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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Villa Sonia is set within the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, between Olhão and Fuzeta. The views from the Villa are truly of natural beauty. The mature gardens to the front of Villa Sonia, makes a delightful spot to have breakfast, lunch and evening meals watching the sunset. The garden at the rear, boasts a spectacular 10m x 5m salt ´Sun' private pool, with a barbeque area and built in shaded area – It will be hard to be drawn away from the pool area, which is perfect for all ages, with steps leading into the pool and a hand rail for those not so sure footed. WiFi ADSL broadband Internet is also a welcome addition for 2014

The house itself is all on one floor, with a double bedroom as you enter the house and opposite a shower room, along the hallway and you find a further larger shower room and 2 single bedrooms, perfect for children of different ages to have their own space. Opening off the hallway, into a large living area, with an open plan dining area and lounge area, with English TV - via a WiFi system (you will need to bring a laptop or device with a HDMi lead). Off of the dining area is a fully fitted kitchen with all you will need for self- catering. Off of the lounge area, is a further twin bedroom. Villa Sonia sleeps in total 6 people plus we have a baby cot for the smaller traveller. The lounge and twin room has views to the front garden. The whole house has outside shutters, keeping it cooler in summer, with mosquito netting on the windows which allows a sea breeze to flow through the house.

In addition there is a roof terrace making the most of the panoramic views of the Ria Formosa and out to sea and in the centre of the house there is an open spaced átrium´

Villa Sonia is a 5 minute drive to the local fishing town of Fuzeta, which has an array of good restaurants, a daily market, a good supermarket and best of all a spectacular beach. The Island beach can be reached by an inexpensive ferry and the lagoon beach is perfect at high tide if you just fancy a quick dip in the sea.

Further away (15 minutes by car) Olhão and Tavira are larger towns with excellent supermarkets, shopping, shopping centres, an array of Restaurants and further ferries you can catch out to the stunning Island beaches that you find in this area of the Eastern Algarve. 30 minutes from the airport this is an ideal destination for a stress free easily reached holiday destination.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Fuzeta
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro, Nearest railway: Fuzeta
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

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Algarve region

The coastal towns of the eastern Algarve are 'real' towns, far more under-developed than those in the Central and Western area of the Algarve.

If you are after a more relaxed style of holiday, away from the hordes of tourists and water parks, then the Eastern Algarve may be the place for you.

Why is it so undeveloped? The reason for this is probably because the towns along the coast are not generally right on the sea. They are separated from the Atlantic by salt-pans, marshland and lagoons. These form part of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve which stretches from just south of Faro along the coast to the town of Vila Nova de Cacela, a few kilometres west of the Rio Guadiana river on the Spanish border.

The headquarters of the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve at Quinta Marim is worth a visit.

The beaches you'll find along the coast are to be found on long sandy islands and outcrops. Because of this, little development of hotels has been possible, and should therefore keep the area quieter than other areas in the Algarve.

The wetlands of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve make this area of coastline, wild and interesting, in contrast to the red sandstone cliffs of the central Algarve and the rugged coastline in the west.

Further inland, the area is completely undeveloped. Small rustic villages nestle in the remote countryside. You'll find the local inhabitants going about their daily business, the same today as they did many generations before.


Fuzeta is a quiet fishing village of the eastern Algarve, about 8km from the typical town of Olhao, 12km from the historic town of Tavira, where you can experience the many delicious sweets of Algarve, and 17km from Faro, capital of the Algarve, a region near monuments as interesting as Roman ruins and Baroque palaces.

Fuzeta Island is a beautiful beach with crystal clear warm water that stretches for several kilometers of golden sand. It is situated in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a protected area that consists of several islands. Access to the island is via boat. The pier is located just 5 minutes walk from the apartment and the boat ride lasts 10 minutes. During the holidays there are regular connections by boat and outside these periods a water taxi can be hired.

There is also a quiet and pleasant beach on the lagoon situated 5 minutes walk from the apartment that is ideal for families with small children since is wave free and very safe. When the tide is out is an excellent opportunity to explore the very rich shore.

Both the island and the lagoon are very suitable for the practice of water sports as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. There are also many other fantastic beaches nearby, ideal for lovers of water sports.

Be enchanted with a relaxing boat ride through the islands while observing the many species of waterfowl in one of the most important natural reserves in Europe.

Walkers and cyclists can use the many trials existing in Ria Formosa Natural Park and enjoy the scenic views. It is easy to rent bycicles in Fuzeta.

For golf enthusiasts, there are numerous golf courses within a radius of 30 km, as the famous golf resort of Quinta do Lago, standing the closest only 4km far away.

There is also a train station just 5 minutes walk from the apartment that can allow a relaxing trip to some of the main towns in Algarve.

In Fuzeta there are many bars and restaurants with the delicious dishes of traditional food as the always fresh grilled fish and a big variety of seafood. There is also a local market which is open every mornings, except on Sundays, with a great amount of fresh fishes, vegetables and fruits. On Saturday mornings there is always the presence of people selling genuine and high quality local produts. There is also a large supermarket in the centre of Fuzeta that is open 7 days a week.

Fuzeta has a street market on Thursdays and a flea market on the first Sunday of the month.

In Summer (July) there is a boat procession, in honour of the town's fishermen, with the boats being decorated with flags and flowers. There are also during Summer some music festivals in Fuzeta.

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3 Oct 2014


"great location for relaxation"

We stayed in Sonia for a week during June , having visited the area before we knew we were coming to relaxing rural area without much intrusion by the tourist industry . Sonia is a large single storey… More

24 Sep 2014


"Really peaceful, relaxing and beautiful"

Really spacious, bungalow style villa with traditional furnishings and fully equipped kitchen. There are two lovely established and well thought-out gardens with an inviting pool (although refreshing … More

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  • 4 Years listed

Calendar last updated:19 Jun 2014

Based in United Kingdom

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