The Algarve, whose name is derived from the Arabic ‘Al Gharb', meaning ‘The West', is situated in the extreme south of Portugal. Blessed with fabulous weather, an amazing coastline and a rich and varied landscape from the Atlantic Ocean to the Monchique Mountains, the region takes full advantage of its natural assets.
This southern part of Portugal is served by the Faro Airport, which has the same name as the district capital where you can visit the Cathedral also known as the Church of Santa Maria. The picturesque Sal-Gema mine in Loulé is unique and worth a visit.
The Ria Formosa Natural Park covers an extent of 60 km along the Algarve coast, between Ancão (municipality of Loulé) and Manta Rota (municipality of Vila Real de Santo António), and has a total area of about 18,400 hectares, including parts of the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António.
The nature reserves and national parks offer protected habitats and unspoiled, peaceful environments for ramblers and walkers, bird watchers and botanists, painters and photographers. Not to miss are the gastronomic delicacies that go from clams to fresh fish, carob or almond sweets, or the famous oranges, among others, which make the delights of many visitors.
Whether you are seeking the summer sun or escaping the winter blues, on a quick out-of-season break or a well-deserved holiday, you will love this place with over 300 days of sunshine a year.