Centeanes Beach – The beach is favoured by locals as it’s protected by a big cliff edge and there’s a casual, family-run bar/ restaurant to keep you refreshed. Boat tours, Kayaks and cave tours can be accessed from here.
Carvoeiro Beach is a walk along the cliff top away
Carvoeiro Beach – This is the one that you’ll see on the postcards, but it is steep at the shoreline, and people are literally packed as Sardines in the summer. Beautiful and named European Best Beach 2018, you’ll find it off the main square in the village. Live music is played every night from 7.30 until 12 from June until September. Most of the restaurants & bars are in the village, which is about a 10-minute walk from Seabreeze.
Benagil Caves – The world-famous caves. Go early as they get swamped, especially in high season. There are many more caves around that deserve a look, but Benagil is the famous one.
Benagil Caves from above
Lagoa – Cultural, working town with a wine co-op, art gallery, convent that holds beautiful art exhibitions and events, a vast array of cultural and commercial fairs and events throughout the year and a Bio Market on the last Saturday of the month Mar/Oct.
Ferragudo – A pretty little fishing village with a great beach bar/club for live music, Club Nau. The beach has a shallow entrance, and it’s more child-friendly. Kids play park on the beach, and you can do SUP here. On the harbour, there are some good quality fish restaurants, and you can take a boat trip from here to see the wild Dolphins or up the Arade river to Silves.
Ferragudo beach with its ‘castle’
Portimao – The working city of the area with bigger shops, cruise ship drop off and more traditional restaurants.
Alvor – Cute little tourist village with access to sand dunes, Oyster farms, kayaking and long sandy beaches.
Silves – The ancient capital with a Moorish Castle, steep winding streets and a great medieval festival in August. A very traditional town, inland. Gets pretty hot in the summer as there’s no breeze.
Inside Silves Castle
Zoomarine – A fun-filled day out for the family with Dolphin experience and fun fair.
Slide and Splash – A big water park. Take some shade and enjoy an exhausting day of water-based fun.
Quinta dos Santos – A new wine and craft beer farm, just beside Gramacho Golf course. A lovely South African / Portuguese family built this place from scratch, and it’s stunning. You can enjoy tapas style eating overlooking the vines.
Quinta dos Vales – A well-established vineyard with the German owners larger than life sculptures gracing the grounds. You can enjoy a tasting tour here, and it’s usually very well received.