Local information of the Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is the most Southern province of Portugal and this ‘California of Europe’ is a popular tourist destination with visitors coming to the region from all over the world. With one of Europe’s finest climates, this sun soaked region has a lot to offer. The Algarve has a long history and heritage from which many sites can still be visited. From castles, roman ruins to dozens of museums, all is within reach for the visitor to explore.
The Algarve has a fantastic climate all year around with moderately warm summers with 30 to mid 30C and winters which hardly ever fall below 12C. In the summer months, you will have comfortable temperatures in the high 20C – low 30C which attract beach goers and sun worshippers from all around the globe. With its blue flag award winning beaches and stunning coast line with calm clear seas, it’s a paradise within easy reach of most Europeans.
The Algarve stretches about 160km from Sagres to Vila Real Santo Antonio where the river Guardiana is the natural border between Portugal and Spain. The coastline offers a great variety of small beaches in coves to long sandy beaches. For those wanting to visit Bounty Island we have various small Islands in the Algarve, like Armona and Ilha Deserta, Ilha da Tavira etc., which are popular with day trippers. You can enjoy a short boat ride and find yourself a completely different piece of the Algarve away from the hustle & bustle.
For the discerning tourist, the Algarve is an up-market destination with a good quality infrastructure. Via the A22 and N125 roads, there is quick access from and to the airport and cities in the Algarve as well as Lisbon and Seville. The Algarve has plenty of luxury hotels and holiday resorts to make your stay as pleasant as possible anywhere from a quiet boutique hotel in the Monchique hills to a 5 star coastal resorts located right on the beach.
Part of the Portugal experience is the fantastic food and wine. Eating out is important in the Portuguese culture and as a tourist, you need to discover the culinary side of the region. There is an enormous choice of bars & restaurants fitting each budget. From restaurants as Vila Joya where you can fly in with the helicopter service and enjoy a 2 michelin star lunch or dinner, to a cheap chicken piri piri in Guia. All is possible.
The Algarve has a superb choice of seafood and specialized seafood restaurants where you can enjoy a good cataplana or arroz da marisco.