For many, this is the real Algarve, an area where there are no sprawling developments, yet where visitors can do as much or as little as they choose.
The port towns of Portimao and Lagos have shops, boutiques and supermarkets and both have colourful historic quarters with narrow cobbled streets and bars and restaurants serving excellent seafood and local and international delicacies. Nelson berthed his fleet in Lagos and much of the city has changed little since then, so take time to wander and enjoy.
Beyond Lagos, the small resort of Praia da Luz has one of the finest beaches in the area and close by, the delight of those ubiquitous red cliffs. Golfers have an unparalled choice of challenging courses at Penina, Palmares, Gramacho and more, whilst those who prefer the open countryside can drive inland to the lovely Monchique hills.
Don't miss the fort at Sagres and Cape St. Vincent; the cliffs here were the last sight of land for many of the great explorers on their way to the New World. The shrill cries of the gulls and the vastness of the Atlantic stretching toward the horizon evoke memories of that golden age.
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