Visit the Quinta da Miradouro winery near Guia to sample the Vida Nova wines specially produced for Sir Cliff Richard. Tours are available but must be pre-booked on 00 351 968 776 971 or firstname.lastname@example.org but if you simply wish to purchase you can visit Cellar Door Shop. Opening hours for both are Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm).
Nearby Lagoa dos Salgados is one of the most important freshwater wetlands on the Algarve
and, as such, is one of the prime birding spots on this coast. Noteworthy migrants include the Spectacled and Subalpine warblers, Northern Wheater and whinchat, whilst among the residents you might see the Waxbill, Crested Lark or Sardinian Warbler, to name but a few!
Play a round of golf!
The Algarve is renowned for the quality of its golf courses, offering challenges for every standard of player. Right on your doorstep is the renowned Herdade dos Salgados course. Tel: 00 351 289 583 030
A church with a difference
Visit the spooky Chapel of Bones, (Capela dos Ossos) at Alcantarilha near Guia whose walls and ceiling are clad with approximately 1,500 skulls. The chapel adjoins the church.
Go to the beach!
The Algarve is renowned for its wonderful beaches of soft golden sand. Most have parking areas, toilets and restaurant facilities and during the peak months most of them have lifeguards on duty. There are so many to choose from but just 3 kms from the house are the delightful beaches of Pera and Salgados.
The whole family will enjoy a day at Aqualand water park. It is on the EN125 at Alcantarilha, close to Armaçao de Pera. It is open from 29th May to 15th September from 10am to 6pm daily.
Try sardines along the quay at Portimao
– freshly caught and simply served with salad and local wine. Explore the narrow streets of the old quarter with their fascinating shops, some specialising in leather goods.
The village of Guia
is renowned for the number of restaurants famous for serving the typical Algarvean dish of chicken piri piri. Naturally, they all claim to be the best but you can be assured that they are all very good and represent excellent value for money.
Visit the World of Sand.
This international sand sculpture festival is usually held between May and October. Reportedly the biggest sand city in the world, this fascinating and spectacle will amaze all members of the family! There are sand sculpture activities for children and it is illuminated by night. Take Exit 8 off the A22 (Algoz/Pera), or from EN125 at Pera and follow signs.
Go ride a horse!
Horse riding is available at the stables of the Quinta da Saudade, on the road from Vale de Parra to Pera. The rides take you either across country or down to the beach, although horses are not allowed on the beach in the peak months. Tel: 00 351 963 942 012.
Capture the atmosphere of Faro,
steeped in history, by taking a walk around the old town, which is encircled by medieval walls. Evidence of the rich history of the town can be found in the Museu Arqueologico including a Roman floor mosaic and a collection of Moorish oil lamps. A visit to the Cathedral is a ‘must’.
Take a boat trip
to experience dolphin watching with Dream Wave (Albufeira Marina). email@example.com. Tel (00 351) 962 003 885/ 962 003 801. (They provide jet ski and boating trips to the caves and dolphin watching).
Needing some retail therapy?
Visit the Algarve Shopping Centre, which is on the EN125 at Guia and is well signposted. As well as over 130 shops, there are bars and restaurants for those who need a little respite from carrying those heavy shopping bags and to resting those weary feet. There is also a multi-screen cinema here. It is open from 10am to midnight 7 days a week.
When in Rome...
don’t forget to sample the many different types of port wine! Chilled white port makes an interesting aperitif and can be a serious rival to sherry. Accompanied by some delicious local olives, it’s a great way to preface a supper of freshly grilled sardines!
The castle town of Silves
is worth spending a day exploring. The Cathedral, built in red stone, and the Moorish castle both offer beautiful views over the orange and almond groves below.
Monchique is a spa town
set in the hills planted with cork, eucalyptus and fruit trees. There are some lovely walks through the woods with stunning views of the mountains. Pamper yourself with treatments in the Spa Hotel Termal in Caldas da Monchique.
Take a leisure cruise and see this magnificent coast from the sea.
The itinerary might include stopping off at a sandy cove for a barbecue and for swimming and snorkelling. Details of all of the cruises on offer can be found along the quayside at Portimao.
Visit the excellent Municipal Museum in Portimao
Winner of the 2010 Council of Europe Museum prize, a visit is well worth adding to your list of things to do. Located in an old sardine canning factory permanent exhibitions chart the history of Portimao and in particular the importance of the fishing industry. The address is Rua D.Carlos I, Zona Riberinha (riverside), 8500, Portimao - tel: (00351) 282 405 230 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The delightful town of Tavira is well worth exploring
as it is considered by some to be the most charming town in the region. It is sited on two sides of the River Gilão and spanned by an elegant Roman bridge. As you wander around the narrow streets, take note of the portas de reixa, which are Arabic style lattice panelled doors. One of the claims to fame of the town is that it has some 40 churches!
Visit the most south westerly tip of Europe at the Cabo de Sao Vicente,
which has reputedly the most powerful lighthouse in Europe. To watch the sun setting here is a truly memorable experience.
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