The algarve stretches across the whole of the southern portugal. Its name derives from the Arabic El-Gharb meaning “west”. Although the Algarve has been occupied by the moors for 600 years, besides some city- and castlewalls in Silves and Tavira, there are hardly any remainders. Nevertheless all houses in the Algarve are still being build wit those typical arabic chimneys. The Romans however left serveral bridges and ruins.
The windward shore is the Algarve’s most famous strectch of coast. Ochre – coloured cliffs plunge down to the beach and the turquoise sea surges into coves and grottoes
- Here you can enjoy the green hills with its rich vegetation and the spectacular views from the highest point – Fóia (902mts).
- Don’t forget to visit Caldas de Monchique and enjoy the Thermal Waters.
- In the Moorish times it was the capital of the Algarve.
- Here you can visit the castle which dates from this period and affords magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.
- You can also visit the impressive Gothic Cathedral.
- A place filled with culture and history, but also with breathtaking areas, is the ideal location to go for a walk.
- Known mostly because of the impressive fort, home to Prince Henry’s famous School of Navigation.
- In the Cape St. Vincent, the Europe’s most South Western point you can visit the small lighthouse and also the stunning cliffs.