A car is a must if you want to hit the shops close to Vale do Garrão’s villas. Just five minutes away is Pingo Doce, a grocery chain selling all the essentials plus fresh seafood and deli treats. Another, larger, outlet of this supermarket can be found nearby in Almancil.
Once your fridge is stocked, set your sights on the high-end boutiques of Quinta Shopping. Even if you’re not big on designer brands (or the price tags that go with them), the outlet’s elegant boulevards and open-air piazza make for a marvellous coffee stop.
MAR Shopping Algarve is the big daddy of shopping centres. High street fashion, a large food court, cinema, supermarket, children’s play areas… you name it, it’s got it. And plenty of parking too.