Beaches, mountains, golf and sympathy.
Beaches, mountains, golf and friendliness. Some of the reasons that make the Algarve one of the main sights of Portugal. It has 200 kms of coastline, numerous beautiful beaches, an extraordinary natural and cultural heritage, an experience of knowing how to receive visitors, quality food, wine and secular traditions. Far from being just a summer tourist destination, the Algarve receives thousands of visitors every year with open arms.
History tells us that the Algarve was the last region to become part of Portugal. Conquered by the Moors in 1292, it is still possible today to see many traces of Arab culture. One of the most striking examples is the typical Algarvian house, with its colorful facades, terraces and typical chimneys, which gives a uniformity and authenticity to the buildings of the region.
There is also Muslim influence behind a number of plants grown in the Algarve. Oranges and almonds are abundant in the Algarve region, with the almond being the main element of some of the best desserts in this region, such as Dom Rodrigo and almond cheese. It is also not possible to talk about the Algarve without mentioning its amazing fish. Fishing continues to be one of the main activities of Algarvian residents, especially in the city of Olhão, Portimão and Tavira. This tradition allows the meals to always be of quality, such as tuna steaks with tomato sauce, mackerel with garlic, sandeel rice or squid stuffed.
A significant proportion of EU Blue Flag beaches are in the Algarve. With a hundred kilometers, it counts on two coasts with beaches for all the likes, rocky or of fine sand and crystalline waters. Ideal for swimming, the Algarve sea is also a great choice for surfing, especially in the west, and for diving. The Algarve is also a golfer’s paradise where you can find some of the world’s best courses, designed by famous architects and surrounded by incredible scenery.