The most southerly part of the country, since always a summer holiday destination for having a south and west coast totally bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, the sun, the shellfish and the golden beaches make this region a more than perfect beach destination.
To the north there is a mountainous border with the Alentejo plain and to the east there is one with Spain.
In this interior region you can still find a genuine rurality in picturesque villages and even in the towns of Monchique and Silves.
The cities of Portimão, Faro and the sophisticated Vilamoura have a lively nightlife, golf lovers can also enjoy 5-star resorts and professional courses along the coast.
In this region you can also find the Natural Reserve of Ria Formosa, the islands of Faro, Tavira and Olhão and their salt mines.
Fresh fish and seafood are one of the Algarve's main attractions, cooked in wonderful local dishes that include clams, prawns, cataplanas (item of cookware used to prepare Portuguese seafood dishes) and piri-piri chicken.