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São Lourenço

Is a busy commercial centre, Almancil benefits from several tourism-related services, as it is situated in an area boasting some exclusive private luxury developments, such as Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Dunas Dourados, Vale do Garraõ, Pinheiros Altos and Vilamoura.

In keeping with the needs of the area there are a good selection of restaurants offering many different forms of cuisine. Close to and going to the east of Almancil is a small place named São Lourenço. The church here is well worth a

visit as it is covered inside with beautiful 18th Century ceramic tiles and is an outstanding example in the Algarve. Also, very close by you will find the "São Lourenço Cultural Centre" that is open to the public. This Centre has been established for many years and mounts regular art exhibitions and music events.

The centre of Almancil and São Lourenço are approximately a five minute drive from Casa Do Lasco.
This place is a rural administrative and active market town with some remains of a castle dating back to the 12th Century. The Arab castle has been virtually destroyed leaving some walls still standing that are now surrounded by modern buildings. Like most other towns in the Algarve, most of the older potentially interesting buildings have been destroyed in the earthquake that occurred in 1755. Within the remaining walls is a museum with an explanation of what was in the past the grandeur of the castle. The various earthquakesthat it has suffered through its history have damaged the 13th

Loule Castle Walls

Century Church of São Clemente. However, its Gothic arches and side chapels are remaining from the 16th Century have survived. Loule is only a 5 minute drive from Casa Do Lasco.

Quinta Do Lago

Quinta Do Lago
Set amidst two thousand acres of rolling hills and pine woodlands, and offering year-round sunshine, peace and seclusion. Quinta do Lago is the most exclusive estate in the Algarve, with accommodation overlooking spectacular sandstone cliffs and long sandy beaches.

Quinta do Lago is the perfect backdrop to some of the finest championship golf courses in Europe. As if that were not enough, this idyllic location also offers horse riding, tennis, squash, clay pigeon shooting,deep water fishing, windsurfing

and just about every other watersport, on the Quinta do Lago private lake beach.

Discover the wealth of chic nightlife and an exciting array of restaurants offering fresh local cuisine. All this in a place less than 3 hours flying time from most major European cities, and only a 10 minutes drive from Casa Do Lasco.
Vale Do Lobo
Vale do Lobo is Portugal's biggest luxury golf and beach resort. Embraced by two national parks of outstanding natural beauty on the Algarve coastline, it is flanked by a 5 kms long golden sandy beach and majestic red sandstone cliffs and just 20 minutes from Faro International Airport. Three times the size of the principality of Monaco.

Vale do Lobo still retains an intimate family ambience. It has been the proud recipient of a number of accolades and awards including the "Best Resort of the Millennium" for the

 high standard of its accommodation, services, sporting facilities, and concern for the environment. Vale Do Lobo is only a ten minute drive from Casa Do Lasco.

Many of the Algarve's resorts have grown in a rather chaotic fashion around a pre-existing town or village. Not so in Vilamoura. This is a modern, purpose-built resort where everything has been planned and designed with your pleasure in mind.

The huge range of facilities available makes it a very popular destination for families seeking stress-free fun. Vilamoura is approximately a fifteen minute drive from Casa Do Lasco.

The capital of the district, with a medieval wall and a large number of monuments: Cathedral (Roman-Gothic origin), Nossa Senhora da Assuncão Convent (Renaissance), São Francisco Church (16-18th centuries). Museums to visit: Infante Dom Henrique, Regional Ethnographic, Ramalho Ortigão and Antoniano (next to the Santo António do Alto Hermitage).

Also worthwhile visiting are the beautiful churches of São Pedro da Misericórdia and Nossa Senhora do Carmo. Roman

Faro Cathedral

ruins of Milreu in the suburbs. Both the old town of Faro and the Roman ruins at EST01 are approximately a twenty minute drive from Casa Do Lasco.

Over the past few decades Albufeira has become the most famous seaside resort in the Algarve with its international visitors and fashionable nightlife.

Albufeira is best explored on foot. It has cobbled alleys and Moorish arches with lanterns.

Albufeira has several beautiful places, under which the caves and tunnels hidden in the kliffs, (Ponte Grande, Cerro the

Malpique, Lajem do Cónego, Cova do Xorino, Penedo the Peneco and o Patio.)

There are a lot of beaches in the vicinity of Albufeira, to the west Praia da Baleeira, Praia da Coelha, Praia de São Rafael, Praia do Castelo en Praia da Galé. To the east Praia da Oura, Praia da Santa Eulália, Praia da Balaia, Praia da Maria Luísa, Olhos de Água en Praia da Falésia.

There are many good restaurants in Albufeira to suit all budgets including beach bars selling fresh sea-food.

Albufeira, is about a 20 minute drive from Casa Do Lasco.

The New Marina is also worth a visit!!





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