The Algarve is the southernmost area of Portugal covering approximately 2,090 square miles with a resident population of about 450,000. It’s Europe’s most famous secret, or so publicity tells me. Is it though? Every year about 1.9 million Brits visit Portugal (and that’s not to mention tourists from other countries). In the summer they come for the weather and the beaches and in winter the weather and the golfing. But, if there is more to Portugal, why is it just known for the beaches and the golfing? Well that is something that I was lucky enough to try and find out.