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Spread across a vast geographical area of 4,997 square kilometres, the charming region of Algarve is a part of continental Portugal. During the peak tourist season, its population triples with the arrival of tourists from various corners of the world. An alluring coastline, magnificent cliffs, and a serene countryside are some of the prominent features of this Portuguese region, which serve as major attractions. Algarve also offers tourists the chance to indulge in some exciting activities, such as diving, deep sea fishing, and jeep safaris. However, there are certain aspects of this Portuguese region that you wouldn’t like to miss. Here, we’ve compiled some of them:

 

1. Relaxing on the sandy beaches

There are several beaches on the 200 kilometres of coastline between Vila Real de Santo Antonio and the south-west coast near Aljezur, which gives you many options to unwind on the golden sands. You'll never want to do anything other than just relaxing on the beaches with the presence of a mild climate and a bright sunshine. Some of them are protected by enormous cliffs, while some are small bays situated between the rocks. Most of the beaches in this region have bars and restaurants near them, where you can unwind with some refreshing drinks and relish the delicious local dishes.

 

2. Playing a round of golf

There are many golf courses in Algarve today, and more than half of them feature regularly in the list of top courses in Portugal. It, therefore, comes as a surprise to many that until the mid-1960s, the sport was virtually non-existent in this region. You can play a 9-hole or 18-hole round in any of the golf clubs. Among the prominent ones is Monte Rei Golf and Country Club, which is known for its excellent service and hospitality levels. It also gives you some mesmerising views of the Atlantic Ocean and Serra do Caldeirao mountains. Other famous clubs are Clube Golf Oceanico Faldo, Victoria Clube de Golfe, and San Lorenzo Golf Club.

 

3. Hiking in Serra de Monchique

You may, at some point want to escape the crowds of tourists and get to a place where there are vast expanses of natural beauty and fewer people. The chain of mountains in the western part of Algarve region known as Serra de Monchique is covered with enchanting greenery and some beautiful pine, eucalyptus, and acacia plantations. A full day's hike can be enjoyed in these quiet and green surroundings. You would also get to savour the scents of wild flowers and eucalyptus on the way.

 

4. The incredible sand sculptures at FIESA

Held every year in the Pera village of Algarve, the International Sand Sculpture Festival or Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia (FIESA) has been described as the world's largest sand sculpture event. About 60 artists from different parts of the globe participate in this festival and use more than 30,000 tons of sand to create awe-inspiring works of art. You can just roam around the extensive site marvelling at the sand sculptures that are built around a theme, as the FIESA has a different theme each year. You can also enjoy these sculptures in the evenings as they are kept open for visitors with the help of atmospheric lighting.

 

These are just four of the many unforgettable experiences that you would enjoy while exploring the region. You can make a trip to this interesting Portuguese travel destination with the cost-effective holidays to Algarve offered by Lowest2.