Algarve Travel Books

Although there are many great books available about Portugal, only a few are dedicated entirely on the portuguese region of the Algarve. Usually there is not one book alone that's perfect for all things regarding the portuguese Algarve, therefore one has to carefully select the topic one would like to research/read about the incredible region of the Algarve. There are excellent books about the wildlife of the Algarve like Algarve Wildlife: The Natural Year by Clive Viney and Ray Tipper, fantastic books about the islamic past like Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of al-Andalus by Hugh Kennedy or even books about food from the southern portuguese region like Algarve Country Cooking by Raner Horbelt

When you buy books about the Algarve

Make sure the book is specifically about the southern region of Portugal or at least it is the main topic of a broader theme (ie included in a book about Portugal). There is really nothing more annoying than to buy a book about a specific region but you get just an overview instead of indepth information on the subject of your choice. Make sure that you buy a book that's not too old (published date) because the travel information could be outdated. If possible buy a book that has a lot of pictures of the region. After all you would like to see as much of the place you are going before you arrive to help plan your trip. We collected the (in our opinion) best travel books about the Algarve available. I hope you find the selection useful. Happy reading!

Very good travel books about the Algarve

Globetrotter
128 pages

The handy pocket-size guide is packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by colour photographs, charts and maps for the first-time traveller who wants to experience the major highlights that the Algarve has to offer.
Frommer's
256 pages

Frommer`s Algarve with your family has all the inside knowledge and advice for a trouble-free holiday full of fabulous memories for all the family and is an indispensable guide for families travelling to Portugal's south coast."
Thomas Cook
192 pages

"Travellers Algarve & Southern Portugal" is the perfect guidebook for visitors to a region that offers stunning beaches, dependable sunshine, excellent tourist facilities, and a rich historical and cultural heritage ripe for discovery.
Lonely Planet
532 pages

Compact and pocketable Algarve Directions is full of ideas for a holiday to one of Europe's most popular beach destinations, richly illustrated with hundreds of specially commissioned photos. Nobody covers the world like Lonely Planet.
Traveller Guide
103 pages

Popular, compact guides for discovering the very best of country, regional and city destinations. This Algarve Guides give you the inside scoop on you destination, making it ideal for long weekend getaways or for the traveler with limited time.

The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, incorporating 16 municipalities. The capital is the city of Faro. Other cities are Albufeira, Lagoa, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Silves, Tavira, and Vila Real de Santo António. Quarteira, which is a town and a parish in the Loulé municipality, is another town with 'city' status, but its population varies greatly from season to season. The Algarve is one of the regions of Portugal according to NUTS II subdivisions. The region coincides with the district of Faro, and has as its administrative centre the town of Faro, where are located both the region's international airport (Faro/Algarve Airport) [FAO] and public university (the University of the Algarve).

Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve's summer economy. Fish, seafood and fruit production, which includes oranges, carob beans, figs and almonds, are important activities in the region.

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Union Jack Algarve Guide for the UK