16 December 2015

Camping in the Algarve


Are you planning a camping holiday in Europe? Portugal has some of the best weather and most beautiful scenery in the world and the Algarve in particular is a great place for camping. Whether you are towing a caravan, driving a motor home or hiking with a tent on your back, the campsites of the Algarve will offer you a warm welcome and traditional Portuguese hospitality. Most camps have great facilities; bars, restaurants and swimming pools and are situated near beautiful beaches.



Campsite Turiscampo – located in Senhora da Luz and only 5 minutes from the fantastic beaches of Praia da Luz and the vibrant town of Lagos, this site offers static mobile homes and bungalows for rent as well as a variety of pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motor homes. The site is well appointed, offering a sports ground, beautiful outdoor swimming pool and baby pool, whirlpool and beauty centre. There is also an onsite shop, snack bar, restaurant and pizzeria and Wi-Fi is available covering most areas of the camp. The site offers a full programme of activities including step and yoga classes, football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and aqua aerobics. In addition, the entertainment team work hard to make your stay enjoyable, offering typical ‘kids’ club’ activities like scavenger hunts, painting and crafts, races, movie evenings and discos. There is also a programme of entertainment for adults, with live music and discos on site. This is a great site in a great location.

Campsite Albufeira – Just a few minutes from Albufeira old town and with a bus stop at the main gate, this site is a real home from home. It is a very large site, almost like a small town, with a range of bungalows and static caravans available for rental as well as terraced, flat pitching areas. The site is kept very clean and is a credit to its staff. Amenities include a supermarket, bars and a restaurant and three fantastic swimming pools. Guests are issued with a 10% discount card to use at the restaurant, which is also popular with non residents. The park offers a programme of entertainment, including live music. Nearby beaches are spectacular. 

Orbitur Camping, Sagres – is a basic site that is beautifully located right on the Western tip of the Algarve. The site offers flat pitches, some of which are concrete-based for motor homes. The site has a bar, restaurant with free Wi-Fi, a nice pool, a playground and a barbecue area. There are also washing machines and dryers available and a car wash. Bikes are available to hire onsite. Nearby beaches are rugged but beautiful and are very popular with surfers due to high waves. 



A massive lighthouse nearby warns ships and boats they are approaching a very rocky and dangerous coastline. The nearby historic town of Sagres has many bars and restaurants as well as nice shopping. Just a thirty kilometre ride along the spectacular coast is Lagos, one of the most visited cities in the Algarve. This is a vibrant city with a great nightlife and is a must-visit during your stay 

Orbitur Camping Valverde – is set near the pretty village of Praia da Luz and is a large site with over 600 pitches and additional chalets and static homes for rental. The site is not far from Lagos which has a range of bars and restaurants and some great shopping. The nearest beach at Praia da Luz is beautiful and this area of the Algarve is truly blessed with a spectacular coastline with all manner of beaches, from small coves to massive stretches of golden sand. The site itself has a supermarket, self-service restaurant and takeaway. There is also a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and games room and free Wi-Fi is available in some areas of the camp.

Parque de Campismo Sao Miguel – This site is set among the hills of a nature park, between two quaint whitewashed villages. The main building at the site is located around a grassed area and overlooks a fine swimming pool, so you can sit under beautiful verandas and enjoy a drink while the kids play in the pool. Camping here is less structured than is generally the case...you basically pick a spot you like and set up there. Onsite facilities include washing machines, bar, snack bar, pizzeria, a self-service restaurant and tennis courts. Wi-Fi is free and covers the whole site and there is an outdoor cinema that shows films for adults and children in the summer months. In addition to the pitches, there are 25 bungalows and 10 caravans for rental. Outside, there are lots of bars and restaurants and great beaches are about 4 kilometres away. The nature park in which the site is situated offers lots of cycle tracks and interesting walkways.

This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the travel sector working with a selection of companies – including For Airport; the complete traveller’s guide to the stunning Portuguese Algarve.