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Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languagePortuguese
Area6.500 km²
Population438,864  (2019)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)

Popular destinations PORTUGAL

AlgarveAzoresCosta de lisboa
Costa verdeMadeira

Vacations and Sightseeing

The Algarve, the southernmost province of Portugal, is the most popular holiday destination of Portugal due to a friendly climate, more than a hundred clean beaches, a varied landscape, a rich culture, museums, a peaceful hinterland and a hospitable population.

Praia de Ouro Beach AlgarvePraia de Ouro Beach Algarve Photo: Filipe Rocha, user: sacavem CC 3.0 no changes made

To the west of the capital Faro you will find rock formations with small stands, to the east of Faro you will find lagoons and kilometers of sandy beaches, including the famous beaches of Praia da Ouro, Praia da Rocha and Praia de Dona Ana. Nature lovers will enjoy Ria Formosa, the Serra da Monchique mountain range, the Caldeirão mountains and Cabo Sagres, areas where more than thirty hiking routes have been set out. Cabo da Sao Vicente is the most south-westerly point of the mainland of Europe and undoubtedly the most impressive place in the Algarve in terms of view.

Golf enthusiasts will also enjoy their attract with more than thirty beautifully situated golf courses. There are no more than 500,000 Portuguese living in the Algarve, ten times as many tourists stay in the holiday period, so we can certainly speak of mass tourism here. The beauty of the Algarve, however, is that a few kilometers inland you end up in a completely different world, without the hectic pace of the narrow coastal region.

Albufeira Algarve beachAlbufeira Algarve beach Photo: Ricardo Liberato CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

Albufeira is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Portugal. Many caves can be found in Albufeira and the surrounding area. It is highly recommended to visit one of these caves during your stay in Albufeira. For example, at the beach at 'Rua Lationo Coelho' Here the Moors hid from the Christians. The Falesia beach is also recommended. It is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in all of Portugal and all facilities can be found there. Albufeira's Falesia beach has even been awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanest and safest beaches in Europe. Read more about Albufeira.


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