Situated on the southern part of Portugal, where Faro airport is located, this region was the last to be conquered from the Moors by the Portuguese king in 1292. Reminescences of the Moorish style can be seen in its unique architecture - terraces, chimneys and whitewashed houses.
Nowadays, the obstacle which represented the long distance that made this region to be the last Portuguese conquest, has now been solved by the road "IP1" that links Lisbon-Albufeira-Castro or by the Faro international airport.
The south of Portugal benefits from the great climate which is ideal for playing golf and any other open air sports.
The hills of Espinhao de Co, Monchique and Caldeiro, in the north of the Algarve, protect the coast from the strong winds. The Algarve is a quite rich and fertile land and to its most outstanding scenic features belong the fruit trees such as the figs and almond trees as well as the orange groves.
While in the southern part of the Algarve the "paysage" consists of rugged cliffs, caves and beautiful long sandy beaches, ideal to relax or practise all kind of water sports. You will also find wonderful marinas such as the ones of Vilamoura and Lagos and many other facilities like golf courses among others, luxury resorts, car hire Faro, leisure activities and a vibrant nightlife.
If you want to know more about Algarve and its surroundings, feel free to visit the official Algarve website.
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