Get a real feel for the surrounding area with a hire car.
Before you do anything else, spend some time exploring the town itself. The wonderful promenade, Avenida Infante de Sagres presents a great opportunity to stroll around the area and get your bearings. Stop off at the beach and watch the world go by.
If you would like to grab a bargain, then the weekly gypsy market held on a Wednesday is for you. If however, you prefer something a little more active, then there are plenty of water parks in the area such as Aquashow or you could even try your hand at water sports on the beach.
Explore the Surrounding Area
Head to Vilamoura Marina whereby you can embark on a variety of boat trips. Get stuck into deep sea fishing or just enjoy a relaxing half day cruise and watch the sunset.
Drive inland to Monchique. It’s perfect for walking and hiking in the hills, and is a great place to become acquainted with Mother Nature.
There are at least 10 golf courses to choose from in the immediate area so it would be rude not to play a few rounds. Indeed if you have never played golf before, it’s the perfect opportunity to hit a driving range. Renting a car will allow you to navigate to your course of choice.
You could head back towards the airport and locate the Ria Formosa Lagoon. Packed full of unusual bird and mammal species, whether you decide to explore on two feet, two wheels or by boat, you will no doubt enjoy getting up close and personal with the great outdoors.