Junction 15 of the IP1
A short drive from the house takes you to Olhao waterfront where you can find all kinds of restaurants including traditional Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, Italian, pizza and tapas. Also a McDonalds is close by! In Olhao there is a brand new shopping complex (Ria shopping) it has 80 small shops a large supermarket, restaurants/bars and a cinema. Local Portuguese shops sell traditional bread and for fresh fish, meat and veg are the daily markets. Banks and cashpoints are available as well as a post office, chemist and newspaper shops. Olhao also has a new Auditorium. There is a free Internet cafe. Olhao camp site has an outdoor pool, tennis and tabletop games and bikes for hire. Faro by train or bus is a great day out with its ancient wall and own harbour and lots of things to see and do. Spain is a 30 minute drive away and is reached by bridge or ferry across the river Guadiana. Also organised boat trips from San Antonio Villa Real up the Guadiana to Alcoutim is a lovely day out.
Faro, the capital of the Algarve is a great place to visit for its history, particularly attractive is the old part of the city still surrounded by the Roman walls. It is the home to the city's archaeological museum. The 'Golden' church contains the Macabre Spectacle of a chapel lined with the bones of 1,200 monks! Walk through the quaint streets and in shops, traditional and old or simply while away the day relaxing in the cafes/bars. Down at the harbour there is always the hustle and bustle of the boats and the occasional fisherman.
Tavira is 12 km away. It is an ancient town with a Phoenician, Roman and Moorish part and has a castle, over 35 churches and a superb arch Roman bridge. On both sides of the river 'Gilao' you can find good shopping for fresh produce, pottery, basket ware and handicrafts. There are lots of organised tours including a trip around Tavira on the tourist train or horse and carriage.