Complete rest and relaxation in the Algarve
Leave the beach behind and spend a completely different kind of day at some of the most stress-free places in the Algarve.
Take a break from your holiday routine and enjoy a stroll along the footpaths and trails of the Serra de Monchique. In the midst of some lush green vegetation, you will find the Parque das Termas, a most restful park designed in the style of the 1920s. Walk around the park and discover a haven of genuine peace and quiet, far removed from the hustle and bustle that you typically find along the coast, and let yourself become immersed in the sound of silence.
In Silves, make sure to spend some time wandering around and browsing in the local craft shops, where you will find some quite unique examples of basket weaving and copper articles. Take a break from your diet and indulge yourself by sampling one of the local sweets, based on almonds and dry figs.
Further deepen your sense of well-being by enjoying a little escape to a spa or a thalassotherapy centre, close to Lagoa and Portimão. Visit, for example, the Sofitel Thalassa, Vilalara, located in a perfectly idyllic setting, different from anything you have ever seen before.
If, even so, you still can’t resist a visit to the beach, choose one of the most beautiful ones in this region – Vau, Alvor or Três Irmãos – and enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea before lunch. As you contemplate the sea, let your thoughts run free while you dry.
And, whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to sample the local shellfish or one of the dishes cooked in the special copper pan known as the “cataplana” at one of Lagos’s many restaurants, and afterwards help your digestion by walking it off with a stroll through the city centre. Take advantage of your being here to appreciate the outstanding beauty of the coast, by taking a boat trip along the rocky coastline to the caves of Ponta da Piedade.
Round off your day with a visit to Sagres, where you should see a glorious sunset from the headland and then go and settle in for a most relaxing night in the romantic atmosphere of the Pousada do Infante. If you wish to prolong this trip even further, then we suggest that you head on to the Costa Vicentina Natural Park – beginning after Vila do Bispo – where you will discover a completely different coastline, with its dream-like beaches nestling amidst the rocks, filled with the foam of the relentless waves.
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