The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, is known for its Mediterranean beaches and golf resorts. Whitewashed fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960’s, and now its central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants. The region’s western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.

The Moors maintained control of Algarve until the twelfth century, at the end of which the Portuguese finally came to control the area.  The Portuguese maintained this control until the end of the sixteenth century.  At that time, locals in Algarve established their independence.  From then until the beginning of the nineteenth century, Algarve was its own country, ruled by its own system of government, although it was closely tied to the monarchy of Portugal.

It was in the middle of the nineteenth century that Algarve began catering to tourists.  Tourists come mainly from Britain, Holland and Germany.  However, as awareness of the area has increased, so has tourism from all over the world. These pictures were taken as one of those tourists.