Stretched along the southern coast of Portugal, visitors will
find the Algarve, once a kingdom all its own, looking out over the
vast Atlantic Ocean. Its lush and fragrant vegetation and beautiful
wildlife make the region a joy for the senses.
Sagres & the Atlantic Ocean
Sagres, the south-western tip of Europe, played an important
role in the Age of Discovery as the base for Prince Henry the
Navigator's quest to explore trade routes between Europe and the
East. Remains of the fortress thought to be Prince Henry's "school
of navigation" still exist. Sitting on a cliff top looking out over
the endless sea, it is easy to understand how his doubters were
convinced it was the end of the earth.
Principal City: Faro
Algarve Airport: Faro
Those who can tear themselves away from the devastatingly
beautiful beaches may board a traditional fishing boat from Armacao
de Pera beach, cruise along the breathtaking coastline and explore
local sea caves. A train ride through the countryside lets you
spend the day strolling through craft shops, museums and ancient
buildings in Faro Old Town.
Silves Castle Photo: João Paulo
In Silves, a medieval sandstone castle, the largest castle in
the Algarve, draws many visitors to its well-fortified gates, halls
and towers. Later, a stroll through the Spa Village of Caldes de
Monchique will allow you to stop and enjoy some of the bounteous
fresh local seafood.
Whether or not you collect a few mementos created by local
weavers, potters, tinsmiths and carvers from your trip to this
wonderful region, it is not a journey to be soon forgotten.
Cities and Towns of the Algarve
Faro | Lisbon