Branqueira is the perfect spot for visitors to the Algarve who want a quieter, village like location with the option of dipping into the buzzing atmosphere of neighbouring resorts, Praia d’Oura and Albufeira, just a 5 minute drive away. Guests can choose between the beaches at Olhus d’Agua and Santa Eulalia, and of course, the famous Fisherman’s Beach in Albufeira. Both the highly regarded Balaia Golf Pine Cliffs and Vilamoura courses are nearby if you want to practise your swing. You can use Branqueira as an ideal base for day trips to the neighbouring towns and villages, the waterparks and outlet shopping.
Local Markets and Shopping
For your daily shopping essentials, there are mini markets and a larger supermarket within close range. On the outskirts of Albufeira, shop at the municipal market for locally grown vegetables and fruit and freshly caught fish. Discover the upmarket boutiques at MAR Shopping in Loule and international brands at Algarve Shopping, a retail outlet in Guia. If you want to buy gifts for friends at home, explore the winding streets of Albufeira where you’ll find crafts and wine.
Bars and Restaurants
While there is a small selection of places to eat in Branqueira, you’ll have a greater choice in nearby Praia d’Oura, just a 5 minute drive away. Choose between the seafront restaurants overlooking the beach for a romantic meal or one of the many restaurants and bars within the resort centre where the party continues long into the night. Live bands and nightclubs keep the atmosphere lively by night while during the day, families stop for a snack as they walk back from the beach.
The Algarve is renowned for beautiful bays backed by golden sandstone cliffs which provide shelter and weather over time into dramatic arches. From Branqueira you can easily explore the beaches at Praia d’Oura, Olhos d’Agua and Santa Eulalia, all within 10 minutes drive. At all of them you can hire sunbeds and parasols and enjoy a relaxed lunch at a restaurant with a sea view. Watersports are popular and you’ll find a choice at most beaches.
A choice of family friendly attractions and leisure facilities are within easy reach including Aqualand Waterpark, only 15 minutes away. The slides come in all shapes and sizes and include the thrill-seeking Anaconda and daring Banzai. You can also visit the popular ocean theme park, Zoomarine, a 25 minute drive away to see a collection of aquatic mammals and tropical fish. For active teenagers, take a 5 minute drive to Parque Aventura in Santa Eulalia, Albufeira has a paintball centre and tree top adventure courses including zip wires, bridges, and ropes.
Places of Interest
Why not take a jeep safari through beautiful countryside, stop for a traditional lunch, and take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of a river? If you have a car, drive to the far west of the Algarve to visit the historical town of Silves with its castle ruins. History fans will enjoy a visit Henry the Navigator's school in Sagres, known as 'the End of the World'. Further to the east is the market town of Loule, only a 30 minute drive from Branqueira and the fishing ports of Olhao and Tavira. Within a 20 minute drive, there are many golf courses of a very high standard to choose from to keep golfers busy.