The Algarve, in southern Portugal, is one of Europe’s most popular coastal holiday destinations. The long sandy beaches are amongst the finest in the world and the coastline stretches 161km (100 miles) from Cape St. Vincent to Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border. Many of the holiday resorts are located in little fishing villages, which have retained much of their old world charm and character, with white washed houses, narrow cobbled streets and ancient churches. Away from the tourist hub, explore the quaint unspoilt villages, the breathtaking Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, the majestic Monchique Mountains or the rugged beauty of the South Westernmost tip of Europe, Sagres and Cape St Vicent.
The Algarve has a temperate climate almost all year round and boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year. The tourist season extends from March to October and it only really quiets down in the dead of winter. Even then, there are many days when it is warm and sunny enough to sunbathe or sit outside at the pavement cafes and enjoy the balmy weather.
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For the lovers of the sea, in the Marina of Albufeira or Vilamoura, daily recreation boats can take you to sail and to discover the beautiful Algarvian coast. A very pleasant trip is the discovery of grottos and small beaches surrounded for rocky cliffs, in small boats. Another interesting way to visit the interior of Algarve is by jeep. Some companies organize these raids of adventure for all. It is easy to find information concerning these excursions in the reception of your hotel or in several other places of Albufeira. The buses or jeeps will search you next to your lodging. It is close to the Guia that you will find the famous “Zoomarine”. The amusement park presents several daily shows with marine dolphins, lions, birds, parrots, etc. Also can enjoy the large swimming pools and some carousels. In zoomarine it is possible to interact with dolphins and to swim with them in the swimming pool. Beyond the amusement, this park also has a center that receives and treats lost marine animals, wounded or sick. The water slides provide days of much animation and joy to its visitors. The most known are the Aquashow in Quarteira, Aqualand in Alcantarilha, Atlantic Park in the Four Roads and the Slide & Splash in Lagoa. In the way to Silves, you find the Krazy World, where you will enjoy a great mini-golf and swimming pools, or the visitors can take a walk in a zoological garden with some species of animals. We can also visit endangered species in the Ómega Park in Monchique. The Zoo of Lagos in Bensafrim is also a beautiful pleasant space where you may visit the animals. For strong emotions, you can speed up in the Karting de Almancil. Other places to visit in concelho of Albufeira Paderne Castle of Arab, ribeira origin, Population. First Church The building of séc. XVI Guia Population, Ermida da Nossa Srª da Guia, Lagoa dos Salgados, Mall Marina of Albufeira Diving, boat trips, restaurants Municipal Museum of Archaeology Exposition of parts related with the history of the city
The gastronomy of the Algarve, though limited to a relatively small geographical space, shows Mediterranean influences (being included in the called " Mediterranean diet ") and also Atlantic, since it is visible in the quantity of fish traditionally consumed. The base of the Mediterranean gastronomy is based on the trilogy of the bread, wine and oil, which is common in the whole national territory, adding the horticultural products,, as in varied soups, and the fresh fruits. The meats, mainly pork, compose also a set of plates and regional savories. With the advent of the seafaring, the Portuguese cookery quickly integrated the use of spices and sugar, besides other products, like the bean and the potato, which were adopted as essential products. It is noticed that the variety of regional plates happens even in limited areas. Two nearby cities can present, under the same name, plates that can share the same recipie.
The lively Algarve Shopping in Guia, near Albuferia, has a hypermarket, many different line shops, an amusement arcade and 8 cinemas, most showing English language movies. Forum Algarve in Faro is another large centre which also has ice skating in winter. Local markets sell an abundance of goods at bargain prices. In the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Towns and villages, boutiques and stalls sell clothing, gifts and souvenirs to the tourists, their wares spilling out onto the streets.
Albufeira is one of the tourist places in europa.eu need to satisfy the growing demand for tourism Albufeira forced out of its historical center and extend towards their rural areas by providing quality accommodation and infrastructure of luxury. This enlargement has created new poles of attraction for the Montechoro, Areias de São João and the famous Oura. The recent construction of the Marina de Albufeira helped lead the city in your area that extends west to the Gale and Salgados. Its extraordinary climate, with over 3000 hours of sunshine per year and the charm of its people, continue to encourage many foreigners to change their temporary or permanent residence in this region. The always lively nightlife, its beautiful beaches, varied water sports, its golf courses, its magnificent landscapes and delicious cuisine are primarily be the reasons why more and more people are choosing as your destination Albufeira beloved.
The tempered climate of the Algarve, makes it one of Europe´s best golf destinations. Famous architects as Howard Swan Msc , Frank Pennink , Martin Hawtree, Sir Henry Cotton, e Severiano "Seve" Ballesteros among other, designed some of the most beautiful golf courses of the Algarve. With 2 courses among the World top 100 and the best Iberian golf course, the Algarve has also 8 of the 20 best Portuguese golf courses.