If you are looking for property in the Algarve Region of Portugal then here we will give you some basic information about the Algarve Region.
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The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and one of the most popular in Europe. Its population triples in the summer holiday season due to the high number of visitors; both national and international holidaymakers. Around 10 million people visit the Algarve each year.
The name derives from the Moorish name Al-Gharb, meaning "The West".
This region occupies the southwest corner of Europe, and all the south coast of Portugal. It has an area of 5,412 square kilometres and around 450,484 permanent residents. To the north is the Alentejo Region.
The Algarve was considered as a separate division from Portugal until as late as the 1910 Revolution. Before that for centuries it had been referred to as the Kingdom of Portugal and Algarve.
The Algarve region consists of one intermunicipal community, with 16 Municipalities. Faro is the main city and also home to the regions' university, the University of the Algarve.
Tourism and tourist activities make up the majority of the Algarve's economy. Fish, seafood and fruit production, which includes oranges,carob beans,figs and almonds, are the other main important activities in the region. The Algarve is famed for being covered in Almond blossom in the springtime.
This region is famous for its' many golf courses, and the many orange groves that you will see if you travel through this area.
The Algarve region is also the home of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve covering more than 170 square kilometres of land and sea, and a stop-over place for hundreds of different migrating birds.
Silves Castle was the capital of this region during the Moorish occupation, and it still mostly intact to this day, a good place to visit and great views from the top over the thriving town of Silves.
Lagos was a major port during the age of discoveries and became rich and famous. Many maritime expeditions that established Portugal as an Empire, were launched from Lagos. It became the capital of the region in 1577 until after the 1755 earthquake which produced a tsunami that devastated much of this region. There are many reminders of it’s maritime history around the town.
The eastern Algarve borders with Spain and the motorway passes over the River Guadiana on a bridge that takes you over the border and into Spain.
There is an international airport at Faro, which is south of the town. This airport has daily flight to many European cities as well as internal flights to Lisbon and Porto.
There are rail links to Lisbon via the fast Alfa Pendula trains from Faro. There is also a regional line that travels from east – west along the Algarve stopping at all towns along its route.
São Brás de Alportel
Vila do Bispo
Vila Real de Santo António
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