Vale Santa Maria appartment
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Appealing small apartment block set on a hill overlooking Albufeira old town, ideal for family holidays and close to all amenities; beach, sea and town, which has many restaurants and entertainment. Also central for all Algarve golf courses. Apartment is furnished to a high standard with open plan living dining area, fully equipped kitchen and T.V. Maid service includes linen and towels changed every week. The appartment has a balcony overlooking the quiet pool which is surrounded by pretty gardens. The pool area has a childrens pool divided from main pool, and at peak times a poolside snack bar serving very tasty homemade snacks and refreshments. Apartment is equipped with a safe. A local bus stops outside the apartment block providing easy access to local transport if you wish to explore without hiring a car. Car hire can be arranged. This is a family complex so, sorry, NO SINGLES. We ask that guests vacate the apartment by 11.00am on the day they depart if the apartment is booked up.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 45 km, Nearest railway: Ferrerias, Albufeira 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Algarve region
The Algarve is one of the sunniest places in Europe. The summers can be hot, but there is usually a refreshing breeze by the coast. Spring and Autumn are ideal times for outdoor pursuits, such as golfing, biking, walking. The winters are mild and very often sunny, but do expect a few rainy days any time between October and March.
The Atlantic coastline offers a spectacular variation of scenery from dramatic limestone cliff formations surrounding tiny coves, to long, flat, sandy beaches ideal and safe for family holidays.
Go inland, and the mountains of Monchique provide a totally different viewpoint (and on some days a totally different climate) to the coastal areas. The terrain here makes it ideal for all types of activities, from off–road biking, hiking and quad biking to walking and simply enjoying the spectacular scenery.
The western facing side of the Algarve is certainly worth a visit. The beaches are beautiful and clean and the scenery fantastic – but be prepared for more wind and colder water! A favourite spot for windsurfers.
Go east of Faro and you will find the Ria Formosa, a protected part of the coast cut off from the sea by sand–spits, forming large areas of marshlands and lagoons teeming with wildlife.
Further east beyond Tavira the coast runs off towards Spain with mile after mile of Golden flat sand.
The Albufeira area
The Old Town of Albufeira with its cobbled streets offers a never ending choice of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. Some bars have live music in the evenings and the Town Square has some interesting and very good street performers.
The town beach is only a few minutes walk and has various water sports on offer, sunbeds for hire and a line of beach front cafes. At low tide you can walk to Fisherman's beach and beyond.
If you want to go to The “Strip” area of Albufeira then this is an easy ride by bus or by the town's “Shuttle Road Train”. Here you can party until the early hours of the morning in the bars and nightclubs that line the street. In addition, again there is a huge choice of restaurants and a variety of shops.
If you fancy something a bit quieter then the new Marina is within walking distance (about 15 minutes). This is still evolving but has new bars and restaurants, a few shops and is a place to pick up many waterborne trips. Alternatively, catch the bus or take a taxi to some of the beautiful beaches just a few kilometres either side of the town.
A wide range of activities are available within the area. Golfing, tennis and horse riding are all within a 10 minute drive. Other organised activities such as fishing trips, scuba diving, sailing, quad biking, safari trips can all be organised from Albufeira. For the children Zoomarine and other Water Parks are within an easy drive or transport is provided by the parks if booked in advance.
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2 Apr 2014
"Everything we could wish for and more."
Taxi was arranged to pick us up from the airport straight to the apartment. It had everything we needed, spotlessly clean and spacious. 4 sharing was no problem, two bedrooms + two bathrooms=no hassle… More
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