Up North, the Algarve is protected from Atlantic lows by mountains, extending about 3,600 hours of sun to spoil the tourists. Spring starts in late January already when the abundance of almond trees shows off a splendour of white-pink blossoms, making the country seem covered by loads of snow. The warm climate along the Algarve favours a unique piece of nature. The “Salgados” Nature Reserve is only six kilometers from Bem Parece, where colonies of pink-red flamingoes can be observed.
The Algarve coast offers miles and miles of sandy beaches and picturesque bays. Many of these beaches are awarded “blue flags” because of their excellent water quality. If you are looking for an activity holiday, you will find a number of sports to engage in, such as surfing, diving, tennis or golf on one of the courses placed in gorgeous nature sites. These are the top favourites of Algarve fans: towns and villages with white-washed houses in front of the ever azur-blue sky, rural vegetable and fish markets, small shops and restaurants of regional flair, Moorish architecture and, last but not least, the blue tials (“azulejos”) which were brought to the Iberian peninsular by the Moors in the eighth century; walking tours in untouched areas of the countryside, discovering water scoop wells (“noras”) of ancient times, stone walls of Celtic origin and a merely virgin flora and fauna.