Villa Forfori is located 20 minutes drive west of Faro airport where all major car hire companies are located. Although Vila Sol has several facilities on site, if you want to benefit from the numerous attractions that the Algarve has to offer, a car is strongly recommended.
The Vila Sol resort has a luxurious 5* hotel, restaurants, golf clubhouse, wine bar, a pub, café, tennis, golf driving range with tuition.
Within a short drive there are numerous large supermarkets including Pingo Doce, Continente, Lidl, Apolonia and Aldi. Further excellent shopping facilities can be found at Quinta do Lago (20 minutes) and Faro shopping (30 minutes). There are also plenty of good restaurants within the local area.
Local attractions include a large waterslide park only 5 minutes away and a go-karting centre in Almancil.
The excellent Vilamoura resort, which is a 10 minutes drive away, has a large marina and numerous first class facilities including tennis, golf courses, electric cycle hire, shopping, numerous restaurants and bars, boat trips and family entertainment etc.
Portuguese food in the numerous restaurants frequented by the local people is always good and inexpensive. In fact good food is easily obtained in all of the surrounding towns, many of which are within easy driving distance and worth a visit. These include:-
Faro with its historical military centre and harbour. The cobbled pedestrian shopping and restaurant areas are located within the old town and a stroll down the shaded streets with elegantly restored tall buildings with wrought iron balconies is very enjoyable.
The market town of Loule is well worth a visit. It has an historic, recently restored bustling market hall trading wonderful fish and vegetable produce. It is open every day and there is a general market every Saturday. A walk along the Avenue is very pleasant.
The fishing town of Quarteira offers a busy fish and vegetable market, a pleasant waterfront promenade with lots of bars and restaurants. Although it can get very busy during the summer months with its predominantly Portuguese holiday makers, it is always colourful and interesting with an abundance of good restaurants and café bars. It is in stark contrast to the pristine Vilamoura resort which is situated literally next door.
Other towns worthy of note are Tavira, Olhao, Portimao and the mountain towns of Monchique and Sao Bras del Aportel.
Several spotlessly clean sandy beaches are located within 10 minutes drive of the villa, many of them stretching for miles so they never get overcrowded even in the height of summer.
The villa is located within walking distance of the 27 hole championship golf course complex at Vila Sol. Several other top golf courses including Vilamoura (5 courses) Vale de Lobo (2), Sao Lourenco and Quinta do Lago (2) are located within an easy driving distance.