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ALGARVE
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regional overview

The Algarve is the most Mediterranean region in Portugal, with clear seas, olive groves and whitewashed villages, originally built by the Moors. It is also the most visited and developed for tourism. True to our nature, we are careful to avoid areas spoilt by mass tourism, and focus instead on more natural and quieter parts of the Algarve. In the rural interior, spectacular west coast and more authentic parts of the south coast, there are charming farmhouses surrounded by orange groves, historic Moorish villages, lagoons ideal for kite-surfing and long empty beaches under high cliffs. All perfect for those who want to enjoy the Algarve without the crowds.

properties in ALGARVE

In the Algarve we choose charming, historic and renovated cottages and farmhouses on the spectacular west coast as well as the quiet and authentic inland hills and countryside. These are true country escapes and a good base for those who enjoy nature and the great outdoors- on land and sea. There are also lovely places to stay along quieter eastern and western parts of the south coast and the adjacent hills. Historic and full of Mediterranean character- here there are secluded villas with pools and gardens, ideal for families and for those who want to be close to the beach and activities such as golf, tennis and water-sports. Avoided by us are properties in areas of ugly development, where there are apartment complexes, resorts, crowds and tacky tourism.

the great outdoors

The west-facing coast heading north from Sagres has cliffs and empty beaches, making this one of the best places in Europe for surfing, kite-surfing and deep water solo cliff climbing. There is also very good walking on this coastline and in villages and the hills inland, such as at Monchique, or along the 240 km Via Algarvia which crosses the region from east to west. The Algarve is famous for golf and the best courses are on the southern coast, which is also the centre for sailing, scuba diving and fishing. Ideal for birders and kayakers is the lagoon in the Ria Formosa natural park. Spring is a good time for seeing wildflowers in the countryside and the western cliffs. Beaches are aplenty in the Algarve.

historic towns & local culture

Away from tourist resorts, the Algarve is charming and rich in history. The Romans and Phoenicians settled in the Algarve before it became a stronghold of the Moors for five hundred years, building towns such as Silves and Tavira. When the Christians re-conquered the territory in the 1249, they began to build castles, churches and squares, seen in all historic town centres of the Algarve, such as at Alte and Almancil. The smaller towns of the interior and coast are also charming, with a slow rural pace of life and white and blue houses, typical of the region.

best times to visit

The Algarve is a year-round destination, with hot summers and mild winters. The climate here is dry and healthy. Summers get busy in the main coastal tourist areas, but one can easily escape the crowds in less developed areas of the coastline and in the interior. This is also a good time for sailing and wind-surfing, with strong afternoon winds. The Spring and Autumn in the Algarve have blissful weather without the crowds, and are the best times for walking and mountain biking. Winter is best for surfers and for those looking for winter sun.

getting there & around

Faro has international flights from all over Europe and being located in the centre of the Algarve makes it ideal as a point of entry. Many places are within easy reach by taxi from the airport and even the most distant areas of the Algarve are only 100 km away. A car is recommended for those going to more rural areas and wanting to explore.
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