The southern Portuguese province of the Algarve, divided from the rest of the country by a series of low-lying mountains, is one of Europes most popular coastal holiday destinations, catering for millions of tourists every year. The regions capital, Faro, is built around a charming harbour beside a wide lagoon. An international airport was opened near Faro in 1965 to cater for the incoming tourists, making the city the hub of the resort trade.

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