The sun-blessed Algarve (over 300 days a year) is protected from winter chills by high inland hills, and fanned by cooling sea breezes in summer. The coastline is strung with superb sandy beaches, from long stretches to secluded coves; with large areas providing protected habitats for wildlife. The Portuguese people are friendly, tolerant and family-loving. Eating out is a way of life - and stress is not on the menu!
For golfers, the Algarve has long been a major Mecca and new courses ensure the region remains well above par in Europe. But the outdoor life isn't confined to the fairways, with sailing, water-sports, tennis, horse-riding and cycling among the many options for the active-minded.
The inland countryside is glorious in spring, and rural village life continues its traditional ways. For many, a country setting is ideal for a home in the sun; whilst other prefer being closer to the beaches and cosmopolitan amenities.
For those with more profitable motivations, the Algarve offers especially now excellent property investment opportunities.
Unpretentious yet continually considered one of Europe's most attractive destinations, the Algarve offers a refreshingly relaxed way of life.