The Algarve Holidays in Portugal’s southernmost coastline, offers you, a wonderful beach vacation, where the sea is warm and quiet.
The Algarve also offers idyllic and peaceful surroundings, a wonderful climate that contributes to the well-being, the emotional balance and relaxation, vacation villages, luxury hotels and luxury resorts, small fishing villages such as Santa Luzia in Tavira or the port of Sagres and diverse leisure activities you can pursue.
The progress has turned Albufeira into a city of Algarve, Portugal with tourism and leisure as its vocation but the streets in the hold Cerro da Vila (mediaeval area) still preserve the picturesque appeal of whitewashed houses and steeply narrow streets. In Travessa da Igreja Velha, an old moorish arch indicates the place where stood a primitive mosque, later transformed in the town's first church.
Alcoutim´s origins are presumably linked to the fact that it is situated at the place where the Guadiana becomes tidal. The vessels that traded metals and other wares were obliged to wait at this spot for hours, until the river conditions allowed them to sail down. Consequentely there was a need for structures to support and defend them from which we can still find some vestiges.
The boundaries of Aljezur are delimited by the sea and the hills reflecting this double influence in its landscapes. While the coast is marked by high cliffs hiding sandy coves and dunes, the hinterland is a place of rolling hills covered with vegetation as far as the eye can see. Between them a wide area of fertile fields and valleys is still cultivated with traditional crops.
On the top of one hill stands a castle, on the other a star-shaped fort. Between them the houses of Castro Marim, with their white walls with brightly-painted borders, their flat roofs and their ornate chimneys sculpted into lace-like patterns.
It was during the Roman period that this region developed and gained standing. It was then known as Civitas Ossobonensis, with its borders stretching to where modern Tavira lies, and included a number of towns with specific productive, rural and maritime functions.
The date of Lagoa´s foundation remains uncertain, although it is known that the first settlement grew around a lagoon (lagoa), from which its name derives.
Lagos has a long history linking it to the sea. Its original name, Lacobriga, reflects the fact that the first inhabitants of this port, in roughly 2000 years BC, were of Celtic origin. After them came the Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, but it was the Romans that brought growth and prosperity to the town.
The date of the city’s foundation is uncertain, although it most certainly dates back to the distant past. There are, however, clear traces of the area’s occupation by the Romans, with the fishing and fish-salting centre of Cerro da Vila in Vilamoura being the best example, and it is known that when the Moors arrived in Loulé in 715, it was already an important town.
The houses of Monchique display many of the traditional features of the architecture in the Algarve - white walls, carved stonework, stripes of color around doors and windows - but with their "saia" chimneys (literally "skirt") quite different from those found on this part of the country.