Local Information/Activities

Activities in and around Carvoeiro
There is much to do in the Carvoeiro area.  Reception has a full list of activities and can make bookings for you - including fishing, surfing, biking, hiking, horse-riding, scuba diving, etc.  There is a winery not far from Hibiscus and for those of you who are keen bird watching, there is a bird sanctuary next to the Praia Grande beach.  There are lagoons with mixed waters, sea and fresh water, with many species of birds, including many flamingos.  Too much to mention here but a few more activities listed below:
  • Adventure Sports
  • Balooning
  • Big Game Fishing
  • Boat Trips - A boat trip to visit the caves, and spot dolphins swimming wild, can be arranged from Portimao, a short drive away and it is possible to hire local fisherman with their boats for a trip along the coast and visit the grottos. You can also take a big game fishing trip from the quay in Portimao.
  • Helicopter rides
  • Historical Villages
  • Krazy World - For the children, Krazy World is well worth a visit! You will find a huge mini golf, swimming pool, a petting farm where you can make friends with llamas, deer, wallabies, camels, and more. There are quad bikes, pony rides, a crocodile park and several other attractions - all in beautifully landscaped surroundings. In summer their are live shows showing different animals.
  • Monchique - When you feel like a change from the beach, a trip to the Monchique is worth the half hour drive - head for Portimao and take the turn off at the signs. If the weather is clear the views are fantastic. Wander around the cobbled streets of Monchique town and then drive on up to Foia which is 906m above sea level. Stop somewhere for a simple lunch, chicken piri piri is always good, and on the way down visit Caldos Monchique and taste the water (sulphur - not nice) but the many “fontes” spill forth lovely fresh mountain water, so maybe take an empty bottle or two.
  • Safaris - Dolphin, Zebra
  • Sardines in Portimao - No trip is complete without sampling Portuguese sardines, grilled in the open and eaten at one of the many open air quayside restaurants. Usually served with little salty potatoes cooked in their skins, bread and a simple salad. Sit and watch the boats come and go whilst you watch and smell your lunch grilling.  An experience you will remember, so don't forget to take your camera.
  • Slide & Splash - The water park - a favourite with children and adults alike. There is so much variety for all at the water park that calls itself ‘the best in Europe ’. There are plenty of rides for all ages & a jacuzzi for Mum!
Details as of 2013
Tickets: € 25 adult.  Children 5-10 years and adults over 60 years - € 18.  Children up to 5 years are free.
There is a promotion of €50 for 2 adults plus one child 5-10 years.
Slide & Splash have own transfers:  €7 per person round trip - pick up at Hibiscus Gardens at 9:15am, booked on the previous day.  (10% of discount if tickets bought via Hibiscus Reception, including transfer).
By taxi is about 10€ each trip - approximately 10 minutes.

  • Silves - Wander around the narrow streets and look around the castle at Silves. Whilst you are there visit the Fabrica do Ingles which is an old cork factory with a museum showing various stages of the industry. There are a number of restaurants and at night a water/light show is well worth the wait.
  • Zoo Marine - The main attraction are dolphins who give three shows a day in a large arena. It is possible to join dolphins in the water for a "dolphin experience" but you must pre-book. There are seals & sea lions also giving three shows a day and you can also see the aquarium with numerous sea creatures and small tiger sharks. There are also parrot shows, a play area, theme rides and a swimming pool.  Zoomarine is situated on the E125 near Albufeira and bus trips are organised if you don’t feel like the drive.
  • Bars and Nightlife
    There are many bars in Carvoeiro. The best ones for live music are Brady´s, Black stove (a new bar with some excellent singers), The Irish Times and Dirty Nelly’s. There is also a Karoke Bar! Please let me know if you discover any great bars you feel should be detailed here.

    Beaches
    See Local Beaches for further information

    Golf
    We have negotiated a 20-25% discount on some of the local golf courses.  If you are interested in playing golf, please ask for the price list.  See Golf for further details on the golf courses in the area.

    Local Holidays
    2012
    1 January New Year 10 June National Day
    14 February Ordinary Tuesday 13 June St Anthony of Lisbon (regional holiday)
    20 February Carnival (regional holiday) 24 June St John's Eve (regional holiday)
    6 April Good Friday 29 June Feast of Saints Peter & Paul (regional holiday)
    8 April Easter Sunday 15 August Assumption of Mary
    9 April Easter Monday (regional holiday) 5 October Proclamation of the Republic
    25 April Carnation Revolution 1 November All Saints' Day
    1 May Labour Day 1 December Restoration of Independence
    17 May Ascension Day (regional holiday) 18 December Immaculate Conception
    7 June Corpus Christi 25 December Christmas Day

    Hairdressers/Nail Bar
    There are several beauty salons in the immediate area.  Check at Reception for details and booking.  Carvoeiro Tennis Club (see 'Tennis' below) also has hairdressing and beauty facilities.

    Local Restaurants
    There are many lovely restaurants in the area.  The Reception has a list of recommended restaurants.  If you have found any others that you would like to add to the list, please let us know – it’s always good to get a recommendation from a client.  

    Local Markets 
    Reception has a list of local markets in the area.

    Supermarkets/Shopping
    There are a couple of small Supermarkets within 5-8 mins walk of the development (500 metres) where you can do all your essentials shopping.  There are 2 large supermarkets within 5 minutes drive of Hibiscus.   There are many shops in Carvoeiro town for other shopping. It takes about 10 minutes to walk into town (800 metres).  

    Tennis
    Carvoeiro Tennis Club is only 5 minutes walk away.  Carvoeiro Tennis Club also has many other activities available - i.e. dance and aerobics, fitness, practice wall, table tennis, pool billiards, mini golf, physio, hairdresser, beauty salon, etc.  Details of prices and other activities can be found in the attachment below.  You can also get further information direct from their website at http://www.tenniscarvoeiro.com

    Tourist Information Office
    Near the beach in Carvoeiro
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    Chris Brogan,
    22 Sep 2011, 13:01