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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Algarve Travel Guide

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Author: Suze

Algarve Introduction

Situated in the southernmost region of Portugal, the Algarve is one of Europe's favourite holiday destinations enjoying year round sunshine. The Algarve with its coast, its hills and its acres of fertile orchards provide an immense variety of activities from water sports to dolphin watching, from off-road jeep safaris, to 'big game' fishing in the Atlantic. From exploring the ancient towns and villages to a round of golf on world class courses, the Algarve can truly be said to have something for everyone.

Why Go To Algarve?

With its hot summer sun and its mild winters the Algarve is an ideal destination for a summer holiday or a winter break to escape the short days of winter at home. The beaches of the Algarve are as varied as its regions, and even in the midst of the high season, it is possible to discover a secluded sandy paradise, away from the bustle of the larger resorts.

Who Is Algarve Popular With?

The Algarve is an ideal family destination with amazing beaches complete with a range of watersports, as well as fantastic waterparks. Krazy World, near Algoz, is a fun park with two mini golf courses and the Zoomarine near Albufeira should not be missed. Restaurants are renowned for the warm welcome they give to children. For those who like a more active holiday there is tennis, jet skiing, waterskiing, windsurfing, fishing, golfing and horse riding. Holidaymakers who like to party into the early hours will find a vibrant, cosmopolitan nightlife mainly in the coastal resorts, particularly Albufeira.

When To Go To Algarve?

In April the average temperature is in the low twenties rising to thirty degrees in July and August and returns to the low twenties again in October. November to March, the average daytime temperature is fifteen degrees. Spring is a beautiful season, when the orange and almond trees blossom splash the landscape with their colours and fill the air with their scent. Summer is a glorious season of sunshine sand and sea. Autumn is a great time to visit the wineries to sample the local produce. Winter offers a warm, sunny refuge from the dark, damp days at home.

Algarve - The Place

The Algarve boasts long swathes of golden sand with watersport facilities, secluded coves offering privacy and the wild beauty of the rugged cliffs in the southwest at Cape Saint Vincente. Inland in the narrow streets and alleyways of the whitewashed villages, the pace of life is very different. Take in the delights of the Moorish architecture and the houses with their brightly coloured mouldings and lace patterned chimneys, or take a walk in the hills and picnic in the cooling shade of the pine forests. Explore the cobbled streets of Silves, once the ancient capital of the region and visit its ancient castle and medieval bridge. The influence of the many cultures which have occupied the area throughout the centuries is evident in the architecture, music, food, dance and handicrafts. Typical Moorish architecture can be seen in the old towns.

Algarve Culture

The family is very important in Portugese culture and this is reflected in the child friendly atmosphere of the holiday resorts. The people of the Algarve are easy-going, welcoming and friendly, willing to go out of their way to help. In most places there is a relaxed cafe culture where people will sit for hours over a cup of coffee gossiping and setting the world to rights. The influence of the Moors can be seen in their Fado music and dance.
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About the Author

Suzan Allen is a travel professional and she loves to share her tarvel experiences with peoples. Now she is sharing her views about Algarve.
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