AlmaVerde is set at the gateway to the vast and relatively undiscovered Costa Vincentina Natural Park, with its rugged coastline and golden beaches.
The Algarve’s west coast faces the full brunt of the Atlantic, whose crashing breakers and cooler waters attract surfers. Beaches are accessible from the village of Carrapateira, or the prettier and livelier villages of Aljezur and Odeceixe.
It helps to have your own transport to explore.
Closeby is the beautiful and friendly fishing village of Burgau, in the municipality of Vila do Bispo which is famous for it's connections with Henry the Navigator and his School of Navigation during the 15th century.
The coastal area west of Lagos is largely unspoilt, and large scale building is prohibited. As a result the resorts west of Burgau remain low-rise. Most of the coast is linked by a craggy coastal path and you can easily walk between the villages. Salema to Luz and Luz to Lagos are particularly beautiful routes.
Burgau has an excellent beach, lovely restaurants and friendly bars
Lagos is one of the Algarve’s most attractive and historic towns, its centre enclosed in largely fourteenth-century walls at the mouth of the Ribeira de Bensafrim.
For all its historical significance, Lagos’s main attraction is its proximity to some of the region’s best beaches. To the east is the long sweep of Meia Praia, while to the west – from Praia de Dona Ana to Porto de Mós you find the series of coves, caves and rock stacks for which the Algarve is best known. Boat trips run along the coast all year round, while a popular side-trip is inland to Lagos Zoo.
Villa Lara is close to some of the Algarve's most wonderful beaches on the South coast and the rugged West coast which offers brilliant surfing and boarding opportunities.
The nearest beach is Burgau, which is a five minute drive or a 30 minute walk, featuring a number of bars and restaurants, and popular with families.
Beaches close to Burgau are:
Cabanhas Velhas, a small beach with a lovely beach bar for food and drinks
Salema - Golden sandy beach
Luz - family resort, lovely golden beach and many bars and restaurants
There are glorious beaches along the west coast of the Algarve which in the winter are near deserted, apart from the surfers, and in the summer are superbly uncrowded.
Most of the beaches are supervised, with flags to indicate the quality of the water, and have been annually awarded the European Blue Flag for excellence. On the west coast of the Algarve, just 25-minutes from Burgau, the landscape becomes wild and rugged. This is perhaps the last unspoilt region in southern Europe, where some of Portugal’s most stunning beaches are to be found. They are constantly pounded by the Atlantic, and are a surfer’s paradise!
There are plenty of local amenities in Burgau, Bars, restaurants, shops and a local supermarket.
There is a well stocked Intermarche supermarket at Budens 3 kms away.
Praia da Luz has many shops and restaurants as does Lagos.
Larger supermarkets can also be found in Lagos, such as a large Intermarche "Super", Lidl, Continente, and Continente. All are very well signed as you enter Lagos.
Lagos market, found on the main Avenida, opposite the marina, sells magnificently fresh produce. On the ground floor fishermen sell their daily catch, with a wide variety of fish from a number of vendors.
There are also 4 butcher shops. On the first floor you can find a range of local farmers produce.
Various activities such as Dolphin Tours, Boat Tours, Adventure Tours & Water Parks are all nearby and booking offices are located by the marina at Lagos, or alternatively the management team at AlmaVerde can help you book these if necessary.
Tennis courts are available on site (coaching available and racket/ball hire from AlmaVerde reception).
Doctors and Dentists can be found locally and there are a plethora of Pharmacies.
Faro airport is approximately 1 hour's drive away using the A22 Motorway.
A car is highly recommended for exploring all the Western Algarve has to offer and this can be booked online and collected from Faro airport.
Driving to Lisbon is around 2 hours 45 minutes and the Spanish Border is 1 hour 30 minutes away.
There are good local bus services - the bus stops are located on the EN125 just outside AlmaVerde Village.
Local taxi services are very good.
Overlooking the traditional village of Barão S. Miguel to the north
2 km to the fishing village of Burgau, with its beach and restaurants
4 km to Praia da Luz with it's beach, restaurant, cafes and shops and local artists displaying their work
10 km to the historic port and town of Lagos with its marina, colourful markets, restaurants & vibrant night life
20 km to Sagres and the fort of Henry the Navigator
25 km to Cape St. Vincent, the south westerly tip of Europe, with its lighthouse.