The Algarve region, once known as Al-Gharb during the period of Muslim rule starting from 711, retains significant Arab influences that continue to shape its identity to this day. These influences are evident in various aspects, including gastronomy, religion, and architecture, throughout this southern region of Portugal.
As you embark on our Cycling Program in the Algarve, take a moment to appreciate the remarkable chimneys adorning the houses. These intricate designs serve as a visual representation of the social status and influence held by their owners. The walls constructed using lath and whitewash further exemplify the enduring Arab influence that permeates the region.
You will also encounter an abundance of horseshoe arches, adorning churches, castles, and prominent landmarks such as Silves, the primary entrance to the walls of Faro, Tavira, Alcoutim, and others. Additionally, the Portuguese language bears significant traces of Muslim influence, notably in the numerous words beginning with the syllable "al," which primarily denote place names and utensils.
Don't miss the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in these captivating influences during one of our Road Cycling or Cyclotourism Programs. Experience the rich tapestry of history and culture that the Algarve has to offer, allowing you to truly appreciate and embrace its remarkable heritage.