The Algarve is a region, sub-region and traditional province of mainland Portugal, being the most southern of all. It coincides perfectly with the District of Faro, with an area of 5,412 km2 and a population of 451,005 inhabitants (Census 2011) (0.06% of the population of Europe and 4.27% of the population of Portugal), constitutes the tourist region Most important in Portugal and one of the most important in Europe.
The climate of the Algarve is temperate Mediterranean, characterized by mild and mild winters and long, hot and dry summers, the warm and calm waters that bathe its south coast, its natural landscapes, historical and ethnographic heritage and the delicious and healthy gastronomy Are attributes that attract millions of domestic and foreign tourists every year and that make the Algarve the most visited and one of the most developed regions of the country.
The Algarve is the ideal place to practice sports such as golf, sailing, tennis or diving. The landscape is very varied; The west coast of Faro is known for its rocky formations with small beaches, while to the east of Faro lie the lagoons with white sandy beaches stretching for miles.
The number of visitors has been increasing in the Algarve in recent years and the British lead the number of stays by nationality. The Algarve received, in 2016, almost 7 million tourists, for a total of 34 million overnight stays.
Being traditionally a region marked mainly by tourism of British origin, the ALgarve began to catch the attention of thousands of tourists of other nationalities such as France and Spain and of the countries of the Northern Europe such as Sweden, Norway and other Scandinavian countries.
The best way to know the Algarve freely and go where you prefer it is to rent a car and drive at your will and without constrains. If you book a car hire online in advance to receive when you arrive you get cheaper prices and better deals than if you make your reservation at desk when you arrive.
To get to know the Algarve better, we will introduce you to some of the most emblematic and most visited places in the Algarve. Click here to see some Algarve Locations.