Boasting over 300 days of sunshine annually and 200km of coastline with 100 named beaches, the region is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal and is proud of figures showing 90 per cent of its economy is based on tourism, business and leisure.
From Faro to Vila Real de Santo António, the Ria Formosa spreads out – an area of lagoons and a stopping place for migratory birds. It is also the habitat for rare species of fauna and flora.
The Algarvian cuisine is dominated by the superb fresh fish and seafood harvested from the Atlantic. The famous Cataplana, originally prepared on the open fire place, is a must for most visitors.
Numerous golf courses enjoy international fame and are used by professional golfers.