6. Lagoa

A turquoise sea surrounded by ocher cliffs and soft sandy beaches. Grapes ripening under the hot summer sun. The shapes, colors and designs of ceramics that belong to a centuries-old tradition. These are the attractions of Lagoa and its surroundings, along with the colorful fishing port of Ferragudo, the romantic chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha high above the sea and the fascinating rock formations of Algar Seco.

October 5th – Republic Day

The Day of the Republic, or more precisely, the “Day of Planting the Republic”, is a holiday in Portugal that takes place on October 5, 1910, commemorating the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a republic in Portugal. There are events in almost every town and village. We especially recommend a visit to Albufeira or Faro on this day.

5. Faro

Faro’s beaches and the Ria Formosa, where flamingos soar into the air, mark the border to the sea. On the flat terrain beyond, are Faro’s houses and buildings, green vegetable gardens that thrive on the fertile land, and water wheels that once served to extract water from the ground – another reminder of the city’s Moorish heritage. In the distance, a semicircle of rolling hills and their fruit-covered slopes framed the landscape. Villages where life goes on at the same pace as in the past centuries, where the humble churches hide works of astonishing beauty, with traces of the grandeur of the Romans in the fields. These are the charms of Faro and its community, an ideal starting point for exciting discovery trips.

4. Castro Marim

The elegant silhouette of flamingos. The dusty gold of soft sand, the turquoise blue of the warm water. Big hills with a bright carpet of wild flowers. The quiet countryside on the banks of the Guadiana, lush with orchards and vegetable gardens. These are just a few facets of a community that stretches from the sea to the hinterland with a river as its boundary.

Info Series: The 16 districts of the Algarve

In den nächsten Wochen werden wir Ihnen jeden Mittwoch,  in alphabetischer Ordnung, die 16 Bezirke der Algarve vorstellen. Heute starten wir mit der gesamten Algarve im Überblick:

Demographie und Geographie

Die Algarve ist in drei große Streifen unterteilt, die alle von landschaftlicher Schönheit sind:

– Die Küste (Litoral), wo der Großteil der wirtschaftlichen Aktivität der Region zentriert ist. Die Küste der Algarve ist sehr vielfältig; Sie werden steile Klippen finden, die steil ins Meer abfallen, ausgedehnte Sandstrände, Lagunen mit vielen Buchten, Sümpfen, Dünen und mehr. Die Gesteine ​​sind überwiegend sedimentär, wie Sandstein und Konglomerate. Morphologisch hat die Küste eine geringe Höhe und besteht hauptsächlich aus flachem Gelände wie Grasland und Ebenen;

– Das Barrocal ist die Übergangszone zwischen der Küste und dem Hochland und besteht aus Kalk- und Schiefergestein. Auch bekannt als Beira-Serra (“Rand des Hochlandes”), ist es traditionell der Hauptlieferant der landwirtschaftlichen Produkte der Algarve, einschließlich der berühmten Medronho Brandy, Honig und Kork;

– Das Hochland (Serra) besetzt 50% des Territoriums. Sie bestehen aus Schiefergestein und etwas Granit. Die wichtigsten Hochlandgebiete sind die Serra do Espinhaço de Cão, die Serra de Monchique, wo sich der höchste Punkt der Algarve auf 902 Metern befindet, und die Serra do Caldeirão, auch bekannt als Mú.

Die geographische Lage der Algarve verleiht der Region besondere bioklimatische Bedingungen. Das Klima ist gemäßigt mit mediterranen Eigenschaften. Die Sonne scheint über 3.000 Stunden pro Jahr und der durchschnittliche jährliche Niederschlag ist gering.

Der wichtigste Tätigkeitsbereich ist der tertiäre Sektor (Handel und Dienstleistungen) aufgrund der Hauptwirtschaftsaktivität – Tourismus.

1. Albufeira

First and foremost, Albufeira is famous for its beaches, for the countless shades and tones of its rocks and cliffs. This is a place where people live in the rhythm of big holiday destinations, sunbathing during the day and after sunset, visiting the various restaurants, bars and nightclubs that enliven the night hours until the early morning. Only a few kilometers inland and everything changes. The green of the landscape is dotted with almond, fig, orange and pine trees and the decorated fireplaces stand out from the ocher of the tiled roofs. Bucolic villages invite you to experience a way of life rooted in the tranquility of nature to add another dimension to your holiday.

2. Alcoutim

The blue ribbon of the river framed by the cool green of the river vegetation, the fertile orchards and the vegetable gardens. The dark ocher of the hills, as round as rolled pebbles, speckled with rock roses, holm oaks and the occasional olive tree. Houses with walls of slate or burnt clay with the light of lime, huddled in hamlets, lost in the hills. Such contrasts can be found in Alcoutim and the surrounding community, where even in the middle of winter thousands of almond trees bloom in pale pink flowers. There are open spaces whose natural beauty remains untouched, where a variety of wildflowers can be found and a fascinating variety of bird species can be observed.

3. Aljezur

The boundaries of the municipality of Aljezur describe a broad rectangle bounded by the sea and the hills, and its landscapes reflect this double influence. While the coastline is characterized by high cliffs, which hide sandy bays and pristine dunes, the hinterland is a place of rolling hills covered with vegetation that goes back row to row as far as the eye can see. Between them extends a broad strip of fertile fields and valleys, where traditional vegetables, sweet potatoes and peanuts are still grown. The time spent in the municipality of Aljezur is therefore an opportunity to rediscover peace and tranquility, to experience a silence interrupted only by the twittering of birds or the waves on the rocks, and the beauty of the green meadows adorned with wild flowers and majestic Cliffs with the pounding sea as a backdrop.