About the home
Sitting high up in the hills of Sao Bras de Alportel Villa Catarina offers outstanding views across the valleys and the Algarve sunshine coast. Just 25 minutes from Faro airport its convenient location allows you to start your holiday with minimum travel fuss.
The villa's central location is perfect for exploring The Algarve's diversity. Just twenty kilometres south east is Tavira often described as the 'jewel' of the Algarve including the unspoilt Island of Tavira which is a beach lovers delight. Travel a short distance to the west and you can find yourself at the chic upmarket Vilamoura Marina rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous (unless you already are!)
Villa Catarina itself has been refurbished to an extremely high standard to allow you a relaxing and enjoyable holiday that you will want to remember. There are two bedrooms each with two single beds and the en-suite master bedroom provides one large double bed. The master bedroom also has access to its own private sun terrace. Downstairs the comfortable lounge furnishings complete with TV compliment the dining area which has a large dining table and chairs for all guests. The kitchen is fully equipped to allow budding chefs the possibility to cook Algarve style!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Vale de Lobo, 17km|
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Towels provided (not pool or beach)
Large dining table with seating for six guests
Internet access is by mobile phone network
Further details outdoors:
Exterior terrace lighting
Terrace dining table and chairs
Swimming pool lights
Local information and guide book provided
Friendly English-speaking villa manager on call
Rental fee payments to be made by bank transfer - 50% upon booking and remaining 50% six weeks prior to rental.
All payments must be made in UK sterling
Refundable breakages deposit of £200 required at time of booking, to be refunded within two weeks at the conclusion of your stay (subject to satisfactory property inspection).
Flexible change-over day
Minimum period of hire one week
No pets allowed.
Strictly no smoking within the villa.
Sorry but no Hen/Stag or golf party groups
Cancellation of a booking after the deposit has been paid will render the deposit non-refundable.
The Algarve / East Algarve region
What makes The Algarve so special?
Perhaps it's the golden sand and crashing breakers of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Europe or the 3000 annual hours of sunshine - a gift to alfresco dining and numerous outdoor sporting activities.
Quite simply The Algarve offers the highest quality and finest facilities in some of Europe's most beautiful surroundings located between the ever blue sea and dusky mountains. This 150mile of rugged Atlantic washed coastline stretching from Sagres in the extreme west to the Spanish border has attracted millions of holiday makers drawn by its magical mediterranean-style atmosphere and beautiful climate.
The jewel in The Algarve's sporting crown is undoubtedly the 30 top class golf courses, many of which have hosted numerous European Tour professional events and even the World Cup of Golf in Vilamoura.
The Sotavento or eastern side beyond Faro towards Vila Real St Antonio on the Spanish border offers an off-the-beaten track Algarve, unhurried and uncrowded.
The Algarve has something to offer everyone, from the nightlife casinos and bars of the western Algarve's Vilamoura or Albufeira to the more traditional old-style Portugal of Tavira or Monchique.
The Sao Bras de Alportel / Sao Romao area
Villa Catarina is located in Sao Romao just a five minute drive from São Brás de Alportel which itself is to the north of Faro, in the Barrocal region of the Algarve.
This is a bustling town and worth exploring. There are museums, galleries and beautiful old churches and chapels and of course many small cafes with sweet pastries, cakes and drinks.
You can drive into the hills above São Brás de Alportel where there are tiny hamlets of houses nestled into the hillside amongst the cork and almond trees. The sheep and goats are still herded down the main roads by sheperds so beware! This is the Algarve untouched by tourism it's also an area where many of the original Algarve handicrafts still survive - wrought iron work, hand made wooden toys, basket weaving.
The Fonte Férrea picnic area is also to the north of São Brás .The scenery is beautiful and picturesque and the cool spring water pools are just perfect for cooling off under the Algarve sun!
For leisure activities you can check out these;
* Golf: 'Vila Sol', 'Quinta do Lago', 'Vale do Lobo' and 'San Lourenzo' are the closest courses.
* Almancil Karting: A leisure and competition karting complex. The circuit is a replica of the Jacarepagua Formula 1 circuit in Brazil.
* Aqua Show Park, Quarteira (Seminho): The biggest water and amusement park in Portugal. Open from 1st June to 15th September 10.00am to 6.00pm.
* Zoomarine at Guia (10km from Albufeira): It's open all year round and is a great day out for the family with dolphin and sealion shows, birds of prey demonstrations and tropical birds show. It's both educational and fun. There are places to eat and drink, and also some fun rides like the pirate ship and water flume and pools to cool off in!
Opening hours are 10.00am to 6.00pm mid March to end of June and 10.00am to 7.30pm during the summer. Winter opening times 10.00am to 6.00pm (closed Mondays in January and February)
How to get there
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Flights from the UK to Faro are available at Stansted/Gatwick/Birmingham airports with airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and BMI which can be booked online.
On arrival at Faro Airport it's good to know that Villa Catarina is only 25minutes away by car (don't worry we'll give you more detailed directions once your booking is confirmed)
A hire car is essential for the villa and is easy to arrange either by booking with Hertz, Budget, Avis, Easycar or Europcar all who have purpose built receptions at Faro airport. We would recommend that you arrange car hire before you arrive to avoid any hiccups.
It's worth knowing that there are good well established local hire car companies at the airport and you may get a better deal with these so its worth comparing. These are some we have used, again you can find them online:
If you don't drive then taxi's are available at the airport and the cost will be between 22 to 30euros but we would reitterate that a car is essential for your stay.
Activities near Sao Bras de Alportel
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|pre-Summer||15 Jan 13||1 May 13||£ 683||-||-||1 Week|
|Summer Season||1 May 13||6 Oct 13||£ 840||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter||6 Oct 13||1 Jan 14||£ 683||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rental fee payments to be made by bank transfer - 50% upon booking and remaining 50% six weeks prior to rental.<BR>All payments must be made in UK sterling<BR>Refundable breakages deposit of £200 required at time of booking, to be refunded within two weeks at the conclusion of your stay (subject to satisfactory property inspection).<BR>Flexible change-over day<BR>Payment transfers made outside of the UK banking system will incur a single service charge of £35Book
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