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Visit Algarve in mid-April 2015: Yes or No?

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We will visit Portugal from April 8 to 22, following up on a very successful first encounter with this country in April 2014. Last year, we based ourselves in Evora, Batalha (1 night only), Tomar, Guimaraes and Lisbon -- and loved them all.

This time, we plan on delving further into areas (such as the Alentejo) that we skimped on last time. We still have 5 days unallocated. I'm wondering whether we should spend some time in the Algarve, which we've not seen.

We like: history, striking scenery, good food, especially seafood. We avoid: noise, congestion and crowds, especially our fellow English-speakers.

I have researched the Algarve online, including Fodors threads and TRs. Most material is oriented to younger, summer-time travelers looking for a beach holiday -- and we are none of those things.

What I've gleaned to date through my reading is:

PRO:
Sunnier and warmer than the North (another area we haven't fully explored)
Some protected spaces, with dramatic, unspoiled landscapes, which are a big draw for me
Plenty of tourist infrastructure
Peace and quiet in the off season

CON:
Massive development and huge hotels, at least in the central Algarve region
A relative dearth of historic architecture other than in Faro and a few other places

Can someone steer me to a less-developed and less international corner of the Algarve where we might be happy to base ourselves for a few days, exploring nature and discovering some charming small towns?

Or am I foolish even to look to the Algarve for the sort of experience I enjoyed when traveling last year in the rest of Portugal?

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