Loulé is a traditional Portuguese market town that is one of the most popular day trips of the central Algarve region. Loule makes for an enjoyable excursion, as it provides interesting historic monuments, a lively market and a traditional Portuguese atmosphere.
São Brás de Alportel
Right in the heart of the eastern Algarve, the municipality of São Brás de Alportel is an open door to the mountains and a window overlooking the ocean, curiously peeking in between hills… a cheerful land, waiting for us with a smile, it has the enchantment of serene afternoons, of the reinvigorating mountain air and of the wild flowers blooming throughout the valleys.
Querença is located inland, situated on top of a hill north of Loulé, in the transitional area between the fertile Barrocal landscape and the Serra de Caldeirão range of hills. The area near Querença and neighbouring Tôr is rich in water with numerous springs and is very important to the water supply of Loulé and Quarteira.
Ameixial is situated close to the Alentejo. Many years ago it was the most important axis between Lisbon and Faro.
Old stone houses in their distinctive style are a feature of Ameixial, you will also find a church, cafés, restaurants, grocery, and of course, local crafts.
The “Serra” invites for hiking and discovering nature!
A diverse network of municipal museums, museums of the Portuguese State and private.
Diverse set of monuments, from castles to megalithic monuments.
Natural Park Ria Formosa
The Ria Formosa Natural Park is one of the most amazing places of the Algarve, not only for its variety of landscapes but also because of its unique location. Recently elected as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal, this is one of three protected areas not to be missed during your holidays in the Algarve.
Fonte da Benémola
Situated in the Querença and Tôr small villages, in the Loulé department the Protected Area of Fonte Benémola is a place of great beauty, unknown by many, and a symbol of the great landscape diversity of the Algarve region.
Alte is a delightful village in inland Algarve, situated north of Albufeira on the N124. It is a typical, Algarve village of whitewashed houses with lattice work, handcrafted chimneys and narrow, cobbled streets nestling in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão. The church is at the centre of the village, and there are numerous little cafes in the surrounding area, to relax at and soak up the tranquility of the village.
Roman ruins of Milreu
Opulent villa of the Roman Empire whose occupation lasted during late antiquity and the early centuries of islamic domain. It is still possible to perceive the architectural aspect of the villa from the early 4th century, with the luxurious residence manor, thermal baths, oil and wine mills, and agricultural installations, which reveals the type of dily life of a familiy of high social and political status.