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Friday, 23 November 2012 16:04

Football To Liven Up Your Algarve Holiday

AlgarveStadium.jpgThe Algarve invokes strong images of luxurious sun, sea and sand alongside a host of first-class beach resorts, lively bars and clubs, deliciously decorated restaurants and a fun, vibrant experience for all. However, away from this conventional image, there is another world that the Algarve contains; an undiscovered gem almost.

For football fans all over, Portugal as a whole is a paradise almost, with massive sporting teams such as Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and FC Porto all doing their bit to contribute to the beautiful game. The Algarve continues this trend with some finely constructed stadiums that host a true footballing atmosphere, none more so than the beautiful Estádio Algarve, a 30,000 capacity stadium that sits between the cities of Faro and Loulé.

The stadium is home to the local teams from each city but it's also used for the nation's National Football team and was used for several matches during Euro 2004. An Algarve holiday is incomplete without a visit to this renowned stadium, which is designed to FIFA/UEFA standards and continues to exhibit one of the most impressive auras of any footballing stadium in Europe. Search this website to get a chance to experience its remarkable architecture which allows it to stand out among the rest of Portugal's stadiums with the high curved roofs that are situated above both the stadium's stands.


olhanense.gifAnother popular club that plays its home games within the Algarve region is S.C. Olhanense. Their stadium is the magnificent Estádio José Arcanjo, a smaller, multi-use stadium that has been given a significant face-lift in recent years as the team have managed to reach the higher echelons of the Portuguese league system. It's cheap and easy to get a match-day ticket at about 25 Euros a head as well, making it a perfect destination for any self-respecting football fan.


portimonense-crest.jpgAnother club in the area is Portimonense S.C. who play their home games in their home town of Portimão, at the Estádio Municipal de Portimão. The stadium is slightly larger than others in the area as the club has played a few seasons in the top league and is another great location for fans to indulge in some football delight.

Matches played within the top tier of Portuguese football are always shown on live TV around the cities in the Algarve region and many bars and restaurants will be packed out with football fans looking to enjoy the sport with a collection of other people, generating an atmosphere that makes it seem as if you're at the match itself.

For those looking to escape the footballing world for a short state, an Algarve holiday is known for its inclination towards golf and there are selections of courses throughout the cities, from Quinta do Lago to Lagos.

Comments (2)
good news
2 Saturday, 24 November 2012 19:47
It's always great to see stadiums getting the much needed refurbishments. It will always be tough to get them filled, but they could become a better resource of revenue. With Algarves great summer weather, they should be establishing themselves as a training/friendlies tourneys place. Especially for foreign clubs rich with money, Russia, China, Qatar, etc...
don't forget
1 Saturday, 24 November 2012 15:06
S C Farense were promoted to the third tier and worth watching if you that way. Lourenco once a promising talent signed for them and their are other decent players about. Use to play their games at the Estadio Algarve when they were in the higher leagues but moved out years ago.

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