Sitting in the hills 25 minutes from Faro Airport, Sao Bras de Alportel provides the best features of the Algarve away from the crowded tourist areas. The multiplicity of restaurants offering good food at reasonable prices and rarely overcrowded are a huge attraction in its own right.
The many other amenities within easy reach includes the following:
The Roman ruins at Milreu close to Estoi has a chequered history dating back around 2000 years. (15 mins)
Cork trees are harvested locally and processed in factories producing all kinds of cork goods. Tours are available at Novacortico Cork Factory S.Bras ( 15 mins)
Half day quad bike tours are available at Rooster Quad Tours at S.Barbara de Nexe. ( 20 mins)
Boat trips around the islands can be accessed at Olhao with Sabino Boat Tours. ( 25 mins)
Horse riding can be arranged at Centro Hipico Santa Maria near S.Bras. ( 15 mins)
If you are a keen walker there are lots of interesting walks from Cruz Alta taking in local villages and possibly meeting goat herds or horse riders along the way.
For the more adventurous bikes can be hired at Avalanche Algarve in S.Bras. ( 15 mins )
If you are a nature lover wild flowers are in abundance from April to June as well as many birds not seen in Northern Europe. Wild animals such as chameleon, lizards, geckos etc are everywhere. This is a great place to explore or just chill and enjoy the sunshine and scenery.