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Fans of the sea can enjoy daily boat rides that depart from the marinas in Albufeira or Vilamoura. They enable you to discover the beautiful Algarve coast and caves and small beaches surrounded by rock cliffs on the Barlavento Coast. Another interesting visit is inland by jeep. Several companies organise these adventure tours suitable for all the family. You can find out more information about these excursions in reception or at several other locations in Albufeira. Buses or jeeps will pick you up at your accommodation establishment. The establishment is near Guia where "Zoomarine" is located. This amusement park offers several daily shows with dolphins, sea lions, birds of prey, parrots, and more animals. You can also enjoy large swimming pools and some carousels. At Zoomarine, you can interact and swim with dolphins. In addition to all this fun, this park also has a rehabilitation centre that welcomes and treats lost, injured or sick marine animals. Famous waterparks provide days of great excitement and joy to visitors. The most well-known in the area are Aquashow in Quarteira, Aqualand in Alcantarilha and Slide & Splash in Lagoa. On the way to Silves, you will find Krazy World where, in addition to great mini-golf and swimming pools, visitors can stroll around a zoo that houses several animal species. You can also visit endangered animals at Ómega Parque in Monchique. Lagos Zoo in Bensafrim also has a beautiful and pleasant space you can visit. If you are looking for something even more exciting, head to Karting de Almancil. There are several golf courses in the surrounding area, with the nearest 3 kilometres away. Other places you should visit in the municipality of Albufeira: Paderne (Arab castle, stream, village). Igreja Matriz (16th century building). Guia (village, Nossa Senhora da Guia Shrine, Lagoa dos Salgados, shopping centre). Albufeira Marina (diving, boat rides, restaurants). Municipal Museum of Archaeology (Exhibition of pieces directly related to the history of the city).Read more
The Albufeira region is one of the areas with the largest number of Blue Flag beaches in Portugal. It has many beautiful, white sandy beaches nestled in sheltered bays with rocky outlines. The area's location by the Mediterranean means you can enjoy the warm waters on the Algarve while you try water skiing, parasailing, diving, sailing... Alternatively, you can simply relax on the golden sands after a refreshing dip in the sea. All of this is available within minutes of your apartment! Albufeira Beaches: Praia da Oura, Praia da Oura Este, Praia de Santa Eulália, Praia Maria Luisa, Praia da Balaia, Praia dos Olhos D'Água, Praia dos Salgados, Praia da Galé Oeste, Praia da Galé Este, Praia do Evaristo, Praia do Castelo, Praia da Coelha, Praia de São Rafael, Praia dos Arrifes, Praia do Peneco, Praia do Evaristo, Praia dos Pescadores, Praia do Inatel, Praia do Forte de São João or "Alemães", Praia dos Aveiros, Praia do Barranco das Belharucas, Praia da Falésia, Praia da Rocha, Baixinha Oeste, Praia da Rocha Baixinha or dos "Tomates", Praia da Rocha Baixinha Este. The resort offers direct access to Praia Pedra dos Bicos.Read more
Algarve gastronomy, although restricted to a relatively small geographical area, shows Mediterranean and Atlantic influences that are visible in the amount of fish consumed. Mediterranean gastronomy, which is based on the trilogy of bread, wine and olive oil, is repeated throughout the country with the addition of vegetables, like in various soups, and fresh fruit. Meat, mainly pork, also comprises a set of regional dishes and appetisers where sausages are the stand out. Thanks to maritime discoveries, Portuguese cuisine quickly integrated the use of spices and sugar, as well as other products like beans and potatoes, which were adopted as essential ingredients. The variety of regional dishes can be seen from place to place. Two neighbouring cities may use the same name for dishes that differ greatly in the way they are made, but which share the same basic recipe. Recommended dishes: seafood rice, seafood "açorda", "cataplana", fish stew, mackerel, octopus feijoada and Xarém. Recommended sweets: Carob cake, almond tart and fig cake.Read more