This area is famous for it’s stunning golden sand beaches, perfect for sun-worshippers. Some are sheltered hidden coves and some stretch for miles studded with shell-encrusted huge rocks. On some, mineral-tinted multi-colour cliffs back flat rocks on the shore with numerous rock pools full of crabs and shrimps – wonderful for fishing and observing.
Narrow coastal paths linking the beaches, provide a challenge for enthusiastic walkers. The views down to the sea as the sun sets in an orange glow on the horizon and the seagulls wheel above are more than spectacular. Here, Nature is at it’s best and most beautiful. In the Spring and early Summer, the almond blossom is a dazzle of pale pink against the azure sky, underlaid with the white of the native irises. Go inland and explore the many vast orange groves, bordered by flocks of goats, or visit the mountain of Monchique with it’s cork forests and spectacular views down to the coast. Numerous tracks and paths crisscross the land and there are few fences.
Restaurants & Beach bars
In Albufeira old town one is spoilt for choice at the many and varied restaurants offering local and international cuisine. These are in easy walking distance, perhaps after sundowners on Juno’s terrace at the end of the day.
Prices are generally low, and the fish and shellfish unsurpassed. In addition, each beach has it’s own restaurant and bar, and it is fun to try them all and find a favourite, while the children have fun on the sand.
There is an extensive marina, ten minutes walk from the house, and one can watch the yachts and fishing boats going in and out from Juno’s terraces. The marina offers a myriad of activities – boat trips, sailing, cave and coastal visits, mini golf, quad bikes and many others as well as lively cafes and bars.
The Algarve is justly famous for it’s beautifully maintained Golf courses, where one can register to play as a visitor.
With Car Hire, the Algarve is your oyster. Porches Pottery, Seaworld and Waterworld , the sardine town of Tavira, and the beauty of Olhos d’Agua are all within easy reach, as well as many beautiful and historical sites and local markets. A lovely trip to a local Art and Sculpture Gallery in the hills provides an unspoilt drive in the quiet countryside – www.corterealarte.com
The Alentejo wine region is one of the largest wine regions of Portugal, enjoying a warm and dry climate, with an excellent "terroir", that boasts the production of some of the best Portuguese wines and, consequently, international recognition of Alentejo wines. Access to the region starts at about 90 minutes by car.
For the more adventurous, Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra and Evora, and Seville are all worth a day’s stay.