Like many other cities in the Algarve the main source of income here is tourism. Near the long, sandy beaches we find various locations and varied accommodation with the emphasis in Monte Gordo. There are, however, other sectors of economic activity such as production of beans, nuts, citrus and olive groves.
Tuna and sardine fisheries also contribute to the economy although their position is not as prominent as in the past. When touring the countryside you will notice a special concern for the protection of areas and species.