Although there are regular transfers from the hotel down to the marina and the beautiful beach, we would recommend hiring a bike to give flexibility and independence. The marina in Vilamoura, only 10 minutes away, offers shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, boat trips and other tourist attractions. Enjoy eating ice creams, building sand castles and watching the luxury yachts come in to Portimão harbour in the Mediterranean sun. Here the beach - Praia de Falesia – stretches for miles to the west towards Albufeira, with red cliffs and golden sand, it makes a stunning place to walk, swim or find a moment of peace quiet.
If you would rather ride the waves than ride a bike, pleasure boat trips run regularly from the harbour and offer an enjoyable day of sunbathing on deck, swimming from the boat and snorkelling in clear turquoise waters. You will be taken to the best beaches and shown hidden grottos en route. Lunch is usually included and is often a delicious meal of fresh sardines, bread and wine. Fishing trips can also be arranged.
To go further afield it might be worth hiring a car as the Algarve has so much to offer. The beautiful historic towns with Baroque churches and small marble paved streets offer an insight into local life. Spend a day exploring the best of the Algarve’s colourful markets and historical heritage. Start at the medieval castle at Silves – the town once known as the Algarve’s Moorish capital. Then visit the cork museum at the Fábrica do Inglês, which offers a permanent exhibition demonstrating how cork is processed before heading inland to meet the athletes for lunch in the beautiful Monchique mountain range.