It´s mediterranean climate with short winters and long hot summers, calm sea waters, historical patrimony and delicious gastronomy, attract millions of Portuguese, as well as other tourists to this area.
While I lived in Portugal it was always our favourite holiday destination, and through the years we visited a few of it´s most popular destinations - Vilamoura (still my favourite), Albufeira, Portimão, Quarteira, Lagos...
This time, we went for 6 days to Vilamoura, and it was specially great since there were 12 of us - a big family reunion!
|The whole family, minus the photographer|
|Vilamoura Marina at night|
During summer the population triples with over 1 million visitors.
The typical products of the Algarve region are - figs, almonds, oranges and cork. The figs and almonds are used to make a variety of pastries and sweets. There is also a fishing industry, with various factories that make preserves with tuna, sardines, etc.
The gastronomy is varied with plenty of fresh fish in the menus - grilled sardines, various pork sausages, grilled chickens are some of the most known.
We also went to visit the "Fiesa 2012" - the yearly International Sand Sculpture Festival, held in Pêra since 2003. It started on 25th May and will end the 25th of October. It´s beautiful by day or night and an event that is quite unique and amazing, considered one of the largest in the world.
This year´s theme was "Idols" - from movies, science, history...
|Valentino, Greta Garbo and Alfred Hitchcock|
It was great meeting her and we spent a couple of hours chatting at the Algarve shopping centre.
|Box that Carole won|