a relaxing, quiet holiday lazing on the beach and enjoying the seafood and
traditional Portuguese cuisine everything is within a short walk away -
no need for a car - Olhos De Água is around a 30-minute taxi
ride from Faro Airport.
There are however
many interesting things to do if you decide to hire a car.
All the major car rental companies are represented at Faro Airport, also
local companies that sometimes provide more competitive rates can easily
be found via the major search engines. We have negotiated specially discounted
rates with Amoita
- Quote HolidayAlgarve.Net and
Ref # 10004312 to obtain your discount.
The A22 motorway runs
the length of the Algarve from the Spanish border as far as Lagos, which
makes it easy to travel about.
Places to visit:
- Sagres and Cape
St Vincent - Until the 15th Century this was the edge of the known
world! The early Portuguese mariners were pioneers who discovered many
parts of the world. At the Forteleza in Sagres the naval school
of Henry The Navigator was based. Walk around the ancient fort for some
great views of the sea and coastline. See the giant compass carved in
the fort courtyard - Feel the history! Regular exhibitions. The lighthouse
at Cape St Vincent marks the farthest Westerly point in Europe.
- Silves -
Traditional Portuguese hilltop town and former Capital of Algarve and
centure of Culture in Moorish times - big sandstone castle and cathedral.
Interesting shops for traditional arts and crafts. Good restaurants
and lively cafés. Ferry service available from Portimão
- Caldas de Monchique
- Try the healing waters at the spa discovered by the Romans. At
Monchique shops sell locally produced baskets, chairs, stools
and hand-knitted woollen sweaters. Road leads onto Foia which
marks the highest point in the Algarve for good panoramic views. Great
roadside restaurants serving traditional mountain food.
- Old fishing port, now a large town, try the restaurants along the
quayside for fantastic grilled sardines. Good shops for leather goods
and shoes. Very large sandy beach and Marina at Praia da Rocha.
- Lagos -
Large town steeped in marine history and still an active fishing port
and international yachting centre. Good shops, restaurants, market,
old town walls and two forts, one guarding the harbour. To the West
of Lagos at Ponta da Piedade see the amazing coastline
weathered by the sea with cliffs given names like Giant of the Bay and
the Doll and caverns called the Cathedral and the Kitchen.
- Hill town 16 kms inland, well known for brass, copper, leathergoods
and embroidery. Big gypsy street market every Saturday morning, good
for textiles, pottery, clothing and leathergoods.
- Porches -
Buy traditional Portuguese pottery - plates, pots and light fittings
from the large open air shops alongside the EN125. Lagoa is
the centre for winemaking on the Algarve.
and Algar Seco - Clifftop old fishing town now a big tourist centre.
At Algar Seco see the amazing coastline eaten away by the sea. Cliff
café and bar.
- Tavira and
Olhão - Traditional Portuguese towns east of Faro. Beaches
are on wide open sandbanks reachable by a ferry boat service.
- For the clubs and discos head for The Strip at Oura or the
pubs and bars of Albufeira. For stylish restaurants try the
Marina at Vilamoura - centre for sailing / boating and for
golf with 5 courses.
- Cities - Lisbon
and Seville - Lisbon is a great city situated on the mouth
of the River Tagus. A 2 hour drive from the Algarve by motorway (toll)
or take the train. Alternatively visit Spain just a short drive by
motorway - and Seville also about 2 1/2 hours away.