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Algarve

The Algarve with almost 200 kilometres of coastline, between cliffs and long-stretching sands, three hundred hours of sun per year and pleasant temperatures influenced by the Mediterranean climate, Algarve is an unparalleled destination both in Europe and throughout the world The coast, from the Sagres headland until Lagos, is dominated by cliffs and beaches enclosed by protective high cliffs. In Albufeira we witness a transition with the more expansive sands on the beaches stretching to golden cliffs, one of the best examples being at Praia da Falésia.

 

The beaches extend endlessly from Vilamoura to the mouth of the Guadiana and there are beaches to suit all tastes. One can find facilities including restaurants, beach accesses, cloakrooms with shower facilities and other infrastructures. It is especially at the Costa Vicentina where there are still many beaches to explore, for those who appreciate the beauty of nature.
Witness an exquisite sunset from these beaches and from the top of the dunes. It is well worth discovering these beaches one-by-one, to dive into the colder waters of the Atlantic between Odeceixe and Sagres, and into the warmer waters that characterise the coast between Sagres and Vila Real de Santo António.
Not very far from the coastal beaches there is another Algarve that awaits nature enthusiasts. The Barrocal zone is an area full of ruts and crags that affords the visitor a beautiful rural setting where the cultivation of fruit trees is the main farming activity. Another zone, not as well known but certainly as interesting, is the Algarve Serra or mountains, ideal for a stroll or an adventure.
The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, located between Praia do Ancão and Praia da Manta Rota, extends labyrinthically for some 60 km and is an ideal setting for strolls and unforgettable boat rides in the company of flamingos and other less common species.
The Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo António Marshes Nature Reserve on the Guadiana estuary likewise never ceases to surprise and is an unsurpassed location for watching aquatic birds. The entire Costa Vicentina Nature Reserve zone that extends from Odeceixe to Burgau should also not be missed. A real paradise of dunes, cliffs and almost deserted beaches, a prime spot to watch migratory birds during spring and autumn and a unique location by virtue of the diversity of its fauna and flora, and for its rich geological and archaeological heritage.

 
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