Why the Algarve is your best choice for holidays

 

the climate

The Algarve has over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year as well as a low annual average precipitation. A constant mild weather throughout the year is certainly a great attraction for visitors, whose chose the region in the summer for a few days on the beach or in winter to relax or participate in a variety of activities. The temperatures in the summer months from June to August can reach as high as 35o, nevertheless, winds tend to keep the temperatures down a little with costal breezes. The winter from December to February remains moderate and mild with bright sunny days and the temperature during this period is around 15ºC.

the sea and beaches

A blue calm and warm seawater and the beaches of fine white sand are the hallmark of the Algarve. The beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, bound by golden cliffs in small bays nestling between rocks, provide many stunning backdrops for unforgettable holidays. There are around 200 km of coastline that are perfect for all kinds of water sports, including sailing, surfing, windsurfing, fishing and spearfishing. You can take one of the many cruises on offer across de the Algarve and visit the most beautiful caves that line up the west coast towards Sagres or even sail out for an intense and unique experience to see dolphins, wales or seabirds in the wild.

golf

Golf has brought to the Algarve many international prizes and awards – the most recent being the “World Leading Golf Destination” in 2012, “Europe’s Leading Golf Destination” in 2013 by the WTA – World Travel Awards and “Best Worldwide Golf Destination” in 2014 by IAGTO- and the region has been voted many times the best golfing destination in the world. The Algarve has about 40 top quality golf courses along its beautiful coastline with excellent conditions for both experienced players and those taking up the sport for the first time. The mild and pleasant year round climate is perfect for the practice of the sport and it is only a couple hours away from major Europeans centers.

the nature

Away from the coastal Algarve is a lesser known Algarve, one with peaceful river valleys, woodlands bursting with birdsong and flower-filled meadows all teeming with plants, birds, animals, reptiles, butterflies and other fascinating creatures. The region has three protected areas: the Vicentina Coast which is the best preserved stretch of coast in Europe; the Ria Formosa, a maze of channels separated from the sea by a strip of sand; and the Marshland of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António, which is rich in fauna and flora. Ideal for beginners and experienced wildlife visitors alike, they are home to many of the iconic Mediterranean plants and animal species.

Food

Fish and seafood are a major part of the diet for the people living in the region. A huge selection of sea food dishes is normally offered in most traditional restaurants. you can on having always an enormous variety of fresh fish - sardines, tuna, bream, cod, monkfish, and others types of fish as well as clams, oysters, prawns, not to mention squid octopus and cuttlefish. Besides fish you have many meat dishes cooked in a variety of ways and in the more tourist areas you will find all sorts of restaurants with international cuisine – hamburger, pizza, Brazilian, Chinese and Indian food. For the sweet tooth there is a really huge choice, pastel de nata, almond tart and fig cakes such as Morgados or Dom Rodrigos, which go perfectly with the local almond liqueur or Aguardente de Medronho (arbutus brandy).

entertainment

Entertainment is red hot every summer in the many bars and clubs, especially in the most cosmopolitan areas like Albufeira, Vilamoura and Portimão. Entertainment and nightlife in the Western Algarve fits all tastes and preferences: there is a plethora of café terraces for calm enjoyment of the evening or dynamic discos to break the night with colour. Picturesque marinas and attractive bars and casinos offer all types of entertainment and enjoyment. The Western Algarve features the latest trends in music making the area a popular cosmopolitan spot.Throughout the year there are various events that bring colour and fun to the region, such as Carnival, music or food festivals, historical reenactments and the traditional fairs and festivals which are held all over the region.

heritage

The Algarve is definitely very different and rich in culture, making it the most particular region of Portugal. The reason of being that unique is that this region was run by the moors for about 500 years. The Moorish influence can still be seen today in the narrow streets and chimneys with most varied shapes and designs. The Algarve has many must see castles, museums, churches and other interesting places which are worth appreciating along with the pleasures of the sun and the sea.

resorts and spas

Every resort in the Algarve has its own unique character, offering totally different scenery, experiences, activities and gastronomic delights. From the simplest to the most sophisticated, what they all have in common is a genuine pleasure in offering hospitality. A Spa is the perfect choice for total relaxation and pampering. Pampering for the body and soul provides an ideal escape from the daily grind and relaxing rituals rejuvenate your being and restore balance.

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