Get to know the Algarve
The Algarve has 16 municipalities, each with its very own identity. The stereotype is sunny beaches and golf, but the Algarve has so much more to offer.
You just need to know where to look.
The biggest town on the Algarve is Faro, where the only airport in the region is located. Faro is the capital of the Algarve region with 61.000 inhabitants in 2020, making it the biggest city and second most populated place on the Algarve after Loule, whit its 70.000 inhabitants.
From Faro you can make your way buy car to each end of the Algarve in about one hour.
Every year around four million people visit the Algarve and about 600,000 foreigners have made Portugal their permanent home.
As far as the weather is concerned, Algarve climate statistics show that the temperature fluctuates from 25Cº to 40Cº during the summer months.
The winter isn't bad either, with an average high of 18Cº for the months of January to april.
As the biggest city on the Algarve, Faro has the biggest hub og local businesses and several of the bigger government offices can be found there.
For shopping, Faro and Almancil is definitely the place to go in the Algarve with MAR Shopping, IKEA and Designer outlet Algarve leading the way.
Other big shopping areas can be found in Albufeira and Guia, where you will find Albufeira Shopping and Algarve Shopping offering clothing, footwear, casual eateries & services, grocery stores, locale and global retail shops, food market and kids' playground.
As for other local businesses and services you will find that most towns on the Algarve have a more than adequate service offer.
Be it pool service, an experienced builder, a architect, a trustworthy mechanic or professional tax advice, you will have no problem finding a local business that can help in Tavira, Vilamoura, Castro Marim, Portimao or other towns on the Algarve.