Because of its gentle climate, warm sea temperatures and year-round sunshine,
the Algarve has a Mediterranean atmosphere, moderated by gentle breezes coming from the
Atlantic. This atmosphere is reflected by the white houses and their peculiar chimneys.
On the Algarve coast, which extends for 150 kilometres along great beaches of
white sand that are fringed by reddish cliffs and sandstone rocks, there is an infinite
variety of water sports to complement your golfing. Most of these facilities are available
at excellent hotels and resort developments.
Ponta da Piedade
Faro, the region's main town, is served by an international airport. It is well
worth visiting its medieval walls, the cathedral built over an old mosque and the church
of Saint Francis, which is decorated with a beautiful collection of painted ceramic tiles
dating front the 18th century. It is a cosmopolitan town and a colourful postcard of the
To the west of Faro lies the town of Lagos, where the ships were built that
once sailed away on great adventures marking the Age of Discoveries.
Lagos - D. Sebastião Statue
The headland of Sagres, a short distance from Lagos, is a place of symbolic
significance, for it was from here that Portuguese sailors weighed anchor under the orders
of Prince Henry the Navigator, the inspiration behind the Age of Discoveries. To the east
of Faro, Tavira's houses are mirrored in the calm waters of a silvery river; its narrow
streets have an almost oriental charm.
In the hinterland stands the town of Silves, with its Moorish castle and famous
cistern. Set amongst the unusual and exuberant vegetation of the Monchique mountains, one
can discover the town bearing this name, which was founded by the Romans, who considered
its hot springs to be sacred.
Promontório de Sagres
In terms of gastronomy, the Algarve region offers a wealth of seafood and fish
dishes. Some are still cooked in the old manner - such as the famous cataplana, which uses
clams as its basic ingredient. Fig, almond, and egg sweetmeats have their origins in old
Arab recipes. You should not miss any of these after enjoying a good game of golf, and
before heading for one of the region's famous discotheques.
This coastal region, with the Atlantic
breezes has a warm and dry climate, ideal for visitors throughout the year.
Season High 29 C / 84F - Low 15 C / 59F