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Guia

Excursions

If the hordes of sun-worshippers crowding the beaches of the Algarve have got you feeling a little claustrophobic, why not head inland to the timeless village of Guia? Just three miles (about 5km) north of the coast, Guia is a small, though bustling village, full of interesting things to see and do. Guia's restaurants are widely considered to turn out the best piri-piri chicken in the whole of Portugal (try Albertos and Palladium), while its souvenir stalls have better merchandise at cheaper prices than can be found by the beach. Further north lie the Monchique Hills: a wonderful day-trip from Guia, visitors can go walking through the flower-strewn landscape, enjoying the fresh air and relative coolness. Most tourist accommodation in Guia takes the form of self-catering cottages, which is a good option for budget travellers to the Algarve region wary of beach resort prices.