The coastal belt where most Algarvian live
is fringed with sand-spit islands, lagoons,
drifted dunes, spectacular headlands, cosy coves
and vast open beaches.
The Algarve's healthy climate, pure air
and mostly pollution-free environment
are nicely complemented by wholesome,
locally-caught and home-grown food.
Clarity of light and brilliance of colour
are startling features of the Algarve.
The coastline is made up of various shades of gold
set in a translucent turquoise sea.
A motorway slices through countryside where farming
methods have not fundamentally changed since medieval times.
Tourism has made the Algarve remarkably cosmopolitan,
yet traditions and ancestral ways of doing things prevail.