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Basking in sunshine at the southernmost tip of Portugal, the Algarve has become one of the most sought-after locations for those wanting a home or investment opportunity where there is a guarantee of a less hurried yet fairly sophisticated way of life.

Derived from the Arabic ‘Al Garb’, which means ‘the west’ or the ‘setting sun’, depending on the translation you prefer, the Algarve has a character that is totally different from the other parts of the country. With the rolling Atlantic to the south and west, the Guadiana River to the east and the Caldeirao and misty blue Monchique mountains to the north, you are assured of some magnificent scenery wherever you look.

The Algarve is perfect for those who enjoy water sports such as swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, sailing deep sea fishing and surfing – as well as those who want nothing more than to laze in the sun with a good book working on their tans. Landlubbers can find solace in some of the worlds top ranking golf courses. Tennis academies, horse riding centres and countless shops bars, cafes, and restaurants.