Culture in Algarve
The Algarve is much more than beautiful beaches and exceptional weather, this region offers an ethnographic heritage that is worth sharing, along with the pleasures of sun and good weather. With its ancient habit, traditions and historical heritage, the Algarve has become a point of cultural and historical interest, throughout the year, but at particular times, such as the celebration of Easter, Christmas or even the spring, along with its gastronomic delights, the Algarve has a precious legacy that requires to be known intimately.
Typical houses of the Algarve has a very unique feature, its traditional architecture comes from an Arab influence, which reflects the history, taste popular and needs the people who live in a warm, sunny area. Picturesque Algarve houses, with their decorated chimneys, colored fascias, cool roof terraces and white walls of lime are their specificities.
The craft is a testimony of the traditional arts, culture, society and the Algarve economy with its decorative nature and use, this is representative of the creativity of the Algarve people found practical and simple ways to use natural resources of the region, such as blankets, crosswalks, towels, fine linens and cheerful carpets; or rather + Attic dolls that recreate the daily lives of people, wooden parts, copper and wrought iron, decorative lace and shape of baskets and diverse use, are easy to purchase in the many specialty shops scattered throughout the region.
Gastronomy of the Algarve is something to make your mouth water, a mixture of many flavors with a simple confection has an ancient history. In a land where the support comes from the sea, fish and seafood play an important role in Algarvian cuisine, among recipes, tastes and mergers, there is the Clams in Cataplana of Islamic origin, joins the confectionary confecionada with almonds , figs, oranges and carob beans grown in the Algarve, which is added sugar and eggs. Not forgetting the famous brandy Arbutus, fruit liqueurs and wines.
The Algarve is a place that brings together many villages, from prehistory to the Phoenicians times, Romans, Arabs and Christians, there are several witnesses who left a piece of themselves to form the Algarve today. Since the menhirs and megalithic monuments that prove the presence of the first men in history; Also the Romans discovered the pleasures of living in these lands and left their traces of their presence and culture, such as the Ruins of Milreu in Estói, the Roman Villa of Cerro da Vila in Vilamoura, or the village of Alcalar, are good examples , which are currently equipped with interpretive centers, for their story to be told; Islamic occupation remains a great heritage, present in various aspects of Algarvian culture, including castles and fortresses and some churches that have been adapted from ancient mosques, as well as strong influences in popular architecture; already Vila Real de Santo António is the best example of Algarve strong legacy that the Marquis of Pombal left the Portuguese Urbanism.