The Algarve is located on Portugal’s scenic south coast
And caters to families and foodies, tourists and explorers, golfers and sun worshippers.
The Algarve has it all: sandy beaches, secluded coves and postcard-perfect whitewash villages where traditional tabernas make gourmet treats out of simple grilled sardines drizzled in olive oil and lemon juice. Abundant fish and seafood or sun-ripened vegetables and flame-cooked meats, the choice is endless.
Soaring cliffs, scalloped bays, and sandy islands draw over four million visitors to the Algarve each year. Surrounded on two sides by the Atlantic, it’s a paradise for surfers, especially along the refreshingly undeveloped west coast.
Natural treasures here include the bird-filled lagoons and islands of the protected Parque Natural da Ria Formosa stretching for 60km from west of the capital, Faro, to the enchanting fishing village of Cacela Velha.
Up in the hilly hinterland are historic castle towns and rolling countryside covered in cork, carob, and almond trees, and citrus orchards alongside rural farmhouse restaurants, and the wonderful Via Algarviana hiking trail crossing the region’s breadth.
The climate is mild and sunny all year round & annual average rainfall is low. The Algarve is the westernmost point of the continent of Europe and was the natural home to the 15th Century explorers that sailed to the Americas.
The Algarve is wonderfully varied, able to appeal to a wide cross-section of tourists; there are pristine beaches for families, waterparks and theme parks for thrill-seekers, buzzing nightlife for partying and historic towns for cultural visitors.
English is widely spoken, and the Portuguese are welcoming and hospitable. The Algarve is in the midst of unprecedented period of growth and investment; new businesses are opening, hotels are extending their seasons and there is a real confidence about the region.