for everyone, from the youngest to the grown-ups. Downtown, you can visit Casa do Pai Natal or the Little Christmas Market in Manuel Bilvar garden, with small taverns and local handicrafts.
There are also dance performances, theatre, cinema, storytelling, Christmas flashmob and street animation every day of the week. Check out the full programme here.
And if you’re visiting Faro, the best thing to do is stay at the AP Eva Senses, which also offers a very special programme for December 24th and 25th, with delicious menus to celebrate and spend those moments with family.

Book at book.eva@ap-hotelsresorts.com or by phone +351 289 001 000


Christmas Street Lights and Music in the Air: This is Tavira at Christmas

We continue our trip to the city of Tavira. Here you can also get into the Christmas spirit with various activities during this month. The streets are already lit up and there is music in the air.
At the Mercado da Ribeira there are choral, jazz, traditional, gospel, philharmonic, lyrical and circus performances. And in Praça da República the little ones can visit Santa’s Little House and have fun on the Christmas train.

There are also gastronomic demonstrations in the Municipal Market allusive to this season. Full programme here.
If you are looking for a place to stay the AP Maria Nova Lounge is the ideal place, and invites you to join your family at the table for Christmas dinner with a menu that will stay forever in memory.
Book at book.marianova@ap-hotelsresorts.com or by telephone 289 545 112. Find out more here.


Portimão and its “Christmas Dream

Our trip ends in Portimão, which this year has been transformed into a real Christmas Village, with various attractions inspired by the season and with fun moments for the whole family.
There are five themed zones in various emblematic locations in the city centre, with the highlight being Christmas Stage with 23 shows, the natural Ice Rink, the Christmas Market, Santa’s House, the life-size Nativity scene, the Christmas Train or the parades full of colour and joy.
The city will truly be a Christmas dream.

And to better live this dream, the AP Oriental Beach has prepared for you a unique Christmas Dinner.
Book at book.oriental@ap-hotelsresorts.com or by telephone 282 480 800. More information.
Celebrate Christmas in the Algarve this year! We are waiting for you.


Where to Buy Christmas Gifts in the Algarve?

If you’re celebrating Christmas in the Algarve and have left your gift shopping to the last minute, don’t worry. The Algarve offers a vast array of shops where you can find the missing presents.

In Loulé, for instance, you have two of the largest malls in the Algarve region: Design Outlet Algarve and Mar Shopping. These malls boast stores featuring international brands such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Tifossi, Rayban, Gucci, Zara, and many others – perfect for finding that Christmas gift your family and friends would love to receive.