The Algarve is the southernmost region of the mainland of Portugal comprising of 16 individual municipalities over a 5400 square mile area. There are just over 450 thousand people living in the Algarve region and the capital, Faro contains the region?s airport and university ? the University of Algarve). The region?s main driving economies are the summer tourism industry as well as production of fish, seafood and fruit including almonds, carob beans, figs and oranges. Statistically, the Algarve region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the biggest in Portugal. Visitors annually total an average of around 7 million foreigners and 3 million locals totaling over 10 million visitors every year to the Algarve region.
The climate in the Algarve region is hot and temperatures almost never fall below zero even in the coldest winter months. Maximum temperatures in the region fluctuate between around 25 degrees Celsius in the winter months and a very hot 48 degrees Celsius in the summer months. Rainfall is infrequent and short-lived.
The Algarve coast stretches almost 100 miles from the west of Portugal all the way to the Spanish border. It is well known and popular for the golden sands and warm waters as well as the sunshine which is almost guaranteed with temperatures often reaching into the 30 degrees Celsius range. To the west where the land juts out into the Atlantic Ocean there is a charming rugged area featuring sheer cliffs of black rock popularized by the fisherman from the Algarve region for its abundance of local fish. For the tourists, Cape St Vincent is a very popular spot with breath-taking views from the most western tip of Europe. You can gaze out across the Atlantic Ocean for hours on end. Further south you?ll find the beaches packed with tourists ? and rightly so. There are long stretches of beaches as well as intimate coves where you can escape the bustle of the main beaches for a while.
The Algarve region is large and there is a lot to see including an abundance of historical sites and churches spread out across the countryside. To see them all, you?re going to need a good hire car to get around and by using www.tripindicator.com, you can find a great deal on car hire in Algarve by comparing instant quotes and making advanced bookings for your car hire needs.