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Algarve Tourist Information

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Why Algarve?

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It is real holiday paradise because:
* It is always sunny all year round
* Offers the holidaymaker as many attractions as anywhere in Europe.
* Low costs of food and wine
* Every season has a lot to offer
* Very easy to reach and move about
* Very diverse and full of contrast
* It is a small country and has a personal and endearing character.
* Friendly and hospitable local people

The Algarve is developing the tourist industry in the form of purpose-built resort towns along the coast which ruin the countryside and scare off independent visitors.

However, the perception of the Algarve as a holiday place for sunbathing pensioners and wild teenagers is quite subjective. Only a few miles North of Portimao there is a vast unspoilt and tranquil country with pine, cork and eucaliptus forests and ancient villages full of local colour.

There are quite a few comfortable villas for rent with swimming pools and modern conveniences in Monchique area, which offer affordable independent or individual family holidays away-from-it-all for those who appreciate natural beauty and the sun, but still like to be close to shops, restaurants, cafe's and the sea. In only minutes you can reach the southern coast where most tourist attractions are, or stunningly rugged and unpopulated Western coast which is a national park. Sounds good? Check out our Holiday Rental Villa.

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Algarve Profile

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The name Algarve is a derivative of "al-gharb", an Arab word meaning "land beyond". The Moors gave it to this beautiful country after conquering the Iberian Peninsula in 711. The name Algarve means "vacation paradise" for thousands of visitors that come to visit and revisit this sunny countryside.

Good new roads have opened this beautiful country for easy exploration from the West coast and all the way into Spain. The new motorway begins at the border of Spain and goes all the way to Lagos. It takes just over one hour to cross from end-to-end. There is also a motorway from Lisbon.

The main airport is at Faro in the middle of the Algarve coastline.

The South coast has an ideal climate, and many lovely sandy beaches. It is especially popular in summer but you will always find delightfully uncrowded beaches even near the busiest places. The West coast is more rugged, with steep tracks down to the beaches. This area is much less developed than the south coast, but with road improvements can now be easily reached.

Inland from the coast there are hills with the highest point Foia (902 mts.). Just below it lies the well known small town of Monchique - a gem of the Algarve. Local friuts that can be found on sale in the local market are grown there. The local drink "Medronho" that is best drunk in one of the many local taverns is brewed here.

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Algarve is a great place to visit all year round. In January and February the coast is covered in white with almond blossom. It is also the season for the sweet juicy Algarve oranges. In March, orange trees and of acacias are in bloom. April is coloured with wild flowers and many colourful birds. May and June is when you see bare barks of stripped cork trees. July is the time of cherries, strawberries and melons. August and September - for grapes, figs and almonds. November is for chestnuts. And in December it is time to start picking oranges.

The rural villages and markets, cafe, restaurants, natural springs and historical sites, sandy beaches, busy coastal towns with modern tourist industry - all offer a perfect holiday and you are sure to be accompanied by good weather.

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