US magazine International Living has chosen the Algarve as one of seven “warm weather spots” around the world where Americans can escape to when the weather outside is frightful.
Published online last week, the list places the Algarve among other popular destinations such as Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Montevideo (Uruguay), Tamarindo (Costa Rica), Huanchaco (Peru), Coronado (Panama) and Placencia (Belize).
According to the magazine, the region is “striking” and is singled out for “its golf courses, fresh seafood, and the hot and spicy chicken called Frango da Guia”.
“The crashing waves and steep cliffs of the western-most tip, in Sagres, quickly become long, sandy swathes of beaches and coves stretching for miles to the east, all the way to Spain.”
IL’s Portugal correspondent Tricia Pimental says it is “it is hard to find fault with the climate in the Algarve, as you can count on sun most of the time. During the ‘rainy season’ of October through April, it’s still sunny around two-thirds of the time.
“December is the wettest month, during which you can expect about four inches of rain to fall over the course of the month. But on any given day, the precipitation is more likely to come in a heavy, brief shower, and then the warm Algarve sun reappears,” she adds.
The magazine, a monthly publication that details the best places to live, retire, travel and invest, also says a “couple can live well on a monthly budget of $2,000 to $2,400 depending on the housing they choose”.
Dora Coelho from the Algarve tourism association (ATA) has celebrated the mention in the magazine, which, she says, “confirms the growing interest and weight that the Algarve is achieving in the American market, appearing as an appealing alternative to the European destinations normally sought by this market”.
In fact, in November, ATA welcomed representatives from 14 travel agencies operating in the US and Canada in a bid to show them what the Algarve has to offer.
Data also shows that the number of Americans travelling to the Algarve has increased 25.3% year-on-year between January and September. In other words, 64,700 Americans visited the region.