The Algarve region
The Algarve is one of the world's most attractive holiday destinations offering 160 km of gorgeous, golden, sandy beaches, rocky coves, clear waters, rugged cliffs and enchanting grottoes.
The region is blessed with a wonderful climate, ideal for swimming, sunbathing and water sports in summer, and mild enough in spring, autumn and winter for tennis, golf, cliff top or countryside walking, exploring and sightseeing.
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 and fig trees, and fragrant pines as well as some cork farms which are still in operation today.
The Mediterranean plants and trees put on a magnificent show throughout the year and there are plenty of nature parks and sanctuaries along the whole of the Algarve that attract many animals and birds.
For the sports enthusiasts, the Algarve has ideal conditions and top class facilities; The Algarve boasts a multitude of golf courses with many enjoying highly prized reputations. Water-sports are second to none with the West coast beaches offering the best surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing conditions.
Places of interest include the region's capital Faro and its old town, Loule and its market situated in a recently renovated Moorish building, Silves and its red fortress, Caldas de Monchique for its thermal waters, Portimao’s old town and port, Lagos for its vitality and historical interest and Cabo de S. Vicente with its imposing light-house.
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.
Club Albufeira offers much to keep the family amused all week long. However, it is also not far to many places of interest, excitement, plus many golden beaches, superb golf courses and fabulous restaurants.
Less than ten minutes drive takes you to the Algarve Shopping centre which has a cinema and bowling alley and plenty of excellent retail therapy for the ladies!
The nearest golf course is Balaia Golf which is situated in the Santa Eulalia area of Albufeira.
Zoo Marine is based in Guia a short car/bus ride. Zoo Marine features dolphin and tropical bird shows, an aquarium, fairground rides and swimming pools surrounded by beautiful lakes and gardens.
Old town Albufeira is within walking distance. Here you can enjoy a mixture of the historic and traditional flavour of the Algarve with cobbled streets and picturesque leafy town squares, plus a superb variety of restaurants, bars and shops.
Fisherman's Beach offers safe family bathing, boat trips and water sports. More boat trips depart from the adjacent Marina - a great way to explore the hidden grottoes of the stunning Algarve coastline - and there are plenty of fishing trips available. Many smaller quieter coves are to be found nearby, some with beach restaurants and bars.
There are lovely cliff top coast paths to amble along plus good bus connections along the Algarve coast in both directions. Children and teenagers on holiday in Albufeira will enjoy the Zoo Marine centre at Guia, as well as the water park 'Slide and Splash' in Lagoa - a great fun day out for all the family with a separate area for very young children to enjoy.