The Algarve has 5,411 square kilometres and approximately458,000 inhabitants. At the height of the summer, this number will swell to
over a million. Its administrative centre is Faro with 16 municipalities.
To the west and the south, the Algarve borders the Atlantic Ocean and in the east the river Guardian which is the natural border with Spain.
The length of the coastline is approximately 155 km. The Algarve enjoys an annua milder climate . The region is influenced by the European continent, by the north of Africa
and both by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. The Algarve's economy has always been closely linked to the sea, and fishing has been an important activity since ancient times. Only since the 60s, has the region embraced tourism, which has become its most important activity. Tourism and related activities are extensive. Fish, seafood and fruit productions, which include oranges, carob , figs and almonds, are important. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal,
The Algarve has several cities, towns and villages. It also includes some islands and islets. The region is also the home of the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres and covers an area of about 18,400 hectares along 60 km and wonderful variety of birds and many places where to find them. At almost any time of the year there is something of interest to see.
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