"Algarve - The West" Top 5 Page for this destination Algarve by Gerrem

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The Algarve coast line stretches about 100 miles from the western-most tip to the Spanish border.
The western ends juts out into the Atlantic, a rugged, undeveloped area, which has retained its natural charm - traditional arts and crafts, which have all but disappeared from the eastern coast - form part of the way of life here.

The western coastline is extremely dramatic, with cliffs of black rock from which Algarvian fishermen cling precariously hundreds of feet above the sea, for hours on end. Beaches vary from tiny, intimate coves to long lengths of open soft sand, where the Atlantic waves crash and retreat.

The name Algarve comes from the Arabic al-gbarb ("the west"), referring to the province's position at the western edge of the former Muslim empire and, as well, at the western edge of al-Andalus, of which the Algarve was part until it became a separate Arab governorate in 1140.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic coast line, beaches, much history
  • Cons:didn't found any
  • In a nutshell:We come back !
  • Last visit to Algarve: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated Jun 23, 2005
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2007 at 2:03 AM

    I've been to Algarve lately and I liked a lot. Ciao!

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 2:16 AM

    Hallo Michael. Great page here with superb tips & lots of detailed info! My ratings are definitely with you! Viele liebe Gruesse aus der Wueste :-) Jess

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 2:09 PM

    What's with the colorful cows? I just saw another one in Warren, Rhode Island today. Is it a fad?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2005 at 1:34 PM

    Michael, a great page for information on the Algarve! Also, a very interesting story about the history of chimneys in Portugal! I took saw the plaque to the young German at Cabo de St. Vincent, but could not read the text.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2005 at 1:51 PM

    we ate here at Cafe Ingles too ^..^ hier in NZ ist Winter, und ich waere gerne in der Algarve... beautiful Algarve, excellent page Michael. thanx for sharing

  • santanesia's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2005 at 8:22 AM

    Great page, great tips! We didn't plan to go to Algarve, but now... I hope we have as good weather as you not too hot

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2005 at 3:06 PM

    We had lunch at Cafe Ingles too! Excellent page Michael, Your weather was gorgeous. Looks like you had a good trip (~_~)

  • tzuki's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2005 at 7:48 AM

    Nice pic of shells (mussels) at your Algave´s page!! love them.. :)

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2005 at 5:24 AM

    Da wäre ich jetzt auch gern...:).

  • grishaV1's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2005 at 10:04 AM

    what a nice page! looks a great place to visit for families also. thanks!!


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