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An Overview Of Algarve – Your Essential 2 Minute Guide

June 13, 2010 by Travel Guide Algarve  
Filed under Travel Guide

If you’re looking to get an overview of the Algarve, then you’ve come to the right spot, because we’re going to be looking at what makes this southern region of Portugal one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Though there are only about 410,000 permanent residents in the Algarve, the population more than doubles during the peak tourist holiday season.

The reason for this can be summed up into two words — weather and climate.

While getting an overview of the Algarve, it’s important to notice that in stark contrast to the rest of Europe, the even climate of southern Algarve is warm almost year round. Because of this, the Algarve is one of the top tourist destinations for Europeans, especially the Germans and British.

Algarve-Ponta-da-PiedadeTo get an overview of the Algarve, you’re going to want to see everything that area has to offer. Here are a few places you’re going to want to check out:

1. Faro

This coastal town is filled with cobblestone streets surrounded by quaint, whitewashed houses with old brick chimneys. This town features beautiful architecture and several excellent museums.

Sunny nearly year-round, this is also a popular destination for sun seekers.

2. Parque Natural de Ria Formosa

Unspoiled marshlands, freshwater lakes and lagoons make this a destination that you shouldn’t miss.

This is a major Algarve tourist attraction, and for good reason! If you stop by the famous environment and nature conservation of the Ria Formosa region, make sure to bring your camera!

3. Carvoeiro

This lovely little coastal fishing village features a wide range of restaurants and bars, as well as many live entertainment shows.

While visiting this town, make sure that you try some snorkeling in the sheltered beach that boarders the town!

To get an overview of the Algarve, you’ll want to experience both the loud and popular, as well as the the quiet and hidden gems of the Algarve. Make sure to check out these three locations, and you’ll quickly see why the Algarve is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe!

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