Our Majorcan villas are situated on the north of the island. Stay in or around the lovely Pollensa and discover quintessentially Spanish vistas and a charming town which fully immerses you in Catalan culture. The perfect location to enjoy an idyllically private holiday with family and friends, you can stay in idyllic farmhouses, or if you prefer, modern luxury apartments a stone’s throw from the beautiful Catalan town.
The largest island in the Balearic Islands, autonomous region of Spain since 1983, Mallorca or Majorca, if you don’t feel like using the anglicised spelling, is one of the most frequented destinations in the Mediterranean. Each year holiday-makers from the UK and Germany especially choose to spend a week or more basking in the Mediterranean climate, relaxing and re-charging their batteries.
So, why is Mallorca so popular with holiday-makers? Well, it could be argued that it’s only a short flight from major European destinations. It could be opportunity to get some colour on your skin. It could also be the rich and interesting history of the island. However, what cannot be disputed is that Mallorca has some of the most stunning coastline of any European destination.
Whether you’re thinking of heading to Mallorca for the first time or are returning for your second, third or fourth visit, knowing the best beaches to visit is paramount. Here’s our opinion of five of the best beaches this island paradise has to offer.
Es Trec, Southern Mallorca
Reputed as the most picturesque beach in Mallorca, Es Trec features 2km of fine sand. Unspoilt, remote and surrounded by natural, wild beauty, Es Trec has consistently been lauded as one of the best beaches in Mallorca. Drawing comparisons to the Caribbean, Es Trec is famed for its white sand and vivid blue water.
Located in between the small town of Ses Covetes and the larger holiday destination of Colonia Sant Jordi, Es Trec is a paradise that holiday-makers flock to every year. The beach is surrounded by salt flats and luscious pine trees making it both idyllic and the perfect place to relax and top up your tan.
Playa de Port de Pollensa
Located in the north of Mallorca, a mere ten minutes from the old-town of Pollensa is Playa de Port Pollensa. At one and a half km long, this blue flag beach is perfect for holiday-makers of all ages. This popular beach is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountains and the craggy hills of Formentor, with the beach itself curving around the port. Sunbathing, swimming, boating and water sports are earmarked to different sections of the beach and there’s also a splendid array of shops and restaurants for holiday-makers to visit.
Venture further down the beach and you’ll discover a secluded area. A perfect place for holiday-makers to escape the scorching summer sun, here you’ll be able to enjoy a picnic with your nearest and dearest. Visitors can rent sunbeds and tiki parasols to relax on the beach in comfort and shade themselves from the sun at the height of the day.
Playa de Formentor
Known as Calla Pi, Playa de Formentor personifies the dramatic coastline of Cap de Formentor with picturesque, soft white shores. This unspoilt beach is one of Mallorca’s best-kept secrets hosting tens of thousands of tourists every single year.
Although narrow, Playa de Formentor stretches along a beautiful bay and is nestled amongst lush grassy areas and pine trees that provide ample shade. Its rockier aspects provide the perfect place for snorkelling if you feel like doing a little exploring.
The beach itself is split into three distinct sections. Though difficult to spot when you first visit, holiday-makers will soon be able to understand each, thanks to the differing prices of hiring a sunbed. Zona L’Espiga charges a mere 13.50 Euros a-day to hire a sunbed. Hiring a sunbed for the day at Zona La Veranda costs 21.00 Euros. Visit Zona Platjamar and the cost of hiring a sunbed rockets to 50.00 Euros. The only question you’ll need to ask is which cost meets your budget.
A small beach resort located on the Mallorcan coast between Pollenca and Puerto Pollensa, Cala Barques is one of three beaches that makes up the famed Cala Vicente region of Mallorca. Featuring a smattering of some of the best beaches Mallorca has to offer and nestled between the Tramuntara mountains, the crystalline waters of Cala Barques surrounded by one of Mallorca’s most impressive natural features its rocky cliffs and stretch as far as the eye can see.
Take a quick stroll down a set of steps by the car park and bask in one of the most exquisitely beautiful beaches you’re ever likely to set foot on. Perfect for relaxing in the summer sun with your partner or paddling in the sea with the whole family, Cala Barques is as close to a beach oasis as you’re likely to find in the Mediterranean.
The primary beach in the Cala Vicente region, Cala Molins is a picture of idyllic, sandy shores. A haven for tourists who flock to its shores every single year, Cala Molins is perfect for snorkelling and sunbathing.
The crystal-clear waters are perfect for when holiday-makers want to take a dip in the ocean and cool off from the heat of the summer sun. There’s also shades and sunbeds available for both half and full-day hire at competitive prices. Feeling adventurous? When not take a kayak from Cala Molins and discover the imposing natural splendour of the cliffs that surround the beach.
Moreover, Cala Molins features a great selection of beachside restaurants, including one that’s sat right on the beach! In the summer season, you really can’t pass up the opportunity to sample a Menu del Dia for lunch, you taste buds will dance and sing.
These are the five of the best beaches in Mallorca that you must visit. Whether you’re visiting Mallorca for an extended summer vacation with the family or are heading there on a romantic break with your partner, any of these beaches are a must-visit.
The vibrant northern town of Alcudia in Mallorca offers year-round sunshine, a rich history to explore and an intricate tapestry of culture that will satisfy the intellectual curious. Lying just one kilometre inland from the famed resort, Port d’Alcudia, it is the ideal place to sample the rich heritage of Mallorca, without having to stray too far off the beaten path.
Originally a sleepy town where generations of people led simple lives away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities of Mallorca, or across the Mediterranean, today Alcudia is a popular holiday destination for holiday-makers across Europe, and beyond.
It’s here you’ll find elegant and shabby-chic eateries, exquisite sandy beaches and a wealth of activities sure to entertain the young and old alike. You’ll also find a wealth of shops and markets perfect for anyone intent on picking up a bargain or two, or memento of their experience holidaying in the region.
The region also hosts a range of shops that you owe it to yourself to visit. So, whether you’re about to embark on a self-catering holiday in Alcudia and need to learn of the best supermarkets in the region or are looking to pick up a souvenir or two, here’s a collection of shops that you really should visit.
A Living Store
No trip abroad would be complete without a little retail therapy. Most of us use our holidays as a chance to splurge, indulging ourselves in a spot of shopping that we wouldn’t otherwise do at home. After all, isn’t that the reason why we save up for our holidays?
If you’re in the market for a garment or two, something that you just can’t find on the high street at home, you need to make your way to A Living Store. Found at the corner of Pollentia, A Living Store is a clothing and home décor shop with a Mediterranean twist. Here you’ll find a gorgeous selection of fashionable apparel, handbags and accessories indicative of Spanish style and perfect for the summer months. Not only that, you’ll also find a range of bespoke home décor items. If you’re looking for to create a focal point in any room in your home or add a dash of Mediterranean style to your home, A Living Store is the place to visit.
When shopping abroad, half the fun is discovering those little trinkets, or unique gifts, perfect for friends and family back home. If so, you’re certain to find wonderful and interesting gift ideas when visiting Lenita Alcudia.
Lentia Alcudia is stocked full of apparel perfect gift ideas. From Mediterranean clothing to ladies’ accessories, the vibrant and eye-catching stock found in Lenita Alcudia is sure to give you plenty of choice! The only question you’ll have to ask yourself is whether your pick is something the person that you’re buying for will like! However, fear not, if you’re in any doubt the helpful shop assistants will be on-hand to help you decide.
Noted for having one of the best settings of all markets in Mallorca, Alcudia Market is a place that you really shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit. Sample the culture of the local area and pick up a bargain or two, yes, a visit to Alcudia Market is certain to be a morning, afternoon or whole day well-spent.
Every Tuesday and Sunday morning beside the city walls and extending through the narrow streets, stalls with a bountiful number of goods pop-up. The main section of the market is dedicated to local farmers and their produce.
Here you’ll discover delicious ingredients for an evening feast or cosy meal with the family. Venture through the market and you’ll discover everything from jewellery and handbags to clothing and souvenirs. Whilst you’re here, don’t miss the chance to buy a kilo of strawberries for just three Euros – they’re scrumptious.
Eroski Port d’Alcudia
Situated near the Port d’Alcudia harbour, Eroski Port d’Alucdia is a large supermarket, perfect for anyone staying in self-catering accommodation in Alcudia. Part of a respected chain of supermarkets across Mallorca, it’s here that you’ll find everything you’ll need to keep those you love well-fed when staying in Alcudia.
Prices are very competitive and there’s a wealth of choice to suit everyone, regardless of your dietary requirements. What’s even better is that the supermarket is open from 9am – 10pm meaning that stocking up the cupboards or picking up something tasty for dinner is very convenient.
So, there you have it, the best places to shop in Alcudia. What can’t be denied is that the region has something to cater to everyone’s need. Whether you just want to make sure you eat well when on holiday or indulge in a spot of retail therapy, you’ll find that the shopping opportunities in Alcudia to be generous.
Considering the picturesque, panoramic scenery, stunningly sun-kissed coastline and the fact that it’s only a mere few hours away by plane from much of Europe, it’s not surprising that Mallorca is one of the most-favoured holiday destinations in the world.
Arrive on the island and you’ll be greeted by rugged landscapes, rocky mountains and lush hillside oasis that descends towards crystal-clear, sparkling blue sea. Traverse the picturesque coastline and you’ll immediately notice dramatic cliffs which offer sensational views.
Venture inland and discover a wealth of quaint and historic villages. Perfectly personifying the rich heritage of the island, the villages are home to medieval churches, ancient castles and art museums. The true joy of visiting Mallorca is that it hosts a wealth of attractions that are certain to appeal to everyone.
So, are you considering visiting the largest of the Balearic Islands and wish to learn of the attractions that await you? Keep reading to discover how you can make the most out of your holiday to Mallorca by visiting one of its many attractions.
Coves de Campanet, Campanet
Situated on the north of the island, the Coves de Campanet are a must-see for adventurous holiday-makers – or indeed anyone with a natural affinity for nature. Perfectly encapsulating the natural character and charm of rural Mallorca, visit the coves and you won’t be disappointed.
Covering approximately 3200 square metres, visitors can embark on a 40-minute tour of the covers. You’ll get a unique perspective on one of Mallorca’s areas of outstanding natural beauty as you travel through beautifully decorated chambers and passageways.
Venture deep into the caves and discover magnificent stalagmites and stalactites which have been sculpted by the water over millions of years. You’ll surely be transfixed by the vivid and distinctive colours on display – making inside and outside the Coves of Campanet the perfect photo opportunity.
The Old Town of Alcudia
Surrounded by lush greenery and pine forests, Alcudia is one of the most scenic towns in Mallorca. An exquisitely-preserved walled medieval town is renowned across Europe for its historic monuments, delectable cuisine and traditional festivals, making it one of the premier attractions of Mallorca.
Fortified to protect the inhabitants from the threat of piracy and scallywags should they choose to venture ashore in the Middle Ages, Alcudia retains much of its historic landmarks and architecture to this day.
The outskirts of the town are home to several interesting, and highly-frequented tourist attractions. La Albufera natural park on the bay attracts more than 200 species of bird every single year, making it the perfect place for nature-lovers to visit. The resort of Puerto Alcudia features a sandy beach, stylish seaside promenade and bustling restaurant scene.
For any culture vultures, the Yannick & Ben Jakober Foundation is an excellent contemporary art museum full of eclectic pieces that are sure to inspire those with a passion for art – and even visitors who’s taste lies more in the works of Gauguin, Van Gogh or Matisse. Open to the public on Tuesday, with guided tours by appointment, Wednesday through Saturday, this wonderful arts experience is just seven kilometres from Alcudia and nestled in a picturesque garden setting, making it the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
The Port Town of Pollensa
Renowned for its bustling port and beautiful bay featuring a hypnotic view of clear blue ocean, the charming, medieval town of Pollensa has much to offer holiday-makers.
Those with a deep appreciation for history and religion will fall in love with the churches of Pollensa. The town is home to two churches of great significance – Nuestra Senora de los Angeles or Our Lady of Angels is Pollensa’s 18th Century parish church which was built on the site of a 13th Century church.
Traverse a cypress-lined staircase to the Iglesia de Puig del Calvari. This striking a Baroque pilgrimage chapel is as awe-inspiring for history buffs as it is for the devoutly religious – and well worth a look for everyone in-between.
Take a trip to one of the most popular beaches of Pollensa and enjoy the gorgeous white sand and expansive coastline of Cala en Gossalba. An isolated beach, ideal for scuba diving, Cala en Gossalba is accessible by foot or boat and features a yacht club, water sports rentals and shower facilities.
These are just a handful of attractions that Mallorca has to offer. What’s clear is that however you want to spend your time and whatever your interests are, you’ll find these attractions will keep you occupied when you visit Mallorca.
As one of the premier holiday resort destinations in Mallorca, Alucdia’s popularity with tourists across Europe and beyond has endured for decades – and its appeal looks set to continue in 2019.
Tucked away in the jewel of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is homes to exquisite beaches, quaint shops dotted along sunny streets, traditional markets and immersive art galleries, all of which provide a feast for the eyes, an exposure to a rich history and culture and some of the most scenic outdoor spaces of anywhere in the Mediterranean.
Now, this is all well and good to keep holiday-makers entertained during the day, but is there anything to do when the sun goes down? Well, night owls rejoice. Alucdia is home to some of the best night life that Mallorca has to offer.
So, if you’re considering booking a holiday to Mallorca and have a requisite for much to do at the height of the day and during and after twilight, Alucdia could be just the place for you. Here’s our guide to the best nightlife in Alucdia.
The Dollar Street Area
Lively Pedro Mas Y Reus (known as Dollar Street) is famed across Alucdia for having something to suit everyone. Whether visiting the region with a group of friends, your immediate family or on a romantic break with your partner, you’ll surely find something to keep you entertained when you visit Dollar Street after the night has drawn in.
Bustling with eateries, pubs and bars, live bands, quiz and karaoke nights, Dollar Street has more than enough establishments to keep everyone occupied. Looking for a fun night out with flowing drinks and excellent atmosphere? Try GoodFellas music bar. Open every night from 8pm – 4am, at GoodFellas music bar you’re sure to find a riotous good time!
The Marina Area
If you’re looking for the perfect place to grab a spot to eat in the early evening, or a round of drinks to whet your whistle prior to hitting the town with friends, you really can’t go wrong when visiting The Marina Area.
Located a stone’s throw from Port d’Alucdia, The Marina Area features a handful of chic eateries and laid-back bars. Once you’re in the mood to continue the party, you can head on over to The Irish Tavern or Shamrock Irish Pub for a pint of Guinness or a cocktail or two.
The Banana Disco Complex
Having got the night underway at the Marina Area or at Dollar Street, there’s only one place to go to boogie the night away – The Banana Disco Complex. A group of lively and happening bars and clubs, located in the popular Port d’Alucdia area of the resort, The Banana Disco complex is the place to be for holiday-makers and locals alike.
Whether you’re looking for a chic bar or to sample some traditional Spanish salsa dancing, you’ll find the perfect hotspot at The Banana Disco Complex. Those looking for Mallorca’s ultimate clubbing experience need only venture to the Banana Club. Chill out with a cocktail on the terrace or hit the dancefloor till 6.00am, whatever you choose at the Banana Club, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.
The Magaluf Party Bus
Anyone looking to take their late-night partying to a whole other level and sample some of the best bars and clubs Mallorca has to offer, with an experience and engaging guide needs to only consider one, single option – a Magaluf part bus.
There’s a handful of tour excursion to choose from, each offering a similarly care-free night, filled with frivolity and fun. Excursions usually last the whole night, so make sure that you get plenty of shut-eye on the nights’ before – you’ll probably need it.
The hotspots you’re likely to hit include the Piano Bar – the place where rock ‘n’ roll lives forever, the focal point of the Mallorca party scene, Mambo’s Terrance, and BCM Planet Dance which has three separate floors of club music and an intoxicating atmosphere that you won’t soon forget!
These are just a few of the best places holiday-makers can venture to when the sun goes down. Anyone booking their trip to Mallorca and who’s intent on having the best time at twilight and until the sun rises the next morning, really needs to make sure that they visit one of, or all these nightlife hotspots!
A small northern town situated on the Bay of Pollensa, two kilometres to the southeast of Cala Sant Vicenc, Puerto Pollensa has long been thought of as one of the premier places to visit in Mallorca. Attracting thousands of tourists every single year thanks to its warm climate, inviting atmosphere and rich heritage, the port is synonymous with engaging points of interest that will appeal to everyone.
The port itself is split into several main areas. These are Pine Walk, Boquer, Central, Siller, Pinaret, Llenaire, and Gotmar. It’s home to the scenic Boquer Valley which runs northeast from the town, a stone’s throw from the pre-Roman city of Bocchoris, one of the oldest settlements on the island.
Such is the aesthetic beauty and attractive lifestyle, artists – and celebrities – across the Mediterranean have made Puerto Pollensa their home. Popularised by famed painters, including the leader figure in the visual arts of Argentina, Atilio Boveri and Hermenegildo Anglada Camarasa who’s contribution to the local area is commemorated with a bronze bust found on Pine Walk.
However, visit Puerto Pollensa and you’ll discover much to not just pique, but hold your interest. Here’s just a smattering of the points of interest that you need to make sure you see when staying in Puerto Pollensa.
Visit Mare de Due dels Angels Parish
Founded in 1236 and handed to the Order of Knights Templar, the Mare de Due Angels Parish Church marked the point when Pollensa began to grow into one of the principal towns on the island.
In recognition of the help the Order of Kings Templar gave King Jamie I of Aragon in his Conquest of Mallorca in 1229, the church is a place of great historical significance. After the dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templar in 1312, its properties, including the church, were ceded to the Order of the Knights Hospitallers who would later become known as the Order of Malta and remain in their possession until 1836.
The building that stands today features a basilica floor plan and vaulted side chapels. Inside you’ll find several valuable works of art, including the Baroque altarpiece on the high altar. Created between 1752 and 1764 by Mallorcan sculptor Joan Pere Obrador, this is a must-see for artistic aficionados and history buffs alike.
Take a Stroll Along The Pine Walk
Stretching for a shade over two miles along Puerto Pollensa’s coastline, The Pine Walk is so-named for the glorious pine trees that adorn each side of the walkway. Providing excellent cover against the heat of the summer sun, The Pine Walk is one of the most popular places in the local area to visit and admire the scenic views, spending some time with one’s nearest and dearest.
During the day, visitors cross The Pine Walk to reach the wealth of beaches that line the pathway. A wonderfully picturesque stroll, it’s here that you’ll feel at one with nature and your surroundings.
Not only that, along The Pine Walk you’ll discover visually-inspiring sculptures and artwork created by local artists – one of the most-frequented is the bright yellow plane that sits outside the military base.
When the sun goes down, The Pine Walk transforms into a beautiful setting for a romantic stroll with your partner. Discover several restaurants, cafes and bars dotted along the walk or sip cocktails by the waterfront or have a delicious bite to eat at one of the many eateries The Pine Walk has to offer.
The Boquer Valley
Lying just behind the mountains on the outskirts of the resort, you’ll find The Boquer Valley. Part of a popular walking trail that starts in Puerto Pollensa and finishes at the water of Cala Boquer, the route stretches three kilometres through the valley and features zig-zagged paths, stony inclines and rustic tracks, perfect for accomplished or novice hikers.
Famed for its intoxicating beauty, the valley is surrounded by wondrously scenic sights, which represent some of Mallorca’s most marvelled, lush landscape. There’s an old stone wall that spans the width of the valley and is complemented by the surrounding limestone rocks and spectacular views across the bay and around the courtyard of farmhouses.
Not only that, visit The Boquer Valley and you’ll be treated to wildlife indigenous to the area. Cast your eyes and you’ll discover roaming farm goats and a vivid collection of birdlife. Make sure to pack your iPhone and a pair or binoculars. Don’t miss the chance for a photo opportunity, or to get a closer look at the region’s diverse ornithology. The valley is home to migrating birds whom flock between Europe and Africa throughout the early spring and late autumn.
These are just a couple of the points of interest when visiting Puerto Pollensa. What’s certain is that when visiting this most spectacular part of Mallorca, you won’t be stuck for things to do!
Portugal - Algarve
Haven On Earth have been renting villas and apartments in the Algarve since 2005 building up an extensive range of villas with private pools in and around the prestigious resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago. This area in the Algarve is so popular with clients returning year after year for the many days of sunshine, supberb food, sandy beaches and excellent facilites
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In vale do Lobo you have Barringtons, a very comprehensive health and leisure centre located within this resort aswell as a large tennis centre that hosts a number competitions for both ammature and experiences tennis players. The golf courses within Vale do Lobo are of a very high standard and top of many golfers list of courses to play. The Praca at Vale do Lobo has a number of restaurants, bars and late night clubs to entertain all ages and just a few steps from the golden sandy beach aligned with sunbeds where you can enjoy the many days of sunshine the Algarve benefits from.
There is a wide range of self catering accommodation available in Vale do Lobo from small 2 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom luxury villas with pirvate pools. If you are not sure what accommodation is right for you then send us as email or even better give us a call and we can work together in finding you the right holiday solution for you.
Quinta do Lago is located a few minutes drive south east of Vale do Lobo and home to an equaly impressive range of facilties including the exclusive San Lorenzo golf course and sought after Parque Atlantico hosting the most impressive villas in the country. We have villas in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy yet none come close to the level of comfort you can buy into within the Parque Atlantico development. If you want a villa holiday in this area and are seeking something a bit special get in touch and we can guide you through the best of our villas.
There are many places to stay offering different levels of luxury in this area so why not send us an email or call us to discuss your holiday requirements and we can find you the best villa for your family or friends.
Vale do Lobo has an abundance of holiday villas with private pools within walking distance of the Praca where you have a selection of restaurants and bars and few steps from the beach. Our rental villas in Vale do Lobo range from the more traditional 3 bedrooms villas to the recently built modern villas with high spec interiors and larger private pools. If you are interested in our holiday rentals in Vale do Lobo then you can view our large range of villas in vale do lobo by clicking above or read more about this resort. Vale do Lobo
Quinta do Lago has a large number of luxury villas set amoungst superb golf courses, natural parks and a beaautiful stretch of beach. Our rental villas range from 2 bedrooms with communal pool to luxury 5+ bedroom villas in Parc Atlantico renound for its famous residents. With its own shopping centre, fabulous restaurants and beautiful beaches our villas in Quinta do Lago are very appealing for all budgets. If you are looking for holiday rental villas or apartments in Quinta do lago you can browse our selection by clicking above or contacting us here. Alternatively to view more information on Quinta do Lago click here: Quinta do Lago
Dunas Dourdas is located between Vale do Lobo and Quinta Do Lago set amoungst 70 acres of pine forest with comprehensive facilities and long sandy beach. Holiday rentals here consist of villas with private pools and a town-houses with the use of the resort pool. We have some lovely villas with private pools available for rent in Dunas Douradas as well as town-houses. We also have a number of apartments in Dunas Douradas close to the Roman themed resort pool and bar. There are also tennis courts here. To view the holiday rental we have in Dunas Douradas please click on the link above. For information on Dunas Douradas please click here. Dunas Douradas
Varandas do Lago is one of the newest additions to the "Golden Triangle" hosting a number of high quality holiday villas with private pools and high spec town-houses. Varandas do Lago is situated between Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago within easy reach of the popular Praca and quinta shopping centre. We have a number of holiday rentals in Varandas do Lago and to see a full list fo the villas in Varandas do Lago please click on the link above. For additional information on Varandas do lago please click this link. Varandas do lago
Sun lovers will be spoilt for choice with beaches and sunshine. The region benefits from blue flag beaches, approximately 200km of coast line ranging from coves, rocky beaches, cliffs and wide expanses of sand and a mild climate throughout the year with temperatures ranging from approximately 15 degrees in the winter and 30 degrees in the summer. The great climate also benefits the sporty types and the regions fantastic choice of golf courses makes it the ideal destination. Golfers will not be disappointed with the abundance of courses; two of the most luxurious resorts in the Algarve are Vale do Lobo with two 18 hole championship golf courses and Quinta do Lago with no less than 4 courses. Other courses can also be found in Vilamoura and Vila Sol. The golf courses in the Algarve offer spectacular landscapes, favorable climate and meet the needs of Golfers at all levels.
Other excellent sports facilities are also available for the sport enthusiast such as Tennis, with the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy and the Jim Stewart Tennis Academy in Quinta do Lago, with other tennis courts and coaching available throughout the area such as in the centre Dunas Douradas. There are many other sporting activities readily available such as Horse Riding, Water Sports, Football, Gymnasiums and so much more.
For those looking for a relaxing holiday and wishing to indulge in a little pampering there are a great selection of Spas available throughout the region, for example the famous Barringtons Resort and Spa in Vale do Lobo. Families are very well catered for with a variety of Kids Clubs, theme parks and activities available as well as very secure resorts that benefit from 24 hour security to ensure that your holiday is a safe, relaxing and peaceful one.
The Algarve is also home to the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve that offers diverse landscapes and species of flora and fauna for all ages to enjoy and discover. You can follow the nature trails, of which there are two in Quinta do Lago, to learn more about the various species that inhabit this unique lagoon system spanning approximately 18,000 hectares.
You will be able to explore the culture of the region including its distinctive architecture, handicrafts and painted and its broad and diverse heritage that gives way to customs dating back centuries. In the Algarve you will also be able to have a taste of the region through the local cuisine as well as experiencing other cultures with the vast array of international cuisine that is on offer. You will find restaurants within the resorts of Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Dunas Douradas with many more choices in other towns of nearby Almancil and Vilamoura.
To make the most of the local attractions and what the Algarve has on offer, you may wish to consider car hire so that you are free to enjoy the region at your own pace. With so much to do in the Algarve including sporting and leisure activities, casinos, marinas, bars, cafes, restaurants, theme parks, shopping centres, beaches and so much more, you will find yourself returning again and again.