Best Weather In Europe… And They Speak English, Too
The Algarve is a wonderful bit of European geography at the southwestern corner of the Continent, at the longitude of Great Britain, more or less, and the latitude of Delaware, protected from winter by the movement of the ocean in the Gulf Stream, which brings warm water to the Algarve’s coast.
As a result, the Algarve has the best climate in Europe, meaning the most days of sun, and it also gains from prevailing winds. Between the water and the wind, this region is never unbearably hot and rarely humid.
Unlike many sunny paradises, the Algarve is not a little island in the middle of no place in the sea. It is attached to the Old Continent and reachable by car from Lisbon and points farther north. You can also fly from the U.S. East Coast in short hops, as few as six hours to Lisbon from Boston, for example, where many flights originate thanks to the Portuguese diaspora. From there, a three-hour drive takes you to the south coast resorts.
Britons and Irish often sail to Portugal in ferries with their cars in the hold, then drive down to Portuguese seaports. You can spot them because they are driving on
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