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Algarve - Portugal


The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and it's one of Europe's favourite holiday destinations well known for glorious year round sunshine and excellent sandy beaches.

The Algarve is Portugal's southernmost province, bounded by the Atlantic ocean, the mountains of Caldeirao and Monchique and by the River Guadiana, it possesses a character distinct from the rest of Portugal. Dominated for 500 years by the Moors, they named the land Al Gharb - the western land. In search of fertile land they found an area warmed by the Gulf Stream with 3,000 hour of sunshine a year - more than the Costa Brava, Mallorca of the French Riviera - ideal for their orange groves, vineyards, almond and olive orchards.

Much of the Moorish influence can still be seen today in the region's architecture, music and language. There are more than 100 miles of rugged coastline with magnificent tide washed golden sand beaches or tiny hidden coves.

For the more energetic, the sporting facilities are excellent, in particular golf and tennis. Indeed whatever resort you have chosen you are never far from a golf course or tennis court, while the waters of the Atlantic are ideal for the many watersports available.

The Algarve has been most successful in retaining its particular character, you will find Portuguese fishermen working unconcerned on the beach alongside holidaymakers, or venture inland and you will be surprised to find this is still an undiscovered, unspoilt part of the world where old traditions still survive. In addition to excellent entertainment the Algarvian cuisine is delightful with plentiful supplies of fresh meat and sea food and year round availability of superb fruit and vegetables all washed down with local wine.

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