The Algarve is a virtually uninterrupted strip of beaches, stretching from east to west from Monte Gorda to Cape São Vicent (the westernmost point of Europe) and protected from the northern winds by mountain ranges. The capital of the Algarve is Faro. Faro Faro is a fairly large city by the standards of the southern region of Portugal. Tourists from all over the world come here to begin their trip to the Algarve. In Faro, you can combine beach and sightseeing recreation. The long sandy beach of Praia de Faro is never crowded even in the high season, there is enough space for everyone here – it is so huge. In the center of Faro is something to see. The entrance to the old town is decorated with a horseshoe arch XII arch Arco da Vila. Known as the “Arab Gate”. She served as the gate for those who arrived in Faro by sea. From here begins a walk through the winding streets. The history of Faro can be explored in the museum, which is located in the monastery of Nossa Senhora da Assunção. There are archaeological finds of the entire region. Outside the ancient walls, after the earthquake of 1755, a completely different city, created by the local bourgeoisie, will arise. The rich houses and palaces decorated in the style of Baroque and Rococo. The most popular tourist street is the pedestrian paved Rua de Santo António, where there are restaurants, cafes and shops. In the 19th century, a large Jewish community lived here, so a synagogue, a museum and a Jewish cemetery will meet on the way. The best place to take a break from excursions and eat the best seafood in the region is the garden of Manuel Bívar. Numerous restaurants have terraces with access to the mouth of the river. The views here are great and the food is unforgettable. Albufeira At the time of the Romans, the city was called Baltum, later the Moors renamed it “Al-Buheira”. The Knights of the Order of Santiago finally liberated the city from the Moorish invaders in the XII century, but the name stuck to this city. Thousands of tourists come to Albufeira annually, and it is easy to understand why. After all, the old city with its cobbled streets is filled with pretty restaurants, cafes and bars. The district of São João is famous for its nightlife; The embankment of the city is beautiful with buildings painted in pastel colors, and, finally, long sandy beaches – most importantly, why tourists come here. The resort is good for families with children, and for older couples, it’s not boring to be young. Add here a very small transfer from Faro airport and it becomes clear why Albufeira is a place of attraction. Before Albufeira turned into a large resort, there was a small fishing village, right up to 1960. Now it is one of the most popular resorts. However, having entered the old town, you can still feel the atmosphere of a small fishing village in the south of Portugal. Harbor. This is where you will see the famous houses painted in the colors of bright koramelek. They are close to the main beaches: Praia dos Pescadores (Fishermen’s Beach) and Praia do Túnel. Fishermen’s beach is famous for its aromas of fish barbecue on the waterfront. The adjacent beach “do Tunel” is located in the west of the city, not far from the main tourist office of Albufeira. The name Tunel is given for a reason – you can only get to the beach through a tunnel between the rocks. On this beach infrastructure and a lot of space for tourists. Behind the city you will find two beaches: the rocky Sao Rafael with its small bays and quaint cliffs and Praia do Evariste – the perfect place for diving enthusiasts. Lagos Life in Lagos has always been associated with the sea, regardless of who inhabited it. At the time of the great geographical discoveries, Lagos experienced heyday – at that time it was the base of navigators who led a lively trade with Africa. The oldest part of the city is still surrounded by walls, erected in the XVI century, when Lagush was the residence of the rulers of the Algarve. On the contrary, the fortress walls are the gate of St. Gonzalo with observation towers on both sides, and to the right of the old town is the castle of rulers, built by the Arabs.Walking through the cobbled streets of the old town, it is worth visiting the church of St. Anthony and the city museum of local lore, located in it. Of course, it is impossible to deprive the “slave market”, which was once the center of the lively trade of Lagos. Lagos is full of history, but at the same time it is now a modern, lively city, where something is constantly happening. The streets leading to the square are full of small restaurants, the kitchen in which will satisfy every taste. In the center there are many bars and clubs that work until the morning in the summer. Lagos beaches are distinguished by their diversity: there are long open beaches, and there are small coves hidden between the rocks. Lagos city beach is called Praia de Batata – it is considered the closest to the city center. From this beach there will be a magnificent view of the fortress, which protected the city from attacks from the sea. Compared to other beaches, Praia de Batata is relatively small. Dona Anna Beach is famous for its soft sand and proximity to the most picturesque place of Lagos – Ponte de Piedade. You can get to the beach of Donna Anne by steep wooden steps. The terrain is rich in caves, grottoes and observation platforms, from which you can see the entire coast.