Central Algarve

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The Central Algarve area stretches from Faro in the east to Portimão in the west, some 45 miles across. Most holidaymakers head here probably as it is more commercialized with the largest concentration of hotels plus a big selection of waterparks and leisure activities. From Albufeira which is the busiest town travelling west there are beach resorts dotted along the coast to Alvor. Inland Loulé sits 18kms north east of Faro and pretty inland villages scatter the landscape with historic Silves once the capital, 13kms inland on the banks of the Arade river. Where this estuary joins with the ocean, on the other side is Portimao, a busy fishing port and an important commercial centre in the Algarve with lively Praia da Rocha and the quieter fishing village of Alvor close by. This region enjoys a typically Algarvian climate with lots of hot sunny days during the summer, cooler evenings and mild winters.