The Algarve has been named ‘European sunshine champion of 2017’ alongside the Greek island of Rhodes, according to a study by German website Wetteronline.de, published in German blog Algarve für Entdecker (Algarve for Explorers).
The study focused on countries that can be reached from central European countries within three hours of flight time and was based on data from German website Wetteronline.de from 1990 to 2017.
According to the study’s findings, both the Algarve and Rhodes enjoy an average of 8.6 hours of sunshine per day, the largest number ahead of the Spanish locations of Córdoba (8.5), Almeria (8.4) and Malaga (8.2). The top five is rounded off by Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete and Syracuse on the Italian island of Sicily (7.9).
The Algarve tourism association (ATA) welcomed the distinction, saying it helps prove what the association has been saying for years – that the Algarve is the perfect “all-year-round” destination.
“The existence of a mild climate virtually all year round allows us to highlight the diversity of what the Algarve has to offer holidaymakers apart from sunshine and beaches,” said ATA boss Dora Coelho.