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About Algarve

Welcome to this City Guide in Algarve



The Algarve is one of the most unique places in the world -- a coastal strip just over 150 Km (95 miles).
It combines its natural environment and cultural heritage with the traditions of coastal town’s picturesque fisherman villages.
Many of these natural areas are protected and considered a world heritage by UNESCO.
The region it's among the best tourism destinations in the whole European continent.




In the Algarve you can choose to enjoy unique sightseeing towns like Tavira and Lagos, sunbathe on the beautiful white sandy beaches near Albufeira, enjoy birdwatching and boating among flamingos in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, or feel the calm of an inland city and the weight of history in Silves.



Algarve is the perfect relaxing experience; a region known by its slow cities movement philosophy, relaxed pace of life and exquisite gastronomy, and affordable prices for anyone who decides to visit.
The Algarve stretches across the whole of southern Portugal. Its name derives from the Arabic El-Gharb meaning "west". Although the Algarve has been occupied by the Moors for 600 years, besides some city- and castlewalls in Silves and Tavira, there are hardly any remainders. Nevertheless all houses in the Algarve are still being built with those typical arabic chimneys. The Romans however left several bridges and ruins.
East of Faro the coast is known as the leeward shore. The area stretching eastwards to the Spanish border forms an unusual lagoon landscape closed by sandy islets. A great part of the coastline has been declared a protected area, namely Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.

The Ria Formosa reserve is an area of natural beauty that spans the Algarve coast for 60 Kilometres. It’s made up of marshes, islets and lagoons, which can be explore on foot thanks to the large network of boardwalks. Catch a glimpse of flamingos, the rare European chameleon and thousands of birds that stop here on their migration route to Africa.
The windward shore is the Algarve's most famous stretch of coast. Ochre - coloured cliffs plunge down to the beach and the turquoise sea surges into coves and grottoes.
The interior of the Algarve is still relatively unknown. The flower-decked, whitewashed villages have managed to preserve their traditional appearance, where handicrafts are still an important industry for the local population.


 

The Algarve its unique conditions for tourism, its diversified quality and the geographical location of its courses, makes the Algarve region the number one Golf Destination in Europe and across the World.

The Algarve Golf Courses are equipped with all facilities that are needed for playing golf, making the sport one of the region true highlights. None of the existing Golf Courses are more than 15Km from the coast and less than 10 minutes’ drive apart.

The Algarve mild climate and low humidity are a delight for golfers from all over the world, who come to play golf in the Algarve all year round.

The Algarve is home to a string of championship golf courses – over 40 of all shapes and sizes. You can follow in the footsteps of golfing greats at Oceanico Victoria, in Vilamoura. This 18-hole course covers 90 hectares and hosts the Portugal Masters. In Portimao, barter for antiques at a flea market. In Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago, it’s all about designer boutiques – celebs like Kelly Brook and Steven Gerrard shop here. If you are more interested in finding the local tipple than fashion, you are in good place – wine-making is an art-form round here.

Diverse Nightlife
Albufeiras’s two- kilometre –long strip earns it the title of the Algarve’s clubbing capital. Faro, Lagos, Vilamoura and Portimao follow in its footsteps, with lively bars and dancing until dawn. Even if all-night raving’s not your scene, there’s plenty to do come sundown. Dine al fresco while watching street performers catch the game in an Irish pub.Seafood Festivals

Delicious seafood comes thick and fast in the Algarve and residents pull out all the stops to celebrate it. August is food festival season and, across several weekends, you can head to local festivals celebrating seafood, beer and sardines. They tend to round off the night by dancing to live music and watching fireworks.


When to go

The Portuguese tourist board could make a poster of the seasons in flowers, with the delicate pink almond blossom framed against the blue sky in February, the blue-blossomed jacaranda tree lining the streets in May, the shocking pink bougainvillea framed against the blue sky in July and the flaming red poinsettia tree in December – still against a blue sky. In short, weather-wise it is pretty safe most of the year.

For deserted beaches, come outside school holidays. The best months are May, June or October, when the sun is hot and visitors few.


High summer – July and August
– can mean crowded facilities in the central Algarve, but head inland, past orange, olive and cork groves and storks nesting on telegraph poles and chimneys, to find a quiet rural paradise that has changed little over the centuries.




In December and January, although it’s colder at night, there’s often warm sunshine in the middle of the day and, of course, much lower hotel rates, so although swimming would only be for the truly hardy it is a wonderful time to have the Algarve to yourself.


However, if your visit is going to revolve around eating out and sightseeing, bear in mind that in winter, many restaurants close, as do certain tourist attractions, such as water parks and zoos. Some airlines cut their flight timetables in winter, which results in higher prices for the flights that do run, so book well in advance for the cheaper fares. The most likely times to encounter heavy rain are late October and November.

Where to go
Despite being one region, the Algarve is diverse from east to west and north to south. Best understood by getting off the beaten track and seeing a life unchanged whether in the unspoilt mimosa filled inland hills of Monchique or down by the coast, in Salema, where fisherman sit mending their nets on the beach having pulled in their catch.

Explore the cobbled streets of the Algarve’s seaside villages for an authentic taste of the region. The seafood is as fresh as it comes- you can even watch fishermen haul their day’s catch at the beach. Head to the charming town of Tavira – which comes complete with and old Roman Bridge and a pretty Gothic church.

Monchique Spa is a peaceful retreat in a wooded valley, half an hours drive from Lagos. It was discovered by the Romans 2000 Years ago and houses the only thermal baths in the Algarve. There's whirlpool, Turkish bath and sauna, plus a list of specialist treatments to soothe aching muscles.

Portugal’s love of ceramic art is clear to see by the painted plaques and tiles that decorate the streets. Take a piece of Portugal home with you from the Porches Pottery. They make everything by hand, so you can choose a custom design. While you are there, the garden café does great cakes and freshly –squeezed fruit juice.



Amusement Parks:
  • Lagos Zoo
  • Autodrome do Algarve
  • Zoomarine - near Albufeira.  Dolphinarium with several attractions.
  • Aqualand - Near Armação de Pêra.   Big Aquapark with a lot of high slides.
  • Slide &Splash - near Lagoa.  Big Aquapark.
  • Krazy World - near Algoz  - Funpark for children and adults with two mini-golf courses (18 holes), pools, childrenfarm, crocodilepark and Quadmania.
  • Aquashow - near Quarteira.  Aqualand with the biggest wave pool in Europe.
  • Karting Algarve - in Almancil (between Vilamoura and Loulé).
  • Roma Golf Park - near Vilamoura.  Super Mini-Golf and Leisure Park.
  • Fábrica do Inglês - in Silves - Entertainment and Culture Park, Corkmuseum.
  • Omega Parque - near Monchique.  Zoo, holding only threatened species.
  • Cova dos Mouros - Mining village near Alcoutim.  Reconstruction of pre-historical mining activity in the Algarve.

Know before you go Currency: Euro
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
British Consulate: Apartado 609, Edificio A Fabrica, Avenida Guanaré 8501-915 Portimão (00 351 21 392 4000; ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk/en). Most towns have tourist offices.

Tourist Office: - Região de Turismo do Algarve
Avª 5 de Outubro, 18
8000 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-800400
Fax. ++351 289-800489

Posto de Turismo do Aeroporto de Faro

Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
8001-701 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-818582
turismo.aeroporto@rtalgarve.pt




   
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