The Algarve is the southern most region of mainland Portugal, and it gets its name from the Arabic word for ‘the west’. Since the 1960s this area has been a popular tourist destination, at first for the British, but now for Germans, Dutch and the Irish. As well as the natural beauty and famous network of golf courses that attracts people to this region, there are some great cities as well.
The administrative capital of the region is Faro, which is home not only to the only international airport there (airport at Faro, which is the second largest in the country), but also the public university (the University of the Algarve). As well as having many of its own sites to see, it is a great place to base yourself when visiting the Algarve for there is excellent transport on offer to the other popular destinations of the region, such as the off coast island beaches.
From Faro you can take a 40 minute train to Tavira, which is among Portugal’s most loved cities in the Algarve. The city boasts fascinating medieval walls, a magnificent castle and beautiful churches, making it a great place to just walk around and explore. From this historical city you can learn stories involving the Roman Empire, the moors and the Christians, both from in the museums and with a keen eye for the architecture on display throughout. Tavira also boasts a fabulous golf course.
And if golf courses are what you are after then there are plenty of towns in the Algarve to meet your needs. The likes of Portimao, Lagoa or Montegordo have golf courses, but also beautiful windswept beaches with more adventurous sports on offer such as wind surfing and kite surfing.
The Algarve is home to cities that all offer great places to board for the night, which makes it a great place to get away on holiday. There is a flourishing nightlife there as well so the city life is not just for those who like golf and beaches.
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