Boliqueime is a typical Portuguese village dating back to the 12th century. This colourful village is set in a peaceful, countryside location and offers a small number of cafes. The coastal resorts of Vilamoura, Olhos d’Agua and Albufeira, are within easy reach. If you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday, Boliqueime offers this and more.
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With such a large coastline it’s no surprise the Algarve is a great place for all kinds of fish and seafood, with restaurants commonly serving fresh sardines, bream, cod, monkfish and tuna. Another famous dish of the Algarve is chicken piri-piri great for a relaxed atmosphere! Most dishes will be served with served with boiled potatoes and vegetables or salad.
Boliqueime is typically Portuguese and offers a few quiet bars for you to enjoy. Those seeking a more lively evening are not far from the bustling resort centres of Albufeira and Vilamoura.
Boat trips and dolphin watching
Don’t miss a chance to explore the Algarve’s stunning coastline from the water at least once during your stay. There are short dolphin-watching trips that can also include a visit to the area’s dramatic caves, or venture further afield with a full day cruise aboard a beautiful yacht or catamaran, breaking for lunch on a secluded beach with time to cool off in the gloriously clear water.
Rio Formosa Nature Reserve
The 170 square kilometres of saltwater lagoons, islands and marshes of the Ria Formosa estuary is a breathtakingly beautiful area, teeming with migrating birds, dozens of species of fish and unique flora and fauna. Only half an hour’s drive from Boliqueime, the reserve’s easily accessible pathways and boardwalks make this a fabulous place for walking, cycling and birdwatching and there are numerous guided boat trips on offer. You can even hire a kayak and paddle your way around the canals and lagoons. Viewing points and bird hides are strategically placed to make the most of the views and to spot rare birds in their natural habitat. You could spend several days here but be sure to include at least one visit during your stay.
One of several great waterparks along the Algarve, Aquashow is part of a larger theme park complex about 15 minutes’ drive from Boliqueime. A memorable day out for all the family, the park boasts the largest wave pool in Portugal, water slides of all shapes and sizes and several exhilarating rides to delight even the most demanding of thrill-seekers. There’s a huge shallow pool providing lots of fun for little ones and you can round off your day with a gentle float down the Lazy River on inflatable tubes. Aquashow is open daily during the summer months.
Archaeological enthusiasts and history buffs will be captivated by the superbly preserved Roman ruins discovered right beside Vilamoura Marina and dating from the 1st century AD. A nobleman’s villa, public spa and the foundations of a burial tower are among the excavated features visible at Cerro da Vila. The museum here also houses a sizable collection of valuable artefacts collected from the site and presents a fascinating view of the impact the Roman presence has had on the region.
Only 10 minutes away is the exclusive resort of Vilamoura with its vast marina, fringed by sophisticated waterside restaurants serving everything from rustic Portuguese seafood dishes to exquisite, Michelin-star cuisine. Gleaming yachts of all shapes and sizes bob contentedly alongside luxury motorboats and racing dinghies while glass-bottom boat tours, day cruises and fishing charters also operate from here. Among the designer boutiques and chic cafés are an assortment of cocktail bars, sports bars and pubs giving the place a vibrant buzz, especially on a balmy summer evening.
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