It is in
the past century however, which has shaped the
coastline the most dramatically. Since the birth of
package tourism, once small fishing villages have been
been turned into large holiday resorts with multi-storey
hotels and apartment blocks and a plethora of bars
offering refreshments. Swathes of countryside have been
given over to golf courses constructed to help boost the
regions' appeal to overseas visitors.
is a modestly sized region of
stretching only 240 kilometres in width. Although not
one of the larger regions of Portugal, the
however the most well known, thanks to three decades of
promotion by the tourist board as a desirable location
to holiday and to relocate on a permanent basis.
is split into three distinct
areas - Western Algarve, Central Algarve and
Eastern Algarve. With the vast majority of
tourist developments situated in the central
area. The western end of the Algarve has had
some development though past Lagos the terrain
becomes more rugged and isolated with only a few
small villages and towns dotted around.
The eastern end of the
has also seen some tourist
development in recent years but perhaps more low
key than earlier apartment blocks and hotels
erected during the 1960s and 1970s further along
the coast. Parts of the eastern end of the
has, until now, been largely
overlooked generally as a tourist destination
due to the absence of so many beaches. However
is a Mecca for ornithologists
with no less than two natural parks in it's
boundaries - the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa
and the Reserva Natural do Sapal.
is home to one international
airport, situated at
Faro, which has a variety
of low cost airlines vying for routes to the
country from all around the world. There are
plans to install a new international airport on
Algarve, but like everything within
Portugal, this will take time to implement.
Despite it's popularity destination with every
age group, the
has become more popular
with retirees looking to take it easier in their
twilight years in a more amenable climate
without compromising on quality of life.
The Algarve does have a broad appeal for
visitors and there are activities on offer
throughout the year to ensure if you want to
enjoy a bit of winter sun you won't have to
endure long haul flights to get some.