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My favorite beach

Small, beautiful, private cliff beach that not many people know about. Just watch up for the coral reefs when you go swimming.
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Small, beautiful, private cliff beach that not many people know about. Just watch up for the coral reefs when you go swimming.

Sightseeing

Olhão is an important fishing town in the Algarve. In the town you can find one of the most important markets of the Algarve. These markets are located inside two striking red buildings. One is for fruits and vegetables and the other one is for fish. Moreover, from Olhão you can take the boat to some of the most beautiful islands of the Algarve.
This magnificent town and its surrounding area are one of the most peaceful places in the Algarve. The mountains offer remarkable views over the landscape and the area is great for people who love to walk in nature. In Monchique you can find a unique combination of nature, craftsmanship and well-being.
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Monchique
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This magnificent town and its surrounding area are one of the most peaceful places in the Algarve. The mountains offer remarkable views over the landscape and the area is great for people who love to walk in nature. In Monchique you can find a unique combination of nature, craftsmanship and well-being.
Faros Old Town centre is a beautiful place to visit and you will find also good shopping, cafe's and nice restaurants here. Faro is the capital and biggest city of the Algarve, with a population of about 118.000 people. Faro Airport is the only airport of the Algarve. You can find a lot of Portuguese culture and history in the town. For example, there is a beautiful cathedral in Faro, as well as several churches. Moreover, Faro is located close to the Ria Formosa natural park.
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Faro
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Faros Old Town centre is a beautiful place to visit and you will find also good shopping, cafe's and nice restaurants here. Faro is the capital and biggest city of the Algarve, with a population of about 118.000 people. Faro Airport is the only airport of the Algarve. You can find a lot of Portuguese culture and history in the town. For example, there is a beautiful cathedral in Faro, as well as several churches. Moreover, Faro is located close to the Ria Formosa natural park.
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Olhão
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Portimão is a relatively big town in the Algarve and it attracts a lot of tourists. It used to be a small fishing town, but since the second half of the 20th century it now heavily focuses on tourism. The area around Praia da Rocha is quite lively and also has plenty of nightlife.
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Portimão
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Portimão is a relatively big town in the Algarve and it attracts a lot of tourists. It used to be a small fishing town, but since the second half of the 20th century it now heavily focuses on tourism. The area around Praia da Rocha is quite lively and also has plenty of nightlife.
Silves was an important town during the Middle Ages. It was actually the capital of the Algarve in that time. As such, you can still find a lot of historic points of interest in the town. The main attraction is the castle of Silves, which is still in good shape. A visit to the castle is highly recommended.
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Silves
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Silves was an important town during the Middle Ages. It was actually the capital of the Algarve in that time. As such, you can still find a lot of historic points of interest in the town. The main attraction is the castle of Silves, which is still in good shape. A visit to the castle is highly recommended.
Tavira is a historic town with a lot of culture. For example, you can find the ruins of a castle, as well as many churches in Tavira. Tavira is located next to the Gilão river, and the famous Roman bridge makes sure you can cross to the other side. Many people find Tavira one of the prettiest cities in the Algarve.
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Tavira
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Tavira is a historic town with a lot of culture. For example, you can find the ruins of a castle, as well as many churches in Tavira. Tavira is located next to the Gilão river, and the famous Roman bridge makes sure you can cross to the other side. Many people find Tavira one of the prettiest cities in the Algarve.
Vilamoura Vilamoura is a resort centered around a fabulous marina. It attracts mainly tourists of the upper class. You can find some great restaurants and facilities in town, as well as many good golf courses nearby.
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Vilamoura
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Vilamoura Vilamoura is a resort centered around a fabulous marina. It attracts mainly tourists of the upper class. You can find some great restaurants and facilities in town, as well as many good golf courses nearby.
Loulé is the ideal town in the Algarve to explore for a day trip. In this historically interesting town you can discover a real taste of Portuguese culture. The town has a beautiful centre and a magnificent market hall. The narrow streets take you to important churches and you can discover the ruins of a 13th century castle. When you are visiting the Algarve in August, then the Noite Branca (White Night) is one popular party not to be missed.
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Loulé
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Loulé is the ideal town in the Algarve to explore for a day trip. In this historically interesting town you can discover a real taste of Portuguese culture. The town has a beautiful centre and a magnificent market hall. The narrow streets take you to important churches and you can discover the ruins of a 13th century castle. When you are visiting the Algarve in August, then the Noite Branca (White Night) is one popular party not to be missed.
You simply can't leave Portugal without having seen the wonderful places around Sintra and this is my two favorites. Sintra is about half hour from Lisbon and you won't regret the +4 hour drive there. http://www.sintra-portugal.com
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Sintra
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You simply can't leave Portugal without having seen the wonderful places around Sintra and this is my two favorites. Sintra is about half hour from Lisbon and you won't regret the +4 hour drive there. http://www.sintra-portugal.com
Sagres is at the extreme western tip of the Algarve and is like no other destination in southern Portugal. It is a region for the adventurous and those who seek to pit themselves against the wild environments. These dramatic landscapes are dominated by nature’s raw power; from the raging seas that carve immense cliffs, the bracing winds that create barren landscapes, through to the intense summer sun, which burns careless tourists. Sagres is primarily a surfing destination, but there are sheltered pristine beaches for relaxing on, and an unassuming cool vibe about the town. Day-trippers are drawn to Sagres by the Cabo de Sao Vicente, a remote and bleak headland, aptly fitting for the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe.
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Sagres
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Sagres is at the extreme western tip of the Algarve and is like no other destination in southern Portugal. It is a region for the adventurous and those who seek to pit themselves against the wild environments. These dramatic landscapes are dominated by nature’s raw power; from the raging seas that carve immense cliffs, the bracing winds that create barren landscapes, through to the intense summer sun, which burns careless tourists. Sagres is primarily a surfing destination, but there are sheltered pristine beaches for relaxing on, and an unassuming cool vibe about the town. Day-trippers are drawn to Sagres by the Cabo de Sao Vicente, a remote and bleak headland, aptly fitting for the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe.
Lagos’ extensive history is reflected in the varied attractions which are found throughout the city; there are ancient Moorish walls, a 17th-century fort and extravagant Baroque churches. The focal point of Lagos is the pretty harbour estuary, whichand this leads past the small fishing harbour to the modern marina complex. To the south of Lagos is the Ponta da Piedade headland, a series of highly weathered cliffs that are lined with spectacular grottos, arches, sea caves, and are regarded as the finest natural feature of the Algarve. Here you can walk the cliffs on sand trails, paved trails and wooden trails - and watch the spectacular sunset over the sea. There are many beaches along the coastline, some you enter by climbing down steep cliffs and some are sandy beaches reached by car. Praia Camilo is one of my favourites, you enter the beach by a looong staircase - good exercise :) But you should be there early in the morning before it gets rowdy. Watch the flag and dont go in the water if the flag is red, yellow means watch up it can be dangerous. Extending to the east of Lagos is the 4km long Meia Praia Beach, the largest sandy beach of the western Algarve, while within the Ponta da Piedade headland are the picturesque cove beaches of Praia da Dona Ana, and Praia do Camilo. There is a lot to see within Lagos, and the city is one of the most popular destinations for a day trip.
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Lagos
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Lagos’ extensive history is reflected in the varied attractions which are found throughout the city; there are ancient Moorish walls, a 17th-century fort and extravagant Baroque churches. The focal point of Lagos is the pretty harbour estuary, whichand this leads past the small fishing harbour to the modern marina complex. To the south of Lagos is the Ponta da Piedade headland, a series of highly weathered cliffs that are lined with spectacular grottos, arches, sea caves, and are regarded as the finest natural feature of the Algarve. Here you can walk the cliffs on sand trails, paved trails and wooden trails - and watch the spectacular sunset over the sea. There are many beaches along the coastline, some you enter by climbing down steep cliffs and some are sandy beaches reached by car. Praia Camilo is one of my favourites, you enter the beach by a looong staircase - good exercise :) But you should be there early in the morning before it gets rowdy. Watch the flag and dont go in the water if the flag is red, yellow means watch up it can be dangerous. Extending to the east of Lagos is the 4km long Meia Praia Beach, the largest sandy beach of the western Algarve, while within the Ponta da Piedade headland are the picturesque cove beaches of Praia da Dona Ana, and Praia do Camilo. There is a lot to see within Lagos, and the city is one of the most popular destinations for a day trip.

Waterpark

Aqualand is located in Alcantarilha, the next village, just a short drive from the house.. One of their highlights is the Kamikaze, which is the highest water slide in Portugal (36 metres). You won’t be able to find such a high water slide in any of the other parks. Another unique slide is the Banzai Boggan, in which you slide down super fast on a fibre glass bodyboard from a height of 23 metres. Additionally, they have many other water slides and a part for small kids, but they are more or less comparable to what you can find in the other water parks of the Algarve. The regular entrance fee is € 29.
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Aqualand Algarve
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Aqualand is located in Alcantarilha, the next village, just a short drive from the house.. One of their highlights is the Kamikaze, which is the highest water slide in Portugal (36 metres). You won’t be able to find such a high water slide in any of the other parks. Another unique slide is the Banzai Boggan, in which you slide down super fast on a fibre glass bodyboard from a height of 23 metres. Additionally, they have many other water slides and a part for small kids, but they are more or less comparable to what you can find in the other water parks of the Algarve. The regular entrance fee is € 29.
Slide & Splash is located near Lagoa. One of its highlights is the Black Hole, a water slide so dark that you won’t know when you are turning left or right. Other highlights are the Big Wave, the Disco River and the Kamikaze. In addition, there are also some animal shows. The rest of the water park is quite comparable to the others. The regular entrance fee is € 27, so slightly cheaper than other water parks.
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Slide & Splash
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Slide & Splash is located near Lagoa. One of its highlights is the Black Hole, a water slide so dark that you won’t know when you are turning left or right. Other highlights are the Big Wave, the Disco River and the Kamikaze. In addition, there are also some animal shows. The rest of the water park is quite comparable to the others. The regular entrance fee is € 27, so slightly cheaper than other water parks.
Zoomarine is located in Guia. This family park is focused around marine life. There are plenty of animal shows, with dolphins, seals, sea lions and more. All shows are fun to watch and every show also has an educational element in it. If you want, you can even swim with the dolphins yourself for an extra price. In addition to the shows, Zoomarine also has a water park with many slides. Compared to the other water parks in the Algarve, these slides are nothing crazy. They are fun nonetheless. Furthermore, Zoomarine has other amusements, such as the pirate ship and the giant wheel. That is something the other family parks don’t have. The regular entrance fee is € 29.
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Zoomarine Algarve, Portugal
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Zoomarine is located in Guia. This family park is focused around marine life. There are plenty of animal shows, with dolphins, seals, sea lions and more. All shows are fun to watch and every show also has an educational element in it. If you want, you can even swim with the dolphins yourself for an extra price. In addition to the shows, Zoomarine also has a water park with many slides. Compared to the other water parks in the Algarve, these slides are nothing crazy. They are fun nonetheless. Furthermore, Zoomarine has other amusements, such as the pirate ship and the giant wheel. That is something the other family parks don’t have. The regular entrance fee is € 29.

Shopping

AlgarveShopping is a shopping centre on route 125 in Albufeira (about 15 min drive from te house). It is quite big: there are about 127 stores, including 20 restaurants, a supermarket and a cinema. Facilities are also good: there is free wi-fi, toilets and several ATM’s. This shopping centre is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. AlgarveShopping Opening hours AlgarveShopping is open 7 days a week from 09.00 in the morning until 23.00 in the evening. The restaurants are open every day until midnight. How to get there AlgarveShopping is located in Guia. The easiest way to reach it is by car, driving on the EN125. The address is Lanka Parque Comercial e Industrial do Algarve, Lote R – Fração 3, 8201-878, Guia. There is plenty of parking space and parking is free. AlgarveShopping Shops There is a great variety of shops in AlgarveShopping. You can find fashion brands such as Bershka, Oysho, Pull & Bear, G-Star Raw, Levi’s, Intimissimi, Massimo Dutti, Guess, Zara and H&M. Examples of other shops here are Accessorize, Chicco, Fnac and The Body Shop. There is also a huge Continente supermarket. More than enough to buy what you are looking for and to satisfy your shopping desires on holiday. Restaurants If you are hungry, there are many options in the food court (my favorite is the chinese restaurant with buffé). You could go for fast-food, such as Burger King, McDonald’s or Pizza Hut. If you prefer Portuguese food, you could go for a bowl of soup at Panela da Sopa. Or have a healthy juice at Vitaminas. There are many more options. Just come here and have a look. AlgarveShopping Cinema There is a cinema called NOS in the shopping centre. Movies are in English, with Portuguese subtitles.
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Algarve Shopping
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AlgarveShopping is a shopping centre on route 125 in Albufeira (about 15 min drive from te house). It is quite big: there are about 127 stores, including 20 restaurants, a supermarket and a cinema. Facilities are also good: there is free wi-fi, toilets and several ATM’s. This shopping centre is a nice place to spend a couple of hours. AlgarveShopping Opening hours AlgarveShopping is open 7 days a week from 09.00 in the morning until 23.00 in the evening. The restaurants are open every day until midnight. How to get there AlgarveShopping is located in Guia. The easiest way to reach it is by car, driving on the EN125. The address is Lanka Parque Comercial e Industrial do Algarve, Lote R – Fração 3, 8201-878, Guia. There is plenty of parking space and parking is free. AlgarveShopping Shops There is a great variety of shops in AlgarveShopping. You can find fashion brands such as Bershka, Oysho, Pull & Bear, G-Star Raw, Levi’s, Intimissimi, Massimo Dutti, Guess, Zara and H&M. Examples of other shops here are Accessorize, Chicco, Fnac and The Body Shop. There is also a huge Continente supermarket. More than enough to buy what you are looking for and to satisfy your shopping desires on holiday. Restaurants If you are hungry, there are many options in the food court (my favorite is the chinese restaurant with buffé). You could go for fast-food, such as Burger King, McDonald’s or Pizza Hut. If you prefer Portuguese food, you could go for a bowl of soup at Panela da Sopa. Or have a healthy juice at Vitaminas. There are many more options. Just come here and have a look. AlgarveShopping Cinema There is a cinema called NOS in the shopping centre. Movies are in English, with Portuguese subtitles.
This brand new shopping centre in Loulé opened in 2017 (you can go by route 125 or A22) towards Faro). It instantly became the most popular shopping spot. Actually, it is the largest shopping centre of the entire Algarve. In MAR Shopping you can find an indoor shopping centre with 100 stores and restaurants, a designer outlet, an IKEA and an outdoor leisure area. Also the facilities in this shopping mall are excellent. There is free wi-fi, there are clean toilets and several ATM’s. Mar Shopping Opening hours MAR Shopping is open 7 days a week, from 10.00 in the morning until 23.00 in the evening. On Friday and Saturday the shops are even open until midnight. How to get there The shopping centre is ideally located in the centre of the Algarve, close to the highway in between the cities of Faro and Loulé. It takes about a 20 minute drive from Faro Airport. When driving on the A22 highway, take exit 13. Or take exit 4 – Loulé Sul when drivig on the EN125. There are 3500 free parking spaces, so you will have no problem finding a spot. If you don’t have a car, there is a bus line between Faro and Loulé that stops here. Parking at MAR Shopping Shops In MAR Shopping you can find the only IKEA of the Algarve, as well as the largest Primark in Portugal. The shopping centre is actually also the home of the first Starbucks in the Algarve. In this shopping centre you can find popular Spanish clothing brands such as Bershka, Oysho, Mango, Zara, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti. Also you can find Portuguese brands such as Parfois and Zippy. And of course we shouldn’t forget international brands such as H&M, Fnac, Rituals, Sephora and Swarovski. Moreover, there is a complete Pingo Doce supermarket inside. In short, MAR Shopping has more than enough shops to make you want to come back again after your next paycheck. MAR Shopping Restaurants In addition to the shops there are plenty of restaurants where you can have a snack or a proper meal. There are the international fastfood chains, such as McDonalds and KFC. Do you prefer fresh cooked food? Then try out the Algarve Chef Experience, where four chefs will cook either Portuguese, Italian French or Thai food. If you like Portuguese food, another option is Portugália. Food court MAR Shopping Cinema MAR Shopping also has a cinema called NOS. The best thing about the cinema is that the movies are all shown in their original language. Since most movies are Hollywood productions, the language of the movies is English, with Portuguese subtitles. Designer outlet Next to the shopping centre you can find a designer outlet. The designer outlet is built as a mini town. It has pretty streets with benches and fountains. Here you will find stores such as Lacoste, Guess, Adidas and Calvin Klein offering their collection at discounted rates.
Mar Shopping
This brand new shopping centre in Loulé opened in 2017 (you can go by route 125 or A22) towards Faro). It instantly became the most popular shopping spot. Actually, it is the largest shopping centre of the entire Algarve. In MAR Shopping you can find an indoor shopping centre with 100 stores and restaurants, a designer outlet, an IKEA and an outdoor leisure area. Also the facilities in this shopping mall are excellent. There is free wi-fi, there are clean toilets and several ATM’s. Mar Shopping Opening hours MAR Shopping is open 7 days a week, from 10.00 in the morning until 23.00 in the evening. On Friday and Saturday the shops are even open until midnight. How to get there The shopping centre is ideally located in the centre of the Algarve, close to the highway in between the cities of Faro and Loulé. It takes about a 20 minute drive from Faro Airport. When driving on the A22 highway, take exit 13. Or take exit 4 – Loulé Sul when drivig on the EN125. There are 3500 free parking spaces, so you will have no problem finding a spot. If you don’t have a car, there is a bus line between Faro and Loulé that stops here. Parking at MAR Shopping Shops In MAR Shopping you can find the only IKEA of the Algarve, as well as the largest Primark in Portugal. The shopping centre is actually also the home of the first Starbucks in the Algarve. In this shopping centre you can find popular Spanish clothing brands such as Bershka, Oysho, Mango, Zara, Pull & Bear and Massimo Dutti. Also you can find Portuguese brands such as Parfois and Zippy. And of course we shouldn’t forget international brands such as H&M, Fnac, Rituals, Sephora and Swarovski. Moreover, there is a complete Pingo Doce supermarket inside. In short, MAR Shopping has more than enough shops to make you want to come back again after your next paycheck. MAR Shopping Restaurants In addition to the shops there are plenty of restaurants where you can have a snack or a proper meal. There are the international fastfood chains, such as McDonalds and KFC. Do you prefer fresh cooked food? Then try out the Algarve Chef Experience, where four chefs will cook either Portuguese, Italian French or Thai food. If you like Portuguese food, another option is Portugália. Food court MAR Shopping Cinema MAR Shopping also has a cinema called NOS. The best thing about the cinema is that the movies are all shown in their original language. Since most movies are Hollywood productions, the language of the movies is English, with Portuguese subtitles. Designer outlet Next to the shopping centre you can find a designer outlet. The designer outlet is built as a mini town. It has pretty streets with benches and fountains. Here you will find stores such as Lacoste, Guess, Adidas and Calvin Klein offering their collection at discounted rates.

Golf

Golf The Algarve has more than 40 great golf courses. Especially in the area around Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago you can find a lot of them. Some are even located right near the beach, so that you can play golf with a great view. Check out which golf course suits you and get ready to play golf in the ultimate golf destination. Read more about golf here: https://www.algarvetips.com/activities/sports/
Golf Algarve
Golf The Algarve has more than 40 great golf courses. Especially in the area around Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago you can find a lot of them. Some are even located right near the beach, so that you can play golf with a great view. Check out which golf course suits you and get ready to play golf in the ultimate golf destination. Read more about golf here: https://www.algarvetips.com/activities/sports/

Surfing

The Algarve is one of the best places in Europe for surfing. The waves here are perfect for surfing, especially in the area near Sagres and on the west coast of the Algarve. If you want even bigger waves, come in the winter. In general, the Algarve as a surf destination is growing in popularity. And don’t worry if you have no surf experience: there are good surf schools that offer surf classes. You can also rent a surfboard from these places. Discover where to go surfing in the Algarve and where to take surf classes. Read more about surfing here: https://www.algarvetips.com/activities/sports/
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Lagos Surf Center
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The Algarve is one of the best places in Europe for surfing. The waves here are perfect for surfing, especially in the area near Sagres and on the west coast of the Algarve. If you want even bigger waves, come in the winter. In general, the Algarve as a surf destination is growing in popularity. And don’t worry if you have no surf experience: there are good surf schools that offer surf classes. You can also rent a surfboard from these places. Discover where to go surfing in the Algarve and where to take surf classes. Read more about surfing here: https://www.algarvetips.com/activities/sports/

Rent car or bike

About 15 min walk from the house, near the hotel Pestana Viking, you find Europecar where you can rent a car or a bike.
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Europcar ARMACAO DE PERA
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About 15 min walk from the house, near the hotel Pestana Viking, you find Europecar where you can rent a car or a bike.