Trips & Activities
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We have been renting villas in this area since 1965, so have a lot of accumulated experience in looking after visitors to the Algarve. Here's some general info for you, you may see that these are a personal view of the area and Algarve..with comments...
Salgados/Vale de Parra Area.
We are about 4kms to the West of Albufeira, and this is generally a much
quieter valley than the town and Praia de Oura to the East side of town,
which is really the 18-30's party area!
We have a mixture of beaches, ranging from the 5 km long Gale beach,
to some 100m rocky coves...and everything inbetween. The white sand beaches,
caves and cliffs, make this a beautiful area to go to the beach, snorkel,
or take a boat trip. Every beach has a bar on it, and for the kids there
are lots of rockpools and sandy areas inbetween. The coast has no strong
currents, and is safe for swimming. It also has some of the densest collection
of 'blue flag' beaches ( ie biologically clean) in Europe.
Other Algarve areas and towns
Albufeira is in the central of the Algarve. We are about a 45 minute
drive from either end of the coast. A trip across to Spain is a nice drive
for the day, and Seville is only 2 hrs by car straight along the motorway...beautiful
town, the tapas, the old part of town and the Cathedral are the high points.
Getting lost in the incredible narrow one way system, is the low point...
park the car and take a cab or walk!
Carvoeiro is very developed, with a small centre area and beach, but some nice bars and restaurants of an evening..but parking in the season is horrible.
Lagos is a town split by a river also, marina on one side and walkway across to the original town centre, worth a visit.
Just behind our valley, 4 kms inland , is the town of Guia, capital of
the piri piri (chilli) chicken . Great value familly dinner with wine
and salads will set you back about 15 euros a head.. many othe restaurants
scattered in this town.
Excursions and services
Zoomarine is just inland from us, a great family day out and not expensive to get in, the 'swim with dolphins' at 135 euros, is not cheap, but every child who has done it, has had one of the experiences of a lifetime.
The water parks are also good fun, Aqualand ( Big One) and Slide and Splash are good value and easy to get to.
There are day trips everywhere, from bus tours, jeep tours, boat trips,dolphin watching, kids zoos etc etc. All the brochures are in shops and receptions, help yourself.
If you are a little adventurous, spend a day ( or two) in Lisbon, the trains are cheap and take you right into the town centre.
There is bird watching around Salgados Lake locally , flamingos often in residence, and a wealth of migratory birdlife.
Walking on the beach or dunes is local and easy.
Send the teenagers to the 'strip' where they will meet like minded youth groups... ( read silly drinking parties..) and still be able to get a cab home safely.
Boat trips galore out of Vilamoura and other marinas. Saling, cruising, evening tours, and many others.
Golf lessons at any course.. locally on Salgados, John Woods, an english pro, will give group, and family, lessons for a very reasonable fee.