The Algarve is the southern most province of Portugal, extending along the whole of its southern coast, from the Spanish border in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west, some 120 miles. Whilst the coastal belt is quite built up in places especially in the central area from Faro to Albufeira, in the Western Algarve the coast is littered with beaches, bays & coves of almost every description. View a local map
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West of Lagos the coastline is more rugged & the beaches smaller, but always sand, & at Cape St Vincent, the far south west tip of Europe, the coast becomes spectacular.
Turn the corner onto the west Atlantic Coast & there are yet more beaches & coves, the emphasis here is on the fine surfing waves.
Our local resort towns are Alvor & Lagos Both have developed for the tourist from their fishing origins, & both retain strong links with their past.
Lagos which is the principal resort in the Western Algarve with dozens (possibly hundreds) of cafes bars & restaurants in the cobbled streets of the old town, fronted by the fishing harbour (seen here). We are just 8km from Lagos.
Away from the coast you can still see the old world Portugal such as in our local village Mexilhoeira Grande.