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a place where people live to the rhythm of the great holiday destinations

Albufeira

First and foremost, Albufeira is famed for its beaches, for the countless shades and tones of its rocks and cliffs.

This is a place where people live to the rhythm of the great holiday destinations, sunbathing during the day and at sunset flocking to enjoy the restaurants, bars and discotheques that enliven the nighttime hours.

Just a few miles inland and everything changes. The green of the countryside is dotted with almond, fig, orange and pine trees and decorated chimneys stand out against the ochre of tiled roofs. Bucolic villages invite you to experience a way of life rooted in the tranquility of nature, to add another dimension to your holidays.

Albufeira principal

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the most southwesterly point of Europe

Faro

Faro’s beaches and the Ria Formosa, where flamingos can be seen taking to the air, mark the border with the sea.

On the flat terrain behind are the houses and buildings of Faro, green vegetable plots that thrive on the fertile land and water wheels that were once used to draw water from the ground another reminder of the city’s Moorish heritage.

In the distance a semi-circle of gentle hills, their slopes clad with fruit trees, frames the landscape. Villages where life goes on at the same easy pace as in centuries past, where unassuming churches conceal art works of astonishing beauty, where vestiges of the magnificence of the Romans still litter the fields.

These are among the charms of Faro and its municipality, an ideal starting point for exciting voyages of discovery.

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Vila Adentro

Faro City Walls

Estoi Palace

Discover one of the most attractive parts of the Algarve

Lagos

Gigantic sculptures carved by the pounding waves that plunge into a crystal sea.

The iridescent greens of sea caves. Beach after beach of soft sand tucked away between ochre cliffs or stretching clear to the horizon. Verdant countryside dotted with the white of houses.

Just a few reasons for visiting and discovering one of the most attractive parts of the Algarve.

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Ponta da Piedade

An ideal spot for a perfect sunset

A place bounded by ochre cliffs and soft, sandy beaches

Lagoa

A turquoise sea bounded by ochre cliffs and soft, sandy beaches.

Bunches of grapes ripening beneath the hot summer sun. The shapes, colors and designs of ceramics that belong to a tradition centuries old.

Such are the attractions of Lagoa and its surroundings, the romantic chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha perched high above the sea, and the fascinating rock formations of Algar Seco.

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Benagil Caves

Boat trip through the caves

A place of sunshine and color

Loulé

The racy, cosmopolitan lifestyle of the world’s leading tourist centers.

A long ribbon of fine, golden sand tucked between the blue of the sea and the bold ochres of the cliffs. The splendor of tiles in a chapel that is itself a work of art. The changing greens of the orchards and the woods of the hills.

An endless variety of decorated chimneys, carefully wrought in a filigree of whitewashed stone and art. Wide open spaces where it is possible to rediscover the meaning of solitude and listen to the silence of nature. With all this and more, Loulé municipality is a place of sunshine and color, fun and excitement.

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Quinta da Tôr

Algarve Wine tasting

Sal-gema

Rocksalt Mine

Olhao

A great place for a holiday full of sun and life

Olhão

The islands and the long stretches of beach that are an ideal spot for swimming and sunbathing.

The tranquil waters of the Ria Formosa, a paradise for nature lovers; and in the background, the countryside dotted with white houses: these are the attractions of Olhão and its municipality, a great place for a holiday full of sun, life and a whole host of charms.

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Olhão Municipal Market

Olhão Beaches and Islands

A place with many charms to visit

Monchique

“Green, how I love you green”.

The poet could have been writing of the wooded slopes of Monchique, for after the heat of the Algarve’s beaches it is the coolness of the hills that is most striking. These are landscapes that are perfect for contemplation, for discovering horizons that end only in the sea, for healthy walks along footpaths and beside crystalline rivers in the midst of rugged hills.

The presence of man is evident in the white houses dotted over the landscape, and the terraces cut into the slopes and planted with fruit trees and vegetable plots. The many charms of Monchique extend an invitation to visit the municipality at length.

Monchique

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Caldas de Monchique

Spa Town in Monchique Mountains

Sagres

A place where nature combines with history

Sagres

The mythical atmosphere surrounding Sagres and Cabo de São Vicente (Cape St. Vincent), places dedicated to the gods for thousands of years.

The unspoilt coastline, with its dramatic horizons of cliffs and sea; the many menhirs that bear witness to prehistoric rites; memories of the epic of the Discoveries and the enigmatic figure of Prince Henry the Navigator: such are the attractions of Vila do Bispo and its municipality, a vast triangle where the sea is a constant presence. And where nature combines with history to create a unique region that is well worth getting to know.

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Cape of Saint Vincent

Sagres Fortress

A place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet

São Brás de Alportel

The rounded forms of hills covered with cistus bushes, cork oaks and strawberry Trees.

Gentle landscapes like watercolors, white houses scattered among verdant fields and orchards; reflections in the slowly moving surface of a river; the play of light and shade on an old whitewashed wall: in such simple things lies the beauty of São Brás de Alportel and its municipality, each an invitation to come and relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet.

São Brás de Alportel

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The Cork Route

Fonte Férrea

Silves

A place for holidays full of the joys of life

Silves

The deep green foliage of orange trees in fertile valleys.

The blue sea and the fast-paced life of an international seaside resort; the picturesque charm of houses surrounded by almond and carob trees; the broad sweep of hills that are a haven for ramblers and nature-lovers: these are among the attractions of Silves municipality, for holidays full of the joys of life.

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Old Moorish City

A place to come and find out more

Tavira

Beautiful empty beaches with sands that seem to go on forever.

Fields of orange trees, heavy with the scent of blossom. Then hills of fig and almond trees and houses with dazzling whitewashed walls and distinctive chimneys decorated to resemble the fine tracery of lace. And last of all, the great open spaces of the hills, where eagles soar, birds sing and flowers bloom.

This is just a hint of the charms of Tavira and its municipality, an invitation to come and find out more.

Tavira

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Tavira Saltpans

Birdwatching

Tavira Roman Bridge

Tavira Castle

Cacela Velha