Insight Guides Portugal by Guides Insight

Insight Guides Portugal by Guides Insight

Author:Guides, Insight [Guides, Insight]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: APA
Published: 2017-04-01T04:00:00+00:00

Key routes and places

The southern coastline, so richly endowed with golden sandy beaches in spectacular settings, is the region’s prime asset. At the onset of mass tourism in the 1960s it attracted developers, and much of the central region, around Albufeira, is now well developed. Those looking for smaller, quieter coastal resorts can still find them by travelling out to the west beyond Lagos and, to a lesser extent, east of Faro. Inland Algarve has its share of pretty villages and remains largely unspoilt countryside, although it is rapidly becoming the preferred dormitory area for expatriate settlers.

Driving around Algarve is not difficult. The N125 travels the length of the coast, while the A22 motorway (tolls payable) shadows it just inland. It is possible to drive from Spain in the east to Sagres in the west in a little over two hours.



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