"It was here that, in the 15th century, the Portuguese set off on the epic journey that led them to discover other peoples and cultures… and it is in the Algarve that we cheerfully welcome many of our visitors. Even the climate is mild and sunny all year round!"
Algarve is a blessed region, with a superb climate, dry summers and short, mild winters that attracts more and more tourists throughout the year.
Algarve is known for its most clean and scenic beaches in Southern Europe, but you can enjoy not just beaches but also the pretty castle towns and historic villages, cork trees, delicious typical food, bird watch and sports.
Algarve is framed by red breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, deserted and sandy islands and Ria Formosa. You can google for beaches like Meia Praia, Praia do Amado, Praia dos Três Irmãos, Praia da Rocha, Ilha de Tavira, Praia da Galé, Praia do Vau, Praia de Faro, Ilha do Farol and so many others.
In the country side people preserve the traditions, living in harmony with nature. Local flora and fauna can be observed peacefully not only on the seashore, like Ria Formosa natural park, but also on the mountains.
...and there is also the cities. Silves, for example, preserves traces of the Arab culture and Lagos is set point to the Portuguese discoveries. Faro, the capital, hosts the regional airport and the fantastic and beautiful historic center. In Tavira you can observe the typical picturesque architecture, in Albufeira you can enjoy the night life or you can drive to Portimão, the more touristic of them all.
If you are a sport's fan, you have a very large diversity of options. You can try every water sports you can think of, over and underwater, but there’s also the top touristic sport in Algarve, Golf, with the most beautiful hole in Europe and a lot of acclaimed golf courses with their vibrant green pines or even motor sports in Autodromo International of Algarve. If you prefer softer activities, like bird watching, you can peacefully wait to catch Flamingos on Ria Formosa or use footpaths and cycle trails.
This region offers you a great choice of Hotels, Touristic Villages, Resorts, Hostels, and Local Hosting, from the 5 stars to the most simple ones with or without Spas if you just need to rest or relax.
As far as gastronomy is concerned, you can, and should, enjoy the fresh fish and seafood because that is the Algarve's specialty, but you can also taste the amazing traditional dishes from Portuguese cuisine
Time zone: Portugal is on the same time as the UK
Flight time: Approximately two-and-a-half hours from most UK airports.
Telephone code: 00 351
Emergency services: 112