The Portuguese region of Algarve is known mainly for its wonderful beaches and Mediterranean climate. The wonderful landscape, natural reservation unique in the world, the limestone caves, all these any many more make this region to be very popular. Also, Algarve (the southernmost region of the country, situated on the Atlantic coast) is considered one of Portugal’s cheapest beach destinations.
The major cities of Algarve
The most important towns are Faro - the administrative capital – and Portimao. Other towns in the area are: Albufeira, Castro Marim, Lagos, Loule, Quarteira, Sagres, Tavira, and Vila do Bisposi Vilamoura.
How to get to Algarve
The main airport in the region is in Faro. Once you get here, rent a car and start exploring the surroundings. There are buses that run between Faro, Lagos and other major cities such as Seville and Lisbon. The link between Lisbon and Faro is insured by trains and the journey takes four hours. It is advisable to rent a car in Lisbon; afterwards, the way back to the Algarve is then crossed easily in two or three hours.
The region has a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry summers, but not too hot. In January, the average temperature is 15.6º C at the maximum and the minimum temperatures can reach 7.8º C. In July and August there are registered 28.3º C to 18.9º C for minimum and maximum levels.
What to do Algarve
Algarve is famous for its spectacular beaches. Praia da Marinha has been included among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. Other beaches worth visiting are in Albufeira, Vilamoura, Praia da Rocha, Lagos, Armcao de Pera, Alvor, Tavira Monte Gordo, Salema and Sagres.
Ria Formosa Lagoon is a beautiful natural reservation; during spring and autumn it becomes the shelter for hundreds of species of birds. In the area, there are several cities - Fuzeta, Cabanas de Tavira, Santa Luzia and Cacela Velha - where you can find restaurants, cafes and bars. Here are some popular beaches, as well, famous especially for not such hot summers and for the sun that shines all year round.
Cape St. Vincent is not only the most southwestern point of Europe, but it also offers some of the most enchanting views. The area is inhabited by many marine creatures and birds. Do not miss visiting the lighthouse built in 1846 on the ruins of a 16th century Franciscan monastery.
Particularly around Lagos settlement, the coastline is dotted with caves and limestone grottoes, which can be reached by boat. Do not forget to visit the town, which is charming: it has narrow streets, cozy restaurants and shops. And if you feel like driving, you can spend half a day on a trip to Silves, where you can visit the red stone castle that we will talk about in one of our next articles.
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