About the location
In the high season, the population of the region triples with the influx of travellers and seasonal residents, reaching 1.5 million. The economy of the region depends upon tourism as well as the production of food, including fruit and fish. The region has a long and storied history, including occupation by the Romans and the Moors. Today various historical ruins and buildings can be seen in the region. The Algarve also draws a huge amount of religious tourists, as there are a variety of pilgrimages in the area. Today, visitors also come for the stunning nature and beaches, relatively low prices in comparison to the rest of Europe, and the area’s safety.
There are a plethora of destinations to visit in the Algarve, ranging from beaches to geological formations, as well as boardwalks and theme parks.
Ponta de Piedade is a series of stunning cliff and rock formations along the coastline near the town of Lagos. The cliffs are almost golden in the sunlight, and can be up to 20 metres tall. There is also a variety of interesting rock formations that offer amazing naturalistic photo opportunities. Boat tours are available for those who want to access unique grottos and go swimming in private locations. Falesia Beach is a 7km stretch of sand, backed by stunning red and white cliffs. The beach combines the beauty of Algarve’s natural geological formations with silky white sand. It offers amazing photo opportunities to capture the nature of the area, as well as its culture.
The Alvor Boardwalk is a stunning protected walk, starting on the coast, and winding through wetlands and lagoons. On the walk you can see a variety of different bird types, as well as sea life, and astounding scenery. The boardwalk offers great photo opportunities for nature photographers, as well as those just looking to capture the beauty of Portugal. Zoo Marine is a theme park located in the region, focusing on marine life, showcasing both native and exotic species. Visitors can also go swimming and gain an adrenaline rush on one of the park’s many rides. Zoo Marine is an amazing way to learn about marine wildlife, as well as Portugal’s native species.