Algarve travel guide, what to see in this region of Portugal, holidays to discover the natural beauty and small towns to visit.
What to visit Algarve
The Algarve is a region of southern Portugal overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, where there are many beautiful beaches that make it one of the largest holiday resort in Portugal. Especially in the last decade this area has had a tourist boom but this has a negative impact on the natural beauty and landscape present that have remained well corsevate.
– Faro is the capital of the Algarve and here are interesting sights to see including the baroque church of Carmen, dating from the thirteenth century, where you can admire the beautiful wooden statues of excellent workmanship. Of note, the Ethnographic Museum, where, with the help of models, it is explained the operation of the nets used for fishing for tuna, the Maritime Museum, the church of St. Peter and the Church of Mercy, both with facades of the Renaissance. Significant historical center of Faro which is accessed through the Arco de la Villa, located in the Plaza of Francisco Gomes. The Cathedral of Faro is one of the most important, albeit renovated on several occasions, retains the original path of the late Romanesque. In the same square is the Episcopal Palace coated Azulejos. Near Faro is also the Municipal Museum of Archaeology which houses the remains of Roman Estoi and the mosaic dedicated to Neptune, the god of the four winds.
– Estoi is a town only about twelve kilometers from Faro, famous for its Roman ruins of Milreu, already known in the second century as the Ossonoba and considered the oldest lighthouse. Some remains of mosaics, columns and spas they give credibility to the hypothesis of the existence of a Roman villa where were also found fragments of a Christian church.
– Proceeding from Faro to the east lie the picturesque towns of Olhao, which includes the islands Armona and Culatra beaches with fine sand, Tavira, medieval-looking village with a small island characterized by magnificent sand dunes, and Vila Real de Santo Antonio , charming town near the border with Spain, situated on the banks of the river Guadina. In the western part there are other important centers for beach tourism including Quarteira, Vilamoura, Albufeira, Porches and Lagos, the last two the first famous for its pottery and the second for the wine.