: A22 Monchique/Portimao
There is a thermal spa at Caldas, about 15 minutes drive and the famous Monchique bottled water is also produced at Caldas.
The south coast is for swimming whereas the west coast is for surfing. Both are within 40 minutes of the apartment, and have wonderful sandy beaches.
There is a daily market in Monchique, 10 minutes away, and a monthly gypsy market and various food and drink festivals in Monchique throughout the year. The local 'hooch' is Medronha, and suckling pig and black acorn fed pork the local culinary specialties, not forgetting the famous piri-piri chicken.
Water parks, marine-park, zoos, cinemas, golf etc. All available within an easy 40 minute drive. Amazing views can be enjoyed at the top of Foia, a couple of kilometres away up the mountain.
Horse Riding is available at the Country Riding Centre in Silves, where Beginners' Courses can be pre-booked.
20 minutes away is the Autodrome, where you can go-cart or watch the racing.
Flying lessons and Hot Air Ballooning are available at Lagos.
There are boat trips to the sea caves etc. etc.