Almancil Holiday Guide

The Algarve town of Almancil falls within the 'golden triangle' with the neighbouring luxury beach developments of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago. It provides a flexible base set a few minutes drive inland of Vale do Lobo, close to all the beach resort action, yet also offering a slightly more authentic taste of Portugal.

The town has grown as an important support centre for the two residential developments and as a result offers an excellent selection of restaurants. Town shopping is largely limited to food stores, estate agencies, home furnishing shops and other town services, along with a Sunday market where you'll find locally produced pottery.

Almancil is an excellent base from which to access all local attractions and resorts. With six golf courses on the town's doorstep - Pinheiros Altos, Quinta do Lago, San Lourenzo, Vila Sol, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura - it is an excellent choice for keen golfers, particularly those who enjoy sea views on course and want to play year round.

Local beaches are clean, wide, golden and sandy and there's plenty of choice within a few minutes drive. Try family-friendly Praia do Ancao, located in a protected dune reserve between Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, or Praia Rocha Balxinha. You can also walk for miles along stretches of sand here - such as at Praia da Quarteira and Praia do Garrao.

Attractions in addition to the nearby resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago include Parcolandia - an aquapark between Almancil and Quarteira.

East of Almancil the Chapel of Sao Lourenco dos Matos showcases blue 'azulejo' baroque decorative tiles depicting a life story. Nearby Faro also offers many sites of historic interest. 

Faro, with its international airport, is located 13km south east of Almancil.

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