The Spanish border can be reached in around thirty-five minutes by car using the A22 motorway whilst Albufeira is a similar distance to the west. Those travelling to the far western tip of the Algarve should expect a journey of around an hour and a half.
There are scores of sandy attractive beaches throughout the Algarve and the sand is pure white and fine in grade. The western algarve tends to have the more dramatic coastline with the orange cloured cliffs reaching into the Atlantic Ocean, reminiscent of the coastline of south Devon. The water is warm in the summer months due to the maritime shelf and the water quality is exceptional due to the position of the Algarve in the far south-western tip of Europe.
There is a plethora of top quality and well established golf courses spread along the length of the Algarve and the area has long been a favourite destination for golfers from across Europe.
The Algarve is divided into sixteen municipalities that in turn govern over seventy parishes, with the administrative centre being Faro. There are approximately 350,000 permanent inhabitants in the Algarve but that number can swell to well over a million people at peak times.
The Algarve is also popular amongst people who wish to own holiday, or second homes for very many reasons. The holiday rentals market is well-established, the flight times to most northern European cities is less than three hours, the climate is hot in summer but rarely stifling due to the on-shore breeze that prevails and the Portuguese people are amongst the most hospitable in the world.
Away from the immediate coastal plain are the foothills leading up to the highest point Foia (902 mts.) above the un-spoilt village of Monchique. This mountain area is well known for the layers of Roman terraces with granite stone walls that provide the stream of local vegetables that can be found on sale in the local market