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Almancil Mini Guide
Where is Almancil?
Almancil is a small town in the Algarve
region on Portugal’s southern coast. It is popular as a holiday destination for the wealthy and for resident expats staying at the Quinto Do Lago and Vale Do Lobo resorts. These areas attract the highest property prices in the region and have luxury accommodation and golf courses.
How do I get There?
If you are travelling from Europe or Canada it is possible to fly into Faro Airport
, many charter companies offer seasonal flights there too. Once you are there, you can either take a taxi to Almancil or pre-book a hire car in advance, as in summer the Algarve gets busy! It is just a 15 minute drive from Faro Airport to Almancil and then you can explore the area at your leisure in your Almancil hire car.
Tell me About Almancil
Almancil is a small market town that has been heavily influenced by the two resorts just outside of town. Now, the town has quality restaurants and stylish boutiques to serve the visitors and residents of these resorts. One local attraction is the nearby church of Sao Lourenco, it has traditional Algarvian architecture and is decorated inside with 18th century blue and white ceramic tiles.
What can I do in the Area?
Go to one of the many beaches along the coast and sunbathe and swim all day, just two are the Praia do Ancao and the Praia do Trafal. You can also pick from many golf courses, if you fancy a round – try Pinheiros Golf Club or Laranjal Golf Club. Why not take a horse riding trek through the countryside or along the beaches, to get a feel for local nature. An alternative day out is to head back into Faro and visit its historic centre, often overlooked by tourists desperate to get to the beach.
Out and About
Take a drive into the Monchique Mountains and explore the cobbled streets of the old town of Monchique. There you can visit ancient monasteries and enjoy dramatic views of the Algarve coast. On the way, you can sample the sulphurous spa waters at Caldes de Monchique and cure all your ills! For nature lovers, visit the Ria Formosa National Park, a lagoon with lots of local birdlife. You can also take in the sights of the town of Faro and explore its rich history and visit the seaside town of Albufeira for its restaurants and beaches.
Lagunamar is situated in a national park and has views of the beaches. These are self catering apartments with kitchen facilities and modern appliances. The resort has indoor and outdoor pools and there is also a health club. Eat local and Mediterranean gourmet meals at the Restaurant and Bar Rouge. Golf courses and beaches are very near to the resort.
- If you like the look of the azulejos, or decorative tiles in the church, you can buy many similarly decorated ceramic souvenirs from shops in Almancil.
- Almancil will today conclude it's carnival week celebrations but don't worry, all is not lost. Many of the carnival sights will be back for the Holy Week celebrations from the 24th to the 31st March. The coming of Easter is celebrated joyously in the town with music, processions, bonfires and fireworks.