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Algarve coast: vacation in Portugal for lovers of the ocean

One of the novelties of the spring / summer 2019 season was the flight program from Kiev to Faro, Algarve region, Portugal. So, it’s time to get acquainted with the resorts and choose your tour to Portugal!

History and Geography
The city of Faro (Faro) is the center of the southernmost part of Portugal – the province of the Algarve. This is a seaport and air gate for all resorts located on the coast. The resort is small, no more than 70 thousand people live here permanently. Not all tourists stop in Faro, many continue on their way to other resort towns in the Algarve, for example, Lagos, Vilamoura, Albufeira.

The Algarve region is isolated and unlike the rest of Portugal – historically, and due to the fact that it is separated from it by the ridges of Serra de Monchique and Serra de Serra do Caldeiran, and on the other hand rests against the Atlantic Ocean. Result: a beautiful coast with a length of 155 kilometers with beaches with yellow sand, grottoes, bays and mountain spurs.
If you are asked to describe the Algarve briefly, say: 200 kilometers of coast, rocks, ancient towns with little white houses buried in thickets of almonds and fig trees. And the Algarve is considered the sunniest region in Europe.

The Algarve borders with Spain, from Faro to it several tens of kilometers. Africa is not so close from here as from the Spanish Cadiz or Marbella, but the Arab and Moorish influence in geographical names, architecture, and how the locals decorate their homes is clearly visible. Even the name Algarve is Arabic, “al-garb” in translation means “west”. The history of the region is like a colorful blanket of conquests and conquests. The Romans, Visigoths, and Moors ruled these lands.

The Algarve borders with Spain, from Faro to it several tens of kilometers. Africa is not so close from here as from the Spanish Cadiz or Marbella, but the Arab and Moorish influence in geographical names, architecture, and how the locals decorate their homes is clearly visible. Even the name Algarve is Arabic, “al-garb” in translation means “west”. The history of the region is like a colorful blanket of conquests and conquests. The Romans, Visigoths, and Moors ruled these lands.

Resorts Algarve
Faro Resort – with beautiful architecture and the Ria Formosa nature reserve in the surrounding area. Here rare birds are guarded and pink flamingos can be seen.

Lagos – in the old days was the capital of the region. A city with a rich cultural heritage, you can drop by here to wander through the streets. Sagres is a favorite resort of windsurfers, they like the local waves.

Vilamoura is a classic beach resort with a sandy coast, infrastructure, golf courses. Hotels in Vilamoura belong to world famous chains, for example, Hilton, Four Seasons. There is a marina in Vilamoura with luxury yachts for guests arriving at the resort by sea, not by air.

Albufeira is a very popular resort, which has grown on the site of the former village of fishermen. Albufeira is famous for its sandy beaches and numerous bays.

The resort of Carvoeiro offers many options for accommodation, these are hotels, apartments, villas and bungalows. A striking feature of Carvoeiro – large bays with bizarre cliffs.

The respectable resort of Vale do Lobo is considered the most prestigious on the coast, wealthy golf lovers come here. Vale do Lobo was lucky with the beach, it is 5 kilometers long, with excellent infrastructure.

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Features of rest in the Algarve
As we have already noted, there are many sunny days and a mild climate. The season in the Algarve begins in April and lasts until October, although winters are also mild, with a temperature of + 12 °. In Faro and the Algarve there is something to do at any time of the year, people come here to admire the creations of nature and attractions. In summer, the air warms up to +30 degrees, while the resorts are never hot, refreshing ocean breezes. But the water temperature, even in the very heat (July-August) is not higher than +22 + 24 ° С. The warmest on the coast from Albufeira to Tavira, for a beach holiday in the Algarve, you can choose them.

The beaches in the Algarve are different, there are wide and even, for example, Praia de Faro 10 minutes from Faro, with restaurants and shops, equipped with everything necessary for recreation, including for people with disabilities. There are more secluded, natural beaches near picturesque rocky cliffs – like Praia da Falesia or Praia de Benagil, located in the bay. Typical picture: white or yellow sand framed by beautiful cliffs and the ocean. On the beaches of the Algarve, the scale is impressive: the coast and ocean waves are so large that you feel small, small. It is worth seeing with your own eyes! The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, in addition to those already mentioned, are called Praia Da Rocha, Praia da Dona Ana, Praia do Carvalho, Praia do Castelejo and Praia do Amado (belong to the Vicentino National Park), Praia da Marinha, Tavira, Praia do Lourenzo, Praia do Cordama, Beliche beach near the town of Sagres, beaches and viewing platforms in the vicinity of Lagos.

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