The southwest boarder of continental Europe and poetic gate to the rest of the world – Algarve is a prestigious region for sure. Also a frequently visited. Millions of tourists invade the coastline every season and verify Algarve’s reputation as a mass tourism nightmare. What injustice to the beautiful scenery of the lonely places aside the hotel complexes and crowded malls. Algarve is much more than the cheap travel paradise the brochures make you believe.
Algarve is a contradictory region – offering so much prettiness itself, though presenting you the possibilities of an open horizon facing the Atlantic Ocean. Stay or leave – a question that endured the centuries. No place else the unique Portuguese emotion of “saudade” seems more palpable.