About the home
Ceu Azul – meaning Blue Sky is exactly what you imagine! A bright, sunny villa with views you will never forget. Situated in Pinheiro on the Ria Formosa Nature reserve, a rare, secluded and unspoilt spot on the Eastern Algarve. Wake up to the sound of the sea and birds cherping in a beautiful calm enviroment. Take a stroll along the walkway and cycle route on the lagoons edge, which also has a fabulous fish restaurant All of this right on your doorstep.
A birdwatchers paradise, with easy access to beaches and towns along the Eastern Algarve, All within a few minutes drive from Ceu Azul....
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Fuzeta or Barril|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Sea view|
|General:||Air conditioning, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Ceu Azul is a 2 bedroom air conditioned (heating) Villa, with a south facing lounge making the most of the stunning lagoon and sea views with a colourful garden below. Making every morning you wake up a reason to enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the elevated terrace at the front of the Villa, before deciding to stay or explore the local towns and beaches. Ceu Azul has a small but perfectly formed kitchen for those who enjoy the culinary delights Portugal has to offer at it's local daily markets.
Further details outdoors:
The garden below makes a great area for soaking up the sun and enjoying barbecues or after dinner drinks and conversations, when you stroll back from the local restaurant
We request a 30% deposit on booking, with the remaining 70% balance due 2 months before arrival
The Algarve / East 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
The Tavira / Pinheiro area
Get back to nature on your Algarve holiday and explore the Ria Formosa Natural Reserve. It is a nature park which stretches along most of the Eastern Algarve coastline. It is basically a collection of marshes, salt pans and lagoons forming a barrier from the sea to the land.
It is a big pull for nature lovers and particularly bird watchers, who flock here (pardon the pun) to catch sight of a large variety of birds, many of which use the Ria Formosa as a migratory ground or stop-over in the winter. Be lucky enough to stay right in the heart of The Ria Formosa at one of our houses.
In addition to bird watching, it is also a fantastic place to see all types of wildlife, flora and fauna and if you like walking, there are trails to take, so you can enjoy nature at its best. If you want to enjoy all this at higher speeds then there are bikes for hire or perhaps you’d prefer the view from the back of a horse. You could also book a boat trip and enjoy it from the water.
The Ria Formosa is a barrier between the Atlantic and the mainland and is further protected by several islands, which are basically large sand dunes. These islands are Faro, Barreta, Culatra, Armona and Tavira. These provide some great beaches to visit, and they tend to be quieter than the beaches you’ll find in the resorts of the western Algarve. This because they are in the less touristy Eastern Algarve and because they are harder to access because of their location beyond the lagoons and marshes.
In between these islands and the mainland are large areas of dunes and lagoons, small sand isles, mud flats and canals. This provides a wonderful habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna, sealife and birds
You'll also find shellfish farming here, which I'm told provides for around 80% of Portuguese Clam exports.
The town of Tavira a few Kilometers away, is built on both sides of the River Gilao and is full of historic churches. There are also the ruins of a castle, a 13th Century moorish fortress. Only the walls remain, but it is worth a visit, if only for the great views you can get across the town and out to the Atlantic.
Another reason to visit, are the beautiful gardens next to the castle which are full of beautiful hibiscus flowers and fig trees. A great spot to sit down and relax. Did I mention that admission to the castle and gardens is free?
There are some lovely walks along the river, and you can cross it via the Ponta Romana (Roman bridge), one of 5 bridges crossing the River Gilao. Its not really a Roman bridge, as it was rebuilt, having been destroyed by the great earthquake in the 17th Century. Half-way across it there are some benches to sit and relax. From here, looking into the river I saw some unusual black fish.
Wandering around, you'll find some narrow, hilly cobbled streets, home to some lovely blue and white tiled houses which are worth a photograph.
If exploring churches is your thing, then Tavira is the place for you. There are a lot of them, twenty seven in fact. Not really my cup of tea, but we did visit a couple of the churches. The church of Santa Maria do Castelo, near the castle and the Igreja do Carmo, which did have some quite impressive guilt woodwork inside.
When you need a break from exploring why not stop for a coffee Café Veneza in the Praca da Republica. You must also try one of their “Pastel de Nata”, which is a Portuguese egg-custard tart. An absolute must.
If walking around is just too energetic for you, you can always see the city from the road train, which runs every hour. It takes about 40 minutes and stops at various places of interest. It only costs a few Euros, so is well worth the cost.
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Activities near Tavira
Tennis in town
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 4|
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|27 Sep 12||1 Nov 12||£ 329||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Nov 12||1 Apr 13||£ 249||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 329||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 489||-||-||1 Week|
|13 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 599||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 489||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 329||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Nov 13||1 Apr 14||£ 249||-||-||1 Week|
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We request a 30% deposit on booking and the remainder 2 months before arrival.
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