If planning a trip to Albufeira, it may be worthwhile to consider accommodation in Patroves. This relaxed and laid-back area is close enough to the action of nearby Albufeira, Gale, and Guia but far enough away to truly unwind. In fact, the number one thing to do in Patroves is lay on the beach! Patroves is also in a prime location for exploring the area. It is located just three miles from Albufeira with its beaches, shopping, and night life. HomeAway has got some nice options in Albufeira as well as in Patroves.
Patroves villas are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. HomeAway has options with private pools and those that are wheelchair accessible. Patroves apartments are another attractive option. Beachside Patroves holiday villas with modern amenities such as air conditioning, wireless internet, and satellite television can be found with HomeAway. This region of Portugal has many other interesting places, and those wishing to explore the culture and history of the area can also find accommodations in Faro. Farther west along the cost HomeAway also has holiday homes in Carvoeiro.
Praia Sao Rafael:
Sao Rafael beach has got fine sand and the impressive limestone rock formations of Ponte Pequena, Small Bridge, and Swallow’s Nest. These natural wonders are the result of countless years of erosion and provide a stunning backdrop to the golden sands and blue water.
Praia do Castelo:
This golden sand beach is about two miles from Patroves. It is sheltered by jagged cliffs shooting up over 30 feet. The beach is named after a watchtower that stood in the mid-16th century. The few remains of the tower are found near the entrance to the beach.
This popular attraction is in the town of Guia, about six miles from Patroves. It is open all year long with daily dolphin and sea lion shows. There is a 4-D movie theatre showing movies pertaining to marine life, and a number of swimming pools, snack bars, and a small amusement park ensure a fun day out.
The Algarve region is home to some of the best golf courses in Europe, and the Salgados Golf Course three miles from Patroves. Salgados is known for its numerous water hazards. The course is well maintained and a few of the holes have great views.
The Algarve Shopping Centre:
This is the largest shopping complex in the region and is located near Guia. Visitors can shop at over 100 stores, including a huge supermarket. There is also a multi-screen cinema and a big food court.
Thanks to Patroves' proximity to the bustling town of Albufeira, those who choose to stay here can explore the charming old town, the night life of the famous strip, or Fishermen's beach on any day of their stay.
The Algarve region boasts 3,000 hours of sunshine each year making a trip to Patroves attractive in any season. Summer is naturally the busiest and the hottest. Temperatures average about 28ºC in July and August, with some days climbing up into the mid-30s. The water temperature is a pleasant 22°C during the summer. Spring and fall enjoy temperatures in the mid-20s paired with plenty of sun. Winters are mild with an average temperature of 15ºC.
Patroves is approximately 29 miles from Faro Airport (FAO). From there, the most convenient way to reach it is via taxi or car; the drive. There are a number of car hire agencies at the airport, though pre-booking is advised to ensure the best rate. The drive is along the A22 and takes a little over 30 minutes.