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ALGARVE

ALGARVE
CLIMATE
With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and low hours of rainfall, in the Algarve you can enjoy mild weather throughout the year, which is the main attraction for visitors, both in the summer for a few days on the beach and in winter to relax or engage in a variety of activities.
 
 
SEA 
 
Stretching as far as the eye can see, golden cliffs in small bays nestling between rocks, provide stunning backdrops for unforgettable holidays.
 
There are more than 200 km of perfect coastline for all tastes where you can enjoy water sports such as sailing, surfing and windsurfing, parasailing, snorkling, diving, and any other water sports you can think of.
There are great support infrastructures for Yachting enthusiast avaiable, with modern marinas spread along the Algarve coast line. 
 
 
GOLF
 
Golf is the elite sport choice in the Algarve and the region has a lot of international prize awarded Golf Courses.
The Algarve region has been voted more then once as the best golfing destination in the world. It offers forty golf courses with excellent conditions for both beginners and experienced players.
 
 
NATURE
 
The Ria Formosa, one of the best preseved ecosystems in the world with a maze of channels separated from the sea by a strip of sand, the Marshland of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António, are rich in fauna and flora. But you can also discover the hills bicycling or hicking, following the footpaths of the Via Algarviana, which connects the eastern end of the region to the western most point, via the interior, ending at the Rota Vincentina - another set of trails not to be missed for those who enjoy a wonderful walk. For those seeking a bigger adrenaline rush, it is possible to parasail, scuba dive, hang glide or abseiling.
 
 
HERITAGE
 
With many treasures to discover, like Silves, formerly the capital of the Arab Kingdom theres a lot to see, the Catedral, the Moorish Castle, the Roman bridge, Sagres and Lagos, very important ports during the Discoveries, Tavira, a showcase of traditional architecture.
 
 
ENTERTAINMENT
 
Throughout the year there are various events that bring colour and fun to the Algarve, such as traditional music or food festivals like the Mediaval Fair in Silves, the Seafood Festival in Olhão, the Sardine Festival in Portimão, the Street Food Festival in Lagos, loads of the private parties, clubs, bars and discos, Carnival in February thoughout the country, and all traditional fairs and festivals which take place around various regions. 
 
 
FOOD 
 
Freshest of fish and seafood, grilled or stewed, wonderful succulent meat dishes, traditional almond and fig cakes called Morgados, traditonal conventual desserts such as Dom Rodrigos made with egg, sugar, cinnamon and almond, almond and pumpkin tart and carrob pie. Let us not forget the considered best oranges in the world...the oranges from Silves.
 
 
RESORTS AND SPAS
 
You can enjoy some serious relaxation or health tratments which are also available at the Thalassotherapy centres and Spas. Within everyone's reach there are a variety of resorts and hotels. From the simplest to the most sophisticated, what they all have in common is the genuine pleasure of offering good food and great hospitality.
 
 
ALGARVE BEACHES
 
The Algarve has beaches to suit all tastes. What they have in common is the offer of a perfect life and holiday in the sun.  
There are more than 200 kilometres of beaches from the southwest coast near Aljezur to the eastern coast near Vila Real de Santo António. The majority are recognised by the European blue flag symbol in offering high safety and quality conditions, with all the amenities that you can think of for fun and sports. Many beaches are of great beauty, offering idyllic places for romantic gettaways, while others promise to offer nitgh life as you will find many of these night spots near beaches. Hickers can find a few deserted, unspoilt beaches, where nature is preserved practically in its natural and wild state, absolutely stunning to the eye.
 
 

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY

 
 

In the Algarve, your holidays with take a historical dimension.

 

All around it is still possible to unleash secrets and charms that time cannot erase. Holidays spent in the Algarve are also an excuse to travel back in time, finding numerous witnesses of people and cultures which, throughout history, have crossed this region. 
 
From the roman presence to the long Muslim inheritance, from the Cristian conquest to the epic Portuguese Discoveries, there are plenty of reasons to rediscover signs of an outstanding historical past.
 
The markings of human presence in the Algarve date back to unmemorable times. Examples of that are the thousands of years old Neolithic traces and the most recent but not less interesting, roman archeological stations, opened for visits.
 
The views to the regions past and to its valuable history can also be done through visits to various museums. 
 
Inheritor of ancient civilizations, the algarvian region was equally important as passage through of other cultures, being able to be connected through its vast sea line cost. The more than 5 centuries of arabe influences have marked for ever this region’s destiny starting off with its own name: Al-Gharb, the West.
 
This presence prolonged itself from the VIII century to the XIII century and still, to this day, there are registered marks in names of populations, in agriculture, in monuments architecture, in the lacing of roofs and chimneys or in the whitewash paste that still covers hundreds of homes throughout the Algarve. 
 
Silves takes the center stage in this region, result of a strategic geographic location. 
 
In mid XIII century, the algarvian lands are the last in Portugal to be conquered from the Muslim domain.
 
After many advances and setbacks, the Cristian requenquest has the precious cooperation of the Knights of the Santiago Order, led by D. Paio Peres Correia, so that he, while in king D. Afonso III reign, ended the arab presence in the Algarve and united the region with the kingdom of Portugal.
 
Besides Silves, Tavira and Faro, the current capital of the Algarve, are also taken from the Moors,being only then,founded the Kigdom of Portugal and the Algarves. Later on,in the beginning of the XV century, the beginning of the maritime expantion gives new life to the algarvian lands and its people. Lagos and Sagres were forever connected to Infante D. Henrique and the Discoveries. Still today, in the tip of Sagres, a giant stone finger points to the Atlantic portraing the sailors who went off to sea such as Gil Eanes, searching for new worlds.
 
To visit Aljezur, Lagos, Silves, Faro, Tavira, Castro Marim e Alcoutim is to discover in each museum, church, fort and castle, the greatness of the portuguese history as well as the greatness of its people and traditions.