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The sun, hospitality, beaches, golf, castles, red cliffs, little fishing communities, the wealth of fish and fresh sea food are all compelling reasons for our visitors.
The almond sweets and the white houses with their ornate terraces and chimneys are the result of the region's rich history, filled with Moorish influences and castles.
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The geographical position of the Algarve gives it special bioclimatic characteristics. The climate is temperate, with Mediterranean characteristics, with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and low average annual rainfall.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (°C)
Average temperatures vary throughout the year between 15°C degrees centigrade in winter and 31°C in the summer, with no negative temperatures in winter when the sunny days attract tourists from countries in Northern Europe.
SEA AND BEACH
During the summer, high temperatures provide sun and sea tourism and raise the profile of the Algarve as a bathing paradise. The fine white sand stretches for miles along the coast and the calm sea is around 22°C in the summer.
Despite the sun and mild temperatures, warm clothing is advised for those travelling to the Algarve in the winter; in summer, cool, light-coloured clothing and the use of sunscreen are recommended.
The official language is Portuguese but in the Algarve you won’t have much difficulty communicating in English, French and Spanish.
The number of inhabitants in the Algarve as a whole was 450,000 in 2011. Of these, 64,000 lived in Faro and 41,000 in Albufeira.
The Algarve is on Greenwich Mean Time, the same as Lisbon and London. The Algarve is one hour behind Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scandinavia (two hours behind Finland).
The currency used is the Euro (€). It is possible to exchange foreign currency over the counter at banks or at currency exchange bureaux. Major credit cards are accepted at most locations.
The Algarve is a tourist destination geared up for everyone to enjoy its natural beauties, its beaches and its cities. Find information here that can help you plan your holiday in this region.
Electric current is 220V; European two-pin plugs are used.
It is safe to drink tap water from the public supply.
112 is the emergency number.
In Portugal vehicles drive on the right. Seat belts are compulsory, a helmet is required to ride a motorbike. No mobile phones allowed while driving. Traffic signs follow international conventions. The legally permissible level of alcohol is 0.5g/litre.
In accordance with Portuguese law, smoking is prohibited anywhere inside PortoBay hotels in Portugal, including bars and restaurants. Smoking is also forbidden in rooms, and is only allowed on balconies and outdoors.