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Not to be Missed in the Algarve

Bem-vindo to the heart of this beautiful region in the south of Portugal, one of the best known on the Iberian Peninsula. Due to its unique landscape and sunny weather, the Algarve has become one of Europe's most popular tourist regions. Although its beautiful beaches are very busy in high season, the Algarve also offers visitors a more secret, wilder side of exceptional natural scenery away from the crowds, as well as sumptuous sights and picturesque villages.

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Heritage

Le Château de Silves is one of the jewels of the city. Its characteristic architecture is a reminder of the presence of the Moors in the region. From the top of the largest castle in the Algarve, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the town of Silves. Take a stroll among its red sandstone walls for a real trip back in time.
The church of St-Laurent de Almancil


The Baroque-style Church of Saint Lawrence has an interior decoration that has become a benchmark in the art of azulejos (tiles). The altarpiece of the high altar is made of gilded wood carvings and the walls, a work by Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes, are entirely covered with tiles depicting scenes from the life of São Lourenço. The work, dated 1730, is one of the most representative of the incorporation of azulejos, so characteristic of Portuguese sacred art, into architecture.

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Lovely Towns and Villages

Lagos

Although Lagos is one of the most touristy towns in the Algarve, it is no less picturesque. Roam through the narrow streets of the historic centre, visit the Municipal Market, the town's central square. Don't miss the charming port where you can pull up a chair at one of the local seafood restaurants.

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Faros

Take a stroll through the streets of this elegant historic town, which has been sheltered from the waves of tourists visiting the region. Faro is the perfect place to take a leisurely walk and discover the history of the Algarve. Don't miss the Sé de Faro Cathedral, with its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance influences. This emblematic monument of the city is a true medley of styles.

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Tavira

This small town tinted in bright yellow is without doubt one of the most picturesque places in the region. Tavira is home to some 20 churches as well as a Moorish quarter. Stroll through the cobbled streets of this charming town and enjoy the terraces of its many restaurants and cafes set within a radiant atmosphere.

Natural Areas

Ria Formosa nature reserve

This marshland park, which stretches for over 60 km, is home to incredible biodiversity and breathtaking scenery. Here you can observe the flora and fauna of the region through both land and sea excursions. Lose yourself in this maze of islets and be impressed by the beauty and richness of the surroundings.


Cabo de San Vicente

Declared a nature reserve in 1988, this place is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors. Here, otters, herons, eagles and many others are waiting to be discovered, as well as a number of other animals alongside the magnificent scenery. You can also visit historical buildings such as a lighthouse or the fortress of Sagres, a symbol of the Portuguese explorations of the 15th century.

An unmissable spot!

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Ponta da Piedade

With its distinctive rock formations, this cliff is one of the most beautiful sights in the entire region. The golden hues of the rocks contrast with the turquoise colour of the water, making it a magnificent sight at sunset. If you want to enjoy an exceptional view, why not take a boat trip along the coast? The sportier among you may opt for a kayak.


The trail of the 7 hanging valleys

Revel in the near wilderness along the '7 Hanging Valleys' trail. The mix of greenery, deep blue waters and golden cliffs make for a beautiful scene worth capturing on film. In the past, each valley was connected by a body of water, but the passage of time and erosion have remoulded this incredible landscape.

To complete the full tour, you will need to stay for a day. Wear comfortable shoes as the journey is 6 hour round trip. Feel free to have a picnic en route in a leafy area to admire the scenery while you enjoy your lunch.

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Villa Lilies

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Azur

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Villa Florival

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