Situated in the very south of Portugal and with a warm climate all year round, offering the possibility of swimming in every season, this region of Portugal is a prime holiday destination. Its land provides many delicious products that travellers enjoy in the farmers’ markets and the many restaurants around: fruit, nuts, olives, wines, meats and fish smoked over charcoal. The smell of orange groves is sweet under the sun, fortunately the sea is not far away and the beaches are incredible. From the famous Benagil cave to Albufeira and its family beaches or Lagos and its beautiful cliffs, everything is beautiful! Faro the capital, Sagres the traditional one, the hilltop villages Monchique and Silves, visit everything! The Algarve is a region not to be missed.
The first people in the Algarve were traders, such as the Phoenicians, establishing their colonies on the coasts. During the period of the "discovery" of the Americas, the importance of the Algarve became pivotal as it became one of the main departure ports and its inhabitants participated solidly in these maritime adventures and in the occupation of Africa. The 1755 earthquake destroyed much of the Algarve including many important monuments. The Algarvios, staunchly forged ahead unperturbed by all these great obstacles and reconstructed the Algarve, so that today it has become a marvelous seaside resort!