QUINTA SHOPPING MALL
Just a five minute drive from Casa Oscar is the fabulous Quinta Shopping Mall. An oasis of chic boutiques, fine dining and alfresco cafe society. By day itís a great port of call for a relaxing coffee or a lazy lunch, by night the restaurants and bars are alive with a laid back glamorous atmosphere.
Itís a one-stop location which also has banks and ATMís, a supermarket, pharmacy and newsagents selling most European newspapers.
Turn left out of the villa and this well known beauty spot is a one minute drive from Casa Oscar or a picturesque 10 minute walk through the national park. The award winning 7 kilometre blue flag beach reaches as far as the eye can see and offers something for everyone. The best that nature has to offer plus an array of restaurants and beach bars to suit all tastes and pockets! A family friendly environment where the kids can amuse themselves for hours in safety while the adults enjoy a well-earned break. Turn right and head for the duunes of Ancao beach and a selection of restaurants and bars.
Check out Juliaís Restaurant www.julias-algarve.com upstairs for some fine dining with stunning views or head downstairs and chill out by the waterís edge at the ever popular beach bar, where in the space of a few days you can see stars from Englandís cricket, rugby and football teams and members of Europeís Ryder Cup winning team.
Sample sensational cuisine and savour the sunset at Izzyís www.izzysbeachrestaurant.com or head for O Antonioís for their fresh fish specialities. Booking at peak times is essential. (all numbers in the villa handbook) During the peak season all major water sports facilities are available.
New on Ancao beach (turn right out of villa 3 mins drive) are Praya and Waves plus old favourite Dos Passos.
The highly rated Algarve Motor Sport Park in Portimao is less than 45 minutes away. One of Europeís newest race tracks, itís highly rated by spectators and competitors alike. As well as racing there are driving experience days in cars and on bikes Visit www.autodromoalgarve.com to see what events are on.
Want have a go yourself? The Ayrton Senna kart track is just outside Almancil and offers all ranges of karting from kiddies to adults. The main track is based on the legendary Interlagos Grand Prix circuit in Brazil and current F1 drivers Rubens Barrichello and Felipe Massa have both been there to play recently.
THE ULTIMATE GOLFING EXPERIENCE
You canít talk about the Algarve without mentioning golf! Casa Oscar is situated in the most enviable position within the Golden Triangle. With easy access to 7 of the finest European golf courses Vale Do lobo and Quinta Do Lago can offer thereís plenty of choice and if you want more thereís another 30 within half an hourís drive offering year-round first class sport! Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned player experience some of the finest courses and facilities in Europe.
ANYONE FOR TENNIS?
The Golden Triangle also serves up some spectacular tennis facilities. Every year (August) Vale Do Lobo Tennis Academy hosts the International Masters Tournament - a hugely prestigious event on the Tennis calendar and boasting such great names as Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Pat Cash. If your fancy a casual game or a full on master class with some of the top coaches from all over the world the area has an envious choice. Young and old are catered for with equal enthusiasm and professionalism.
Forum Algarve (20 minutes) offers a huge variety of shopping while Guia shopping (40 minutes) has a Nike outlet store along with many others.
The 6 star Conrad Hotel in Quinta Do Lago opened October 2012 and promises upmarket boutiques.
Almancil (5 mins) is a bustling little town for everyday needs plus some hidden treasure. Ladies, look for La Dolce Vita!
A new shopping centre opened in Portimao (40 mins) in
April 2011 with over 100 stores.