Porto Dona Maria
Much more than beaches and a blessed climate, the Algarve has ethnographic heritage worth discovering.
This includes traditional villages like Bensafrim, Odiáxere, Barão de São João and Vila do Bispo, among others. Monuments are scattered throughout every municipality in the Algarve.
In our county and surrounding area you can visit:
• Muralhas de Lagos
• Forte da Ponta da Bandeira
• Galeria do Mercado dos Escravos
• Igrejas de São Sebastião, Santa Maria, Santo António
• Fortaleza de Sagres
• Fortaleza e farol do cabo de São Vicente
• Fortaleza de Beliche
• and others
There are gardens and viewpoints at Ponta de Sagres (such as San Vicente Viewpoint) and Vila Real de Santo António (Cacela-a-Velha Viewpoint).
There are many museums too. Some examples are Casa do Ferreiro in Alcoutim, the Archaeological Site of Cerro da Vila in Vilamoura, the Miniature Collections Museum - Cars, Planes and Motorcycles in Lagos, Carrapateira Sea and Land Museum in Aljezur, and the Algarve Costume Museum in São Braz de Alportel, among others.
Local gastronomy is a particular highlight. Delicacies range from fish and shellfish to sweets with almonds, figs and oranges from the Algarve. There are many dishes you simply have to try in the many restaurants and pubs scattered around the region. Don't forget to ask for arbutus or fruit liqueurs after your meal.
The diversity of nature is definitely one of the greatest riches of the Algarve.
From the coast to the Algarve Mountains, there are many things waiting to be discovered, and there are also numerous activities you can enjoy outdoors, including:
• Hiking through the Algarve Coast or the mountains
• Tours of the national parks
• Bird watching
• Observation of Algarve flora and fauna
• Dolphin and whale watching
• Horse riding
• Bicycle tours
• Balloon tours
• Jeep tours and 4x4 rides
• Jeep safaris
• Visits to the Algarve's caves and boat trips