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Algarve Portugal

The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Portugal. Its population more than doubles in the peak holiday season thanks to a high influx of visitors. The Algarve is hilly, but traversed with rich valleys. The Algarve has several cities, towns and villages but also includes several islands and islets. The region is home to the Ria Formosa lagoon, a nature reserve of over 170 square kilometres that serves as a stopping place for hundreds of different birds. The coastline is notable for picturesque limestone caves and grottoes which are accessible by powerboat. Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the summer economy. Fish, seafood and fruit production including oranges, carob beans, figs and almonds, are other important economic activities in the region.

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