A record number of 473.340 people visited the Algarve’s monuments between January and November, a 10.6% year-on-year increase. It is the highest number ever since records are kept.
The data refers to the four monuments managed by the region’s culture board – the Sagres Fortress, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, the Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar and Milreu’s Roman ruins.
But despite the encouraging numbers, the culture board warns that not all the monuments saw their visitor numbers increase.
“Once again it was at Sagres Fortress where the highest increase in visitor numbers was registered,” the board said, adding that 85% of visitors were foreigners.
The Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar were the only monument where the balance between foreign and national visitors was more even (55% foreigners-45% Portuguese).
The board highlighted the positive impact of the DiVaM programme, created in 2014 and designed to promote the region’s monuments and attract more visitors with more activities.
The culture authority also says “maintenance works and improvements are being carried out” at some of the monuments using community and national funding.