Tavira

19th May, 2014

Tavira is one of the most delightful and architecturally-attractive cities in the Algarve.


Cobbled streets and airy squares that has retained the feel of a traditional Algarve fishing town. The river Gilão that runs through the centre of the city adds to the general charm. It is lined with elegant houses displaying the distinctive Tavira pyramidal roofs and is straddled by an ancient bridge, allegedly of Roman origin, that can best be observed from the central Praça da República square.


The nearby riverside Mercado da Ribeira, the 19th century wrought-iron building that housed the former main market, is another pleasant area in which to browse around the shops or enjoy a meal or drink in one of its various restaurants and bars - a perfect opportunity to sit down and enjoy the local specialities, tuna cooked in a tomato and onion sauce.


You can appreciate the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa estuary, a wide expanse of canals, marshlands and sand banks that provide shelter to numerous species of migrating birds. Boats departing from Tavira provide scenic trips around these peaceful waters.
Ilha de Tavira, the beach closest to the city, is situated on the busiest eastern side of Ilha de Tavira island . provides a wonderful opportunity to admire the natural landscape and observe the thousands of local crabs that scurry across the mud banks. More isolated beaches lie to the west of Ilha de Tavira island or eastwards on the neighbouring Ilha de Cabanas island.

Faro

19th May, 2014

Faro is the regional capital of the Algarve. A favourite holiday destination, this bustling city lies alongside one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the region, the 60 km-long expanse of lagoons, natural dunes and stunning beaches of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. The beaches are many, ranging from the thriving resort of Ilha de Faro with its bars, restaurants and abundant amenities, to the seclusion of the miles of uninhabited sand dunes of Barreta island, lying between the ocean and one of the estuary's lagoons.
Golfers will be in their element with the numerous golf courses available in the surrounding area, namely the Pinheiros Altos, Quinta do Lago.

Albufeira

19th May, 2014

A stunning coastline of creamy, coppery cliffs and a wide assortment of beautiful, sun-drenched beaches have transformed Albufeira from the quiet little fishing village of old into the holiday haven and favourite Algarve destination that it is today.
The great diversity of bars, restaurants and clubs have made Albufeira's nightlife the most famous in the Algarve while numerous golf courses, a marina, children's theme parks and abundant shopping opportunities provide plenty of additional daytime distractions.

Vilamoura

19th May, 2014

Vilamoura's many attractions are its glorious beaches and numerous championship golf courses. Vilamoura's famous marina, one of the largest in Europe, attracts luxurious yachts from all over the world, its fashionable boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants lending to its chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Boats departing from the marina offer an impressive array of additional sports or leisure activities, including dolphin-sighting, water-skiing, big game fishing, scuba diving and parasailing.
Vilamoura is a paradise for golf lovers. In addition to the high number of premier golf courses within such a small radius, many of which are championship courses designed by acclaimed architects.

Carvoeiro

19th May, 2014

Carvoeiro beach has preserved its attraction and natural beauty . Sheltered by cliffs on either side and shelving gently into the sea, the long sandy beach has become a great favourite with families. Colourful boats adorn one end of the beach, the local fishermen using them for fishing or for taking visitors on scenic trips around this impressive coastline.
Carvoeiro's nightlife livens up considerably during the summer months when the bars and pubs stay open well into the night. There are many restaurants to choose from, offering international or typical Portuguese cuisine. As this is an important wine producing region.

Alvor

12th March, 2013

This typical ancient fishing village became one of the regions that benefited most from the increase in tourism. Nowadays Alvor, with its hotels and its beautiful summer villas is one of the most scenic and visited tourist centres on the Algarve.


Ria de Alvor, one of the most important humid areas of the south of Portugal, is a natural sanctuary that deserves preservation and respect. This sentitive area of Portimão it's used by migratory birds (like the capped heron, the long-billed tern, the falcon and the white stork) as a passing-through, rest and feeding location.


In amongst the suburbia of Alvor is the Alto Golf's 18-hole course, the last to be designed by the legendary English golfer, Sir Henry Cotton. His first course in the Algarve was the championship course of the venerable Penina Hotel not far from Alvor on the EN125.


In this area, despite the tourism growth it has been facing, you can still watch fishermen bring in their daily catch down at the old quay but now there is also a new marina and numerous up-to-date tourist facilities. The narrow streets of the old village have many attractive restaurants and, as expected in the land of fishermen, fish is the speciality dish.

Portimão

12th March, 2013

Portimão is a pretty city with a modern structure. It has almost anything a party crowd could ask for: beach and disco! There are two things that always come to the mind of people thinking of Portimão: Praia da Rocha (Rocha beach) .


Animation, sunshine, shopping and sardines! This is Portimão! ... One of the best streets for shopping is Rua do Comércio ("Commerce Street" - the name says it all), a pedestrian mall which begins from the old market square near the parish church in the highest part of town.


There is also a straight connection between the fishing activity and the Portimão port. Don't be surprised if you see many tourists looking for the unique taste of grilled sardines on the old Portimão quay, where they are only washed in the sea and grilled on charcoal.

Serra de Monchique, Caldas de Monchique

12th March, 2013

Monchique is one of the most charming places on the Algarve and it's very different from the tourist coast. It sits atop the high Serra de Monchique range of hills that deflect cool winds and endow the Algarve with it's stable climate.


With dazzling views and a mild climate, Monchique's air is fresh and many activities take place on the unaltered hills: guided walks, horse riding, flower and bird's watchers, mountain biking, Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy and crystaltherapy.


A little way down the south-facing hill, surrounded by gardens is Caldas de Monchique. Those who choose to visit this charming village will find the quietness and the life of a different Algarve. Famous for its spa and its bottled water, they say that just a drop will add years to your life!


And remember that in just half-an-hour you can explore the Algarve coast and in three hours you can be in Spain or Lisbon.

Lagos

12th March, 2013

Lagos is the most historically interesting coastal town in the Algarve. Its fame comes from its association with Portugal's 14th-and 15th-century Age of Discovery.


Lagos rises up amid four hills and gathers lovely beaches located between the rocks where the sea forced its way. Due to the yellowish color of its rocks this area is frequently called Golden Coast.


This has been, for a long time, a city rich in history and natural beauty - see it in the wide walking areas, in the many gardens and parks and in the life and colour of hidden corners!


And this is also the place for all sports. Living in harmony with the environment, Lagos invites you to play tennis, to go horse riding or to play golf. This seaside resort offers activities like water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, sport fishing and many, many more… All good reasons to pay a visit to Lagos.

Sagres

12th March, 2013

The beaches, the pureness of the waters and the immensity of its landscapes make visitors want to come back to revisit Sagres. Main attractions? ... Where should we start? Sagres is the sportsmans paradise. The fishing activity attracts thousands of visitors especially between December and April; surf, windsurf, bodyboard, diving and big game fishing find here some of the best conditions in Portugal; botany lovers can see some species unique in the world. Sagres is a never-ending story of excitement and entertainment.


The climate is mild and moderate on the winter and, being a cape inside the water, the temperature is controlled by the sea.  Sagres is also famous for its St. Vincent Cape. Here you stand before the cape of the world, where the land ends and the sea begins. It's impossible to describe the importance of this place and the amazing sensations it can show you. On stormy days, with the rage of the waves, it's worth staying there a bit longer and just looking at the show they perform. Go back to the Age of the Discoverers and imagine the caravels trying to cross the St. Vincent Cape on stormy days. Back then, sailors thought all that anger was due to the Gods and therefore this Cape has long been connected to mythology.

Silves

12th March, 2013

Silves was conquered by Abd-al-Aziz in 713 aD, and remained under islamic rule until the middle of the thirteenth century. At that time it was taken over by Dom Paio Peres Correia, master of the St. James Order. King Dom Sancho I, aided by Crusaders travelling to the Holy Land, reconquered the town in 1189. However, the Christians only remained in Silves for about two years.


Silves's commanding position made it the ideal fortified settlement. Above the town, the red walls of the impressive castle stand out against the skyline. This is really our favorite feature in Silves. The castle offers superb views of the town and countryside from the massive, polygonal ramparts. It's one of the most beautiful town belvederes and a place where you can enjoy romantic atmospheres.


Make sure you also enjoy the public spaces the city has to offer. Gardens, squares, restaurants and cafés set in a historic city to suit your needs. Welcome to Silves!

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