The Algarve stretches across the whole of the southern Portugal. Its name derives from the Arabic El-Gharb meaning “west”. Although the Algarve was occupied by the Moors for 600 years, besides some city and castlewalls in Silves and Tavira, there are hardly any remains. Nevertheless all houses in the Algarve are still being built with those typical Arabic chimneys. The Romans however left several bridges and ruins.
The windward shore is the Algarve’s most famous stretch of coast. Ochre coloured cliffs plunge down to the beach and the turquoise sea surges into coves and grottoes.
- Here you can stroll along the Ribeirinha as it follows the old docks.
- The museum of Portimão celebrates the fishing heritage of the region and is certainly worth a visit.
- Enjoy the beautiful Azulejos paintings in the Jardim 1° Dezembro which depict the history of Portugal.
- In the Moorish times Silves was the capital of the Algarve.
- Here you can visit the castle which dates from this period and affords magnificent views of 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.
- Here you can enjoy green hills with rich vegetation and the spectacular views from the highest point – Fóia (902m).
- Don’t forget to visit Caldas de Monchique and enjoy the Thermal Waters.
- 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.