The village of Cerro Do Ouro is a peaceful holiday destination, being close to the famous Portuguese holiday hot-spot of Albufeira, but surrounded by unspoilt countryside and around 6km outside of the city centre. This secluded nature of the village makes it popular with a wide range of visitors, including couples looking for a romantic hideaway and families seeking a ‘get away from it all’ destination that is not too far removed from the main attractions and beaches of the beautiful Algarve.
Many people head to Cerro Do Ouro simply to relax. The village is small and largely populated by locals rather than tourists – giving it an authentic feel of real Portugal. Amenities are basic, but there are many more cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets to be found in the neighbouring villages.
Although the use of a vehicle is recommended to make the most of your stay in the village, you could, of course, simply decide to spend your entire stay within Cerro Do Ouro; with days spent walking and hiking in the surrounding countryside and nights relaxing in your holiday villa with a glass of local wine.
Cerro Do Ouro can also be used as a base for a beach holiday, with the nearest sandy stretches just 7km away, and a total of more than 20 to be found in the Albufeira region alone. The city of Albufeira has much to offer, blending together a beautifully-maintained old town and a thriving modern resort. Local bars, pavement cafes, top-drawer seafood restaurants and a classy marina are some of the main attractions here, but there are many more depending on your interests.
At least a few days of exploring Albufeira are a necessity when visiting Cerro Do Ouro, but there are many other towns and villages that you should also make time for. Paderne (6km) is one such village, being the home of a famous castle that dates back to the 12th century. Vilamoura (12km) is a great option for golf lovers, as it is surrounded by no less than four high-quality courses, with many more to be enjoyed both east and west along the coast.
The climate around Cerro Do Ouro is mild with little rainfall, making it a year-round destination. July and August are the hottest months, when temperatures rise to around 30C, whilst even the coldest months of December and January have an average daily temperature of 15C. Rain is rare between early June and late September.
It is around a 36 kilometres from Faro Airport (FAO) to Cerro Do Ouro, a journey which takes around 45 minutes. Flights depart to this destination on a regular basis from the UK, with British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Ryanair three of the busiest operators. Flight time from the UK is a little under two hours.