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Nature in the Algarve

The diversity of nature Algarve is definitely one of the greatest riches of the Algarve. Visitors can easily experience different environments within this region: from the coast to the mountains, there is a whole world of diversity to be explored and just as many different ways to do so. The coastal areas offer an ecological system of amazing biodiversity, from native birds, to molluscs and crustaceans, and there are several points of interest for visitors to observe the nature Algarve, the fauna and flora closely on pleasant trail walks.

January and February you will find the Almond blossom and Mimosa, every month there is something else interesting in the nature of the Algarve. Curious? Please click here for more information regarding the nature of the Algarve.

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Michele

Algarve Housing

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Do you know the Algarve nature is stunning and beautiful?

Algarvehousing rent unique villas in the Algarve, but what do you know about the nature of the Algarve ?  

Some facts and figures about the Algarve

With an area of 4,996 km2 and a resident population of 430 084 inhabitants, spread throughout 16 municipalities, the Algarve is located at Europe’s westernmost tip, in the south of Portugal. It has an average population density of roughly 80 inhabitants per Km2 and an entirely Atlantic coastline that measures roughly 150Km in length.

It is subdivided into three main areas, each of which contains some extraordinarily beautiful landscapes:

Beach algarve

 

The coastal area

The coastal area is where most of the region’s economic activity is concentrated. In terms of landscape, the Algarve coast is very diversified, varying between abrupt and jagged coastlines, extensive sandy beaches, inlets formed by lagoons, marshland areas and various formations of sand dunes. The predominant rocks are essentially of the sedimentary type (as is the case with the arenites and conglomerates). Morphologically, the coastal area has a low altitude and mainly consists of plains, divided into fields and meadows;

Limestone_cliffs algarve

 

The“Barrocal”area

The Barrocal area marks the transition between the coast and the mountains, consisting of limestone and schist. This area is also known as the “beira-serra” (literally the mountain edge) and is where most of the agricultural produce of the Algarve originates from;

Monchique mountains

 

The hills

The Hills occupy 50% of the territory and are essentially formed from schist and some granitic rocks (in this latter case, in Monchique, where there is an outcrop of nepheline syenite). The main ranges of hills are the Serra de Espinhaço de Cão, Serra de Monchique (where Foia, the highest point in the Algarve is to be found, at an altitude of 900 metres) and the Serra do Caldeirão or the Serra do Mú.

The Algarve’s geographical position gives it some special bioclimatic features. Although situated by the Atlantic Ocean, it has a temperate climate with Mediterranean characteristics, more than 3,000 hours of sunlight per year and a low annual average rainfall.

The most important sector of activity is the tertiary sector (retail and services), resulting from the region’s main economic activity – tourism. This sub sector of activity is so important in the Algarve that it accounts, both directly and indirectly, for roughly 60% of total employment and 66% of the regional GDP. It should be stressed that the Algarve receives roughly 5 million tourists per year.

Municipalities

No.ofinhabitantsin2008

Area(Km2)

Albufeira

38 966

140,6

Alcoutim

3 104

575,4

Aljezur

5 323

323,5

Castro Marim

6 472

300,9

Faro

58 698

201,6

Lagoa

24 875

88,3

Lagos

28 890

212,8

Loulé

65 444

764,2

Monchique

6 024

395,3

Olhão

44 319

130,9

Portimão

49 881

182,1

S. Brás de Alportel

12 569

153,4

Silves

36 165

680,0

Tavira

25 394

607,0

Vila do Bispo

5 421

179,0

Vila Real de Stº António

18 539

61,3

Total

430084 

4996,0

 Source: visitalgarve.pt

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