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Due to the importance of its position on the world map this province was at one time its own Kingdom. It has been
invaded and fought over by the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors. Closely associated with the sea throughout its
history this was the base of the famous Henry the Navigator who, from the point at Sagres organised the 15th Century
exploration of the New World.
The Algarve is composed of 5.411 square kilometres with approx. 350,000 permanent inhabitants. This figure can swell
to over a million people at the height of the summer. Its administrative centre is Faro controlling 16 Municipalities,
who in turn govern a total of 77 Parishes.
The length of the south-facing coastline is approx. 155 kilometres and stretches about 52 kilometres to the north on
the west. At the widest point to the north, it is approximately 36 kilometres deep. Communication is mainly by
road but there is also a single-track railway line running from Lagos to Vila Real do Santo António that also links to
the line running to Lisbon and the north. The old "EN125" main road runs along the whole coast and has now been
partially replaced by a new dual carriageway "Via do Infante" starting at the border to Spain and stretching to
Lagos - Bensafrim, also links with the main road to Lisbon. There is one international airport located close to Faro and
this conveniently lies in the middle of the Algarve coastline.
The interior from the coast greatly varies in its
picturesque appeal due to its variety of fauna, soil and
contours. In January and February the coast is painted white
with almond blossom shading the many varieties of wild
orchids. In March, the heady perfume of orange blossom mixes
with the bloom of acacias. During the month of April the
bountiful wild flowers give cause to the delightful music of
the many colourful birds. May and June is the time to see
the raw beauty of the striking bare barks of stripped cork
trees in contrast to the palette purple of the jacaranda.
July is the time of cherries, strawberries and melons.
August and September provide the picking of grapes, figs and
almonds. November is for the gathering of chestnuts for the
national festival of São Martinho. Whilst, in December it is
time to start picking the famous sweet juicy Algarve oranges
which continue through to March.
Away from the immediate coastal plain are the foothills
leading up to the highest point Foia (902 mts.) above the
un-spoilt village of Monchique. This mountain area is well
known for the layers of Roman terraces with granite stone
walls that provide the stream of local vegetables that can
be found on sale in the local market. Also, from this region
comes the local brewed drink "Medronho" that is best drunk
in one of the many local taverns.
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