Construction of the crenulated Moorish castle at Silves, 35 minutes' drive from Crowne Plaza Vilamoura-Algarve, is thought to have begun back in the 8th century AD. Walk among the red sandstone blocks, or learn more about their history on a guided tour.
A new ferry route linking the Algarve with Madeira and the Canary Islands has opened for business, making it even easier to split your holiday between resorts in all 3 locations. The ferry takes cars, too, so you can even drive when you get there.
The toll roads that run across Portugal are fast but they can be expensive, particularly on long journeys. If you've got time to spare, take the scenic country roads on your day trips from Crowne Plaza Vilamoura-Algarve.
Play a round of golf on one of Vilamoura's sun-drenched courses. The oldest, the Oceanico Old Course, opened in 1969. Meandering past fragrant pine trees and gently undulating slopes, it's widely regarded as one of Portugal's finest courses.
Ordering a Portuguese cataplana, a seafood dish that originated here in the Algarve. Simple but packed with flavour, it usually contains clams, parsley, olive oil and freshly chopped tomatoes, among other local ingredients.