A jewel of the Alentejo Provence.....Do you know the amazing town of
Serpa? It is set in the central east part of the Provence of Alentejo
an easy 2 hours drive from central Algarve. Do not take the motorway or
you will miss the very scenic agricultural lands. Miles and miles of
cork, olive and sunflower plantations.
Try out this delightful par 3 scenic Golf Course looking very much like a full 18 hole course with a great variety of discounts are offered depending on the time of day or day of week. Book a lesson with a pro to improve your game or to start from scratch. Clubs available for rental. Their Club house serves breakfast and lunch till 4pm.
The extremely happy diners felt overwhelmed by the hospitality of Filipe at his Restaurante O AVENIDA
Walking along the dunes in the early summer, you can see dozens of
different wild flowers and flowering bushes growing rapidly covering the
dunes. Without direct access to fresh water it is amazing to see them
If your idea of a good day out is walking you've come to the right place. We'll give you a taste of some of the walks, visit us again for further walks.The scenery on these walks is stunning, just remember a few safety rules so that you'll all come back happy. Take water, wear a hat and sun screen and don't go too close to the cliffs.
Weather seeing the Algarve's natural beauty or shopping in one of the towns, there's always one more thing to do. When you tire of the Algarve.......well its just not possible!
The Algarve is renown for its beaches with dramatic cliffs towering over many of them. In the heat of the summer, the Portuguese will arrive early at the beach, between 8am and 9:30am and stay until 12:30pm and then go home for lunch at 1pm Often the mother will stay home in the morning to prepare the three course lunch and do her chores. After eating the lunch, everyone will have a little rest, and then go out for an expresso. The whole family will come back to the beach at around 4pm and often stay until 7pm or even later. They would not consider eating dinner before 8pm at the earliest. In the summer dinner could be at 9pm or 10pm. As there are hundreds of beaches, try to discover some new ones to make your holiday all that much more special.
Praia da Rocha
One of the most famous and impressive beaches in the Algarve, this beach is a vast blanket of golden sand set against a spectacular backdrop of cinnamon coloured cliffs. Very crowded in the summer, it is a beach to see and be seen. Plenty of cafes and restaurants lining the top of the cliffs and along the beach, offering a wide variety of gastronomy options for every type of traveler. On Praia da Rocha map.
The choice of beaches within a half hours drive of Lagos is outstanding. This is your guide to heaven.
Translated as 'half beach', just east of Lagos 5kms of soft sand curving eastward from the Marina at Lagos to the Estuary at Alvor. Certainly the most popular beach for tourists visiting Lagos although fabulous first thing in the morning & late afternoon, before and after the crowds. A large variety of water sports available and excellent facilities. Parking all along the beach, plenty of restaurants and snack bars to choose from. Ideal for families. Find this beach by driving past the Lagos Marina and continue on the road along the side of the ocean; the beach runs right along the road for about 3 miles.
Only for the Brave. Follow our suggested drive through the wild west. Be blown away by the Monchique Mountains and by the Surfer's paradise.
The Portuguese love history. Every school child learns the history of the Discoveries and their colonial past. Portugal at one time ruled Angola, Mozambique, Goa (India) Macau (an island, now part of China) (and all the relevant Kings and Queens and battles from middle ages on)., parts of Indonesia, including Timor, Brazil, and Portuguese populate all these countries with explorers, adventurers and goldseekers.To this day these countries still speak Portuguese as their first or second language.
The Algarve boasts two major shopping complexes, as well as some smaller malls. Local and Gypsy Markets are held frequently throughout most of the cities and towns. As would be expected, small businesses and shops abound throughout the urban areas, particularly in the old town areas.
Most businesses open between 9 or 10 am and close around 7 pm. They often close for lunch, although the Portuguese do not take siesta, so shopping in the warmth of the afternoon is always an option.
Prices must be displayed, and as with anywhere it's a good idea to make sure that you're paying the price on the tag. The VAT rate for in Portugal is currently 21% (charged on most goods and services).
See below for a variety of shops that the Freemaps think are highlights of the Algarve!
If you want a genuinePortuguesesouvenir, not something made in the far east, below is a list of 100% Portuguese products. If you need something for gran, mum, and the kids, look no further. There are so many shops to choose from. Happy shopping, leave the men in the pub watching the match and off you go!