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About the Algarve

ABOUT THE ALVOR

ALGARVE

With its sands stretching over the horizon, Alvor is a dream beach surrounded by high-quality hotels and with every kind of support infrastructure.

The origins of the picturesque Alvor fishing village date back to the times of the Moors when it was an important port. Although there is no built heritage from those times, the town’s historic centre is well worth a visit if only for the opportunity to admire the striking beauty of the Manueline style Matrix Church entranceway.

Nature-lovers should be sure to ensure their stay includes a visit to the Alvor Estuary with its series of lagoons considered of international ecological importance given their role as a stopover point for migratory birds on their north-south journeys.

Anyone who has already been to this beach knows that the sunsets here are magnificent. The huge Três Irmãos Beach is located on a long, wide sand bar. Its dunes are home to several species of birds, micro-mammals, reptiles and many insects.

Along the seafront, you can see many delicate plants, including sand couch-grass, alfalfa and eye-catching sea daffodils.

To the eastern end of Três Irmãos Beach, deeply sculpted cliffs rise up out of the sands, with rocky outcrops extending into the sea.

At low tide, you can walk across to Prainha Beach but you need to be very careful going through the bays and chasms.

THE WEATHER

300 days of sun per year. The Algarve has around 3000 hours of sun per year and over 300 days of sun per year. This makes it one of the sunniest regions in Europe.

Differences within the Algarve

The climate in the Algarve is a bit drier than in other parts of Portugal. In the interior of the Algarve, it can be really hot and dry, due to the absence of wind from the sea. This sometimes leads to forest fires, like in Monchique. The east of the Algarve is usually a bit hotter and drier than the west of the Algarve, because of the influence of the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

Rainfall

In general, it rains little in the Algarve. Most of the rain falls in the period from November until the end of March. The summer is usually quite dry. In the winter it rarely gets below 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and it rarely snows.

Seawater temperatures

The seawater is around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer and 16 degrees Celsius (61 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter. Because of the influence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean winds, the seawater is generally warmer in the east of the Algarve than in the west of the Algarve.

THE OLDEST BORDERS IN EUROPE

ABOUT PORTUGAL

This is a country that has the oldest borders in Europe, with an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.

Situated in the extreme southwest of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.

Come and discover the charms of this country too.

GEOGRAPHY

Portugal is situated at the southwest point of Europe and also includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Mainland Portugal occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It is 218 km wide and 561 km long. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain.