To attract tourists is fundamental in Algarve and for Algarve.
Not only bars and hotels plan their animation programs to call or fix the clients, but also the local authorities have that concern. So, don't get surprised if, for instance, in a quick visit to Sagres, you find a Moroccan or Turkish girl performing... belly dance.
The truth is that Sagres is a must in the world history, but now it has not much to see.
Why not, putting there something else? The fact is that my weekend visit was planned to last 15 minutes and it took more than one hour.
Irregular construction and renting
Faro's island is one of the most remarkable cases of clandestine building, offering "discreet" cheap renting. You must have a friend that knows a friend of someone that has a friend... We had, and that allowed us to stay cheaply in one of the legal houses (I think) of the island.
The construction is chaotic but, with such a narrow stripe of sand, everybody is close to the water. Many irregular houses were destroyed, but the remains are not exactly a good example of city planning. In the positive side, it's a quiet and safe area for families. Google Earth is perfect to give you an idea of what I mean!
A wide natural park covering the whole coast around Faro, this is a paradise for lovers of natural life, but it may also be such an excellent place to bath, if you manage to get a boat to the islands.
Close to the mouth of the lagoon the currents may be strong, but you may find some safe spots to swim in a warm and calm water.
Don't miss the fun of sea shell grabbing.