The Algarve conjures up images of wide sweeping golden beaches divided by magnificent outcrops of rock – even the name sounds exotic!
However, this sun-baked jewel is much more than just a beach beauty spot. Set on the south coast of Portugal, the enchanting region is greatly influenced by the sea and every village has an enduring devotion to fishing. For five centuries the Algarve was the proud land of the Moors and their history is conveyed in the local architecture, music and culture. This destination is ideal if you are looking to combine relaxation with some authentic Portuguese culture.
There’s no better place to stay in the Algarve than Albufeira, a bustling seafront intertwined with a traditional old town populated with shops, bars and restaurants. The shore is adorned with mini amphitheatres of creamy sand, which slope down into spangled and silvery waters sparkling under the balmy sunshine. Albufeira is so richly strewn with beaches it’s easy to discern the origin of its old Arabic name, ‘sea castle’.
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