The Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal framed by a 200km coastline. It is known for its promise of more than 300 days of sun per year, award winning beaches, authentic cuisine and a range of outdoor activities
that attracts thrill seekers and nature lovers alike.

For keen golfers, the region has a plethora of award winning courses. However there is more to the Algarve than first meets the eye. The Algarve is a region of hidden cultural delights; small, simple restaurants pull visitors back time and time again while Michelin starred restaurants attract a globetrotting international clientele. The sea is integral to the Algarvian way of life, one that is closely bound to nature. Inland, old villages preserve a life that is historic and rich in culture, and lived in harmony with the seasons. In villages of small cobbled streets, you will find whitewashed houses and small local cafes serving bica (espresso), while sardines are grilled openly on the streets, as they have done for years gone by.
All year round the region’s beautiful beaches, nature reserves, picturesque villages, golf courses, castles and fortresses can be enjoyed in all their splendour. Day or night, visitors to the region have everything that they need
to enjoy the delights of the Algarve, whether for sun and sea, or for sport, relaxation, history, culture, nature, golf or local gastronomy.

How to get here

The Algarve can be easily reached from anywhere in the world.

Getting to the Algarve is part of what makes it one of Europe’s most fascinating holiday destinations. Whether you choose to arrive by plane, car, train or bus, you are bound to be received with a warming and welcoming spirit.

By air: Air travel is certainly the most comfortable and fastest way to get to the sun drenched Algarve. Faro airport is only 3 hours from most European destinations.

Faro Airport: www.aeroportofaro.pt/en/fao/home

By road: A superb network of new motorways and dual carriageways allow for trouble free motoring through attractive areas of southern Portugal.

Infraestruturas de Portugal (Portugal Roads): www.estradas.pt

By railroad: Travelling by train is also an option, since Portugal is part of the European rail network and can easily be reached from most of the European capitals.

CP (Portugal Railroads): www.cp.pt

By sea: Last, but not least, you can reach the Algarve through the many ports and marinas spread all along the south Portugal coast.

Marinas and Yacht Harbours in the Algarve: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/73813

Nature

The Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe and a sanctuary for animal and bird life. Guests can experience the landscape in a variety of ways, from walking along the popular flagged trails, cycling across the rural routes that weave through the regions mountainous borders to birdwatching, observing many rare species in their natural habitat and offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

WALKING & CYCLING ROUTES, NATURE PARKS & RESERVES AND BIRDWATCHING

Holidaymakers can experience amazing views; from walking along the popular flagged trails to cycling across the more rural routes that weave through the regions mountainous borders. There are many unique and diverse expanses of pristine nature, as well as numerous cultural heritage sites to visit. Hiking, walking and cycling are great ways to enjoy the sights and the abundance of birding hotspots,in particular the Castro Marim wetlands, the Ria Formosa and Lagoa dos Salgados. Key walking routes include Via Algarviana, a long-distance pedestrian path running from Alcoutim, in the Eastern Algarve to the western tip at Cape St. Vincent, the Vicentina Route which runs from Santiago do Cacém in the Alentejo to Sagres and Eco Via: a cycling route that runs along the Algarve coast stretching across 12 counties.

average temperatures
Spring Mar-Jun: 14/22ºC (57/72ºF)
Summer Jun-Sep: 20/28ºC (68/82ºF)
Autumn Sep-Dec: 16/22ºC (61/72ºF)
Winter Dec-Mar: 9/16ºC (48/61ºF)
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Cultural Offering

The Algarve is rich in culture and authentic Portuguese charm; locals live through their arts and music and celebrations. There is plenty on offer for art and music lovers with cultural events throughout the year. Art galleries are located in most towns as well as concerts, theatre productions and dance shows.
Moorish influences are evident in the narrow streets and chimneys with varied shapes and designs which can also be seen in the local ceramics. Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are to be found and preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.

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