O Cima do Mundo is very easily accessible by train from the Netherlands. The train departs from Amsterdam around 8.30. Then you are in Hendaye at the end of the afternoon and there you board the night train. The next morning you arrive in Lisbon, where you take a direct train to Sao Bartholomeu de Messines, after which it is a 1.5 km walk / taxi to the house. More information at the Treinreiswinkel.
Buses run from Faro airport to the various coastal cities such as Albufeira and Portimão. Buses also run occasionally between Messines and Silves.
Cars can be easily rented and picked up at the many offices near the exit of the airport. Messines has good exit routes both to the North (Lisbon is a 2-hour and 15-minute drive) and to the sea. For example, it is possible to travel to the sea in Albufeira in less than 25 minutes via the highway, the A2 that lies east past Messines. You can also go from the center of Messines "inside" via Lagos via the N 264 to the South where you pass through and along some villages.
Albufeira and Albufeira beach
From Messines, the beach of Albufeira is the closest one less than half an hour away by car. There is also a bus from Messines to this coastal town. In this tourist town on the ocean you can go for a day on the beach for many "water" activities. E.g. a boat trip to Algar de Benagil, the beach in the fantastic Grotto of Benagil. A cave with a natural hole in the middle through which the light enters. The cave can only be reached if there is no rough sea (less pleasant with children) with a boat trip or in good weather with a kayak.
If you walk through the streets, you see a range of offices where you can book all kinds of activities. You can also go karting (underground) near the harbor. You can also rent go-karts and segways there. You can also eat fantastic Portuguese tapas, calamari, baccalau, all kinds of meats, cheeses and salads etc.
Aquashow Park is a very extensive water park with attractions for all ages. For older children there is the roller coaster by the water; very cool! Younger children have their own play area. There are also the huge slides you go in free fall from, in addition to several more relaxed slides for those who are not that brave. The park is large enough to spend an entire day there.
The picturesque “Fontes” (springs) offer many shady areas and cool clear water, the perfect place to escape the heat during the summer months. A wonderful place to walk or cycle all year round. Just outside Alte is a beautiful waterfall - the cascata do Vigário, with a picnic area in the lawn.
Faro is the capital of the Algarve: When you enter or leave Portugal via Faro, it can be fun to spend a day or night in Faro to get to know the center around the harbor. From Faro airport you can easily take a shuttle bus to the bus terminal at the port where you can see which of the many hotels you choose.
An adventurous way to discover the Algarve is to do a jeep safari. In this way you pass through beautiful nature areas, past places where they show in small museums or houses how the old crafts were performed in the past.
A touristy but charming town that has retained its atmosphere of the past. It exudes history with an old center with pleasant squares, an 800-year-old city wall and a real fort from the seventeenth century on the harbor. (15 km West of. Portimão, southwest of Silves). About an hour away.
Ponta da Piedade cliffs and rock formations
Really a natural wonder with small yellow beaches in between where you can enjoy the sun from the wind even in the fall. You can walk or take a boat from Lagos, a small town in the western part of the Algarve (40 km south-west of SB Messines).
Praia do Barril
For little money, an old fishing boat will take you to this beach pearl Ilha de Tavira, an island with a campsite, a few beach tents and an endlessly wide beach with an impressive "graveyard of ship anchors". A train runs there, right through a nature park.
Praia da Marinha
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world (15 km W. Albufeira) can be reached by taking a very long (but stable) staircase down. If you're lucky (with low tide) you can crawl through a rock right at the entrance and come to a second beach. The first beach is surrounded by rocks in the sea and the colors change with the position of the sun. It is a fairly small beach that can be busy in high season. From the parking lot you can also take a walk with views over the rocks that protrude from the sea.
Sagres, the end of the world.
The EN125, which is busy in the summer, takes you to what was historically regarded as the "end of the world". The reward at the end of the road is the beautiful, windy town that sits on top of the cliffs subject to the wind and waves. You can see the old fort and the lighthouse buildings that mark this western corner of Europe with a spectacular view of the cliffs.
The old town of Silves is not far away and is characterized by a jumble of whitewashed houses and narrow steep streets. In Silves you can sniff culture by visiting the old center and the beautiful castle fortress. If you go in on time, you can climb the towers on the best preserved Moorish fort in Portugal and walk around the old castle walls along the battlements and quietly enjoy the view. There are many places in Silves where you can fall for a drink and a snack. Right next to the fort is the Cathedral of Silves (Sé Catedral de Silves), from the thirteenth century. At the indoor swimming pool for lovers of longer laps, there is a large parking lot (with the tourist information office) and from where you can walk to the city.
Slide & Splash
Between Albufeira and Lagos lies this spectacular water park full of slides, one even higher and faster than the other. With names like the Tornado, the Big Wave and the Kamikaze the real daredevils can indulge themselves! Even the little ones have been thought of with a spacious toddler and toddlers' pool, including small slides, water fountains and a climbing castle. In addition, there is a large, slowly sloping pool for those who just want to do a job. There are various restaurants and snack bars. It is also permitted to bring your own food and to have a picnic on the lawn. For a real moment of rest you can also join the bird of prey or parrot shows.
At 200 meters from the house the "Via Algarviana" walking route runs from Messines to Silves, 20 km away. It is an official well-marked route that runs through the entire Algarve. There are several beautiful hiking areas in the area. E.g. in the quiet area of the Fungo Barragem dam. There are many beautiful villages where you can walk and possibly score a drink in the shade of a parasol or inside. However, when walking through nature, make sure that you are not always able to walk in the shade and that you must pay attention to head covering.
The most famous water park in the Algarve is a combination of water park, amusement park and a place where shows with animals take place. In addition to animal shows, there is a large swimming pool, a number of dry attractions, such as a small roller coaster. In addition, there are also fun shows such as an acrobatic pirate show that will appeal to both parents and tough boys.
There are many other options, too many to mention here; Vale de lobos, Cabo de São Vicente the end of Europe