If you can drag yourself away from the beach and pool then here's a selection
of other places to visit:
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.
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 !
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
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
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.
something completely different there are also
available. This gives you a view of the beauty spots, monuments and local
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
a faster experience try
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.
you've had too much sun or the weather's not so good (unlikely !) then
is a 5 min walk. It has an indoor pool and gym facilities, as well as tennis
courts, restaurant and bars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !