Casa da Areia

Central Algarve

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom. Living/dining room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with doors to covered terrace. Kitchen (A/C, oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Double bedroom (A/C) with dressing area, en suite bathroom and doors to covered terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and doors to garden. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and doors to terrace.
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Shower. Table football. Covered dining terrace. Sun terrace. Landscaped grounds with lawn. Private open and covered parking.
  • Private heated swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner Roman steps and long shallow ledge along one side. Separate heated children’s pool (4.6m x 2.4m).

Recently built to the same exacting standards and with identical care, pride and attention to detail as its sister property (the wonderful Casa do Sol), Casa da Areia is an exceedingly comfortable, wonderfully proportioned holiday home. Privately located behind high walls and foliage the house is just 1.5km from the blue flag beach of Olhos d'Agua and within walking distance of some excellent amenities making the convenience of this location amongst our best on The Algarve.

A very airy property, virtually every room at Areia (Portuguese for ‘sand’) has direct access onto an outdoor terrace creating a lovely feeling of space and light which makes the house not only very welcoming but an ideal spot for relaxed summer living. On our first visit, as we strolled around the beautifully finished interior and lingered on the poolside sun terrace, our distinct (and lasting) impression was how quickly and effortlessly we felt at ease.

Decorated in nautical blue and white, the living accommodation is uncluttered, even unfussy… and all the more appealing for it. A testament to the owner’s good taste and practised eye for sympathetic colour combinations it is clear that elusive balance between practicality, comfort and simple, homely charm has more than been achieved here. Vaulted, Algarvean quinta-style ceilings in the living room and kitchen add character while several of the more substantial items of furniture were specifically commissioned for the house and duly hand-made to order. These now form part of a series of first class facilities that includes top of the range appliances in the kitchen, air conditioning in all the rooms and an en suite bath or shower for each bedroom.

The south-facing grounds have been professionally landscaped and stocked with a selection of palms and colourful local shrubs, the pool is a very good size and younger party members even have their own dedicated, solar heated pool to enjoy. A wide expanse of sun terrace, separate covered dining terrace and in built barbecue near the kitchen offer everything needed for pleasurable outdoor living.The coastline around Olhos is well known for the striking natural contrasts of bright clay-coloured cliffs, vivid green of the tall umbrella pines and unbroken azure blue of the sky. The region’s marvellous beaches need little introduction being world famous for the quality, of their soft sand, clear waters and family friendly facilities. There is, indeed something for everyone in this wonderful part of the world where you will find totally unspoilt countryside just a few kilometres inland, an excellent choice of restaurants to suite all tastes and budgets and a fine selection of land and water sport facilities, which includes three championship golf courses within a 20 minute drive.

  • Maid service three days per week. The owners of Casa da Areia respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • The pools can be heated (minimum three days notice to be fully effective) at the following costs, to be paid directly to the house owner:     Main pool & children's pools: € 300 per week.  Children's pool only: € 110 per week

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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Areia

Take a boat trip!

Trips leave from Vilamoura Marina, Faro and Albufeira to the different beaches and the Islands. It is also possible to charter a yacht from Vilamoura Marina and enjoy a day sailing around the beautiful coastline.

Horse riding and trekking are available at Cegonha Vilamoura,

with rides and trekking for all abilities. Also nearby is Pine Trees at Vale do Lobo, situated on the road between Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago.

Faro is the regional capital

and has a delightful old town, which is well worth spending an afternoon or early evening having a wander around. Stop for a drink and ‘people watch’ along the Rua de Santo Antonio, which is lined with shops, bars and restaurants.

Play Golf!

The Algarve is renowned for the quality of its golf courses, offering challenges for every standard of player. There are over 30 courses along the length of the region.

The castle town of Silves is worth spending a day exploring.

The Cathedral, built in red stone, and the Moorish castle both offer beautiful views over the orange and almond groves below.

Try sardines along the quay at Portimao

freshly caught and simply served with salad and local wine. Explore the narrow streets of the old quarter with their fascinating shops, some specialising in leather goods.

For a day out with a difference, visit the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa,

which stretches along 37 miles of coastline east of Faro from Olhao to Tavira. It was created to protect the ecosystem of the area and is an important breeding area for wetland birds.

Monchique is a spa town

set in the hills planted with cork, eucalyptus and fruit trees. There are some lovely walks through the woods with stunning views of the mountains. Pamper yourself with treatments in the Spa Hotel Termal in Caldas da Monchique.

When in Rome…….

don’t forget to sample the many different types of port wine!Chilled white port makes an interesting aperitif and can be a serious rival to sherry.Accompanied by some delicious local olives, it’s a great way to preface a supper of freshly grilled sardines!

Wine tasting

Wine tastingVisit the Quinta da Miradouro winery near Guia to sample the Vida Nova wines specially produced for Sir Cliff Richard. Tours are available but must be pre-booked on 00 351 968 776 971 or adegadocantor@mail.telepac.pt but if you simply wish to purchase you can visit Cellar Door Shop. Opening hours for both are Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm).

Needing some retail therapy?

Visit the Algarve Shopping Centre, which is on the EN125 at Guia and is well signposted. As well as over 130 shops, there are bars and restaurants for those who need a little respite from carrying those heavy shopping bags and to resting those weary feet. There is also a multi-screen cinema here. It is open from 10am to midnight 7 days a week.

Explore the town of Olhao,

one of the most important fishing ports along this coast. The town once had close trade links with North Africa which is reflected in shape of the town’s cube-shaped houses with flat roofs and external staircases. Reward yourself with a fantastic lunch of the day’s catch of the day at one of the many seafront fish restaurants.

The Big Night Out!

Located right in the heart of Vilamoura, the Casino Vilamoura is an ideal choice for a first-class night out. There´s plenty to choose from and the casino offers something for everybody´s taste.

Spend a day at Zoomarine -

one of the biggest attractions on Algarve. It is both a theme park, Aquarium and there are water shows with dolphins, seals and sea lions to entertain all ages. It is on the EN125 at Guia. www.zoomarine.com . Tel: 00 351 289 560 300.

Take your budding Lewis Hamiltons go-karting.

.Karting Algarve at Almancil offers karts for adults and children along with other activities such as mini boats, trampolines and radio controlled cars. An exciting day out for all of the family.Located on the EN125 at Almancil. Kartodromo de Almancil. Tel: (00 351) 289 399 899. www.kartingalgarve.com. Open from 10am daily.

Visit the World of Sand.

This international sand sculpture festival is usually held between May and October. Reportedly the biggest sand city in the world, this fascinating and spectacle will amaze all members of the family! There are sand sculpture activities for children and it is illuminated by night. Take Exit 8 off the A22 (Algoz/Pera), or from EN125 at Pera and follow signs.

Go to Lisbon!

Yes, it is possible to do – the fast train from Faro will take you to the centre of the city within 3 hours, giving you time to use one of the City sightseeing bus tours, which have guided commentaries. You can jump on and off wherever you like, thus enabling you to explore the sights and attractions that interest you.

Loulé is famous for its lively Saturday market

where it is possible to buy some great bargains in leather and textiles. It is also well known for its crafts and you can watch artisans wood carving, making lace and painting pottery and tiles.

Visit the most south westerly tip of Europe at the Cabo de Sao Vicente,

which has reputedly the most powerful lighthouse in Europe. To watch the sun setting here is a truly memorable experience.

Explore the nearby sandy beach of Olhos d’Agua,

which is flanked by cliffs topped with umbrella pine trees. Visit when the tide is out and you should see the unusual spectacle of fresh water springs amongst the rocks.

Nearby

Towns

Olhos d'Agua 2 mins
Albufeira 10 mins
Vilamoura 20 mins
Loule 25 mins
Silves 30 mins
Faro 35 mins
Monchique 45 mins
Lagos 45 mins
Tavira 45 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 60 mins

Beaches

Santa Eulalia Beach 5 mins
Maria Luisa Beach 10 mins
Albufeira Beach 10 mins
Olhos d'Agua Beach 10 mins
Oura Beach 10 mins

Airports

Faro 35 mins
Lisbon 150 mins
Sevilla 150 mins
Times are approximate

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