Algarve: the edge of the world

Portugal’s southermost region is well known for its sandy beaches and lively nightlife, but the Algarve also entices visitors because of its diversity. Here, golden cliffs (like picture above) drop off into the ocean’s waves below and Moorish ruins remain where entire communities once lived. As a major tourist destination, former fishing villages have been turned into summer resorts, but if you look close enough, its history still lingers amidst high rise apartments and modern developments. However, this beautiful region still has plenty of treasures worth discovering and plenty of activities to hold any traveler’s wanderlust interest.

Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

If you have already been to the Algarve, then you know just how much this region of Portugal has to offer. For those of you who have yet to enjoy an Algarve holiday or will be retuning for another, book your room at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa. The secluded and intimate boutique hotel in Portimão, located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the famous Praia da Rocha area, is surrounded by a breathtaking scenery, the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa combines refinement with hospitality in a historical space, perfectly adapted to the most modern requirements. The mansion which houses the Bela Vista Hotel is dated of 1918 and preserves the romantic aesthetic that inspired it. Its beauty is felt in each detail and the decor is currently signed by Graça Viterbo, one of the most respected and leading professionals in Portugal. Bela Vista Hotel & Spa provides its clientele with 38 rooms and suites, housed in the three buildings. All rooms are decorated with a marine theme and most provide views of the Atlantic Ocean from private balconies. They combine luxurious, modern comfort with an ambiance where hotel guests feel welcomed and valued. Guests at this 5-star hotel can laze by the hotel swimming pool, relax down on the adjacent private beach or discover the local picturesque town of Albufeira, before a round of golf on one of many nearby courses. Following a shopping visit to Portimão or a trip to Faro, residents at the Bela Vista Hotel & Spa can rejuvenate at the stunning Spa with a menu of luscious treatments before dining at the gourmet hotel restaurant.

Castle of Silves in Algarve

However, there’s no better way to get an first overall feel of the region than via the watching of following video by CineTravel. They take us to the rugged coastline, trough old cities and rustic Portugese landscape to a haunting ossarium and of course to the edge of the world. Because at one time, it really was…

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