Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The house is on three levels comprising very large sun terrace on the roof and main apartment area on the mid floor. Downstairs are the bedrooms, two en suites, shower room and private pool. The two double bedrooms both have ensuite facilities. The 2 twin bedrooms share an adjacent bathroom. There is another WC upstairs in the mid floor. The four bedrooms offer extremely comfortable accommodation for eight persons, however there is a cot for an infant and it would be possible to provide another 'camp bed' for a child or young adult, meaning that the villa would accommodate 10 persons. There is also a high chair and buggy available at the property if required.
The fully fitted kitchen is complete with all appliances. A washing machine is situated in a utility cupboard under the external stairs.
The villa has a CD player and TV wtih full Sky package including movies, sports and kids channels in the lounge. There is also an iPod player/docking station.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro Airport 100 km, Nearest railway: Lagos 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The interior is very well appointed in a modern style. The pool and terraces face the Atlantic ocean and have spectacular views over the ocean and Luz as well as fantastic sunshine.
|Further details outdoors||
The pool can be heated at a cost for early and late season bookings.
Mobility. The house can be entered from two different levels. The living area, kitchen, living room, open dining area and one of the sun terraces is accessed by a short 'bridge' on the same level as one of the car parking spaces meaning that wheelchairs, prams etc have uninterrupted access. From this level the bedrooms below are accessed by a wide staircase. The ground floor of the Villa can be accessed from the Atlantic side, with a short stair giving access to the ground floor pool area and the four bedrooms on that level.
It is worth noting that the villa is managed by a close personal friend who is a professional Villa manager. She is the point of contact for meet and greet if requested, she lives literally 200 m away, and is available anytime to deal with queries. She is also able to advise on local attractions, can organise golf bookings etc. She will also provide a welcome pack if requested at a modest cost.
The Algarve region
Local Information & Days Out
The Algarve boasts some of the finest beaches in the world, from long promenades of long golden sand to unobtrusive secluded coves which were once the hideaway of smugglers and pirates alike.
The East offers a more relaxed sloping coastline with the sea gently lapping against the shore.
This graduates in stages across to the West where you will see what looks like a massive confrontation between the Atlantic and the cliffs of Sagres and Cape St. Vincent (named the end of the world, as it is the last piece of land before South America.) Wherever you are in the Algarve, a beautiful beach is never far away.
The West Coast
Although the sea is a little rougher and slightly colder, the beaches of the west coast are well worth exploring as they offer spectacular expanses of sandy beach. Some of the best are found at Carrapateira, Bordeira, Arrifana and Amoreira.
The Algarve is exposed to strong seas and care must be taken when bathing in the sea. It is vitally important that the beach flag system is followed at all times.
Flags (Beach Safety):
GREEN: Sea safe, life-guard an duty
GREEN & CHEQUERED: Sea safe, no lifeguard on duty
YELLOW: sea suitable for strong swimmers only
RED: Stay ashore, no swimming
Mesa Praia or Sao Roque - This broad expanse of sand stretches for 4km and offers all kinds of facilities for those who enjoy watersports.
On the isthmus of the Alvor bar stands Meia Praia fort, which defended Lagos bay in the 17 th and 18 th centuries. Historians say that it was off these beaches that the galleons carrying the treasure of Moctezuma, an Aztec emperor captured by the soldiers of Herman Cortez, were shipwrecked in 1522.
Batata, Estudantes, Homens, Pinhao, Dona Ana and Camilo - sandy coves tucked between brightly coloured cliffs, these beaches include some interesting rock formations. Calm and clear water. Many believe these to be the most delightful beaches in the Algarve.
Canavial and Porto-de Mos - long beaches between cliffs. Tourist facilities.
Luz - a tourist centre with a cosmopolitan flavour. Large beach.
Dona Maria - a calm and isolated beach
Barril - Barril is long enough to encompass both a cosmopolitan atmosphere and near complete isolation.
Cordoma - its worthwhile trying to find a beach called Cordoma. You drive to it through Villa De Du Bispo. There are spectacular several hundred foot high cliffs and miles of empty beaches.
The Monchique area is a wonderful place to head for if you enjoy walking and trekking.
The Monchique Bio Park Network has been designed to offer a series of mapped and marked routes that allow you to get out and about in otherwise difficult terrain. It is ideal for walking, cycling and horse-riding. If you are of reasonable health and take some form of regular exercise, you should be capable of taking on most of the Bio-Park routes.
There are small eating places on every route but remember to bring adequate water (up to 5 titres for a whole day), sunscreen, a hat, loose clothing and comfortable footwear. Some routes pass close to farmhouses, the dogs may bark loudly but mainly it is just noise so don't be alarmed.
Portuguese Countryside Code:
Please show respect for nature, people and places you visit. Do not pick plants, fruit or flowers from the trails. Use rubbish points in public areas, do not leave litter.
Don't light open fires, carefully extinguish any cigarettes and do not leave broken glass or combustible materials around or in open sunlight.
LUZ - Cliff walks
Make your way up the pathway from Praia da Luz to the trig point at 109 meters. That might be enough walking for some, for some more energetic it is a moderate walk of about 3 km eastwards to Porto da Mos.
If you are still up to it, carry on walking for another 5 km or so, all the way to Lagos via the spectacular headland at Ponta da Piedade. You can get a bus back to Praia da Luz.
It is possible to walk from Luz to Burgau going West, which is a very spectacular and enjoyable walk. Burgau is a very authentic Portuguese village and a good place to go for a bite and a bit of sightseeing.
Praia da Luz
The Praia da Luz area
Ponta da Gaivota is situated in a quiet and enviable position, with fantastic sea views and just a short walk, about 10 minutes, to the centre of Praia da Luz with its golden beach, cafes, shops and restaurants.
Praia da Luz is located in the Western Algarve of Portugal; approximately one hour west of Faro airport, and a short drive from the larger, historic town of Lagos. It has the advantage of being within easy reach of many picturesque bays and coves along the Algarve coast. Praia da Luz has developed over the past few years into a small, peaceful and popular family resort.
The sweeping sandy beach, which has a Blue Flag rating, as well as full time professional life guards, is ideal for families as it offers safe bathing as well as many types of water sports (from May to October).
March to October is warm with little rain in the south. With an average of 3,000 hours of sun per year, the south-facing coast of the Algarve is the sunniest, driest, and warmest part of the country. Tempered by the Atlantic Ocean means the summer heat rarely reaches the unpleasant levels sometimes found in other parts of the Mediterranean. Winters are mild and wet.
Places to Visit
Lagos: With one of the largest bays on the Algarve, Lagos is an attractive, bustling town conquered in the 8th century by the Moors who left behind fortifications, some of which can still be seen today. The centre of the town consists of pretty 18th and 19th century buildings. Cobbled streets and enchanting squares link the maize of thoroughfares creating an ambience of charm, culture and history in this captivating town. The citizens of Lagos continue to make their living from fishing giving the town a character and independence all of its own.
Lisbon: The likeable capital is a relaxed port, overlooked by a ruined castled. Whitewashed, cobbled streets form a labyrinth upon a hill, populated by fantastic architecture, and Art Nouveau shops and cafes. A statue of Christ stands by the river, arms outstretched, surveying the grand suspension bridge and river ferries. Travellers should visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Manueline complex that houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama, and the Gulbenkian Museum, home to a superb art collection.
Porto: At the mouth of the Douro River, this atmospheric city of tangled tiers reaching up from the river's north bank has more to offer than simply its port-producing suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia. Spectacular bridges span the wide river, contemporary art is on display at the Fundação de Serralves, and the old town bustles beside its riverbanks.
Estremadura and Ribatejo: Just north of Lisbon, these regions are home to a number of delights. Surfers should head to the Atlantic rollers at Enceira, those interested in religion should visit Alcobaça's twelfth-century monastery and Fátima's famous shrine, while geologists will want to explore the Grutas de Mira de Aire - a vast and extraordinary cave system.
The Algarve: Long sandy beaches have brought mass tourist development to the area. The charms of the area may be overwhelmed, so it's best to skip the high season and the area from Faro to Albufeira.
Festivals: Carnival celebration is held in Lisbon in February or March
June: Santos Populares - 13th, 24th and 29th June. The celebration on 13th June is the largest, and all begin the previous evening. People hit each other over the head in the streets with plastic hammers.
July and August: Estoril Festival takes place in July and August
Activities and Sports
Casa Gaivota is ideally situated in an area blessed with many golf courses and for those who wish to travel a little further, there are over 20 prime courses to choose from, all within an hour's drive of Praia da Luz.
The most local courses to the villa are:
Boavista is only 3km away from the centre of Praia da Luz, This course poses a challenge for the more accomplished golfer.
Palmares one of the most scenic courses in the Algarve, is close to Lagos
Penina a championship course, is about 20 minutes drive away from Praia da Luz
Oceanico offer a range of courses from Arnold Palmer designed Oceanico Victoria course (home to the Portugal PGA Masters 2007-2009) and the Oceanico Faldo Course.
The villa’s location is a great base from which to go exploring; guided mountain bike tours and walks take you to many different places of interest in the region. Alternatively hire a bike and explore by yourself or with the family.
Less than 15 minutes drive away: Close to the villa you will find a beach, sailing, water skiing, boat hire, wind surfing, fishing, flying, walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, tennis, sports centre, museum, zoo, theatre / cinema, restaurants.
Shopping and Souvenirs
Leather goods copper, ceramics, embroidery and tapestry, cork products, porcelain and china, crystal and glassware.
With over 200km of coastline, as you would expect fish and seafood are a staple part of the diet for people of the Algarve. The traditional Portugese restaurants normally offer a large selection of fish dishes, one of which is almost certain to be grilled sardines. Also commonly on the menu are a range of omelettes, salads and some meat dishes. The prices are very reasonable, the food is good and the portions are generous. House wine, which is normally a local Portugese wine is very good value and very drinkable! On average a 2 course meal for 2, including house wine can cost less than €25. Obviously prices vary enormously depending on location.
As well as restaurants serving traditional Portugese food, the Algarve has a huge choice of restaurants serving food from across the world; Chinese, Indian, Italian and English being particularly popular. Thai, Mexican, Tapas and Vegetarian are also available.
Burgau and Praia da Luz have a good variety of restaurants, but the more traditional towns and villages will often just have a local Portugese restaurant or cafe serving food.