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Romantic Retreat in Aljezur Old Town

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

The house! The wooden deck is on the bottom level and the patio area on the top level or the house.

House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Nestled within the historical old town of Aljezur is 'Retiro do Forte' or the Forte Retreat, a beautifully restored modern house, set in a quiet area away from the hustle and noise of modern day life, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

With beautiful views looking out across the fertile fields of Aljezur across to the 'new town' and afar the beautiful mountains of Monchique, the view offers a tranquil setting to listen to the birds, and the hypnotic chorus of cow bells chiming in the fields.

The top floor of the house features a cosy patio at the entrance way, the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or have dinner under the stars with a herb garden which can be picked fresh for the table. Inside there is a large open plan living area and dining room with ample seating for six people and three huge windows so the panoramic views can be seen at all times. There is a flat screen T.V with cabel t.v and a selection of DVDs and an ipod dock for listening to music. The fireplace area is a nice quiet spot in front of double doors which open to a small balcony, the perfect place to read, write or nap in the afternoon sun.

Adjoining the dining area, the kitchen features all the amenities to make your holiday as 'stressfree' as possible with full cooking facilities and utensils, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and an electronic espresso coffee machine.

Down the red cement stairs there is a beautiful bathroom with spacious shower, toilet and bidet. Next to the bathroom is a large bedroom with extremely comfortable king sized bed with two double doors alongside which allows for the perfect place to have breakfast in bed enjoying the view. There are also large closets with ample space to fit all belongings and ensure a clutter free holiday. The two double doors open out to a wooden patio with an area to enjoy the views and the small garden, or relax in the hammock.

There is also a gas bbq and board rack for storing surfboards. From the downstairs patio are small steps which lead up to the main entrance way, so sandy feet can be washed with the hose before entering the house after a day at the beach.

Discretely tucked below the staircase is a washing machine with movable clothes rack. Linen and towels are provided (excluding beach towels).

The house is suited for two people sharing the king sized bed however it can comfortably sleep four people using the extremely comfortable fold out sofa bed on the top floor. A baby cot is available upon request.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Arrifana 7 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 100 km, Nearest railway: Lagos 27 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Algarve region

Retiro do Forte is the perfect base for enjoying and exploring one of Portugal's most beautiful areas, the natural park of Costa Vicentina. Minutes away through a stunning winding valley is the unspolit beach of Amoreira and within a 10km radius of the beaches of Arrifana and Monte Clerigo among a handful of other secret beaches which are free to be discovered, 'Retiro do Forte' offers a paradise for nature lovers, surfers, fishermen, bird watchers and beach goers of all kind, making it the perfect destination for families with children of all ages. This are benefits from a mediterranean sunny climate all year long!

To the south, Lagos is 30km away which has train and bus connections to Faro airport 90km to the east. Sagres is on the southwest tip of Portugal 40kms away, which makes a lovely day trip to discover Henry the Navigator's old sailing school in the spectacular fortress with a stop in Carrapateira, conveniently positioned halfway it makes a perfect lunch stop with a drive around the nearby coastal loop road by the village to take in the neighbouring beaches and spectacular coastal cliffs.


Aljezur is a historical old Moorish town situated in a fertile valley with the town positioned on either side of a small river. The town is split into an 'old town' and 'new town'. The old town is built on a hill with the 10th century castle ruins located at the top of the highest point. Retiro do Forte is also in the old town, with views to the castle ruins from the car-park area.

Across the river and fields is the 'new town' which was built in the 18th century and features a large church, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Alva, and a pleasant town square with cafes and bars.

30km inland to the east is the lovely hilltop town of Monchique where regional cheeses, meats and citrus can be tasted. To the north is the small town of Rogil, 7kms away which features a handful of quiet beaches surrounded by dramatic rocky cliffs, and the picturesque town of Odeceixe, 15km further north.

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Review 1-6 of 6

14 Jul 2014


"I want to live here forever"

super cozy house everything at our disposal. The best view ever to The village, great to relax. No need to use Car to go to The market. Loved everything. Top owners Thanks Pedro & Jemma… More

15 May 2014


"At home/Wie zu Hause"

3 Wochen haben wir im Haus von Jemma und Pedro verbracht, wir wurden sehr persönlich und freundlich empfangen. Alles lief total unkompliziert und als wir uns einmal ausgesperrt hatten, war Jemma sofo… More

14 Apr 2014


"Tasteful, Spacious and Comfortable with lovely views"

This is a perfect location for a couple. There is everything needed (and more too). It is imaginatively designed and tastefully furnished.… More

9 Jan 2014


"Perfect place"

Nice little house perched in the old town of Aljezur with views of the valley. The house has everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed and is an excellent base to go walking, cycling or surf… More

4 Nov 2013


"Cosy house"

We had a great time in Aljezur. Location is nice. Good surfing beaches are close but you definitely need a car. The house itself is super clean and cosy. Only the mentioned WiFi was not (yet) installe… More

25 Jul 2013


"Excellent Stay"

Everything went well and we enjoyed it very much.
Only disappointment was there was no Internet connection at villa when the advertisement said there was.
The villa was actually better in real life than the pictures suggested. The Villa was very clean on arrival and everything worked well.
The owners were very welcoming on arrival and helpful with suggestions on things to do and see in the area.
Would recommend this villa to anyone

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Calendar last updated:31 Jan 2015

Based in Portugal

Languages spoken
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  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

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