On the southwestern edge of the European continent, is the Algarve known for fantastic beaches of tepid and calm waters that bathe its southern coast and, together with its natural landscapes, historical heritage and delicious cuisine attract millions of tourists every years, making the Algarve one of the most visited regions of the country.
Charming villages exhibit a magnificent Arabian architecture and offer a relaxed atmosphere to the sea. The nightlife happens in the cities of Portimão, Albufeira, Faro and Vilamoura.
NInside is the quieter side of the Algarve, full of wooded hills and picturesque villages such as Monchique, with its natural hot springs, and Silves, with its castle of strong walls, the largest in the Algarve.
In the Natural Reserve Ria Formosa it is possible to travel by boat and visit the islands of Faro, Olhão and Tavira. Faro, the capital of the region, appears on a lovely sheltered harbor a wide cove.
The temperate Mediterranean climate of the region is characterized by mild winters and short summers and long, hot and dry.
Sagres, Monchique, Lagos, Portimão, Silves, Lagoa, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Vila Real de Santo António.
The best beaches are in Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Portimão, Silves, Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.
Fortaleza de Sagres, Ruínas Romanas do Cerro da Vila, Castelo de Silves, Castelo de Lagos, Palácio de Estói, Castelo de Faro, Catedral de Faro, Museu Marítimo de Faro, Mercado de Olhão, Ponte Romana de Tavira, Castelo de Tavira, Forte de Cacela Velha.
Soups: Gazpacho, Chowder
Fish and Seafood: Fresh fish, clams, shrimp, fish and seafood casseroles, seafood açorda (bread casserole), razor clam rice, whelk bean stew, clam xerém (stew with maize meal), stuffed squid, tuna steaks (Tavira), various octopus dishes (Santa Luzia )
Meat: Galinha cerejada (braised chicken), cozido de grão (boiled meats and chickpeas), sausage (S. Brás de Alportel and Querença)
Fruit and Sweet: Orange, almonds, figs, carob, the Dom Rodrigos (egg and almond sweets) wrapped in colourful tinfoil, the Morgados (small cakes made with sugar, almond, eggs, angel hair and pumpkin), marzipan, stuffed figs, fig truffles, fig cheese, ...
Other: Salt Flower, cheese, medronho or fig brandy and bitter almond liqueur