Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal. Algarve is the third richest region of Portugal, after Lisbon and Madeira. Its capital is Faro. The most popular place is Albufeira just 40 minute drive from Faro.
Albufeira is split into two main areas The Old Town and The Strip. Albufeira’s old town is a picturesque and relaxed area with pretty cobbled streets lined with restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. When you are looking for a nightlife, where the bars and clubs are open nearly 24 hours a day, head to “the strip” (Avenida Dr Francisco Sà Carneiro).
The Algarve is historic, areas of the Algarve formed part of an ancient trading route that out dates even the Romans. The site where Igreja Matriz (or the ‘Mother Church’) now stands has long been a place of worship. The current church was built in the 18th century, after the 1755 earthquake devastated Albufeira’s old parish church (which itself was originally an Arab mosque).
The Algarve is one of the safest regions in Europe, and Portugal ranks as the 17th safest country in the world. Violent crime is rare, and petty crime is limited to street crime during the busy tourist season.For three years running Portugal’s Algarve region is named as the best place in the world, all things considered, to live or retire overseas.
Nowhere else in the world, we’ve proclaimed, could you embrace a better overall lifestyle experience than in this southernmost coastal region of Portugal. The cost of living in Albufeira to all the Europe for as little as $1,200 Per Month
The Algarve has 31 golf courses, Vilamoura is famous for golf. At the peak of the tourism season in Algarve the numbers of visitors to the Algarve ends up being almost triple the number of locals! Almost 1,000,000 people.
The Algarve was placed in the top list of top travel destinations for 2012 in the New York Times. In 1755 the Algarve was hit and destroyed by an earthquake, which had its epicentre very close to Lagos.
In health and fitness Portugal is a sporty country. The Foot volley (a sport that combines football and beach volleyball) is said to have originated on Albufeira sands, and late afternoons often see pickup games. Stay to watch or join in!
Located just outside of Albufeira, Praia do Barranco das Belharucas got its name for being the nesting spot of colorful birds called ‘bee-eaters’ (abelharucos). Backed by severe orange cliff, the beach itself is quiet, with calm waters great for all manner of water sports!