What to look out for
The best buys in Algarve include leather goods which are locally made, pottery, decorated tiles, crystal, copperware, embroidered tablecloth, filigree jewelery and cork products.
The leather goods - bags, belts, shoes - can be purchased everywhere - from local markets and smart boutiques. Usually at a fraction of the cost at home.
Pottery is sold in shops that are along N125 - the old main coastal road. They will pack you shopping carefully for transportation and will sometimes arrange international carriage.
Each town and large village has a covered market place open every morning except Sunday. Local food, vegetables, souvenirs can be bought there.
Prices are usually clearly marked and credit cards are accepted in stores but not everywhere.