Things to do

Albufeira makes as superb central Algarve base for a golf holidays. There are some luxury golf courses around Albufeira.

Herdade dos Salgados Golf is a challenging course with numerous water hazards. This Algarve golf course will appeal to skilled golfers. This course is located on old marsh land attracting birds and wildlife. Salgados Golf is an 18 hole course demanding a minimum handicap of 28 for men and 36 for women. Located just five minutes outside of Albufeira centre this course is just a short hop off the A2 motorway.

Situated between Vilamoura and Albufeira is the celebrated Balala Golf Village. Not only is there a nine hole golf course but also six swimming pools and a health club with an indoor pool. There is a driving range, putting greens, practice bunkers and chipping areas.

In general, you will find that the Algarve, with its mild climate, reasonably priced restaurants, breathtaking scenery, friendly people and excellent golf courses, all combine to make it a memorable holiday. To view other courses in the area you can follow this link http://www.portugalgolfcourses.info/algarve.php

We can arrange transfers from the villas or apartment directly to your chosen course.

There are many great theme parks in the area. The internationally renowned Zoomarine theme park presents different shows daily with performing dolphins, sea lions, etc. Enjoy the wave beach, water slides and swimming pools. There are some cool carrousel rides. With picnic areas and restaurants there is plenty of choice for eating here. There is lots to do here!

Almancil Karting is a total leisure and competition complex available to all lovers of car racing. Almancil Karting is open all year round. The main track is a 760m length replica of a former Formula One Brazilian race track that was called Jacarepegua. This is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your family and friends and have a little competition.

The name says it all – Slide and Splash is one of the leading Algarve attractions and should be on your list of things to do in Portugal. The park is good for children of all ages, particularly excellent for the little ones. With over 25,000m of grass areas there is plenty of room for everyone, even at the height of the season. If you’re not inclined to try the slides you can relax in the shade of a palm tree or enjoy a leisurely swim in the Olympic sized pool.

Aquashow family park is set in large grounds with plenty of grassy shaded areas for relaxing. There are several kiddie play areas with slides and swings scattered throughout the park. One of the most popular attractions is the large wave pool, good for adults and kids. The children have a well equipped pool area with lots of slides and tunnels. The jewel in the crown is without doubt the water coaster. One of the biggest in Europe, it takes five minutes to complete the journey – not for the faint-hearted! The White Fall is another hit with the fearless.

Castello Lopes Cinema is located in the impressive Algarve Shopping Centre. This nine screen cinema has almost all of its´ movies showing in English. You can check out their website to get up-to-date listings.

Ever wanted to experience a day on a luxury yacht on the Mediterranean, sipping cocktails in the sun? Lunching with friends at a nearby beach club or on a deserted beach only accessible from the sea? We can help you arrange this.

The Algarve Jeep Safari is guaranteed to be one of your best days out in the Algarve. It’s fun, informative and takes you to parts of the Algarve that you would never find on your own. We highly recommend it. The interior of this beautiful region is dotted with winding earthen tracks and tiny villages that allow you glimpses of a style and pace of life that is fast disappearing. Travelling in a convoy of 4 X 4 jeeps, you leave the coastal resorts behind and explore the whitewashed villages, orange and lemon orchards and eucalyptus groves.

With over 120 different species of animals and 200 botanical species, Lagos Zoo offers a fun and educational day out for the whole family. Undoubtedly one of the main attractions is the primates, but the zoo is also home to lemurs, wallabies, lynxes, reptiles and tropical birds to name but a few! The petting zoo is also a firm favourite with children and adults alike. The zoo’s philosophy is based around the principles of conservation, education and protection. There is a classroom where children can watch a film about the environment and have fun drawing and painting the animals they have seen.

Choosing the right place to eat is sometimes confusing until you acquire a little local knowledge. At Portugal Villas we are giving you a head start with our list of tried and test Restaurants.

Our top picks:

Dom Carlos Restaurant – 1 sitting per night with a five course meal for approx. €35. You must make a reservation. Not for children. 00351 – 289541224
O Tunel – Set at the steps at the tunnel to the beach in the Old Town. Where traditional Portuguese and European dishes are served.
Restauranta Tasca do Viegas – Right beside the fisherman’s beach in Old Town. Magnificent views. Speciality fish dishes. Good value for money.
Sizzling Stone – Situated at the bottom of the ‘Strip’. You cook you own steak on marble stone. Bibs provided! A different experience.
Paulas Pizzeria – Located beside the Oura Praia Hotel. Excellent Italian food, good value and children are welcome.
O’Lusitano – Situated near the worm’s roundabout, this is a gem of a restaurant serving Portuguese and European dishes.
Tres Palmeiras – Frequented by locals for the most part. It offers excellent service and food. Specialising in fish dishes. You must make a reservation. 00351 – 289515423
The Royal Chinese – Situated on the roundabout beside the Biscos apartment complex. Excellent food and service – you won’t go hungry!
Casa Veltto – Located on the fisherman’s beach in Old Town. This is another terrific restaurant, the catch of the day is great value. You may have to queue for a table in the high season.
Neto’s Restaurant – Run by Alberto and John this restaurant has a good reputation for food and service. It’s one of our favourites!

Each of the restaurants listed above are only suggestions. If you want to travel to any of the restaurants above or anywhere else our local taxi company will take you where you want to go.

Albufeira is as famous for its nightlife as it is for its beaches. The Strip, in the Montechoro area of town is the heart of Albufeira’s nightlife with a plethora of clubs and bars. In the summer The Strip becomes absolutely heaving! Whilst originally, as the name suggests, the 2Km Strip was just one main road of bars and clubs, it has spread to adjacent blocks.

Albufeira’s, and possibly Portugal’s, best known club is some miles outside of town, about halfway to Vilamoura. Kadoc is vast, accommodating up to 7,000 clubbers over five dance floors with a subtropical garden terrace outside. Kadoc regularly attracts big name DJs from all over Europe.

Albufeira’s other big out-of-town club is Kiss. Whilst having a modest three dance floors Kiss gives Kadoc a run for its money in terms of popularity and tunes. It can get busy so be warned.

For those looking for a slightly more upmarket, yet still lively, night then the bars and restaurants in Albufeira’s pedestrianised town centre are a better bet. The area is teaming with souvenir stalls, bars and restaurants some of which attract locals and tourists alike. This is still Albufeira though so don’t be surprised to see plenty of themed sports bars, cocktail bars and cheesy clubs!

AlgarveShopping is the main shopping centre in the area. Located about 6 km from Alburfeira, this is the place to shop until you drop! There are probably about 50-80 shops here with a bit of everything for everyone. Transfers can be arranged through our local taxis, costing approx. €10.

For some real good local shopping go to Albufeira Old Town on market day. The market is more for gifts than food shopping. There are lots of handmade items that are well worth a look. In the town centre is the Modelo Shopping Plaza where there is a large collection of shops including a large supermarket. A taxi will drop you there and when you finish shopping there is a taxi rank outside.

There are many supermarkets that are within a few minutes by taxi from the Villas and apartment – Modelo, Lidl or Aldi.

When renting either our villas or apartment there are a few tips to make your stay more comfortable:

At the properties:

  • Always ensure the property is fully locked (including shutters) and alarmed when leaving
  • Always use the safe for your valuables
  • No diving or running by the pool for your safety
  • The Portugal Villas properties are all non-smoking
  • No pets are allowed

Housekeeping:

  • Linen and towels are provided
  • Garden and pool maintenance call once a week to the villas
  • Maid services call regularly

Transport:

  • Take the hassle out of airport transfers by booking directly with us here at Portugal Villas. Ask us about this when you make your booking.
  • You can book a hire car with www.nicetriprentacar.com, make sure to tell them you are staying at Villa Anna, Villa Pauline or Mr. Gardiner’s apartment in Biscos to receive the best rates!
  • Activity transfers can also be booked with us for golf, shopping or theme parks.
  • We recommend Radio Taxis Albufeira, Taxi 42 which is driven by two English speaking drivers. Contact Gil on 00351 965807212 or Paulo on 00351 969380301. Just tell them you are staying at Villa Anna or Pauline and they will collect you directly.
  • When returning home with other taxi drivers, tell them to go to Villa Alba in Montechoro. The Villas are right next door to this complex.
  • Apartment guests can use the taxi numbers above or alternatively there is a taxi rank outside the complex.

All properties are provided with an information manual, included in here are contact numbers for taxis, emergency telephone numbers, doctors numbers, information on golf, activities and restaurants etc.

Getting there:

There are daily flights from Dublin to Portugal flying with Ryanair and Aer Lingus.

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