Taking into account the excellent weather conditions that occur in the Algarve, this region has tourism as its main economic activity.
The International Airport of Faro contributes to establish the region as an international beach resort. This airport is the second busiest in Portugal.
The Algarve has beaches and natural landscapes that, together with the fantastic weather, make it the most touristic of the country’s regions.
Some examples of this:
• Vilamoura: one of the best known tourist complexes in Europe;
• Albufeira: considered the capital of tourism;
• Praia da Rocha (Portimão) and Praia da Marinha (Lagoa): two beautiful beaches of the western Algarve and well known across borders;
• Lagos: superb beaches, bars, restaurants, hotels;
• Tavira: great cultural and landscape heritage;
• Monte Gordo: one of the oldest sights in the Algarve and where sea water can reach 26ºC.
• Silves: great cultural and landscape heritage. It was once the capital of the Algarve.
• Monchique: extremely rich gastronomy combined with beautiful natural landscapes.
Over the years, the Algarve has been the stage for many important events, cultural, religious, sporting, and musical, (…) throughout the year. Some examples:
• Euro 2004 (Faro / Loulé);
• World Volleyball Championships (Portimão);
• World Golf Championships;
• Lisbon-Dakar Rally (2006 and 2007);
• Motonáutica (Portimão);
• World Motorcycle Trials (Cortelha, Loulé);
• Portimão Air Show;
• Algarve Summer Festival;
• FATACIL (Lagoa);
• SuperBikes (Autódromo Internacional do Algarve);
• Candles Market (Lagoa);
• Medieval Fair (Silves and Castro Marim);
• Feast of the Sovereign Mother (Loulé);
• Algarve Nature Week (Faro, Quarteira, Tavira);
• Réveillon (Albufeira, Faro, Portimão, Lagos, …);
• White Night (Loulé);
• Beer Festival (Silves);
• Black and White Night (Carvoeiro);
• Rally of Portugal (Algarve)
For these reasons and many others, the Algarve during the summer season triples its population and is increasingly visited also in periods of low season.