Exploring AlgarveThe Portuguese region of Algarve is located at the southern part of Portugal. This is the most popular place for tourists to visit in all of Portugal. The tourism industry is so huge in Algarve that annually, the region welcomes 10 million visitors, 3 million of which are national visitors from within Portugal. The region boasts many natural wonders such as high mountains (Monchique range, which tops out at 902 metres), gorgeous beaches (over 155 kilometres of coastline), and nature preserves. The economy of Algarve is primarily agriculture and seafood. Fruits such as figs, and oranges accompany carob and almonds as some of the popular produce of the land. Algarve is known best for the sardines caught here. The sea is very important to the economy of Algarve in the form of tourism, as well. The largest industry in the summer months is tourism in Algarve. The beaches are welcoming, but they are only one draw to the region. Fishing, swimming, and boating are also great incentives for a holiday in Algarve. The different cities in the Algarve region all have their own personality and distinct amenities. Some of the larger cities in Algarve are Faro, Albufeira, Lagos, and Silves. Travel throughout the region of Algarve can be done by renting a car. Cheap car hire Algarve Faro Airport is a great way to see the many cities and villages that line the coast of this popular region. The airport has desks for a number of car hire agencies including Europcar, Sixt, and Auriga Crown. Local drivers many also want to rent a vehicle from the nearby cities from which they came to visit Algarve instead of flying into the region.
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