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São Brás de Alportel

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About São Brás de Alportel São Brás de Alportel, in common with much of the Algarve, was a settlement in Roman times and later inhabited by the Moors. It was the birthplace of Moorish poet Ibne Ammar in the 12th … Continue reading

Vila Real de Santo António

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About Vila Real de Santo António Vila Real de Santo António is situated on the Rio Guadiana, which is the river that divides the Algarve from Spain. If you stand on the far eastern edge of Vila Real you can … Continue reading

Vila do Bispo

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About Vila do Bispo Vila do Bispo is a small town 22km to the west of Lagos and the centre of the municipality which includes towns such as Sagres, Budens and Raposeira. It is a pretty town with the older, … Continue reading

Loulé

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About Loulé The beginnings of Loulé are uncertain, some historians putting it as far back as 400BC, but others say it’s origins are Roman. It is a fact that when the Arabs invaded the Algarve in 715, Loulé was already … Continue reading

Aljezur

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About Aljezur Aljezur is about 30km north of Lagos on the N120 and is situated in a lush, green, fertile valley, an area well known for it’s sweet potato crops. It is built on either side of the river that … Continue reading

Olhão

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About Olhão Olhão is a major port and actually the largest fishing port in the Algarve. It is full of character with Moorish-style houses,an influence from the commercial links with Africa. Although Olhão only really became a town of note … Continue reading

Castro Marim

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About Castro Marim Castro Marim has, historically, been an important town because of its position near the banks of the Guadiana and its proximity to the coast. The remains of the first settlements in the area date from about 5000BC … Continue reading

Tavira

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About Tavira Tavira is a beautifully elegant town and almost surreal in aspects. Visitors can be forgiven for forgetting where they are, or even what year it is, as they step into this unique Algarve fishing town. Between the 8th … Continue reading

Alcoutim

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About Alcoutim Alcoutim is a pretty village on the banks of the Guadiana river, about 40km north of Vila Real de Santo António. As long ago as 2,500BC the region around Alcoutim attracted people because of the deposits of copper, … Continue reading

Monchique

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About Monchique Monchique is a market town up in the Serra de Monchique, which is a thickly wooded mountain range separating the Algarve from Alentejo. The jouney up (and down) to Monchique offers spectacular views and is totally different from … Continue reading