About Portugal's Algarve
Portugal's Algarve has some on Europe's cleanest, safest and loveliest beaches, plus great food, exceptional golf courses and a pleasant climate all year long. So it is not surprising that the Algarve is Portugal’s most popular region for holiday-makers and property investment. The Algarve stretches along most of the southern coastofPortugal including Faro in the west to Albufeira and the beaches are first-rate (blue flag), as are the facilities. Elsewhere in the Algarve, especially around Sagres and Tavira, the surroundings are less populated and more attractive, with quieter resorts and less development.
Stunning beaches that seem to last forever, fields laden with orange trees, with the scent of orange blossom filling the air. Hills lined with almond and fig trees surrounding houses of whitewashed walls and decorative chimneys releasing smoke from the open fires below, are just some of the atmospheric enticements of one of the most architecturally attractive towns in the Algarve... See Tavira on Google Maps
Cabanas, Eastern Algarve
A small local Portuguese village, in close proximity of the larger town of Tavira (approx 5km’s) running alongside the Ria Formosa. Cabanas has been a relatively undiscovered part of the Algarve coastline, up until the early 2000’s. Traditionally a fishing village, which still shows today... See Cabanas on Google Maps
Albufeira today is synomonous with tourism and the hussle and bustle of thousands of holiday makers flooding through the old historic old town quarter, and the neon lights of the "strip".>
Vilamoura, Central Algarve: Rather than the name of a town or city, Vilamoura is the name of an area. Renown as one of the largest tourist complexes in the whole of Europe covering 2,000 hectares of land this is an area of distinction and sophistication.
Faro, Central Algarve: Particularly attractive is the old part of the city surrounded still by the Roman walls which date back to the 9th. Inside a spacious open square that was once the site of the Roman Forum is a 13th Century Cathedral that faces the 18th Century Episcopal palace.
Loule, Central Algarve: Within the remaining walls is a museum with an explanation of what was in the past the grandeur of the castle. Earthquakes have damaged the 13th Century Church of São Clemente. However, its Gothic arches and side chapels from the 16th Century have survived. The town Loulé consisting of some 20,000 residents producing souvenir products made out of copperware, leather, cane and wood to service the tourist industry.
Armacao de Pera, Central Algarve: Not very long ago this town was nothing more than a collection of small shacks where the local residents from the nearby village of Pera used to maintain their fishing boats. It is quite probable that the name "Armação" is a link with the distant past of the great Tuna fishing industry that existed along the Algarve from the 15th Century.
Lagos, Western Algarve: Lagos had been the capital of the Algarve for almost 200 years, the home of Henry the Navigator, who pioneered the first naval school here at the South Westerly most point of Europe. Still maintaining a strong tie to the past, this is truly an undiscovered gem.
Portimao, Western Algarve: First the blue sea and its gently lapping waves. Then fine golden sands framed by cliffs and rocks. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of an international tourist destination. This is the Algarve of beach holidays in the sun.
Alvor, Western Algarve: This town's long history is clear from the discovery on Vila Velha hill, overlooking the Ria de Alvor, of a Neolithic village retaining traces of subsequent Roman occupation. During the period of Moorish rule, Alvor was a thriving port.
Silves, Western Algarve: The deep green foliage of orange trees in fertile valleys. The blue sea and the fast paced life of an international seaside resort. The picturesque charm of houses surrounded by almond and carob trees. The broad sweep of hills that are a haven for ramblers and nature lovers.
Carvoeiro, Western Algarve: This was a very small intimate fishing village that has lost any resemblance to its modest origins. In 1965 a foreign resident wrote about the place - "the mode of living remains essentially medieval". Then there came the tourists and the money. Today, the village spreads to the east and west with expensive villas and comfortable holiday apartments.
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