Portugal’s southernmost region is known for its sunny Mediterranean climate and its beach and golf resorts.
Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliﬀs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s and nowadays its central coast is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. This area is famous for its hand painted pottery and painted tin glazed ceramic tiles – azulejos. The main working pottery centres are at Almancil, Porches and Loule.
Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the country, due to its variety of tourist friendly beaches, rock formations, bars, restaurants and hotels. It also has an interesting history. Formerly a fishing and shipbuilding centre, Portimao has developed into a strong tourist centre. The holy site of Sagres is located in the extreme south west of continental Europe.
The region’s capital is the city of Faro and the first settlements in this area date from the 4th century BC. This has always been one of the most important urban centres of southern Portugal. Historically it was a commercial centre for agricultural products, fish and minerals. When the Moors were defeated in the 13th century, Faro took over the role of administration of the region from the city of Silves.