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 Make sure that you buy a book that's not too old (published date) because the travel information could be outdated.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

Algarve Landscape
136 pages

Pocket-sized full-colour guide describing car tours and picnic places throughout the Algarve. But the major part of the book is devoted to walks for all ages and abilities, all illustrated with 1:50,000 topographical walking maps (which also show the route of the Algarve Way.
Faro & The Algarve
256 pages

Frommer`s Mainland Portugal’s southernmost city, scenic Faro is the capital of the Algarve. A colourful town marked by long sandy beaches and flanked by dramatic rocks. Born inside medieval walls, the city unfolds its long story.
Algarve Paperback
70 pages

The Algarve is the region that lies to the west of the Continental Europe, its coastline facing the Atlantic waters, is where reciprocally crossed cultures, from the most ancient times of antiquity.
20 Years Algarve
228 pages

This book is about finding an abandoned stone farmhouse in the Algarve Province of Portugal. It had been built in 1837 on the upsweep of a hill and looked south to the sea.
Algarve: Now and Then
248 pages

Jenny Grainer was born in England but has lived in the Algave since 1968. This collection of stories from Jenny's life document Portugal's growth and development in the eyes of an Englishwoman.

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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