Bungalow | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This is part of a quinta with its unique style property. Close to amenity but yet offer that sort after peace and quiet.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Olhao 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 30 km, Nearest railway: Loule 15 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
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
We require 30% (non refundable) deposit upon confirmation of booking and full payment 30 days before arrival. Rental is payable in full on booking within 30 days of arrival.
Cancellation by you – If you choose to cancel your booking you will normally lose all monies paid. (more than 30 days before arrival - loss of deposit; 30 days or less before arrival up to the day of arrival - loss of full payment).
However, we will always attempt to re let the property on the best possible terms to mitigate your loss but please be aware, particularly in the case of cancellations close to the arrival date, that we may be unsuccessful in re letting even at a discount. If we are successful a refund will be made to you on the following basis:
- If at the date of cancellation you have paid the deposit only, this will be refunded less and administration fee of 50.00€.
- If you have paid the full rental you will receive the rental we are able to achieve on re letting less an administration fee of 100.00€.
Cancellation by us – We reserve the right to modify or withdraw any booking due to circumstances beyond our control, for example where fire, flood, theft, damage or any other occurrence renders the property uninhabitable or incapable of providing the facilities or services we offered. In such an event a comparable substitute property will be offered or a full and immediate refund of monies paid. We will consider claims for further compensation for loss or inconvenience as appropriate.
Damages or losses – We reserve the right to charge you for breakages, damages or losses to any property and its contents caused by you. Where applicable a security deposit will be held by us and returned less any necessary deduction following a completion of the rental.
Complaints – In the unlikely event that you feel cause for complaint during the rental you should inform us as soon as possible, whereupon we will do our best to rectify matters as appropriate or necessary. Please be aware that notifying a complaint only after completion of rental may compromise our ability to consider it.
Notes – All information in our promotional media of any kind forms part of these Booking Conditions, including the maximum number and any minimum age of people who can be accommodated and any other conditions stipulated in property descriptions. Distances and measurements are approximate. Facilities are as agreed with property owners and are offered in good faith, No responsibility can be accepted for the climate, the natural or built environment, local conditions, traditions or practices, interruption to or breakdown of any public service and any consequential effect thereof.
The Algarve region
The Algarve, Portugal, is a famous holiday destination popular with those seeking lots of sunshine and award winning golden sandy beaches, families, sports enthusiasts and nature lovers
For holidaymakers from around the world that fly into Faro Airport or drive or sail from other parts of Europe each year, it's the promise of sun-drenched days at the beach, sharing in a lovely relaxed and welcoming family-orientated culture and endless options for dining out and things to do, for all ages! Not to mention the award winning golf courses for those golfing fanatics. However the Algarve should also be known for it's truly unique contrast between the golden coastline and the beautiful rural countryside, it's many historic attractions and thousands of species of flora and fauna, making it the perfect holiday destination for interests such as photography, painting, nature watching, walking and other outdoor pursuits.
The beautiful sandy beaches are, of course, one of the major attractions for the Algarve (and understandably too, because they are some of the best in the world, with Blue Flag awards to prove it!) but as our Algarve tourist information shows, this sunny southern region of Portugal offers so much more as well! The fantastic weather that delivers dry sunny days for most of the year, makes enjoying outdoor life a way of life. The Algarve is perfect for walking, sightseeing and cycling and for all the sports you can imagine – surfing, golf, tennis, horse riding, kayaking and even extreme sports such as kitesurfing, rock climbing and wakeboarding. Families can enjoy water parks, theme parks and zoos, boat trips along the breath-taking coastline (with dinghy rides into the caves and 'grottos' and the opportunity to see dolphins too), crazy golf, karting and many other things to do in the Algarve!
The Algarve is only a less than 3 hour flight from the United Kingdom, Ireland and many other parts of Europe and flights arrive to the region's sole international airport, Faro Airport (in central Algarve). Faro flights arrive daily throughout the year, with several arrivals and departures each day from airlines during the busiest summer months of July to September. There are also direct flights from Toronto in Canada to Faro in the winter.
Sao Bras de Alportel
São Brás de Alportel, in common with much of the Algarve, was a settlement in Roman times and later inhabited by the Moors. It was the birthplace of Moorish poet Ibne Ammar in the 12th century.
It was also a popular retreat for the bishops of the Algarve - somewhere for them to escape from the heat of the city during the hot summer months and during the 17th century an Episcopal palace was built for their use.(This has seen several changes of use over the years and is no longer in use by the bishops.)
Originally the wealth of the town was from cork production - it was the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal - and in 1914 it was made a municipality due to the economic importance of the area. Unfortunately, over the years, the cork production industry has moved to the centre and north of Portugal, leaving São Brás more reliant on tourism and crafts.
São Brás de Alportel is a mix of old and new, with typical, low white Algarvean houses amongst the slightly dusty, grander merchant houses from its wealthy past. The area near the church is the older part of town and typically Algarvean with narrow, cobbled streets criss-crossing each other and small shops and cafes in between the houses. Further away from the church the streets widen and modern apartments take the place of the older white washed houses. There are lots of shops and supermarkets, banks, restaurants, cafes - everything you need in fact! A little further away again and streets of new villas and low rise apartments edge the town.
There are a lot of one-way streets and the usual lack of signposting! The historical sights in the Algarve are signposted in brown, but it took us a few circuits of the town to get to the main church! It is worth finding, however, as the area around is very pretty and the view from outside the church of the surrounding countryside is lovely. The current church was rebuilt after 1755 on the site of, probably, a 15th century church and extended somewhat in the 19th century.
São Brás certainly seems to have survived it's changing fortunes and recovered from the loss of it's cork industry and is increasingly a popular place to live. With it's lovely countryside position at the foot of the hills and proximity to Faro it is easy to see why.
São Brás de Alportel is also home to the first pousada to be built in the Algarve (in 1940's) and it has a fantastic view of the sea and surrounding countryside. It is a little way out of the town, but (this time!) well signposted, and access is up quite a long cobbled road.
A little further on is the pretty village of Alportel, and just a short distance up the hill from Alportel, on the right hand side, is the entrance to Fonte Férrea picnic area. Follow the road down and there is quite a large parking area next to the Fonte. It is a beautiful valley of pines, eucalpytus and oleanders and a series of pools of crystal clear spring water. There are picnic tables and benches and plenty of space to walk in the shade of the trees, or take a dip in the pools to cool off!
If you fancy exploring a little further, carry on high up into the hills and see the little hamlet of Cova da Muda as you wind around the hillsides of cork and pine trees. It is worth the drive for the views and the total tranquility of the hills.
Of course, São Brás is only a short distance from Faro, to the south, and Loulé to the west and both are worthy of a visit.