Not very long ago this town was once nothing more than a collection of small shacks where the local residents from the nearby town of Pera used to maintain their fishing boats.
Nowadays, the town is a vibrant holiday destination. In the three summer months the town overflows with tourists but out of the season it offers a wonderful peaceful holiday location. Boasting one of the finest longest sandy beaches in the Algarve this popular resort still retains its local fishing community. On the beach close to the eastern side of the town are a number of fish restaurants that pride themselves on the fresh fish that is served.
If you hire a car, then within easy reach to the East are:-
Zoomarine - an oceanographic theme park, including a dolphinarium.
Guia – The famous chicken piri-piri is sold in all of its restaurants.
Algarve Shopping - This is similar to the outlet villages in the UK (but with even better prices!).
Krazy World - a theme park including reptiles, pets' corner, swimming pools, fairground and more.
Pera Marsh with its abundance of bird life including storks, flamingos and stilts.
To the West are:-
Aqua Land - one of the Algarve's noted water parks with large water slides.
Slide and Splash - another of the Algarve's fabulous water parks.
Silves - the former capital of the Algarve with its historic castle and its Cork Museum.
Monchique/Caldas de Monchique - Monchique is the highest town in the Algarve and views from here and Foia are extensive. You can see right along the coastline from Portimão to Lagos and beyond. Caldas de Monchique, which you pass through on the road from Silves to Monchique, is an attractive spa resort whose thermal waters are said to be effective in the treatment of skin diseases.