Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 3
Set in the quietest corner of a large holiday complex this privately owned and modernized apartment has been built to accommodate a couple who enjoy being close to the action, yet require the possibility of returning to peace and quiet in a cul-de-sac where only the sound of birds interrupts their thoughts. An enormous terrace offers the possibility of letting another guest stay overnight on a spare bed in the sheltered terrace area. Ten minutes walk from refreshing Atlantic waves and a multitude of restaurants in the old town, a ten minute bus ride will bring you to a wide choice of tiny beaches set under fascinating cliffs and private bays.
Green hills and rushing streams with natural spa water are a 30 minute drive away in the Monchique area where the Romans also settled. For those who want wind and a completely unspoilt coastline the west coast is also 30 minutes drive where Blokarting can be enjoyed, the best surfing beach in Europe and of course Albufeira has more hours of clear sunshine than any other location in Europe or Asia!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, Studio|
|Nearest beach||Fisherman's Beach 600 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 30 km, Nearest railway: Ferreiras 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
This is a zero bedroom studio, one large (40 square metres)single room with a comfortable sofa-couch and a fold down bed. Inside you can watch TV and without moving from your seat, spot yachts and boats drift past on the Atlantic.
A TV with clear reception of BBC, ITV, CNN, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and German channels, and stereo system where you can play your own special CDs (remember to pack them!) or cassette tapes or listen to one of many many English and Portuguese stations with clear reception on the radio.
Wi-fi is available - ask for present rates.
|Further details outdoors|
For a romantic evening on the large terrace there is a choice of tables, comfortable loungers, a barbecue or order home delivery and you can enjoy the cool air after an excellent meal watching the very clear skies as the stars slowly appear.
There are two large pools which are deep enough to dive in and a small pool for children. There are three tennis courts located just beyond the balcony these must be hired separately. A bar and restaurant where full meals and also snacks and buffet breakfasts can be enjoyed for a variety of budgets.
There are a number of playing areas for children on the condominium. Swings are just 50 yards from the apartment entrance and a games room with different ball games and computer games is beside the restaurant.
Note for wheelchair access: Although this apartment enjoys a raised view from the south-facing balcony it is accessed via the ground floor and there is enough space to drive to the entrance lobby and then gain entry without anything more than a two inch high ridge at the front door.
The Algarve region
This is the place where the highest sunshine hours are recorded in Europe. More than 3000 hours a year. Temperatures are hence higher than can be expected elsewhere. In midsummer daytime highs of 32 degrees are hot, low is 23 degrees. In midwinter an average high is 16 degrees and 3 or 4 days will drop to around 10 degrees. Rain is seldom but is usual in December or January.
The Romans settled here and established harbours to refurbish their boats as tides in the Mediterranean are not high enough to be able to lift the boats out of the water. There are numerous Roman remains all along the coast and also many archaeological sites of interest where Holy Grail remains and Templar societies have been said to exist.
The apartment is just 100 meters from the Dolphins Roundabout and a government-run internet cafe where anyone can surf for free for 30 minutes on one of six internet computers. Set in an arena specially maintained for local children and schools there is a variety of equipment and areas for playing, skating and enjoying oneself. Here are concerts and musical activities with enough supervisors to keep the children happy.
Portuguese seafood, Italian pizzas, Indian curries, Chinese spice dishes, the range is still growing as Albufeira maintains its position as favourite location in the whole of Portugal for families and singles alike for holidays. From this central location with a rental car or using cheap local busses you can reach the lush hills of Monchique and enjoy the health water which the Romans first discovered.
You can reach the wild coasts of the west where windsurfers and nature lovers home in. Or you can nip across to Spain and do some Spanish shopping, Albufeira is only 30 minutes from any part of Algarve with the car. Scooters are also available to rent as low as 75€ a week and are a cool and inexpensive way to zip around. Harley Davisons or Honda Goldwings are available for those who want to travel in style.
There are festivals each month details of which are available from the tourist office just a ten minute walk away. If you want to meet up with a whole crowd of UK people then the discos and bars of the "Strip" set between souvenir shops chip shops is the place for you, no Portuguese required here.
The regular local bus service will take you to a variety of sheltered coves and beaches, some supervised and others unsupervised but most are within reach of the excellent Portuguese newly built beach restaurants. These government regulated wooden structures have been placed to make the least impact on the natural wildlife and yet provide modern facilities such as free clean toilets and showers at cost price. Visitors have the choice of a private cove of their own or an open supervised beach with loungers and with clearly displaced timetables and prices of meals everyone will feel well catered for.
The famous resort of Vilamoura is 20 minutes drive where some of the best golf courses attract visitors from all over the world mostly due to the excellent weather in Algarve. More locally there are golf courses and putting greens sprouting up like mushrooms to cater for the demand.
The newly built harbour is just five minutes walk from the apartment where boating and fishing equipment can be rented out. Excursions on yachts, motorboats or catamarans to view the caves all along the coast to the "end of the world" at Sagres, are offered locally. Those interested in buying property can find many English-speaking agents offering plots of land for as little as £5000 or apartments for £70,000 and up.
Kids will be thrilled to see the numerous theme parks ranging from Zoomarine to The Big One or Krazy World, all within 15 minutes coach drive away. Coaches pick you up outside the condominium.
Take a walk down to the coast yourself and join the locals with their fishing rods to see what big fish you can pull in for dinner.
Shops just hundreds of yards away offer anything from specialised hardware to embroidery and for a Lidl supermarket where beer starts at 50p a liter and champagne and cheese is much cheaper than in Britain, you will have to cycle or drive five minutes along the ring road.
Sir Cliff Richard did not settle a couple of hundred meters from the apartment JUST because things were less expensive, the local street is now named after him and he has moved back a couple of kilometers inland to run a more lucrative establishment selling wine with his name on the bottle. He invites visitors saying "looking forward to see you" on a local radio ad but do not count on him being there all the time ;-)