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Visiting the Algarve
The Algarve in Portugal is located at the most southern point on the main land of Portugal. This was a location where only the tourists from Britain ventured; this has all changed with the advent of modern transportation facilities and communication systems. Now people from all over the world flock over to the Algarve to spend their vacations, as this is a place where one can have a good time at a low cost. The other reasons include a pleasant Mediterranean climate and of course its beautiful beaches. One beach worth mentioning is the Paria Da Marinha; this beach was considered as one of the most beautiful beaches and has earned a name for itself as one of the best preserved beaches of the world. Many of the beaches have great beach-resorts offering romantic holidays as well as family holidays.

Algarve has its international airport at the city of Faro. The other major cities of Algarve include Albufeira, Olhao, Lagos, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura. These are all fabulous places to visit that are steeped in history but the real beauty lies in the Algarve coastline. It's coastline is dotted with kilometers of lime stone caves and grottoes particularly just outside the city of Lagos. You can access these magical places by boat that can be hired from many of the local fishermen.

Over the past 40 years, the region has turned into one of the hottest items for tourism in Europe. The word is spreading about the beauty, the incredible beaches, fantastic weather, the golf courses and sporting events.

Due to the great weather, fabulous beaches and countryside, the Algarve has now turned into one of the most popular regions for sports. Algarve has invested in a number of golf links in and around the region which has enabled it to develop into one of the best golfing destinations of the world. In 2006, the Algarve was been voted the Golf destination of the year and now has the distinction and recognition of some of the best golf courses in the world. Other annual events that are worth mentioning are the invitational women's soccer tournament and the Powerboat racing which has become a major adventure sport.

Many of the major cities in Portugal are located in this region and have become great resort towns due to the culture, the climate where much of the money has come through the growth of tourism. The locations of these cities are in perfect striking distance to the beaches and the incredible views that can be seen from the hilly landscape. This landscape also produces some of the best wines in Portugal. These wines are light, velvety, fruity and not very full-bodied. The red wines are served with grilled meat and codfish. The white ones are the perfect appetizer. The spots where vineyards have been established have also become some of the most romantic setting in the area.

There have been many that have gone to this region expecting a nice experience and were surprised at the level of beauty. There's been a big push for the Algarve and its inhabitants to focus more on ecological issues which help to maintain livelihoods. This includes maintaining the beauty of the landscape, the cleaning of the cities, the beaches, and the region as a whole. The people from this region are fiercely proud and want to showoff the place for all its glory. The Algarvian's are also some of the most friendly and hospitable people in Europe. Having dealt with different cultures for many years, people from the Algarve have a tolerant and relaxed attitude to visitors to the region.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing listings for bed and breakfasts, villas, hotels and apartments in Rome.
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