Holidays to Guia take you to a quiet Algarve village – a refined place with a modern shopping centre and a handful of authentic Portuguese restaurants. Nightlife hums here, but bustling Albufeira is just 20 minutes down the road.
A trendy Portuguese village
Guia, a small and exclusive village in Portugal’s Algarve region, is where celebs like Sir Cliff Richard own villas. It’s a quaint piece of traditional Portugal, with authentic tavernas running along the main road and into the old town. There’s a modern element, too, courtesy of the huge shopping mall on the outskirts. As for nightlife, nearby Albufeira takes care of that rather well.
The Algarve coast
Your nearest beach is 10 minutes’ drive away at Gale. It’s a sandy, Blue Flag number with umbrellas and sunloungers, along with a trio of bar-restaurants. There’s also a watersports centre that does windsurfing. And within 15 minutes’ drive there are 2 other options. One of them is the quiet Armacao de Pera, the other is Albufeira’s bustling Fisherman’s Beach, which comes with jet-skis and banana boats.
Daytrips to Vilamoura and Loule
The narrow cobbled streets of Albufeira’s old town are 10 minutes away. Bars and restaurants line the main square, Jardim Publico, while the whitewashed facade of Sant’Ana Church is a short walk away. Or in less than half-an-hour you can be at Vilamoura, where you can tour Roman ruins and see 1st-century mosaics still lining the crumbling walls. And in about the same time you can get to Loule – this has a great 13th-century castle with intact towers ready to be explored.
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