I always try to prevent myself from saying "The Algarve" and just say "Algarve". "Al" is the Arabic definite article and the name Algarve comes from the Arabic "Al Ghareb" meaning "the west". So to me, saying "the Algarve" is like saying "the the west".
How many Brits I wonder go on holiday to Algarve having prepared a list of the freguesias
in the area they are going to? Indeed how many Brits in Algarve have even heard the word freguesia
Monument to engineer Duarte_Pacheco
in Portguese Wikipedia. Born in Loulé, he rose to become Minister of Public Works and Communications.
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