In the southern region of Portugal, Algarve covers more than five thousand square kilometers of beautiful landscape. It is also one of the richest regions in the country, mostly earning its income through tourism, fishing and fruit production. This region has been inhabited by humans since the Neolithic ages. The highest point in Algarve is the Fioa, which is located on the Monchique Mountains. This point stands at about 902 meters. The region of Algarve also includes some islets and islands. The summer season, when the golden sun keeps on shining, is the best time to visit Algarve. Winters are also comfortable here with temperatures rarely falling below 0 degrees Celsius.
Faro is by far the most popular city in the Algarve region. You can hire a car in the Algarve and head to Faro for the famous sights of the Bishop’s Palace, a cathedral from the Renaissance period, and about 20 wonderful beaches. Beach activity is dynamic and can keep you entertained for hours. He variety of shops and restaurants in Faro are manned by friendly locals. Located on a cliff, this town is known for its vibrant nightlife and an amazing culture. It is also the capital of the Algarve region and has a nice Portuguese vibe about it.
A charming town in Algarve, Lagos is definitely a favourite of all tourists. Although a little crowded during the tourist season, it is an attractive place with stunning scenery. You can take a car for rent in Algarve and drive into the beautiful and imposing 14th century walls of Lagos, which surround the town. With pretty cobbled streets, picture perfect churches, and alluring plazas, this town is a must-visit on your vacation to Algarve.
This beautiful town is set in an idyllic location by the river Rio Gilao. You can rent a car in Algarve and drive through scenic roads to reach Tavira, where you can visit an old Roman bridge, a hilltop castle and many Gothic churches. Tavira also has some unspoilt beaches and plenty of quaint patisseries serving delicious food. Perfect for a walk, the cobbled stone streets can also be a great setting for some lovely photography.
If you don’t mind tourists and a considerable crowd, then visiting Algarve in the peak season can be fun. It is during this time that the region comes alive with wonderful exuberance and lots of activity. However, if you just want to enjoy the natural beauty, then visit Algarve from October to June, when the tourist season is low but the beach waters can be a little nippy.