Algarve region is the southernmost region of Portugal. It is major a tourist destination, especially in summer for the sunny weather and the region’s extensive coast with attractive Mediterranean beaches, ideal for swimming, boat trips and water sports. This region's cities, such as the capital Faro or Lagos with cobbled street old towns, have a picturesque charm, being also vibrant modern resorts.
Algarve counts with nature reserves such as the marshlands of Ria Formosa, and the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park. The coastline in the western part is more dramatic such as in the headland of Cape Saint-Vincent.
Population: over 450 thousand
Other major cities: Albufeira, Lagos, Olhão, Portimão, Tavira, Silves
Main attractions: Beaches, Faro Cathedral, Cape St. Vincent, Castle of Silves, Tavira Island, Ponta da Piedade, Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, Ria Formosa lagoon
Major airport: Faro Airport (FAO - Aeroporto Internacional de Faro)
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