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Once a small but important fishing village where the tempo of life was snail’s pace, Carvoeiro was one of the earliest holiday destinations for the ‘upper crust’ English who, in the late 1950s before mass tourism arrived – took the boat to Lisbon and drove down to the Algarve in their Rolls Royce’s. It is now a vibrant cosmopolitan resort which, happily, has grown outwards rather than upwards and is much enjoyed by an increasing number of expatriates as well as casual visitors. The beauty of the coastline and beaches have not changed. It is dotted with caves and grottoes, which can be explored by boat: a world of true geological wonders. Visit to find out what’s going on locally, view temperatures, and get lists of bars and clubs.

On the Arade estuary facing Portimao lies the most photographed village in the Algarve. Ferragudo is one of the few fishing villages in the Algarve that has retained its character, its narrow streets with tiny white houses sprawl around a fort which was built in the 16th century to defend Portomao against attack. It is a very popular place with tourists especially the fish restaurants serving’ catch of the day’ fresh from the boats. Ferragudos village square is a great place to people watch and in the summer month’s entertainment is provided.

Silves, the ancient Arab capital of the Algarve, stands in a fertile valley with mile after mile of orange orchards. The town is dominated by the famous red sandstone Moorish castle that offers delightful views over the surrounding landscape. The town’s excellent new museum opened in 1990 and built around a beautifully preserved 12th century Arab well. It contains a wealth of fascinating artefacts and documents from pre-historic times to the 17th century. Rui’s restaurant in the centre of the town has a reputation as one of the regions finest fish restaurants

Lagos, with its relaxed atmosphere and quiet charm, make it one of the most appealing locations in the Algarve to visitors from abroad. Boasting an attractive modern yacht marina, excellent shopping and beautiful beaches Lagos has something for everyone. The best restaurants are concentrated in the pedestrian only Rua 25 de Abril, or relax and let the world pass by in one of the many open-air cafes in the Praca da Republica, next to the tourist information office. Lagos was the first market in Europe to auction slaves brought back from Africa. You can find the slave market (Mercado dos escravos), now a little art gallery, in the far corner of Praca da Republica Lagos is the most historically interesting costal town in the Algarve. Its fame derives from its association with Henry the Navigator who had his ships built here, Henry founded his “school of navigation” to teach sailors to navigate when land was not in sight. He proved that there was land and sea beyond the horizon and that boats were not going to” drop of the end of the world” , So why not hire a boat and go on a sightseeing tour along the coast and marvel at the cliff erosion. Don’t forget your camera!

Portimao and Pria da Rocha
Portamao is the largest town in the Algarve. Today it is a busy provincial town and a commercial fishing port. During the summer months the quay on the town side of the river is lined with boats offering game-fishing trips and costal river cruises. There are many outside restaurants specializing in regional seafood dishes close to the town end of the old iron bridge. The main focus of activity is in the higher part of town, in the vicinity of Praca da Republica and the Rua do Comercio, a pedestrian – only shopping centre. Fine golden sands as far as the eye can see. Ochre cliffs and rocks sculpted into fantastical shapes. Such is the natural beauty of Praia da Rocha, a place witch inspires visitors today as it has always done. Praia Da Rocha is also home to three golf courses and spectacular coastal scenery which prove very popular with walkers.

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