Explore the gem of Southern Portugal, the Algarve

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Algarve is an area in the very south of Portugal. This is an example of what expects you if you decide to visit.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
A great view from Cabo de São Vicente

Things to do in the Algarve

History: See Roman and Moorish remains.
Beaches: Enjoy a day at one of the many beautiful Algarve beaches.
Food: Eat delicious seafood, enjoy a big chunk of beef at one of the many steakhouses (churrascaria) or just relax in one of the many small local cafeterias.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

Fun at an Algarve beach

Silves castle

That impressive castle was built by the moors in the 10th and 11th century, hence it’s almost 1000 years old. Inside the castle there is a cistern (Cisterna da Moura Encantada) obviously used to have enough drinking water inside the castle. There is a legend that you can hear the ghost of a Moorish princess sing inside at midnight once a year.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
Silves village

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
The entrance to the cistern

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

Cabo de São Vicente in West Algarve

I’m a geography freak, so I had to visit the most south-western corner of Europe. I went for an extended walk and made photos of many of the cliffs. If you’re fan of beaches there are plenty up north or toward the east to be discovered. Just pick your favourite one. I discovered a beautiful natural one, but unfortunately don’t remember anymore, where it was exactly.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
Lunchtime for crabs near the cape

Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

The biggest city of Nigeria has its name from this one. This Lagos is much smaller than it’s sibling in Africa and has an enjoyable and charming structure. So it is already really enjoyable to just walk around, have a look at the buildings. In-between you can have a coffee, eat something or try to find a good souvenir. A lot of nice Algarve beaches can also be found near Lagos. In the night it is the party destination of the Algarve.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.
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Monchique, a gem of Portugal

25 km north of Portimão you find Monchique. Besides having a really nice old town inhabited by totally relaxed people it is a very good place to go for a hike to the Monchique mountains. The landscape is a beautiful mix of trees, plantations and natural spots. Walk up to the top to be rewarded with a good view. The signposting of the hikes is quite good and in the tourism centre you can get maps.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

The Algarve with its Algarve beaches, cities and landscapes truly is the gem of South Portugal. Don't believe me? Just have a look at the pictures here.

Castro Marim

Is a city that existed already in the Roman times. So some Roman artefacts can be seen here. The nearby nature habitat is home to many birds, so if bird watching is your big hobby this is the place to go.

How to get to the Algarve beaches, landscapes and cities

The Algave airport of Faro, the biggest city in the Algarve, can be reached with some budget airlines. The best connections are from the UK. Apart from that regular airlines offer the best options to reach an airport in Algarve.

How to get around to see the Algarve attractions

Since public transport is not so well, the best option is to rent a car. (If book the rental about one month before and pay the price beforehand online with your credit card you will get a good price.) If you’re also equipped with a good navigation device there is no more obstacle for some good time and fun.

Best time to visit the Algarve

Take your Algarve vacation from March to April. That’s the time before high season, where the prices are still reasonable and you always find a parking space for your rental car even in the city centres. Plus the Algarve temperatures are not too high.

Accommodation: I booked a good hotel in Loulé with booking.com.

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