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The Algarve is the strip of land that embraces the entire width of the southern tip of Portugal where you find an excellent climate and strong Moorish influence. This magical area is dotted with bright white houses reflecting the brilliant sun, further enhanced by whimsical chimneys and colorful bougainvillea. The gentle air is fragrant with the scent of orange and almond blossoms. This is also the playground of Portugal and golf courses abound. The coast is divided into two parts. The section east of Faro that stretches to the Spanish border is called sotavento. The beaches here are dotted with sand dunes and the coastline is not as rugged as the portion to the west of Faro, which is called barlavento. Here you find the Algarve’s most outstanding feature—spectacular long stretches of sand accented by giant outcroppings of majestic rocks, glowing in glorious hues of gold, ochre, and red. The area is extremely popular, especially in summer when the beaches are packed. Try to visit in the spring or fall when the weather is lovely and there are fewer tourists.

Karen Brown Itineraries that traverse this section: The Alluring Algarve and  Exploring the Alentejo


SIGHTSEEING: Faro, Lagos, Monchique, Portimão, Sagres, Silves, Tavira.

HANDICRAFTS: Wicker, straw hats, copper objects, ceramics.


Portugal Book Cover In Portugal
Karen Brown is proud to recommend

Quinta do Convento da Franqueira
Barcelos, Portugal

as featured on the
2010 edition cover of our guide.

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