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Peaceful Cottage with safe rambling country walks - Tourism Registered AL / 1612
Open plan bedroom with very comfortable made up super-king size bed and posturepedic mattresses, a dressing table and dressing area with built-in cupboard leading to ensuite bathroom. Ironed cotton bedlinen with both summer and winter duvets, comfortable Euro-sleep pillows, additional requirements are available by advance request.
Pool / Spa
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Cleaned with disinfectant
All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC/140ºF
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (like countertops, light switches, handles, and faucets)
Minimum 1-day vacancy between guest stays
The Algarve is Portugal's holiday playground, blessed with all year around sunshine, unpolluted blue skies and crystal clear seas.
Summers are very hot and dry, parched meadows and endless beaches with the cool Atlantic are a refuge from the heat of the day. Evenings are refreshingly cooler, and are ideal for dining out, listening traditional "Fado", some serious clubbing or simply good eating in the regions vast choice of restaurants, famous for fresh foods.
Spring and Autumn are milder and are preferred by many, still hot and mostly all blue skies with possibly a stray shower from winter rains restoring the lush green countryside and spectacular wild flowers.
Being a winter rainfall zone, Algarve Winters are surprisingly mild, with some colder days interspersed with days of warm sunny skies, cool evenings ideal for a heart-warming log fire were central heating is merely a surplus luxury.
Unlike central to west Algarve's bustling and crowded tourist resorts, our Eastern Algarve, having protected World Heritage wetlands and offshore islands, is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments. It consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet.
An idyllic easy going lifestyle, with village markets, festivals, uncrowded beaches and all year wall to wall blue skies.
The region offers a wide variety of activities and entertainments, and is well served with shopping malls, regional produce and crafts.
For a change from beach life there is dolphin-watching, scuba-diving, surfing or sailing. You can also visit famous Oceanariums and swim with dolphins, splash away at Water Worlds or enjoy a luxury boat cruise along the spectacularly beautiful coastline. There are also the options of riding a bicycle, horse riding or walking in unspoilt countryside.
With golf as choice activity there are Europe's top courses to hand, and in the Algarve nowhere is too far away to go.
MONCARAPACHO (8Km). The nearest town has a welcoming atmosphere, small market and local pottery as well as the usual shopping amenities. Further on is FUSETA town on the waterfront, from where a short hop across by little ferry takes you to the popular Island beach. Onwards on your way towards the well liked TAVIRA a town which in itself is a fast growing tourist area and well worth a visit, is SANTA LUZIA with rows of restaurants along a lovely palm lined waterfront, from where you may hire water taxis to enjoy your own private beach paradise for the day. Nearby is a miniature rail which crosses the marshes to endlessly long island beach of Isla Barril.
OLHAO (9Km) Is a flourishing old fishing town, and has a small harbour and jetty with small ferries and water taxis that shuttle across to the nearby island beaches. These include Armona and Culatra, as well as the distant light house island of Farol. On the waterfront is a famous undercover fresh fish and vegetable market, inside two huge Moorish style halls. A bustling daily market is a must see for an insight into day-to-day Algarve life. An endless choice of restaurants makes this town a seafood paradise.
AZINHEIRO (Nearby 3Km) Is a small hamlet saddling the mountain ridge. Located in a narrow crossways linking Monte Miguel, Sao Bras, Estoi and Olhao, is the popular local snack bar "O Rissol" owned by very friendly Paulo and Sandra who speak perfect English.
ESTOI (4Km) Is a prominent old town in the foothills of the Calderao mountain range. The recently restored "Pink" Palacio de Estoi is a true sleeping beauty palace and, with the Milrue Roman Temple ruins further along, well worth a visit.
SAO BRAS (9Km). Is a bustling inland town nestling against the lovely outback cork hills. It has all the convenient shopping amenities and very affordable restaurants, along with the ever popular phenomena Luis dos Frangos, or just "Chicken Louis"
FARO (17Km) Is the capital town and has quaint old cobbled shopping walkways and the nearby fortressed old town is well worth a meander. The ancient cathedral bell tower provides a splendid view over the city, wetlands lagoons and inland hills.
From the small marina in the town centre boats offer group tours of the Ria Formosa Wetland Reserve with its famous birdlife, and also visit pristine Isla Deserta for idyllic beachcombing amid a myriad seashell.
The very modern Algarve Forum shopping mall on the outskirts of town offers good retail therapy with specialist chain stores, cinemas, and restaurants.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest airport of Faro is only 20 minutes away and is served by many budget airlines such as EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Transavia, Airberlin etc. Other world national airlines offer direct flights in to Faro as well.
The alternative Portuguese airport of Lisbon is only 3hrs drive and Seville airport in Spain is only 2 hours away, some guests take a leisurely drive to the Algarve which in itself is a lovely scenic trip with interesting stop overs on the way
Karl and Daphne
- english, german, Zulu, some Portuguese and we follow Flemish Dutch
About Karl and Daphne
As a young family we had a very happy 20 years of trading in the remote Zulu Kingdom of South Africa. On being politically displaced in 1980 we retired early to the North Coast of Durban and 15 years of “part time farming” our beef ranch in remote northern Natal. Having more leisure time we toured extensively and whilst in Europe we fell in love with the Algarve and promptly acquired a holiday villa, which inevitably in 1995 became our permanent home. Having acquired more holiday villas to rent out we now enjoy meeting guests from around the world, many of whom are now our dearest friends. Annually we visit our families in the southern summers of South Africa and Australia and returning home to enjoy and love the Algarve even more.
Karl and Daphne purchased this Cottage in 1992
Why Karl and Daphne chose Alcaria Cova
The Ria Formosa wetlands and offshore Islands being a protected world heritage, our part of the Eastern Algarve is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments and consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet. An idyllic easy going lifestyle, festivals, village markets, offshore islands endless golden beaches and all year sunny blue skies
What makes this Cottage unique
A very peaceful country locality, elevated location set in natural shrub land all around, for unwinding in ultimate relaxation. With stunning coastline sea views and the offshore islands beckon with uncrowded sundrenched beaches Easy access to village shops and affordable restaurants, also several beaches, sport activities and entertainments just a short drive away.