Beaches in Portugal: the Algarve

Beaches in Portugal: the Algarve As promised before, we bring you a first post to tell you about the beaches of Portugal. We will not start with a specific beach, but with a region that deserves to be highlighted: the Algarve. On future occasions we will talk about other beaches or some of the main resorts in this southernmost province of Portugal. Understand, then, why we are talking about an entire region. The great beach destination of the Portuguese… and the English The Algarve is the region that most Portuguese choose to spend their summer holidays. The climate is hotter and drier than in the rest of the country, the sea water is warmer, and its immense coastline (almost 200 km long) has the most diverse options to choose from. The region has much more to do: it has water parks, a lot of golf (more than 40 “greens” in a relatively small area) and even casinos: three complete establishments, with the most diverse games and entertainment options. Unlike in Brazil, where citizens must look for sites like to find legitimate (and foreign) gaming sites, in Portugal casino gaming is a normal and licensed activity. Casinos and golf are some of the reasons that attract even more visitors from other European countries. The British discovered the Algarve in the 1960s. First it was the middle class, with golfers and Paul McCartney; but soon the people came. In the summer months, Albufeira has thousands of English people enjoying the sun that is so shy in their country. Did you know that the Algarve has been winning, for 5 consecutive times, the “Oscar of Tourism” (World Travel Awards) for Europe's best holiday destination? It is not by chance that the French, Italians and others have joined the Portuguese and British in the region. The familiarity of Portugal Every Brazilian has the ill-fated three-time Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna in their heart, but few know that, in the final stages of his life, he bought a house in the Algarve. During the sport's “European” season, the champion didn't have time to come to Brazil, but he also didn't stay in England, home to McLaren, his team for six glorious years. Like the English, he preferred the Algarve sun. In addition, the Portuguese language allowed him to feel a little closer to home. This will always be an extra factor to attract Brazilians to the “sister country”. Naturally, the champion bought a house in one of the most luxurious areas of the Algarve: Quinta do Lago, in Vilamoura – an urbanization developed by Brazilian entrepreneur André Jordan, whose story would make an entire article. Senna was later honored, with a street named after him close to the house that was his. Which beaches to choose? It has urban beaches, such as Albufeira or Praia da Rocha (Portimão), but it also has almost deserted beaches, such as Barreta or Fuzeta, in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, in Faro. It has beaches with a casino (Vilamoura, Monte Gordo and the aforementioned Praia da Rocha) and beaches that, while not being urban, have great beauty and are close to the city; this is the case of Praia de D. Ana, near Lagos. The choice is immense and each of these beaches would make a post.  


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