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Located just inland of the Algarve’s famous coast, Almancil promises all the charm of a traditional Portuguese village, plus a front row seat to the region’s finest beaches. Alongside the resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, this market town forms part of the ‘Golden Triangle’, so-named for the amplitude of luxury holiday homes available.

In short, Almancil fuses the Algarve’s celebrated beach life with a sizeable lick of luxury. It’s a winning combination. 

Villas in Almancil follow a similar recipe for success. Spend your days blissed out on the pancake-flat sands of Praia de Vale do Lobo or browsing the town’s boutiques, before returning for a dip in the private pool of your retreat. When dinner time beckons, Almancil’s five-star restaurants are poised to give your tastebuds a real treat.

Beach bums will find many sandy delights a stone’s throw from Almancil. Praia de Vale do Lobo, a 10-minute drive away, is backed by ochre-tinged cliffs that reflect the warm Mediterranean sun. There’s no finer spot to bask and bathe the day away. 

Continue south to stumble upon the serene shores of Praia da Quinta do Lago. Behind the sand dunes of this 3.5 kilometre beach rests the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve – dotted with lagoons, beloved by birds and home to one of Portugal’s longest footbridges. At sunset, the views here are breathtaking.

Facilities, including windsurfing schools and beachfront restaurants, are present but entirely unobtrusive. Praia da Falésia and Praia do Ancão are worthy alternatives when you want to venture a little further.

There’s no escaping that Almancil is a golfing hotspot. Close to your Almancil villa rental is the prestigious Vale do Lobo Golf Resort, one of Europe’s best where you can practise your putt while gazing out over the Atlantic Ocean. Other world-class courses await in Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura.

If honing your swing isn’t your thing, how about satisfying your need for speed? Karting Almancil is the Algarve’s original go-kart track and provides child-friendly buggies for younger racers. Meanwhile, the interior of São Lourenço Church owes its astonishing beauty to the blue ‘azulejo’ tiles decorating every wall.

Easy access to both countryside and coast adds another string to Almancil’s bow. Buggy safaris are an exhilarating way to tour the Golden Triangle and dolphin-spotting boat trips regularly depart from nearby Albufeira.

Almancil’s shopping scene is as classy as you’d expect from this picturesque town. As well as a roster of handy supermarkets, you can spend your hard-earned pennies in a number of independent boutiques proffering everything from gourmet produce to fashion accessories.

Delicate, hand-painted ceramics were once a big part of Almancil’s industrial heritage. Keep your eyes peeled for a trinket or two to take home.

Without doubt, MAR Shopping is the destination of choice for shopaholics. This contemporary centre houses all your favourite high street fashion brands, plus a host of restaurants for when those mid-splurge munchies kick in. Next door, the designer outlet features more premium shops laid out in a quaint village style.

It may be small in size, but Almancil is a Goliath on the Algarve’s dining scene. In fact, your Almancil holiday villa puts you within easy scoffing distance of many Michelin-recommended restaurants. It may just be the tastiest town along the entire coast!

Henrique Leis is a gem of a restaurant with a stellar reputation earned over two decades in the fine dining biz. For impeccable service in picture-perfect surrounds, Aquarelle’s garden terrace (complete with trickling water fountain) is straight out of a Mediterranean dream.

From swish steakhouses to quality curries, the sheer variety of restaurants in Almancil means you’ll dine like royalty every night of your trip. It’s popular for good reason, so book your tables in advance.

Our family-friendly villas in Almancil are a treat for kids and parents alike. Naturally, it’s the private swimming pools that grab the attention of younger visitors. However, once you’ve dried off there’s still en-suite bathrooms, sun terraces and the occasional games room to make your holidays feel extra special.

Location is another reason why Almancil villa rentals come out on top for families. You’ll have ready access to the sandy beaches and water sports the area is famed for. Kids love the wild walks behind Quinta do Lago beach – particularly the Ludo Trail with its resident flamingos!

Finally, when the excitement of the day is done, Almancil’s countryside setting encourages total relaxation. Just you, your family and the comforts of your holiday home.



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