Located in the southern most region of continental Portugal, Algarve incorporates 16 municipalities and has Faro as its administrative center. Tourism and everything related to it is what makes up much of its economy. It is busiest during the summer and is a famous tourist destination in Portugal with an average of 7 million tourists visiting annually. One of the reasons why many choose sunny Algarve as their holiday destination is because it has the best quality of life and safety in Portugal.
Tourism in Algarve started picking up in the 1960’s with much of the first visitors being from the United Kingdom. Many of the travellers that visit today come from Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland. The attractions for visitors to Algarve include its beaches, the Mediterranean climate, cuisine and very specially the low costs. Some of the best beaches are Marinha Beach and Armacao de Pera. For religious tourism it is a well-known pilgrimage spot with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Piety which is a shrine that is dedicated to the patron saint of Loule and attracts many Catholic faithful.
Algarve has a very mild climate which has led to many Northern Europeans to have a holiday home or residence in the area. The largest groups of expats are British, German, Dutch and Scandinavian. Algarve has been bestowed with many prestigious awards including Europe’s Leading Golf Destination in 2013 and 2014 at the World Travel Awards. There are high rise resorts and more traditional guesthouses providing a wide array of options when it comes to accommodation. Algarve sure has much to offer be it sun, surf, sand or lots of activities and entertainment including beach bars and discos.
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