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The Algarve (Portuguese pronunciation: [aɫˈɡaɾv(ɨ)]) from the Arabic word (الغرب, al gharb) meaning “the west” is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. It has an area of 5,412 square kilometres with approximately 458,734 permanent inhabitants, and incorporates 16 municipalities.

Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve’s summer economy. Fish, seafood and fruit production, which includes oranges, carob beansfigs and almonds, are other important activities in the region. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, it’s population more than doubles in the peak holiday season thanks to a high influx of visitors, and receives an average of 8 million foreign tourists each year.

The Algarve is Portugal’s premier holiday destination, with pretty beaches, brash resorts and picturesque whitewashed towns that flood with foreigners when summer arrives. While the party atmosphere isn’t for everyone, the setting is undeniably beautiful: breathtaking cliffs, wide golden sands, natural bays, scalloped beaches and long sandy islands with waves lapping at the shore. Outside the touristy enclaves, there are quiet castle towns, flower-covered hillsides and enchanting stretches of shoreline still untouched by development.

Tourist Board –

Algarve. Wherever you look, the colours of the mountains and sea are always with you, creating the impression of a water-colour dotted with highlights of gold, green and blue.

The region is an extensive and pleasant one, with a Mediterranean climate, marked by the smell of the sea at low tide and the scent of wild flowers.
A stroll through the tangled web of narrow streets, alleys and steps to be found away from the coast is the best way of getting to know this part of the region. But you can also easily lose yourself in the vastness of the coastal strip.

Crime remains comparatively low in Portugal but pickpocketing, handbag snatching and theft from cars are increasingly common in major tourist areas. Take care of your belongings at all times. Do not leave your bag unattended while eating or having a drink in a café or restaurant.

There has been an increase in the number of reported cases of theft of personal belongings taken from cars in parking lots whilst thieves have distracted drivers asking for information. Be cautious and alert if you are approached by anybody asking for directions or any other information.  Report any suspicious behaviour to the local Police.
The blogger –

By the time I’d enjoyed my first few Algarve holidays, I knew that I’d found the best beach vacation region in Europe. And that was before I bothered to discover anything about Portugal, or about the Algarve’s culture or its history.

These days, more and more people are looking for sunny beach vacations in Europe, as world travel becomes less attractive. In the three decades since Portugal changed from a dictatorship to a fledgeling liberal democracy, tourism has become the major contributor to the regional economy. And the Algarve has become a top spot for beach vacations. But, unlike many other popular holiday destinations, the region has managed to retain much of its original charm and attraction.

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