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Life in the Algarve

People have been enjoying the dramatic rocky coastline of Portugal holidays for the last 40 years.
The most popular region is the Algarve which stretches along the sunny southern coast.
Portugal holidays can be enjoyed all year round thanks to the mild winter climate.
Despite being one of Europe's smallest countries, Portugal has had a huge impact on the world over the years.
Explorers Cabral; credited with discovering Brazil and Vasco de Gama; commander of the first ship to sail from Europe both came from Portugal.
Life today still revolves around the sea with fantastic beaches, delightful marinas and a vast array of water sports available throughout the Algarve.
The area pretty much began life as a coastline full of small fishing villages and has managed to retain most of its charm despite growing rapidly into a thriving tourist resort.
The quiet resorts of Alvor and Praia da Luz are perfect for families as are the stunning beaches at Praia da Oura and Praia da Roche.
Vilamoura and Albufeira are a little livelier and the 'strip' at Montechoro is one of the liveliest areas in the Algarve.
Lagos and the capital Faro have plenty of museums and monuments to show off the regions fascinating history.
The rich and famous flock to the high quality golf courses in the area.
You don't need to be wealthy though as most courses are open to beginners and also offer lessons to all levels of competence.
The Portuguese love their horses and there are plenty of dressage and riding stables in the area for all ages to enjoy whilst on Portugal holidays.
The beaches and surrounding countryside are perfect for an early morning gallop or leisurely trek.
No Portugal holidays would be complete without trying your hand at fishing as they are a true sea faring nation here.
You can charter boats or join a trip to catch tuna, ray, mackerel, salmon bass and swordfish, again all levels are welcome.
It's also worth checking to see if there are any carnivals going on during your Portugal holidays.
The Portuguese are fiercely proud of their heritage and need no excuse to party.
They go on in cities throughout the region and always give holidaymakers the chance to join in and learn more about local culture.
The Algarve has zoos, botanical gardens, funfairs, jeep safaris that take you on a journey through the orange and lemon groves and many water parks, making sure there's never a dull moment on Portugal holidays.

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