The Algarve! The golden shoe on the foot of Portugal! Its old world meaning is 'The West' derived from the Middle Eastern word Al-Gharb.
The Algarve is undoubtedly one the most beautiful positions on the European map, attracting tourists from all over the globe.
As a matter of fact it is the most popular place in the country - and also Europe!
A total of 10 million tourists per annum visit the Algarve for the sun, fun and stunning coastline.
The birth of the Algarve goes way back to prehistoric times (millions of years ago) when early human civilisation was in motion.
Going on in time, up until a thousand years before Christ, the ancient civilisations were already operating ports in the area.
The Algarve has had its conquerors...The Romans, The Moors, Germanic tribes, Muslims and The Portuguese. The locality has sustained countless adaptations throughout history.
This special place in the south of Portugal is warm all year round with July being the hottest month, hitting a nice average of 24 degrees C. The coldest month is January where July's average temperature is halved to 12 degrees C.
The Algarve is very popular for sea swimming as the waters remain at pleasant temperatures for the majority of the year.
Over the past fifty years, this stunning destination has been a favourite for Europeans - especially the British, many of which own properties in areas like Albufeira.
Tourists can't resist the golden beaches, the aquamarine waters, the beautiful sandy-coloured
cliffs and sea rocks, and of course the royal blue skies. In essence, the Algarve is an amalgamation of paradise.
On the coast, reflecting the sun's glimmering radiance happens to be a common feature of the Algarve...beautiful white buildings; with peach and pale blue coloured roofs, flat and sloped...homes, shops, hotels; truly remarkable Portuguese architecture.
Picasso painted scenes such as this, of coastlines and latin civilisation and understandably so - alluring gleeful subjects which capture the eye.
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Like many European coastal areas, the Algarve offers a full range of recreational activities such as diving, golf, deep sea and reef fishing, yachting, cruises, surfing, waterskiing and safari tours.
There are a vast number of sporting activities available offering hours of pleasure in exquisite settings.
If sport is not your thing, the Algarve offers a multitude of museums, landmarks, theatres and many more attractions - so no time to get bored!
For those looking for a nightlife with plenty of fun and partying, Albufeira (located between Lagos and Faro) hosts the biggest club called Kadoc. In addition to the night's entertainment, three of the Algarve's casinos await for holiday pocket money to be splashed out for the chance of big returns.
The Algarve is a family oriented place with a friendly population and a healthy mix of tourists.
The most popular resort in the Algarve. Plenty of hotels and attractions including an old town.
St. Lawrence's church
One of the most beautiful buildings to visit in the area, located in Almancil, a little further inland between Quarteira and Faro.
Way too many to mention, but all beautiful...a selection of the best being Joao Vaz, Ingrina and Olhos D'Agua.
Plenty of aqua-fun for families, especially the kids at Zoomarine, Atlantic Park and Aqualand.
Ample coastline and warm waters to practice some surfing and related water sports.
A popular attraction in the Algarve with Autodromo Internacional do Algarve being a popular venue for burning rubber.
Head to Silves as this is the best historic town with Moorish history in The Algarve.
Quinta do Lago. Various golf courses and 5 star luxury hotels.
Vale do Lobo makes a great family experience with beaches, restaurants and golf courses.
And much more to discover!!!