Self catering holidays
Built for the Euro 2004 football tournament, the Algarve Stadium hosted two of the tournament's group stage matches. With a capacity of 30,335 seats, its construction led to the creation of Algarve United - a new football club which has since disappeared. The resident club is now Farense FC. The stadium also served as a nerve-centre in the Rally of Portugal. The Gibraltar national football team has played its matches at the stadium since 2014, and will continue to use the stadium as its base until its own stadium is completed.
Discover sealife at Zoomarine, one of the Algarve's star attractions. As well as dolphin shows, swimming and roller coasters, Zoomarine features many interactive exhibits and shows. Wonderful World showcases its seals and sea lions. Admire the dolphins' acrobatics and watch the sea turtles' journey in 4D. The aquarium features marine ecosystems while macaws, cockatoos and parrots light up the magical forest.
Cerro da Vila is an archaeological site located near the coast. The site's first ruins were discovered in 1963 by archaeologist José Farrajota Algarve, who also made the first excavations - later continued by archaeologist José Luís de Matos. The ruins, which are visible today, are of great archaeological value and have made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the different civilizations that have occupied the Algarve in the past.
The Moorish castle, built in the 18th century, has a large walled perimeter, part of which is still visible. Before you reach the top of the walls, which offer a magnificent view of the city, visit the museum which contains a number of magnificent pieces. A reconstruction of a traditional, early 20th century Portuguese interior can be seen on the second floor.
Loule Cultural Centre is run by the city council. The centre is host to various activities, including temporary exhibitions as well as ballroom dancing lessons. Its eclectic mix of activities also includes the TAL theatre group and a chess club.