: St Eulalia and Balaia
Car: not necessary
Albufeira offers far more than just sun and sea. Fresh fish is sold in the local markets, bars and restaurants sell authentic Portuguese food and wine at reasonable prices (restaurant recommendations supplied).
With golf courses designed by international masters, water sports supported by a state-of-the-art marina and other outdoor activities such as walking, horse-riding, bird watching, cycling available, the Algarve has plenty for you to do all year round.
The Algarve offers 160 km of gorgeous, golden, sandy beaches, rocky coves, clear waters, rugged cliffs and enchanting grottoes. The South of Portugal was the last place to gain independence from the Moors in 1292, conquered by the King Dom Afonso III and even today traces of the Moorish presence are visible in the unique terraces, chimneys and whitewashed villas.
Despite the obvious influence of tourism, a short drive inland reveals the true Algarve where life goes on much as it has for many centuries. This brightly coloured and verdant region is filled with orange groves, almond trees in blossom, carob trees and fragrant pines as well as some cork farms which are still in operation today. For the sports enthusiasts, the Algarve has ideal conditions and top class facilities; the golf courses are superb and have a highly prized reputation.
Watersports are second to none with the West coast offering the best surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions. Above all, the Algarve is a children's haven with several exciting water parks, 'Zoomarine' sealife centre, horse riding centres and plenty of fun on the beaches! Whatever your preference, you will find your personal paradise in the Algarve.