Apr 02

Geotourism In Portugal

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Have you heard the phrase Geotourism before? If not then the term which was first coined in 1997, relates to the enhancement and sustainability of a geographic area through tourism. This benefits the environment, culture, heritage and also the aesthetic value of the area in question. It is becoming a more increasingly popular concept when booking holidays abroad as people pay more attention to their environment and the impact that we have on it. A good example of a Geotourism holiday would be of fell walkers and ramblers in the Lake District in the UK. Taking in the beautiful environment and having very little impact on it other than helping to sustain local businesses and maybe leaving a few muddy footprints behind!

The Algarve

Portugal is very often overlooked compared to its neighbor Spain. The Algarve is a very popular destination n Portugal though and is located at the very southern tip of the country. What makes this part of the country, so popular is its warm climate and exceptionally beautiful scenery. The temperature can go from 25° during the winter up to 48°C during the hotter summer months. This means that the Algarve has a great climate for holiday makers and attracts millions of people each year. Not all of these tourists though are there to sit on the beach or by the pool, sunning themselves and enjoying the local food and drink.


There are many activities that you can partake in if you want to experience a Geotourism holiday when you are visiting the Algarve.

  • Hiking/Walking
  • Cycling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking

All of these sports are not only a great form of exercise, but you also get to see some of the beautiful scenery that the Algarve has to offer as well. There are many companies which dedicate their services to people who would rather have a holiday like this than sit on a beach or by the pool all day. You will not only be able to rent all of the equipment that you need to partake in these activities, but you will also be able to have the added benefit of going with an experienced guide who knows the local area. This helps to make sure that you do not miss all of the idyllic scenic spots that you may miss otherwise. By going on a holiday such as this you not only get to enjoy the scenery, but you also get to put back into the local economy using the services of locals and providing them with a revenue stream to help support them and their families.

When to go?

If you wish to go on holiday to the Algarve, then you can go year round due to its warm climate. This means if you want you can take a much needed break in the winter and get yourself some sunshine during the long, dark and cold winter months in the UK. As with travelling anywhere, f you decide to go during peak season or during times of the year such as Christmas, New Year or Easter as then prices are going to increase. You will also need to try to avoid travelling during the school holidays as prices always go up then as well. If you are flexible with when you want to go away though you can get yourself some very good bargains and save yourself some money in the process. This will give you more money to spend when you get to the Algarve so that you can enjoy a Scuba Diving course or Sea kayaking as well. Although prices may go up as well as less availability, it may be worthwhile making your trip coincides with any local holidays or festivals which go on as well. This will give you an insight into the local culture and people as well as have a very memorable time whilst you are on holiday. It is important that we not only make sure that we have an enjoyable holiday when we are away but also that we have a positive impact on the environment and economy that we are visiting. This will in turn help to preserve the culture and environment for years and generations to come.


Ted Hunter wrote this article for Travel Republic, which offers cheap holidays abroad. Ted is a keen travel writer and also environmentalist and enjoys sharing his ideas and experiences. He is a father of two and loves taking his whole family abroad for a memorable holiday. 

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