Where is the Algarve?
The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, being the most important tourist region of the country and one of the most important in Europe.
The climate is pleasant with mild winters and long, hot, dry summers. The shoreline which is fine white sand, bordered by golden cliffs, stretches along the extensive Algarve coast. The sea which is all shades of blue with crystal waters remains around a temperature of 22ºC.
This region is the most visited and one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal due to its natural landscapes, history, rich culture, heritage and splendid gastronomy.
Capital of the Algarve, City of Faro
Faro is situated on the edge of the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and 30 minutes from the City of Tavira. It is considered a great destination for holidays and is an entry point to the south of Portugal by plane.
There is a natural charm that is concentrated inside the walls of the Old City. Passing through the Village Arch you will reach the old part of town. Inside you will find the 15th century Arabian Gate.
When visiting Faro see some historical monuments such as the Ossos Chapel, the Cathedral, the Third Order Church of Our Lady of Monte do Carmo, as well as some museums such as the Museu Marítimo Almirante Ramalho Ortigão, and the Regional Museum of the Algarve. Do not forget the Municipal Museum, which is inside the 16th century Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption.
If you wish to rest you can do so at Arco do Repouso, as King D. Afonso III did, or take advantage of the wonderful beaches of this city, such as Praia de Faro.
What to do?
The ZooMarine Theme Park is located on National Road 125 in the direction of Guia. It is open to the public between March and October.
This park has several activities for interaction with animals such as dolphins, sea lions, seals, and birds of prey. In addition, there is a 4D cinema, pirate boat, tropical island, the new Era T-Rex show. A mini theme park (where there is a giant wheel) is especially popular along with the swimming pools.
ZooMarine was elected the “Best Park / Tourist Animation Company” at the Publituris Portugal Trade Awards in 2016.
- Slide & Splash
Slide & Splash is located in the vicinity of Lagoa and is open between April 6th and November 3rd 2017.
In this water park you can find slides like the “Black Hole” themed slide (inside a dark inflatable passage), the Kamikaze or even the foam slide, which is great fun to ride with friends and family. Plenty of places to eat and free parking make this a great day out.
- Aquashow Park
Aquashow Park is one of the best water parks in the Algarve. This is located near Quarteira and is just a few minutes by car from tourist areas like Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago.
In this water park you can ride on tubes and slides. Why not ride on Europe’s largest Freefall slide? Small children are catered for with a special zone with little slides, shallow pools and water springs. If you think you are brave enough and enjoy thrill seeking, take a ride on the water roller coaster!
- Lagos Zoo
Lagos Zoo is an attraction in Lagos, Algarve. This is a nature conservation park and not just a regular zoo. This zoo has a primary aim of conservation and strong ethics of protecting animals, preserving nature and educating visitors.
In this Zoo you can admire the large set of exotic birds and primates that live by the perimeter. The pets here are very friendly and love to interact with the public. You can also enjoy the natural spaces for a picnic or a meal in the on-site restaurant.
- Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
The Algarve International Autodrome (AIA) in Portimão was inaugurated in 2008 with the grand final of the Superbike World Championship.
There are many facilities here to keep everyone happy including the Kart track, Off-Road track, and the Autofdrome itself. There is a hotel here and the Vista Falcão Residence Apartments if you wish to stay. The Technology Park and sports complex complete this venue.
The racetrack runs official national and international races, but also private or corporate races can be arranged and there is the opportunity to rent go-karts for fun.
Fiesa is an exhibition of sculptures in sand that is open to the public between 10th March and 30th October located in Montechoro, Albufeira.
The sculptors use approximately 40,000 tons of a single type of sand which only exists in this region, to build huge sculptures.
Sometimes there is live music and entertainment shows.
Golf Courses in the Eastern Algarve
- Benamor Golf
The Benamor Golf Course completed in 2000, is located 5 km from the centre of Tavira. From this course you can see one of the best landscapes of the South of Portugal. The old chapel near the Clubhouse is a big part of Benamor Golf.
Benamor Golf is 5500 metre, 18 holes and all its terrain is undulating but not too hilly. It is formed by the Practice Field, Putting Green and the great Putting Course so you can practice. You can also take Golf Courses with the PGA Professional Instructor.
- Castro Marim Golf
Castro Marim Golf & Country Club is located in Castro Marim, Algarve. This is 23 km from the city of Tavira and 45 minutes from Faro airport.
This development has three large nine hole golf courses; Grouse & Guadiana (most recent), Guadiana & Atlântico (10 years old) plus the training zone and golf lessons. You can also find a Clubhouse bar and restaurant at the resort.
- Monte Rei
Monte Rei Golf & Country Club was the first golf resort in Portugal with two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses. It is located 15 minutes from the city of Tavira.
This golf course is 6567sqm and 18 holes, with 11 of them water. It has been classified several times as the number one in Portugal and is among the best in Europe
- Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima Golf
The Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima golf courses are located in Vila Nova de Cacela, in the Eastern Algarve, and are situated in the Ria Formosa Natural Park. It is 4 km from the centre of Tavira and one hour from Faro Airport.
Quinta da Ria has two 18-hole golf courses, five large lakes n a beautiful landscape. It has preserved the natural habitat and co-exists beautifully with nature.
Quinta de Cima is located next to Quinta da Ria, Vila Nova de Cacela. This course is distinguished by its beautiful fairways, the various bunkers around the greens and along the fairways, and the lake that passes through.
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