With its traditional charm, laidback restaurants and easy beach access, Branqueira holidays are a peaceful retreat in the lush Algarve.

Laidback life

Sleepy Branqueira doesn't rush for anyone. Sun-soaked villas, chilled bars and cosy restaurants make up this stress-free village. Tucked just inland from Portugal's southern coastline, lively Albufeira's just a 10-minute drive away and you can walk to the nearest beach in half an hour.

Lively Loule

Silves is a 30-minute drive away and a fun day out, full of Moorish history and home to a particularly well-preserved castle. Loule is equally as close, too. Known for its artisan handicrafts, the town comes alive every Saturday with its colourful market of trinkets, clothes and farm-fresh produce.

Local cuisine

Neighbouring Albufeira has a host of bars and restaurants serving up international and local cuisine. In Branqueira you won't get far without spotting cataplana, a much-loved traditional fish and shellfish stew. And for dessert be sure to try out a creamy Portuguese custard tart.

Easy breezy seaside

There's a whole range of beaches to choose from here. Adventure-packed Oura Beach is a seven-minute drive. In the opposite direction is Santa Eulalia, just a five-minute drive away. As a Blue Flag award-winning beach, it's ideal for families and has pristine sands and tree-topped cliffs.

At a Glance

  • Sip wine and sample grilled meats in authentic Portuguese restaurants
  • Hit the waves on a banana boat at Oura Beach
  • Dance the night away in Albufeira