Almancil is important in providing goods and services to satisfy the needs of the two up-market developments. Also located here are many real estate offices and interior and furnishing shops. The town is also notable for the distinct pottery produced by locals.
Areas of interest include the Church of Sao Lourenco east of Almancil, which showcases stunning azuleqo glazed tiles by the artist Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes. These 18th century ceramic tiles exemplify the best of Algarvian architecture. Close by is the Sao Lourenço Cultural Centre, an establishment regularly holding events such as art exhibits and music shows. Also located in Almancil is the Estádio Algarve (Algarve Stadium). Home ground of Louletano DC and SC Farense, the stadium is host to the 2004 European Football Championship.
Walking towards the sea you will find Algarves most luxurious Residential Developments and Holiday Resorts. Notable Almancil Beaches include, Praia do Ancão, Praia do Garrão, Praia da Quinta do Lago, Praia do Trafal, and Praia do Vale de Lobo.
The Quinta do Lago complex near town is considered one of the most exclusive luxury developments in Southern Europe. It is popular with the English and is a retreat for many celebrities. The resort boasts a five-star hotel, first-class fine dining restaurants, and various luxury facilities. Rumor has it that Alan Shearer, George Michael, Luis Figo, Madonna, and Elton John own property in these areas.
The tennis center is among the best in Europe and restaurants offering a myriad of cuisines catering to different palates are many. Also located in Almancil is the Almancil Karting, a leisure and competition complex. A replica of the former F1 Brazilian racetrack, it is a must-see for many for motor racing aficionados.
Nearby, Vale do Lobo between pine trees, golf courses and beach fronts, it is also famous for high quality homes set in manicured gardens with private pools.
Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are an outstanding example of self contained resorts with splendid beaches, excellent restaurants, bars, night clubs, shopping centres and a wide range of sports and leisure facilities, all close at hand.