Guide to the Algarve
Last update: June 2023
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Sun, Beaches and Fun
In the Southern Region of Portugal
, the Algarve
- Faro District
is the main tourist destination in Portugal
and one of the most popular in Europe.
the capital of the district, is the starting point to discover this beautiful Region.
Algarve Guide, Top of Portugal © /RTA
Where to go? Windward or Sotavento?
there are the most popular and beautiful beaches:
Praia do Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, Praia da Rocha, Albufeira...
, in addition to some beautiful beaches, especially in
Loulé (Almancil, Quarteira, Vilamoura) and the Ria Formosa
of Faro, the Capital of the Algarve, which dominates the landscape.
Algarvian coastline: sun, beach, fun, shopping, rest, leisure, nature and walks.
This is the Algarve
to Vila Real de Santo Antônio
, there are two hundred kilometers of coastline,
where, from west to east, the headlands, cliffs and sand meet the warm waters of the
Atlantic. In this beautiful region are some of the most beautiful beaches
Coast, Barrocal and Mountain
- The facets of geography
, with its landscapes and
Loulé, Algarve © / RTA
Algarve International Destination
In addition to the Portuguese, the Algarve
is one of the favorite destinations for the British, Germans, Dutch and tourists
of other nationalities.
Beaches of the Algarve
, considered some of the best in Europe,
attract most of the tourists who visit the region. There are about 200 km of coastline, from
to Costa Vicentina
, with an international airport in between.
And all this beauty is found just 277 km south of the capital, Lisbon. In a straight line, the distance is
of only 217 km! Which means that in about 3 hours of travel the visitor will be enjoying
of the sun and the beauties of Algarve
Find out more: Beaches of the Algarve
Praia da Marinha Beach, Lagoa © /RTA
Located in the south of Portugal, the Algarve
is bathed to the south by the Atlantic Ocean
, to the east, by the Rio Guadiana
, to the north, it borders with the
and to the west, equally with the Atlantic Ocean
How to get to the Algarve
Located around 270 km south of Lisbon, there are several ways to get to the Algarve
by car, by train (train) or by bus (bus). The duration of the journey is approximately 3 hours
on a trip.
Find out more: How to get to the Algarve
Travelling through the Algarve, Albufeira, Southern Portugal © Google Earth Pro
Area and Population
With 4,960 km², the Algarve
currently has a population of close to half a million
population. The main urban agglomerations are Loulé, Faro, Portimão, Olhão and Tavira
Discover the Algarve
Algarvian Cuisine, Algarve, Southern Portugal © RTA
Flavors of the Algarve
is known for its delicious cuisine
based on fish and seafood.
sea, Mediterranean cuisine and traditional Algarve cuisine, the highlight of which is the cataplana
Learn more: Algarvian Cuisine and Gastronomy
What to see in the Algarve
, cliffs, rocky outcrops and blue or greenish sea are characteristics of the coast
Algarve, from Barlavento
However, the Algarve
is much more than beautiful beaches
nature, nautical sports, golf courses, hot springs, spas and many other attractions that make this
region of Portugal one of the most visited places in Europe.
Find out more: Attractions of the Algarve
Golf in the Algarve, Southern Portugal © Algarve Promotion
What to do in the Algarve
Active holiday lovers have a wide choice of activities during their stay in the Algarve
hiking, trails, cycling, horse riding, walks and excursions. There is no shortage of options to take advantage of
make the most of your vacation in the region.
Find out more: What to do in the Algarve
A bit of history
has a rich history, marked above all by the Moorish occupation and the Reconquista
Christian. It was the last territory to be incorporated into the Kingdom of Portugal.
From the Algarve to the World
"It was from here that the Portuguese set out to meet other peoples and cultures in the 15th century…" [Visit Portugal]
"In the middle of the 13th century, the Algarve lands were the last in Portugal to be conquered from Portuguese rule.
Muslim. After long advances and retreats, the Christian reconquest has the precious collaboration of the
Knights of the Order of Santiago
, led by D. Paio Peres Correia
for in the reign of D. Afonso III
put an end to the Arab presence in Algarve
and unite the region to the kingdom of Portugal
. In addition to Silves
, the current capital of the Algarve, are definitely taken
to the Moors. Thus was founded the Kingdom of Portugal and the Algarves
Later, at the beginning of the century. XV, the beginning of the Portuguese maritime expansion gives new vigor to the lands and
Algarve people. Lagos
are forever linked to the
Infante D. Henrique and the Discoveries
. Even today, at Ponta de Sagres
a gigantic stone finger points to the Atlantic
ocean in a clear allusion to the
courage of the Algarvian navigators
, such as Gil Eanes
, who made
sea in search of new worlds to give to the world" [Visit Algarve].
Diversity of landscapes, beautiful beaches and inviting sea, summer paradise and unforgettable holidays
the right choice for a successful holiday.
Find out more: Algarve unmissable
Where to stay in the Algarve
The Algarve hotel network is one of the most complete in Portugal: luxury or
other categories, apartments and houses for seasonal rent, visitors can
choose your accommodation according to your profile.
Find out more: Where to stay in the Algarve
Sports in the Algarve, Southern Portugal © Images of Portugal
Sports in the Algarve
There are several sports activities that can be practiced in the Algarve
highlight for water sports
, among others.
Find out more: Sports in the Algarve
Health in the Algarve
numerous visitors take advantage of their holidays to undergo small treatments
and care at the various care centers and spas throughout the Algarve region.
Find out more: Spas in the Algarve
Spas in the Algarve, Southern Portugal © / Algarve Promotion, illustration
Live in the Algarve
A highly touristic region, very focused on the European summer (Jun-September), the Algarve
it has a relatively higher cost of living than in other regions of Portugal.
For this reason, most likely, living in the Algarve
will cost more than in the
rest of the country, perhaps with the exception of Lisbon.
In fact, to better take advantage of income in their countries of origin, many Europeans choose
Portugal and the Algarve, which even though it is expensive, is still less expensive than, for example, Scandinavia
or in Switzerland.
Researching a lot before making this option is an imperative necessity.
Learn more: Live in Portugal
Working in the Algarve
's economy rests essentially on tourism, with seasonality
a hallmark of activity in the region. The high season in Europe, which runs from June to the end of
September, increases the demand for workers, especially - but not only - in activities
geared towards tourism: waiters, cooks, drivers and other jobs.
To work as a waiter, in direct contact with the public, it is advisable to at least know how to speak
a little bit of English, or French, or German. This can help a lot in your job search.
Salaries do not vary much in relation to other regions of the country. Considering the current minimum wage
of 760 €s (R$ 4,233.00 in May 2023) monthly, with tips this could reach 860 €s
(BRL 4,790.00, at the exchange rate of 5.57 reais per euro).
Learn more: Work in Portugal
Study in the Algarve
As for living and working in the Algarve
, studying in the region does not escape the same
basic considerations, such as accommodation and food, in addition to travel (transport).
The University of the Algarve (UAlg)
, with eight faculties, offers a series of courses to students
from all over the world. Students from Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP) benefit from a price
more affordable part of the annual fee (tuition), which is between 1,500 and 4,500 €s, according to the
course. This payment can be divided into ten monthly installments.
Learn more: Study in Portugal