While the holiday homes in Varandas do Lago are blissfully bustle-free, there is excellent shopping nearby. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy at Quinta Shopping, a high-end mall five minutes away. Next door, Pingo Doce supermarket has everything you need to make your dinner dreams a reality.
The swanky fashion stores around Vilamoura Marina are well worth the 20 minute drive. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop-off at Falésia beach! Meanwhile, quirky handmade goods at bargain prices are the deal at Quarteira’s tourist market. A good reason to circle Wednesday mornings in your diary.
For a serious splurge, head to the open-air Forum Algarve shopping centre in Faro. With over 100 shops to choose from, you may even have to schedule a second visit.