When planning your Portugal travel itinerary, make room for Algarve. With 300 days of sun, over 100 beaches, the unique natural beauty of the coast – all make the Algarve Europe’s best kept secret.
In the Algarve the weather is fabulous all year round, the scenery is magical and there is always plenty to do. For nature lovers the Algarve offers a beautiful coastline with many small islands, as well as the majestic mountain range of Monchique. The region is home to the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and a migratory stop for a wide variety of birds, including flamingoes, spoonbills and a number of different species of gulls and wading birds. It’s the best of Portugal travel for nature and adventure lovers!
The perfect holiday can be rounded off by visiting some of the Algarve’s cultural heritage which displays strong Moorish influences. Typical for the region are the distinct chimneys and picturesque mills, sleepy inland villages as well as pretty coastal towns with busy marinas and naval tradition including Faro, Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Tavira, Olhão, Sagres, Lagoa and Albufeira.
Faro, Farol Island
Faro’s beaches and the Ria Formosa, where flamingos can be seen taking to the air, mark the border with the sea. On the flat terrain behind are the houses and buildings of Faro, green vegetable plots that thrive on the fertile land and water wheels that were once used to draw water from the ground another reminder of the city’s Moorish heritage.
In the distance a semi-circle of gentle hills, their slopes clad with fruit trees, frames the landscape. Villages where life goes on at the same easy pace as in centuries past, where unassuming churches conceal art works of astonishing beauty. These are among the charms of Faro and its municipality, an ideal starting point for exciting voyages of discovery.
Famed for the impressive natural rock formations here, the live footage of the winding Benagil coast can’t be missed. You may catch a glimpse of the infamous Benagil Cave (entitled “The World’s Most Beautiful Cave” by An0ther Magazine) through the growing peep hole at the top! The drone will wind across this truly extraordinary natural landscape of azure waters and rugged coastline.
How about a birds-eye view of the auburn-tinted Ponta da Piedade sandstone cliffs? All possible on this live feed. The famous unique cliff formations that include sea arches and grottos will be visible from the drone, and you may also witness sights such as the Meia Praia beach – 5km of pure white sands and waves that break through the turquoise swirls of the sea.
View the largest fishing port in the Algarve like never before. Flying into Olhão, the drone may drift past the whitewashed Moorish-style homes, the vast 3.7-mile sand bar of Culatra Island, and interchanging blues and green hues of one of Portugal’s natural wonders – the Ria Formosa Natural park.
That’s Portugal travel sorted for you! Find out more on the Algarve Tourism Board’s official website. The stunning aerial photography is courtesy of Aerostream.