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The complete guide to the Algarve

The southern region of Portugal may be known for its timeshare flats and abundant golf courses, but it also has plenty of culture and history to offer. 

The Algarve can offer over 500 holes of golf and has a well-deserved reputation for multi-owner properties. But the southern coast of Portugal also has 200 miles of sandy beaches strung out along a dramatically changing shore. The east, from the Spanish border to Faro, is flat; wide sandy beaches and salt marshes are protected from the ocean by a string of islands just offshore. West of Faro you find a mixture of rocky cliffs, small, sheltered bays, and some of the region’s biggest resorts.