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The Algarve Bucket List: 20 things to do in Portugal's paradise before you die!

From pastéis de nata to perfect Instagram pitches, Thomas Breathnach has the best of Portugal's holiday paradise…

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Sunset at Cape St. Vincent, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal

Sunset at Cape St. Vincent, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal

The market in Loulé

The market in Loulé

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, Portugal

Caldeirada Portuguese fish stew. Photo: Deposit

Caldeirada Portuguese fish stew. Photo: Deposit

The Cubist city of Olhao, Portugal. Photo: Deposit

The Cubist city of Olhao, Portugal. Photo: Deposit

Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal. Photo: Getty

Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal. Photo: Getty

Pasteis de Nata

Pasteis de Nata

Piri Piri Chicken

Piri Piri Chicken

Albufeira, The Algarve

Albufeira, The Algarve

Portugal, Algarve, Sagres

Portugal, Algarve, Sagres

Island of Culatra

Island of Culatra

Ocean Golf Course, Algarve. Credit: Joao Paulo

Ocean Golf Course, Algarve. Credit: Joao Paulo

Portuguese Fado singer Raquel Tavares in concert at the Festival Med, Loulé, Portugal. Photo:Judith Burrows/Getty Images

Portuguese Fado singer Raquel Tavares in concert at the Festival Med, Loulé, Portugal. Photo:Judith Burrows/Getty Images

Pottery in Porshces

Pottery in Porshces

Hotel Faro, Portugal

Hotel Faro, Portugal

Portugal's Algarve, a long-time favourite with Irish families

Portugal's Algarve, a long-time favourite with Irish families

Natural skylight: Benagil caves. Photo: Bruno Carlos / Deposit Photos

Natural skylight: Benagil caves. Photo: Bruno Carlos / Deposit Photos

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Sunset at Cape St. Vincent, Sagres, Algarve, Portugal

Almost 365,000 Irish visits to the Algarve last year saw overnight stays jump 8pc, according to the Algarve Tourism Bureau. Here, we've picked 20 great things to do in one of Ireland's favourite holiday destinations.

1. Catch sunset at Cape St Vincent

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Algarve is kissed with Atlantic sunsets like nowhere else in Europe. For the region's most dramatic spectacle, head to Cape Saint Vincent (above), where the sun sets each evening over the continent's most southwesterly frontier. Expect an almost solar eclipse buzz here as cavalcades of coach tours and camper vans converge daily - but solitude is up for grabs, too. Wander towards the cape's southern cliffs and you'll not only escape the tourists, but also score the perfect backdrop of its lighthouse!


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