Picturesque towns, a dreamy coastline with wonderful bays and beaches, a pleasant climate and a wide range of typical Portuguese dishes - these are the ingredients which make the Algarve in Portugal such a popular travel destination.
The journey starts just over the border with Spain at Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The Mediterranean flair of the town with the chequerboard patterned streets is a wonderful start to the tour across the Algarve. The journey continues along the southern coast of Portugal to Tavira. The town of Rio Galao is dominated by the picturesque castle ruins, and the Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo church is also worth visiting. Passing through Olhao, you reach Faro with its well-known historical city centre, including its well-maintained city wall from the 13th century. The university town with 50,000 inhabitants impresses with its leisurely squares, nice cafes, large cathedral and peaceful lagoon landscape. But Faro isn’t the final destination. Further west, past several well-situated camp sites, the Praia de Falesia bay invites you for a visit with its fine sand, high rocks and effervescent waves.
After making a couple of stops in the tourist stronghold of Albuferia and the small village of Armação de Pêra, it’s worth going inland to visit to Silves. Formerly an important capital and a diocesan town for centuries in the Middle Ages, nowadays the town beckons with its cathedral and archaeological museum – and an extra portion of peace and quiet. Because unlike the coast, the tourist stampede is kept within limits here. Back to the coast, and Mediterranean food enthusiasts will be in paradise in Portimão. Sardine fishing is just as much a part of Portimão as the legendary conquest journeys to every corner of the world which started at this port in the 15th century under Heinrich the Mariner. The tour of the Algarve continues through Sagres, with its fortress ruins and the magnificent views, and ends at Cabo de São Vicente. We have now reached the most south-westerly point in Europe, and the 300 kilometre journey is complete.