Algarve City Tour:  Places of interest

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ALBUFEIRA

A large town which has been extensively developed for the tourist trade from what was originally a small fishing village.

ALJEZUR

If you want to venture a bit further afield - it's only about a 30 to 40 minute drive to Lagos with it's historic town centre still surrounded by medieval walls, a fort at the harbour entrance and the 'Golden Church' of St. Anthony. The long sweeping beach of Meia Praia and the secluded coves of Dona Ana and Camilo to enjoy, a modern marina and a town centre of small squares linked by a network of cobbled streets, plus, of course, plenty of restaurants and cafés!

Aljezur is ideal for a relaxing holiday in the countryside, where you can enjoy walking, cycling or horseriding, or just sitting at a café with a good book. There are near deserted beaches within a short drive and lots of villages to explore - the 'alternative' Algarve!


ALMANCIL

The nearest town to the resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. On the N125 road about 15 km west of Faro Airport.

ARMACAO DE PERA

AArmação de Pêra has everything you need for a lovely holiday - fantastic beach, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars. It is also ideally placed for a day out at Zoomarine sea-life park at Guia, a trip to 'Algarve Shopping' mall, also at Guia and the water parks at Alcantarilha and Lagoa.


BOLIQUEIME

Boliqueime is a charming country village set in the hills, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and its golden beaches to the south, which are just 10 minutes away by car.

CARVOEIRO

Carvoeiro is very popular for family holidays as there is such a large choice of self-catering accommodation and has all the things you are likely to want in quite a compact area around the town centre. A lot of the accommodation is in new residential areas on the outskirts as the developments have spread, but it is all in keeping - this isn't an area of high rise hotels and apartment blocks.


ESTÓI

North of the IP1 in hills of the central Algarve is a charming collection of villages. A contrast to the highly developed resorts on the coast.

FARO

Best known for its airport, but the winding streets of the old town repay a visit. Its harbour is not directly on the coast. It was destroyed in 1755 by an earthquake, however most of Faro's ancient walls remain.

LAGOS

An attractive port from where the Portuguese sailed south to explore Africa. Lagos in Nigeria is named after the town. The old town is still walled and the local catch can be seen at the fishmarket, and eaten in the little restaurants nearby. The old town retains a peaceful charm; the houses bright-coloured and hot under the sun.

LOULÉ

An ancient market town in the hills north of Faro.

PORTIMAO

There are plenty of things to do in Portimão whatever your age - there are boat trips for fishing, trips to the caves, dolphin watching trips or a trip up the Arade river to Silves from the river front. There are several golf courses nearby and at Portimão municipal aerodrome near Alvor various pursuits like parachuting for the more adventurous! Lagos zoo is just a short distance away to the west and Zoomarine at Guia is just a short distance to the east - both great family days out - or for those that prefer to keep cool, then Slide and Splash Water Park at Lagoa is nearby as well.

QUINTA DO LAGO

An luxury development adjoining the Ria Formosa nature reserve, best known for its championship golf courses and luxury villas. There are hotels and other sporting facilities on this extensive development.

SAGRES

Lies to the west of LAGOS and was the location of the School of Navigation established by Prince Henry the Navigator. An attractive place with a dramatic coastline.

SILVES

This ancient town, which has Roman remains. The castle looks down on the town from its hill. SILVES was the Moorish capital of the Algarve for five hundred years until the mid-13th century. In the past the town was also a port, but the River Arade is now silted up. The Cathedral, Se de Santa Marie is 13th Century. This is a beautiful town and well worth a visit. If you have time also take the Algarve Silves Walking Guide by Maurice and Esme Clyde with you.

TAVIRA

The town is only 15 miles from the border with Spain and is therefore away from the main tourist centres. Its river front on the Gilao is attractive, it also has a number of interesting churches and the remains of a Moorish castle.

VALE DO LOBO

A popular and upmarket tourist complex with excellent sporting facilities, including golf courses.

VILAMOURA

An extensive tourist centre with excellent golf courses, casino and a large marina.