Algarve residents don’t need to leave to be on vacation
It has come to our attention an article published on Portugal Resident by “Pat the Expat”, summing up brilliantly what it means to live in Algarve all year round. When you live in one of the best tourist destinations in the world, it means you don’t have to leave your area to feel on vacation. Pat the Expat brings all together: “all we really have to do is to go outside”.
The golf courses are among the best in Continental Europe, and the region itself is being hailed as the best golf destination in the world. There are water parks and other infrastructures to stroll around with children. Any cafe with a good “esplanada” under the sun (with a gentle sunshade over your head) will allow you to taste a good meal, a bottle of excellent Portuguese wine and the power of the Portuguese coffee.
The author gets rather humorous, explaining the weather. The “positive spin on the current ice age moving across Scotland”, made by Britain’s weather forecasters, is portrayed as a desperate effort to alleviate the Winter rigours. Unlike Algarve, where it never snows, the roads and fields seldom get ice, and as soon as from February, you start to feel that the sunshine is getting powerful. Even in December and January, you can get good sunny days, as the Mediterranean climate gives you either sun or rain – not those endless fog days of Britain.
Pat the Expat bats an eye to American readers and home buyers, stating that the weather is perfect for people from “jolly ol’England or New England for that matter”. It’s true; although at the same latitude, New England and the Northeastern United States have quite severe Winters and cool Summers, compared with Southern Portugal.
And then there’s the diversity of the region. Yes, beaches are its older and main attraction, but there’s so much to see and do. If you settle in an urban area, go to Tavira to feel in a completely different environment. A few minutes by car, you’ll get to the historical villages in the Algarvian hills, like Querença or Alte. The Algarvian route is a must to those who like to walk long distances (and we still didn’t mention that natural Parks around the Guadiana river mouth and in the Western coast.) The A22 motorway allows you to get quickly to everywhere – and even to go on a tour to Southern Spain; Seville is two hours and Gibraltar four hours away. The authors also mentioned Silves (the historic town with its red, Moorish castle), Sagres (the “sacred” promontory) of the Loulé market on Saturday morning as places to go.
Have you ever considered everything that Algarve has to offer, this way?