This hotel was a good base , within a stone throw of Alvor and within striking distance of Penina. Palmeres etc(for golf). Sagres, silves and Monchique for site seeing are all within one hour driving distance. ...but BEWARE GOLDCAR hire rental. The staff at Faro were aggressive and rude and had I had the foresight to check up on them before traveling the fact that many people have had problems and terrible experiences would have become apparent immediately(check out Martin Lewis moneytips website) and I would definitely have cancelled the car( booked through Argus car hire). DO NOT USE THEM!