If you can drag yourself away from the beach and pool then here's a selection of other places to visit:

Just a 10 minute drive away is zoomarine which makes an excellent day out. It provides marine shows, of course, the stars of the shows being the dolphins. Well worth a visit, especially if you have kids. As well as the shows they also have a dolphin interactive programme for children 8 years and over (adults can go to!), but you'll need to book early - probably before you leave the UK. Take your swimming kit as well as there are 2 nice pools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you enjoy golf then you'll find a few courses to keep you occupied - over 36 of them. There are 3 courses within a 15 minute drive of the apartment, Balaia, Pine Cliffs and Salgados. The first 2 are 9 hole courses and Salgados (being the closest to the apartment) is an 18 hole - beware though this has a lot of water !

 

As mentioned before the marina itself is a nice place to relax (once you've got over the lego colour scheme). Having bars, cafes, restaurants and a small play area for the kids. While you are choosing which boat you'd like you'll even hear piped music played alongside the promenade. Behind the front are water fountains, underground parking, more cafe's and a chemist (the closest to the apartment). Boat trips are available and there is usually live music playing at night across the promenade.

 

If you're desperate to get back into the water, why not try algarve diving which is just the other side of the albufeira old town.

There's a wreck to visit, reefs and a 3 mile fault with spectacular overhangs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you prefer to stay above water then why not try one of the many water parks. Aqualand is just a 10 minute drive away - just the other side of the N125.

There's also Slide & Splash at Lagoa and Aquashow at Quarteira.

 

 

 

For something completely different there are also safari's available. This gives you a view of the beauty spots, monuments and local produce.

 

 

If you are in need of some retail therapy there are many shops in town. You'll find various small shops along the strip (a main street crossing through albufeira) or shopping complex's including modelo and lidl. There is also a large shopping mall outside of town called algarve shopping which is just a 15 minute drive away.

 

Horse riding is also close by at the Centro Hipico were riding classes, beach rides and country side rides are all available. No web link for this, just a tel contact 965 002 100. Check the map link for directions.

 

 

If you didn't get enough of the dolphin's at zoomarine then why not try spoting them in the wild with Dolphin Seafaris. There's also the chance to see other forms of Algarvian sea life such as whales, sharks and even orcas. They operate from marina de Portimao and marina de Lagos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy a relaxing cruise? Then why not try Bom Dia Cruises which sets sail from Lagos. They operate a 2 hour cruise to caves and a 5 hour bbq trip around the Bay of Lagos. If you'd like to go faster then they also provide champagne cruises aboard the luxurious motor cruiser Tresor.
There is normally music down at the beach bar most nights, but if you are looking for something really loud then there are plenty of nightclubs around. Kiss, Discoteca IRS, Discoteca Locomia, Disco Bar El Divino and Disco Bar Libertos are all in Albufeira. There's also Kadoc between Albufeira and Vilamoura, which is one of the oldest and still the largest.
A 10 minute drive away is Krazy World which has a huge mini golf area, swimming pool, a petting farm, quad bikes, pony rides, a crocodile park and several other attractions - all in beautifully landscaped surroundings.

 

If you have kids then why not try Bellavista Leisure park. It's got mini-golf, fun factory, soft play area and mini quad bikes. Across the road is a football school and tennis courts. Relax at the cafe or shops while the kids wear themselves out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a faster experience try Almancil Karting, which has karts of 160,200 & 400cc. It's surrounded by a "Western" Theme Park with a mechanical bull, children's karting circuit, radio controlled circuits and it's own restaurant - La Paella.

 

If you've had too much sun or the weather's not so good (unlikely !) then Hotel Maritur is a 5 min walk. It has an indoor pool and gym facilities, as well as tennis courts, restaurant and bars.

 

 

 

Omega Parque is a zoo set in the beautiful mountains of the Algarve. It specialises in endangered animals such as limos, crowned sifakas, bamboo lemurs, cheetah, oryx, offering a great day, both educational and entertaining. On the main road from Portima§ to Monchique, on the right hand side look for sign and parking area before the village of Caldas.

 

 

Monchique lies in Serra de Monchique, a mountainous range full of forests of chestnut trees and fields of wild flowers which are particularly beautiful in early Spring with the yellow bloom of the mimosa bushes. A walk up to Picota, the second highest peak (773 metres, 2600 feet), affords spectacular views of wild valleys, precipices and meadows.

 

 

 

For some culture try visiting Lagos, where parts of the Roman wall can be found in the town and there is also a seated statue of Henry the Navigator. Not to be missed is the stunning interior of the church of St. Antonio.
Not to be missed are the stunning sand sculptures at Pera. Every year is a different theme and it's open from May through to October. About a 20 min drive on the N125 towards Portimao.

 

 

 

If you've got energy to burn and want to see the countryside then try Algarve Bike Hire. Drop off is free and they'll organise routes if required - they can even ensure that the route is downhill only !