My fascination for the Mediterranean region has always been aeonian. I feel a bit of bonding. Probably because the civilization have existed for eons…. maybe as old as in India.
However I am going to talk about a small region or a district of Portugal, which is on Atlantic but is more Mediterranean when you see the weather or culture.
Yup! I am talking about Algarve. Algarve is the southern most region of Portugal (Faro is the correct political name of this district).
For people who want to visit Algarve you will definitely find the regular Mediterranean fare, sunny weather, clean beaches but offers shades as well in the form of huge rocks, 😉 excellent night life, laid back approach etc.
In addition, for shopaholics amongst us, exquisitely designed Ceramic works are manufactured here. Much like Khurja in India.
Then what is it all this title about reaching west while travelling south?
The fact is historical, which the people at large may have forgotten.
The name Algarve is evolved from the Arabic word for West which is Al Gharb. I will not go into details of why Arabic word was used in the first place 🙂 . It’s a long history spanning several centuries.