Southern Portugal is the most visited region of Portugal, due in a large part to the Algarve, Portugal's answer to the Mediterranean. This beautiful southern coastline, with a year-round warm climate and white sands is a beach lover's paradise and thousands flock to the resorts along this coast each year in search of the ultimate beach experience.
The Algarve is this and much more, but for those who are prepared to venture beyond the confines of the resorts, the Algarve throws up unexpected landscapes of sand dunes and salt lagoons, alongside small local villages that still retain a sense of Algarve as it used to be before tourism arrived on its shores.
This region is also one of the last places where you stand a chance of seeing the critically endangered Iberian Lynx, once widespread throughout Portugal, Spain and much of Europe, this animal is in decline. In southern Portugal Silves breeding centre is one of the places fighting to save these creatures from extinction.