The Algarve is simply unique. The greens of the hills, sparkling blue seas and scent of wildflowers stay with you long after you leave. Strolling through narrow streets and alleys is the best way of getting to know the region, but you can also easily explore the coastal strip. Here, against a backdrop of beautiful beaches, you can lose yourself in the rocky coastline and golden sands.

After the enchantment of the landscape, you can discover the aromas and flavours of the traditional Algarve cuisine. Incredible local fish and shellfish are showcased in dishes like caldeirada de peixe (fish-stew) or cataplana de amêijoas (clams steamed in a copper pan). Famous regional delicacies await you…figs, almonds, carobs and medronho brandy distilled in old copper stills.

Spanning across the rich ecological habitats, travelling the Algarve feels like passing through time, its villages and towns unchanged for many centuries. The architecture of whitewashed houses, the brightly-coloured chimneys, the church towers and museums, all reveal the distinctive character of the Algarve people that help to make this such a special destination.

Loulé Municipality

A long ribbon of fine, golden sand tucked between the blue of the sea and the bold ochres of the cliffs. The splendour of tiles in a chapel that is itself a work of art. The changing greens of the orchards and the woods of the hills. An endless variety of decorated chimneys, carefully wrought in a filigree of whitewashed stone and art. Wide open spaces where it is possible to rediscover the meaning of solitude and listen to the silence of nature. With all this and more, Loulé municipality is a place of sunshine and colour, fun and excitement.​ ©visitalgarve

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