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Algarve

Crossing the Algarve is like walking through centuries of tradition.

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The architecture of whitewashed houses, the typical tiles, the churches belfries, and the several museums of this region unveil fragments of history and the ancestors of the Algarve people, as well as of all civilizations who passed through here, mainly the Arabs, Phoenicians and Romans, who greatly contributed to the cultural wealth of this region.
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Located in the southernmost part of Portugal, the Algarve is separated from Alentejo's plain by a mountain range (Espinhaço de Cão, Caldeirão and Monchique mountains) which stretches over the entire region, almost unbrokenly, from the Spanish border to the Atlantic coast. It is a region with a very particular Mediterranean climate. It is close to the sea; however, it also suffers influence of the mountain, resulting in a hot, dry climate, with low variations of temperature and rainfall. The mountains are very important for the Algarve's agriculture, since they protect the viticulture holdings from the North winds. The soils stretch over predominantly sandy, clay and limestone areas and schist areas located at the mountains hillsides.     

The Algarve is a region where the vineyard area has decreased over the last years. The development of beach tourism has proved to be little beneficial for the viticulture. However, in order to counter this tendency, there have been several investments in the Algarve's viniculture, such as the replantation of grape varieties, the modernization of wineries and the practice of new methods of wine production. Combining its unique location, of a Mediterranean and Atlantic influence, protected by the mountain range and benefiting from over 3000 hours of sun a year, the Algarve can be seen as one of the wine regions with the highest growth potential.

The Algarve's demarcated region is divided into four designations of origin: Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira. The traditional grape varieties are Castelão and Negra Mole, as red varieties, and Arinto and Síria as white. The production of fresh wines, both white and rosé, is quite significant, very oriented towards the consumption during summer in tune with the flow of tourism in this region. The Algarve's wines are characterized by an aroma of well-ripe fruits and a velvety and hot flavour.
Wine Tourism
Wine Tourism
The Algarve is very oriented towards beach tourism. However, the wine combined with culture, the regional gastronomy and rural tourism, is becoming increasingly prominent all over this region.
 
The Wine Route of the Algarve is divided into four routes: Gil Eanes Route, Arade Route, Mourisco Route and Falésias Route. These routes comprise the demarcated regions of Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira, having several winemakers with a wide offer of wine tourism activities associated to them. These activities include visits to wineries and stays in major hotel groups.
Regarding the gastronomy, in the Algarve we find some of the top Portuguese restaurants, many of them with international prizes and awards. The flavors of the Algarve's cuisine include mostly fish and seafood, such as the fish stew or the clams cataplana. The listing of culinary delights also comprises the famous regional sweets, such as almond, fig or carob.
Combining the good weather with the finest wines of the region, complemented with the modern vineyard estates and wineries, hotels and good restaurants, the Algarve is today a leading wine destination where the art of hospitality excels according to the Portuguese tradition.
 
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