Algarve -Things to do Nearby
The Algarve is a beautiful and relaxing region of Portugal, offering a diverse landscape, warm weather and an endless list of things to do and that everything in a family atmosphere.
The coastline is beautiful with a huge range of cliffs and rock formations that border the sea. The beaches along the coast with their crystal blue water make the Algarve one of the most popular tourist spots in Europe.
It is the ideal place for people to enjoy pleasant walks, cycling, horse riding, golf, surfing, kayaking or tennis. These are just some of the options available in the Algarve throughout the year. People can also enjoy sightseeing, visit a zoo, theme parks or water parks.
One of the best places to watch birds is on the Sagres peninsula. The village of Sagres is on the west side of Route Vicentina. Has a hiking trail that crosses most stunning landscapes of the Algarve. Jeep safaris are available along the coast for those who are interested in exploring the interior of the Algarve.
Loulé Historical City of Southern Algarve
Loulé is the economic and cultural centre of the "Golden Triangle" of the Algarve. The city is flanked by hills and situated only a few km away from the Atlantic sea in the Barrocal area, a fertile landscape between the coast and the mountains. Access by bus is very convenient: EVA Transporte operates a bus terminal in the city centre and links Loulé to many other places in the Algarve, to Lisbon and Seville in Spain.
It is famous for its Municipal Market, situated in a beautiful Moorish building, an icon of the city. On Saturdays, local farmers come and sell their produce and create a vibrant atmosphere for shoppers and tourists. It is also a historical town, where the remnants of the massive castle and the historic center bear witness to the conquest by the Moors in the middle of the 7th century.
The Algarve Stadium, built for the European Football Championship in 2004, is close to the A22 motorway between Faro and Loulé. The arena can hold more than 30,000 people. Every year the final takes place of the Algarve Cup, one of the world's most prestigious women's football tournaments outside the European and World Championships.
Loulé is the ideal starting point to discover the lesser know inland areas of the Algarve. The villages of Alte, Querença Salir and Tôr as well as the surrounding scenic landscape between the mountains and fertile Barrocal are well worth a visit at anytime of the year.