Holidays to Vale de Parra take you to a quiet Algarve village that’s in easy reach of sandy beaches and Albufeira’s bubbly nightlife.
A peaceful Algarve retreat
Vale de Parra – on Portugal’s popular Algarve – translates to Valley of the Grapevines, so you won’t be surprised to find this peaceful inland village nestling among vineyards and citrus trees. It’s a quiet place, with just a few shops and restaurants, but you’re in the right place to take advantage of nearby Albufeira’s lively nightlife – and you’re within easy reach of one of the region’s best beaches as well.
Sand and watersports
The nearest beach to Vale de Parra is Praia da Gale, about 5 minutes’ drive away. The golden sands here stretch out for 5 kilometres, so there’s plenty of room to fit in sunloungers and umbrellas, not to mention beachside restaurants. It’s big on watersports, so you can pick from things like windsurfing, parasailing and jet-skiing – or do a bit of snorkelling to spot squid. You’ve got lots of other great beaches close by as well – all with the trademark red sandstone cliffs that make this area so popular.
Daytrips to Albufeira and Silves
The old part of Albufeira is just 15 minutes’ drive away. Around the cobbled streets you’ll come across the Capela de Misericordia, an ancient Moorish mosque which was turned into a chapel in 1499, as well as the 18th-century Church of Sant’Ana. And to learn more about the history here, you’ve got the Albufeira Archaeological Museum. Or in less than half an hour you can be in Silves to see its 15th-century castle and Gothic-arched cathedral.
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