The west coast of Portugal is world renowned for fantastic waves and incredible surf locations. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer there are daily surf trips from most of the surf shops in Lagos. They will supply you with wet suits and boards and take you to the beach. Lessons are by qualified instructors. A picnic lunch is usually provided by the surf school. You will be given return transport at the end of the day.
A popular day out especially for young children. The ethos of the zoo is to promote education alongside conservation and often animals are bred in the zoo before being returned to the wild. There are many primates at the zoo and 3 interconnecting islands are inhabited by a large troop of monkeys. The petting farm is great fun and kids can feed the Lamas and baby goats by hand. There is a childrens play area, a cafe and a gift shop stocked with good quality items. There is a restaurant adjoining the zoo.
If you want an adrenaline rush and some noise, then look no further than the Autódromo Internacional, located about 20 minutes drive east from Lagos. This is both a racing track hosting international world class events and a Karting centre for affordable family fun; the largest in Europe.
Challenging for drivers, the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve is open most days for the hire of karts or to bring your own kart. You can get an excellent quality CD of photographs taken by the centres professional following your drive.
There is also an off road course for 4x4 and rally cars. For more info see www.autodromodoalgarve.com.
The Algarve has been a magnet for golfers for decades. Portugal’s southern edge is famous for its spectacular scenery and coastline. The main golf season is from late autumn to late spring. Winters are mild and golfers from northern European countries can a enjoy warm, sunny days play at a time when their home courses are unplayable. Some rain does fall here in the off peak seasons so don’t expect sunshine from dawn until dusk and come prepared.
In the mid-sixties Henry Cotton designed the first proper grass course in the Algarve, at Penina, near Portimão. It was the first of three he designed in the Algarve. During the 1970’s and 1980’s and on into the first half of the 1990’s, golf courses mushroomed all along Portugal’s southern coast. Although none of the existing courses are more than 15km from the coast, the terrain varies from the steep hillsides of Parque da Floresta to the near sea-level flatlands of Vilamoura and Salgados. At the time of writing there are around 34 courses across the Algarve all offering a choice of facilities for a range of abilities.
Many people love the golf here so much here, that they move here permanently; so we are sure the Algarve Golf life will not disappoint.