The region has its administrative centre in the city of Faro, where both the region's international airport (FAO) and public university, the University of Algarve, are located. The region coincides with Faro District. Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve's summer economy. Production of food, which includes fish and other seafood, different types of fruit such as oranges, figs, plums, carob beans, and almonds, are also economically important in the region.
In addition to the usual choice between sea waters and fresh waters on river beaches, a third is added: the choppy waters of water parks. They have been popping up all over the country, over the years, and are one of the favorite places for families to plan a different summer day.
The days of golf in Portugal are truly fantastic and last in the memory of golfers even after the end of their holidays. Generations of golfers have been heading to the south coast of Portugal, attracted by the 300 days of sunshine, the high quality accommodation, the relaxed atmosphere, the perfect landscapes and 40 of the best golf courses in the world.
What makes the Algarve so special is the immense variety on offer, from cozy beaches only accessible by the sea, to large fronts of water that stretch for kilometers, white sands on the islands of the Algarve and the dramatic rock formations and cliffs among others.
When you think of Algarve gastronomy, it's the fish that comes to mind. There are 200 km of coastline that bring us to the table species as varied as sardines, tuna, razor clams, clams or oysters. These ingredients, despite being seen all over the Algarve, mark the gastronomy of the coast.