One of the secrets of the Algarve is its beautiful countryside and Guia is at the heart of it. Country life happens at a slower pace to the beach resorts, and you can spot the local farmers tending their citrus crops and checking their vines. But they also know how to throw a party. Guia is famous as the home of Piri Piri chicken, a spicy grilled dish and for the past few decades, it has held a giant annual two-day fiesta to celebrate this. The whole town has a huge barbecue with live Portuguese music. If your villa holiday doesn’t coincide with the festival, there are plenty of places where you can try it. From Guia, it’s easy to explore the Algarve. When you want to have a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, the nearest beach is the impressive golden sands of Gale, only 10 minutes’ drive away.
In the centre of Guia there's the local fruit, vegetable and fish market open every morning except Mondays, as well as a mini market. For more serious retail therapy, the Algarve Shopping Centre just outside Guia has a large supermarket, designer shops and boutiques. In Albufeira, you’ll discover plenty of craft and gift shops selling clothes and handmade goods.
The centre of Guia has some excellent restaurants to try – don't miss the local specialty, chicken Piri Piri. Albufeira, approximately 15 minutes' drive away, has a great choice of Portuguese and international restaurants to try. If you want some fresh seafood, try one of the beach restaurants in Gale, Lourenco or Castelo. For nightlife, the main square in Albufeira has a choice of live music bars and the Albufeira Marina has cocktail bars.
There are several glorious beaches to visit just a short drive from our Guia villas. Gale Beach is a long stretch of golden sand with shallow water, great for swimming with little ones. Lourenco and Castelo beaches to the east of Gale are small, sheltered sandy coves protected by high cliffs. At all the beaches, you can hire sunbeds and parasols and there is a restaurant when you want lunch or an early dinner.
For the kids, there's plenty to do during the day both on and off the beach. Albufeira Marina has plenty of activities to try from dolphin watching boat trips to paragliding and kayaking. The popular Zoomarine theme park is perfect for a day out, and just 5 minutes' drive from Guia. It has hundreds of fascinating sea creatures, exotic birds and tropical fish. For a great family day out, Aqualand waterpark is about 10 minutes from Guia.
The coastline of the Algarve is truly spectacular and one of the best ways to see it is by boat. You can organise day trips from nearby Albufeira Marina.
The small resort of Benagil has a magnificent beach most famous for its sensational cave called Algar de Benagil which is only accessible from the water. Take a boat or sea kayak to the cave which has a round hole in the ceiling that frames the beautiful blue sky.
Across the Algarve there are small wine producers, including one, Adeja do Cantor, just outside Guia. You can have a guided tour and sample some of their produce before choosing a bottle or 2 to enjoy at your villa.