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Welcome to this Tourist Guide about the Portuguese Algarve.
Besides this Introduction with some general information, I have provided the most interesting cities in the Algarve with a page of its own. You can find them via the map on the City pages as where you can also find a distance table.
General Tourist Information about, for instance, opening hours shops, post offices, car rental, money etc. can be found on the page Touristic info. The Language Guide contains common Portuguese words and phrases. On the Weatherpage you can find the current weather but also statistics.

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Portugal The Algarve stretches across the whole of 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 with those typical arabic chimneys. The Romans however left several bridges and ruins

East of Faro the coast is known as the leeward shore. The area stretching eastwards to the Spanish border forms an unusual lagoon landscape closed by sandy islets. A great part of the coastline has been declared a protected area, namely Parque natural da Ria Formosa.

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.

The interior of the Algarve is still relatively unknown. The flower-decked, whitewashed villages have managed to preserve their traditional appearance, where handicrafts are still an important industry for the local population.
The year-round scents alone are worth the visit, with eucalyptus, pine, lavender and rock-rose all growing here in abundance.

Lagos Zoo
Autodrome do Algarve - Race Circuit near Portim?o.
Zoomarine - near Albufeira.  Dolphinarium with several attractions.
Aqualand - Near Armação de Pêra.   Big Aquapark with a lot of high slides.
Slide & Splash - near Lagoa.  Big Aquapark.
Krazy World - near Algoz  - Funpark for children and adults with two mini-golf courses (18 holes), pools,
childrenfarm, crocodilepark and Quad mania.
Aquashow - near Quarteira.  Aqualand with the biggest wave pool in Europe.
Karting Algarve - in Almancil (between Vilamoura and Loulé).
Roma Golf Park - near Vilamoura.  Super Mini-Golf and leisure park.
Fábrica do Inglês - in Silves - Entertainment and culturepark, Corkmuseum.
Omega Parque - near Monchique.  Zoo, holding only threatened species.
Cova dos Mouros - Mining village near Alcoutim.  Reconstruction of pre-historical mining activity in the Algarve.

Horse Riding:
Tiffany's riding; Lagos
Herdade do Castanheiro, Bensafrim
Vale de Ferro, Portimão

More info about Horse Riding in the Algarve at the HORSE RIDING page!

Cabo São Vicente - near Sagres
Ponta de Sagres
Cabo Carvoeiro
Algar Seco - near Carvoeiro
Ponta da Piedade - near Lagos
Xorino Grotto - near Albufeira
Roman ruins of Milreu - near Estoi

Golf Courses
See the new Golfcourses section!

Alto Golf - Portimão
Balaia Golf - Albufeira
Benamor Golf - Tavira
Castro Marim Golfe - Castro Marim
Colina Verde - Tavira
Gramacho Course - Carvoeiro
Laguna Golf Course - Vilamoura
Milennium Golf Course - Vilamoura
Palmares Golf - Lagos
Parque da Floresta - Sagres or Lagos
Penina - Portimão
Pinhal Golf Course - Vilamoura
Pinheiros Altos - Loulé
Pinta Course - Carvoeiro
Quinta do Lago - Loulé
Quinta do Morgado - Portimão
Salgados Golf Club - Albufeira or Armação de Pêra
San Lorenzo Golf - Loulé
Sheraton Pine Cliffs - Albufeira
The Old Course - Vilamoura
Vale De Milho - Carvoeiro
Vale do Lobo (Ocean & Royal Course - Loulé
Vila Sol Golf - Vilamoura

Tourist Office
List of all Algarve Tourist Offices: Click Here
Região de Turismo do Algarve
Avª 5 de Outubro, 18
8000 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-800400
Fax. ++351 289-800489
Posto de Turismo do Aeroporto de Faro
Aeroporto Internacional de Faro
8001-701 FARO
Tel. ++351 289-818582

Villas and Holiday Homes
There are thousands apartments and holiday homes in the Algarve.
Some of those, merely in the private sector, you can find at the Holiday Homes page of this site and/or have a look in the Links section.

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Almost all of the places have one or more camping sites, more info on the "city" pages and in the Campsites section!


Car Hire Recomendations
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We believe that the Algarve is one of the world?s most attractive and congenial holidays destinations. Few areas are over-developed and the coastline, with its golden beaches, is simply wonderful - mile after mile of it remains completely unspoilt.
With Algarve Car Hire driving just a few miles inland you are in a timewarp. The roads are greatly improved but otherwise life is much as it has been for centuries.
Try exploring on a trip. You must explore the fabulous coastline, It will be the highlight of your stay and you will understand why so many visitors return.
The Algarve is less than 160 km from side to side, but so diverse.

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