Much more than beaches and a blessed climate, the Algarve has ethnographic heritage that is well worth discovering:
Culture and Tradition
Much more than beaches and a blessed climate, the Algarve has ethnographic heritage worth discovering. This includes traditional villages like Bensafrim, Odiáxere, Barão de São João and Vila do Bispo, among others. Monuments are scattered throughout every municipality in the Algarve. In our county and surrounding area you can visit: • Muralhas de Lagos • Ponta da Bandeira Fort • Market Gallery of Slaves • Many churches: San Sebastian, Santa Maria, Santo António • Sagres Fortress • Fortress and lighthouse of Cape St. Vincent • Fort Belixe There are gardens and viewpoints at Ponta de Sagres (such as San Vicente Viewpoint) and Vila Real de Santo António (Cacela-a-Velha Viewpoint). There are many museums too. Some examples are Casa do Ferreiro in Alcoutim, the Archaeological Site of Cerro da Vila in Vilamoura, the Miniature Collections Museum - Cars, Planes and Motorcycles in Lagos, Carrapateira Sea and Land Museum in Aljezur, and the Algarve Costume Museum in São Braz de Alportel, among others. Local gastronomy is a particular highlight. Delicacies range from fish and shellfish to sweets with almonds, figs and oranges from the Algarve. There are many dishes you simply have to try in the many restaurants and pubs scattered around the region. Don't forget to ask for arbutus or fruit liqueurs after your meal.
As the Algarve is one of the best destinations in Europe, we simply have to mention golf. The forms of its courses, most of which were designed by international architects, along with the fantastic settings where they are located will ensure even the most demanding of fans see their requirements met. The region is a first-class destination for the practice of this sport. Next to Porto Dona Maria you will find the following courses: Palmares Golf, Boavista Golf, Espiche Golf and Santo António Golf (Parque da Floresta).
Nature and Landscape
The diversity of nature is definitely one of the greatest riches of the Algarve. From the coast to the Algarve Mountains, there are many things waiting to be discovered, and there are also numerous activities you can enjoy outdoors, including: • Hiking through the Algarve Coast or the mountains • Tours of the national parks • Bird watching • Observation of Algarve flora and fauna • Dolphin and whale watching • Horse riding • Bicycle tours • Balloon tours • Jeep tours and 4x4 rides • Jeep safaris • Visits to the Algarve's caves and boat trips • Mini-cruises
Sports and Adventure
Throughout the Algarve there are geographical conditions that allow the practice of a huge range of water, land and air activities. Some example are: • Surfing • Windsurfing • Water skiing • Bodyboarding • Kitesurfing • Kayaking • Diving • Sports fishing • Canoeing • Mountain biking • Hunting • Climbing • Canyoning • Paintballing • Karting • Paragliding • Parachuting • Hang gliding • Tennis • Football
How to get here
Porto Dona Maria Golf & Resort
Sitio dos Montinhos da Luz – Praia da Luz8600-901 Luz Lagos
T: (+351) 282 690 300
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F: (+351) 282 697 147