Algarve tourism top 10 sights.
Algarve tourism top 10 sights.
1. 60 km
Praia da Marinha
This very nice piece of beach has several years ago received the award “Golden Beach”. Photos from the rugged cliffs on this beautiful beach have been central to various holiday brochures for the promotion of Portugal. Not only the cliffs are special, also the beautiful clear water of unknown class. Because the water is pretty quiet, it attracts many snorkelers. Keep in mind the many stair steps down to get to this amazing beach. Various cruises have excursions around to see more of the coast, as the caves.
2. 64 km
The big feature of Silves is its castle “Castle of the Moors’ on top of a mountain. In the area several excavations have been found around this castle that show that some buildings dating back to the 8th century. The Musueu Municipal de Arquelógia gives you the chance to learn more about objects from the Stone Age. The cathedral in the center of the 13th century. This city has a museum. Namely the cork museum Fábrica do Inglês “including a documentation center, archives, beautiful garden, cozy terrace and a children’s park.
Caldas de Monchique (spa)
The Romans already knew. Bathing in delicious water does temper and brings a lot of peace in the body. In the beautiful valley of the Serra de Monchique mountains you can find well water of about 33 C at the thermal baths of Caldas de Monchique. The environment is very green and quiet. It is very fertile, which can be seen on the banana, orange and olive trees. There are several hikings through this beautiful piece of nature. The town of Monchique itself is still very traditional.
With its historic center and shipyard Lagos is a friendly tourist destination. Especially in the summer there is plenty to do in this ancient maritime city. Known natural attractions Ponta da Piedade, Laguna de Alvor and Mata Nacional de Barão de São João. Around the old districts of Santa Maria and São Sebastião you can find the walls of the old city. Several forts and castles can be visited in this beautiful town of Lagos. In particular, the fortress on the harbor is worth a visit. This is Forta da Ponta da Bandeira, which today does no longer need to protect the port, but provides insight into the maritime history of Lagos.
Because of its ideal location on the coast, the resort of Albufeira is very popular among the tourists. The famous nightlife of Albufeira is mainly to “the strip”. This is an area with lots of bars, clubs and other forms of entertainment. The marina has plenty to offer, including boat trips along the many beautiful bays of the Algarve. The most beautiful settings you’ll find at Praia dos Pescadores, Fisherman’s Beach and Praia do Tunel. The latter is said to achieve a special way, namely via a tunnel through the rocks. Near Albufeira, about 8 miles away, is the Paderne castle with pieces of the partially remaining city walls.
The most outer southwestern tip of Europe, Sagres Point. Here is also a 16th century fortress with compass rose and cannons. Nearby are many quiet beaches with high cliffs. To admire the beautiful nature park ‘Costa Vicentina Natural Park’ it has about 76,000 ha lots of flora and fauna. At a distance of about 6 miles is Cape St. Vincent. The only building on this promontory is the 24 meter high lighthouse which was built on the ruins of an old monastery.
On the southern coast of Portugal is the city of Portimão. Especially among sailors Portimão town is well known. Are regularly large and prestigious sailing events are held here. From around the world attracts the ‘World Match Racing Tour’ many visitors. In this sporting city more sports be fought on the water, including powerboating. The city itself is mainly characterized by the mix of 19th and 20th century buildings. There are many excursions such as the caves, dolphin watching and fishing trips. There are also boat trips to the nearby Silves.
Vila Real de Santo António
The lighthouse of the town of Vila Real de Santo António is a good landmark. The area between the city and the coast is the resort of Monte Gordo. The main road of Vila Real de Santo António runs through these two places. The large central square of Vila Real de Santo António is surrounded by orange trees and low-rise shops and restaurants. Nearby is a museum Museu de Manuel Cabanas’ about the local artist who is known as the largest wood engraver of Portugal. Not far away is the picturesque town of Alcoutim.
Praia da Luz
Many villas and resorts of Praia da Luz’s make a small vacation paradise. Along the coastline are many diving schools, surfing schools, restaurants, discos and shops. Higher in the mountains are some archaeological sites including a Roman bath. Who is looking for something more adventurous may well end up in Praia da Luz. So you can make cliff walks with stunning views. But there is more to do. Consider water skiing, horseback riding, tennis, sailing, mountain biking and paragliding. At about 10 minutes away from the historic town of Lagos.
The place Alcoutim is in history a major river port. Alcoutim is located on the Guadiana River which via Vila Real de Santo António flows into the Atlantic Ocean. There you will find a 14th century castle, where a small archaeological museum is located. Alcoutim was formerly known for its rich copper and iron mines. Now it’s mainly many types of handicrafts and agriculture where the inhabitants make there living with.
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