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If you need to top up on essentials, the reception at Quinta do Rosal sells milk, tea, drinks etc and you can pre-order bread the day before. There are three big supermarkets all roughly 3 km away, located between Lagoa and Carvoeiro, and these are: Aldi, Apolonia and Intermarché.

Further afield there is plenty of opportunity to experience Portuguese shopping while you're staying in the Algarve. Whether it's a traditional market stall, or a modern retail centre that you're after you'll be able to find a place to suit you.

Aqua Portimão – Portimão

Having been opened in 2011, this Portimão shopping centre is large and modern and jammed with good shops and good facilities including baby facilities, a post office and cash points. The complex is centred around an open air focal point with a stunning fountain at its middle. Underground parking makes driving there nice and simple, allowing you a hassle-free day to explore. There are over 100 shops to discover and a number of different eateries so you can easily spend a day there if you want to. Visit the website to learn more.

Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 20 minute drive

Shopping in Lagos

Lagos has a great variety of shopping facilities. You will find the more modern shops such as surf stores and fashion stores, there's even an English bookshop! But Lagos is also the place to be for locally made goods. There is a great variety of crafts, leather and local produce readily available. You'll be able to stop for refreshments at one of the many restaurants or cafés and there is a good mix of international tastes. So there really is something for everyone here. Find out more about what Lagos can offer on their website.

Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 35 minute drive

Forum Algarve - Faro

Forum is one of the largest shopping centres in the Algarve with over 100 shops, 20 restaurants and nine cinema screens. There are a number of international shops in the complex too, so lots of variety to choose from. What makes Forum even more unique is that it’s half under cover and half out in the open, having been inspired by traditional regional lifestyle; the indoor section is split over 2 levels while the outdoor section takes advantage of the multiple sunny days. Find out more on the website.

Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 40 minute drive

Shopping in Loulé

If you're searching for something a little more traditional, Loulé is the place for you. There is a great daily market on Praça da República where you can get hold of all sorts of fresh produce. On Saturday mornings the famous market extends into a bigger event and becomes a treasure trove for all sorts of bits and bobs. There are farmers with their home-grown produce, fishermen with the day's fresh catch, artisan goods, trinkets and a wide variety of other stalls. The town has a good selection of well-priced bars and cafés too, so you can have a good walk around.

Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 35 minute drive

Quinta Shopping – Quinta Do Lago

At just a 20 minute drive from Faro Airport, the Quinta Shopping Centre is a sleek looking place set in traditional Portuguese style. There are a number of restaurants to choose from including an Irish bar and grill and you can enjoy a cup of coffee on one of the open air terraces. It’s home to some upmarket stores such as Hugo Boss and a wide range of other clothes and shoe shops too, and there is a large supermarket on site for anything else you may need. You can find out more about the stores on the website.

Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 50 minute drive

Algarve Shopping – Guia

The Algarve Shopping Centre in Guia has several levels with a good mix of stores and restaurants. There’s a large sun terrace, free pushchairs for families. If you want to make a day of it there is a cinema on site as well as the good selection of international shops. A supermarket is located on the ground floor and there is a good amount of outside seating if you fancy a break in the sunshine. There is also a cinema showing all movies in original language with subtitles. Find out more about the centre here.

Distance from Quinta do Rosal: 25 minute drive

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