Six villages in the Algarve are in the running to be named one of the ‘7 Wonders of Portugal’.
Nominees include Estoi, Faro (Monument Village); Alte, Loulé (Authentic Village); Bordeira, Aljezur (Protected Area Village); Ferragudo, Lagoa (Sea Village) and finally Cahopo, Tavira and Paderne, Albufeira (Rural Village).
“The Algarve is a territory with diverse landscapes, including coastal areas, mountains, rivers, and of course, picturesque villages that are rich in tradition and charm and have a lot to offer visitors,” regional tourism boss Desidério Silva said.
He added: “Our villages have a unique cultural and historical identity that shows in their monuments, handicraft and gastronomy. With this contest, we hope to show the public these unique parts of our region.”
In the coming weeks, the regional tourism board (RTA) will be promoting the nominees which face the competition of 43 other villages across Portugal.
Voting will take place in July through a series of TV galas, one per category. It will be open to everyone.
Winners will be announced on September 3.
See the full list of nominees at www. 7maravilhas.pt