The Algarve is the southernmost part of Portugal. Its coastline is dominated by stunningly long, sandy beaches, cliffs, and caves. A short distance from the ocean, however, nature looks completely different; here, there are olive groves, cork trees, fruit trees and the peacefulness of the countryside.
On the Algarve’s western coast, nature is wilder. A harsher climate with wind, waves, and cliffs will make visitors feel humble when confronted with the power of the elements. With lots of good waves, the western coast of the Algarve is also a true paradise for surfers
If you are looking for more than a sunny beach holiday, the Algarve is the perfect location with a rich cultural heritage including Moorish castles, Roman ruins and bridges, churches and cathedrals, some ancient monasteries, fortresses, old lighthouses, as well as ancient towns and villages.
The Algarve has many surprises in store for you, the very freshest fish and seafood are the main ingredients in the local cuisine. They are joined by vegetables and fruits whose flavours the sun has amplified, and their combination provide the elements for a dining experience that you will never forget.
Set off on a culinary journey that will delight your taste buds with flavours and sensations you have never experienced before. Try both traditional and contemporary dishes. Your palate will always remember your visit to the Algarve.
The Algarve’s natural diversity is undoubtedly one of its greatest riches. You can easily go from the coast to the mountains and explore the different environments.
On the coastline you can find an awe-inspiring biodiversity – from native birds, to molluscs and crustaceans which are the main source of revenue for seafood producers.
Away from the wide beaches and steep cliffs, the vast plains and mountains invites you to experience a different Algarve, one that is covered with orange trees and orchards of fig, carob and almond trees.