Algarve is a holiday Paradise: in just one place you have amazing sun & sand, exotic architectural details and historical fishermen’s villages.
With some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, some of the continent’s top golf courses, magnificent cliff scenery, fantastic grottoes, and warm year-round climate, it was inevitable that Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost province, would become the country’s most popular travel destination.
Most visitors to Portugal go to Algarve, and many of them don’t leave their resorts to explore more of the country. However, there are also fishermen’s villages like Sagres (known as “the end of the world” before the Age of Discovery), Tavira and Olhão, all well worth exploring.
Sagres, at the southwestern tip of Europe, is a charming fishing town in Algarve. This semi-remoteness gives this village a distinctive atmosphere while providing a unique blend of activities and sights. The region is formed of massive cliffs and golden beaches, which perfectly designed for visitors who enjoy the outdoors, be that hiking, surfing or exploring. Sagres is traditional, remote, one of Algarve‘s most historical locations and a place of romantic pilgrimage. Nearby is Cape São Vicente, mainland Europe’s most southwesterly point, known to ancient mariners as the “End of the World,” where it was believed the sun sank into the ocean every night.
Photo: Tonel Beach, Sagres – by: Amaianos
Tavira is perhaps the prettiest fisherman’s town in Algarve and remains remarkably unspoiled. Its biggest pleasure is wandering through the old town observing a countless of architectural details, its over-three-dozen churches and fine 18th century mansions on both sides of the Gilão River, which are linked by a Roman bridge.
A ferry connects the town to a marvelous sand dune island nearby, Ilha de Tavira, a glorious island beach with warm waters excellent for swimming and bird-watching.
Olhão is the Algarve’s biggest fishing port, with an active waterfront and pretty, bustling lanes in its old quarters. It’s rare gem, a top place for a relaxing long weekend just across a lovely ferry ride away. Ria Formosa, Farol, Armona, Deserta and Culatra are incredible sandy empty islands where the fishermen live. These traditional islands are perfect for the introspection and rest, including watching the waves, counting your toes, playing dominoes and drinking cold drinks with locals, and eating delicious fish.
Getting the best out of the town and its island heaven requires dedication only to the art of idling. It is just delightful to sit along the marina of Olhão and have a coffee or a drink and watch the world go by.
Overlooking this exhilarating place, are a few modern accommodations, where you can end your day with a fabulous sunset.
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Photo: Herdade da Corte, Vila Monte Farm House and Praia Verde Boutique Hotel