Algarve, warm sunny Portugal

algarveThe Algarve is a region in southern Portugal in which sits the city of Faro. It is the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal.

The region is famous for its pottery and ceramics and it’s possible to buy tiles and other such throughout the region.

Interesting sites in the Algarve include the city of Lagos, the Vila do Bispo, Marinha Beach which is famous for its rock formations, Armacao de Pera, Ria Formosa lagoon, and the spa town of Caldas de Monchique.

The area is famous for religious tourism having once been conquered by the Muslim Moors of Northern Africa.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Piety and Our Lady Mother of Goodness near Sao Marcos da Serra are religious experiences in Algarve.

The Algarve is known for its fish and other seafood as well as fruit, oranges, figs, and almonds. Portuguese seafood stew or cataplana, bacalhao com natas, and creamy cod are specialties.

Places in the Algarve to try these dishes include the A Rampa in the town of Estrada do Foia, Monchique. The menu includes chicken piri-piri; the Adega Vilalisa which is in Mexilhoeira Grande. There the dishes include a broth of cockles, octopus roasted with potatoes, lamb stewed with fresh peas and chickpea soup.


Faro, beauty in the Algarve

Faro (read here other news) is the southernmost city in continental Portugal and is capital of the region known as the Algarve.

The city is located to the Ria Formosa Lagoon which is a nature reserve which serves as a landing point for hundreds of species of birds annually. The city’s beach is around 7 kilometres away and is on a long spit.

Among the city’s main sites are the statue of King Afonso III, Faro’s marina, Faro Cathedral, the old Carmo church, square, and the Civil government building. There is a 30,000 seater sports stadium

Of the events staged in Faro there is the Faro International Motorcycle Rally and a student’s festival in September of each year.

Like much of Portugal, Faro has a Mediterranean climate and enjoys warm to hot summers and generally mild winter temperatures.

The marine life provides a good opportunity for scuba diving while the Old Town is a must-see. The Le Marquis is rated as the top restaurant in the small city with lovely continental cuisine.

Faro is served by the Faro International Airport with flights from other main European cities such as London and Paris. The city is served by many low budget airlines.