The Arabic ‘Al-Gharb’ means ‘the west’, the Moorish occupiers called the region in the south of Portugal known for its special beaches. The capital Faro is often wrongly forgotten, because it has a good dose of culture. Consider, for example, the historic port that was built by the romans 2000 years ago. In addition, it offers great viewpoints over the Atlantic coast due to its high loction on a while limestone rock formation.
But Faro is not the only city that is worthwile. Villamoura, Portimão and Albufeira are also worth a visit. The Algarve is most popular during summer time, because of the many beaches combined with high temperatures. If you don’t like mass tourism, it’s a good idea to travel to this destination before or after summer.
In Silves you’ll find remains of the Arabian past of Portugal and Lagos keeps memories of the time of the voyages of discovery. Portimão and Albufeira are known for their vibrant character and especially because of the nightlife. Tavira has a lot of traditional architecture for those who love that.
If you visit the Algarve for the beaches, Praia da Marinha is the place to be. This particularly beautiful piece of beach was crowned ‘Golden Beach’ a few years ago. The beautiful cliffs and the clear water are almost too good to be true. You have to overcome a lot of steps to get to the beach, but that is certainly worth it.