The Algarve region, along the southern fringe of Portugal, has seen an influx of tourists from Europe as holidaymakers steer clear of former popular destinations like Tunisia and Egypt because of political instability. With 200 km of coastline, 38 renowned golf courses and a laidback lifestyle, the Algarve is a vision of paradise.
The tranquility has lured tourists here from all over Europe - especially with other Mediterranean destinations -- like Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt - hit by safety fears. According to the Association of British travel agents, bookings for Portugal are up 29% compared to summer 2015.In contrast, Tunisia -- where last year jihadists attacked a seaside resort and the national museum -- has seen tourism drop by more than 50 percent.
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