Almancil, located about two hundred miles to the south and east of Portugal’s capital of
, is a tiny tourist attraction known for its outdoors activities and its luxurious resorts.
Vale do Lobo
—Valley of the Wolf—is a continental center of golf and tennis, boasting some good golf as well as one of Europe’s leading tennis academies.
The Quinta do Lago
is another resort of Almancil, known more for its golf than for anything else.
Although a modern-day hotspot of spas and leisure, Almancil’s tourist allure does not lack in heritage. The city’s Chapel of San Lorenzo, for example, is a site of much historical significance and tourist attraction. Built in the early 1700’s, San Lorenzo is known for its detailed blue and white tile work, decorative dome, side chapels, and biographical panels pertaining to the life of the church’s namesake saint.
Despite Almancil’s public displays of its past, visitors to this Algarve cultural center come mostly for the
sports and activities
to be undertaken here than for anything else.