About Algarve

Kingdom of Algarve

Kingdom of Algarve

The Algarve (from the Arabic “al-Gharb al-Andalus,” al-Gharb, “the West”, the “al-Andalus”), was considered for centuries, and until the proclamation of the Portuguese Republic on 5 October 1910 as the second reign of the Portuguese crown – a separate right to the kingdom of Portugal, although in fact did not possess institutions, forums or own […]

The Algarve and The Great Earthquake 1755

The Algarve and The Great Earthquake 1755

Despite having been left posterity with the name of the Portuguese capital, the 1755 earthquake caused devastation equivalent if not superior in the Algarve, which also produces extensive damage in North Africa and, to a lesser extent in south-western Spain. The distribution of the damage in the Portuguese territory was exceptionally well documented at the […]

The Algarve and The Age of Discoveries

The Algarve and The Age of Discoveries

At the beginning of the XV century, the beginning of the Portuguese maritime expansion brought a new vigor to the Algarve and its people. Lagos and Sagres have remained forever linked to Prince Henry the Navigator and the Discoveries. Even today, in Ponta de Sagres, a giant finger of rock pointing to the Atlantic Ocean in […]

Algarve or Al-Gharb, The Greatest Influence of Arab Culture in Portugal

Algarve or Al-Gharb, The Greatest Influence of Arab Culture in Portugal

More than five centuries of Arab influence marked forever the destiny of the region, starting with its name: Al-Gharb, The West. This presence, which lasted century. VIII the century. XIII, today is evident in the names of villages, agriculture, architecture monuments, the lacework patterns of the terraces and chimneys or white lime that insists on […]

The Algarve Gastronomy

The Algarve Gastronomy

The Algarve gastronomy goes back to the historical times of the Roman and Arab presence, being aware of the climate of the region one of the main tourist attractions. The ingredients used reflect the fresh flavors of the sea and the nice and strong aromas of the field. From the famous “Razor Rice” farense, the […]

The Fishing Industry in Algarve

The Fishing Industry in Algarve

The fishing industry mainly due to the development of various canneries played an important role in the Algarve economy during the Estado Novo time. However, in recent [when?] Years have seen the closing of these factories, with an increasing focus on exploitation of fish among tourists visiting the region. The cities dedicated to fishing are […]

Traditional Agricultural Products

Traditional Agricultural Products

Traditional agricultural products of note are the dried fruit production (figs, almonds and carob beans), berry brandy and even the production of cork, particularly in areas of the Algarve northeast. It is also notes the production of cork and citrus, whose production is quite relevant, the largest orange groves are located in the municipality of […]

Chimneys of Algarve, in Porches Village – Lagoa

Chimneys of Algarve, in Porches Village – Lagoa

In Porches Village are the most beautiful chimneys of the Algarve. Enchants us especially by its enigmatic features, constituting the hallmark of the Vila. This applies to the chimney so-called ex-libris of the village, built on the secular houses as a keep in miniature. In it, the mysteries involve questions in the reliefs, at the […]

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