Casa Por do Sol

Western Algarve

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Living/dining room (Sat TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, woodburner) with doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to rear. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Open and shaded terraces. In-built barbecue. Fully enclosed grounds. Private parking. Garage (washing machine).
  • Gated private swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps.

An unspoilt region of dramatic seascapes and rolling hills, the pretty ‘Costa Vicentina’ National Park is the privileged location for Casa Por do Sol (Sunset House). A wonderful choice for anyone seeking a tranquil getaway in a laid back and authentic part of Portugal, our most westerly Algarvean property is also within walking distance of the golden sands at Arrifana (1.9km), one of the country’s most iconic Blue Flagged beaches. Families or groups of friends, particularly those who enjoy outdoor-orientated holidays in quiet, relatively untouched parts of the Algarve should place Casa Por do Sol at the top of their list.

Situated off a little-used track and accessed via a gated driveway, well maintained lawns lead across to the front entrance. Open plan by design, the main living accommodation enjoys an immediate sense of space and a bright, welcoming airiness. Furnishings and décor throughout the house are attractively unfussy with a large wood-burning stove in the sitting area providing a natural focal point. Satellite television, a DVD player, Wi-Fi and a well–equipped kitchen ensure home comforts have certainly not been neglected while various doorways make outdoor living at the pool area, barbecue and covered dining terrace both appealing and readily accessible.

A hallway leads to the property’s three bedrooms: a double with en suite bathroom plus a twin and further double sharing a separate bathroom. An additional patio door from the hall leads to the front terrace which is a lovely spot in which to enjoy open air meals while surveying the sweeping, uninterrupted views across cliff tops to the vast glittering expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bordered by rockeries, indigenous shrubs, plants and flowers, steps lead up to the private swimming pool. Parents of younger children are sure to appreciate the added peace of mind afforded by having gated access to the pool area which is surrounded by traditional terracotta tiling, well exposed to the sun and offers plenty of space for relaxing or dining.

A much sought-after destination (yet still a closely guarded secret!) for surfers and water sports enthusiasts from all over the globe, the impressive bays of Arrifana and Monte Clerigo (5km) are inspiring stretches of soft golden sand each with a choice of fresh seafood restaurants and a mini market for essentials. Comprehensive facilities and amenities are found in the interesting town of Aljezur (4km). Further afield Lagos (20km), former capital of The Algarve, mixes history with a cosmopolitan beach-resort atmosphere and, for those wishing to explore the picturesque interior, the peaks of Monchique (20km) contain the region's highest point (900m) plus a variety of excellent walking and cycling routes.

  • The internet connection is delivered by a dongle.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Por do Sol

Praia da Arrifana, is a beautiful long and narrow cove, bordered by cliffs.

The famous Pedra da Agulha, a tall rock shaped like a needle, has become an icon of the south-west coast. The northern end of the beach is also popular with divers.

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!

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.

Horse riding around the area of Bensafrim,

just north west of Lagos, among the almond and cork oak trees makes a lovely outing. Quinta do Paraiso Alto riding centre. Tel: 282 687 596.

For the truly energetic, there are some excellent mountain bike trails and tracks

suitable for all abilities, both coastal and inland. Visit www.themountainbikeadventure.com, who are based in Lagos, for information regarding the hire of bikes and helmets and trails available. Tel: (00 351) 918 502 663.

Play a round of Golf!

The Western end of the Algarve has a selection of golf courses, include Parque da Floresta, Boavista, Penina and Alto Golf, to name a few.

Explore the town of Lagos,

famous for its sea faring traditions and the former capital of the Algarve. Take a rest in the Praça Infante Dom Henrique and enjoy a well earned cool drink.

The highest peak on the Algarve is nearby Foia,

which at 902 metres, affords fabulous panoramic 360 degree views.

Pamper yourself with treatments in the Spa Hotel Termal in Caldas da Monchique.

Tel: 00 351 282 910 910 for details of treatments and prices. Afterwards, have a wander around the little shops selling handicrafts, locally produced honey and medronho.

The Fortress of Cabo de Sao Vicente

was built in the 16th century in order to protect the coast from the frequent attacks by Moorish pirates. From here it is possible to see the famous lighthouse, which was built in 1904. To watch the sun set here is a truly memorable experience.

Motor racing!

The new Autodromo Internacional do Algarve opened at the end of 2008. It is just off the A22 between Portimao and Lagos and is well signed. Check out the events for this forthcoming season on www.autodromodoalgarve.com for both cars and motorbikes. The petrol heads in the party will love the experience.

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.

Buy some ceramics to take home.

The region is famous for its wide range of pottery, ranging from simple glazed brown dishes and tableware to the highly coloured and intricate ranges of ornamental plates, jugs and bowls, to name a few. There are several pottery shops to be found all along the EN125.

The adjacent area is known as the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina,

a wild and rocky nature reserve. For nature lovers and bird watchers it offers great opportunities to spot a variety of birdlife – up to 200 species have been identified - and perhaps even the Iberian lynx!

Explore the nearby town of Aljezur

– climb up through the narrow steets lined with white washed cottages and take the path that leads up to the ruins of a 10th century Moorish castle and marvel at the far reaching views out to sea.

This wild coastline is a favourite for surfers and body boarders,

in particular the beaches of Arrifana, which boasts a blue flag, and Monte Clérigo. For the less energetic, these spacious beaches are an ideal spot to relax with a good book or take in the dramatic scenery from the cliff tops.

For a day out with a difference

drive inland to the Barragém da Bravura, which is a huge man made lake just north of Lagos. Surrounded by woods of cork oak and eucalyptus, it is a great place to enjoy a picnic by the side of the lake and enjoy the sight of fields of wild flowers.

Explore this lesser known part of Portugal and visit Odeceixe,

a charming village which marks the boundary between the Algarve and the Alentejo and close to the beach of the same name, popular with surfers. The river Seixe flows through this sleepy backwater, which has an interesting museum recreating a traditional winery and cellar. A far cry from the madness of parts of the southern coastline!

The Moinho da Arregata Museum is in the village of Rogil

– it is a typical working windmill where the whole process of milling cereals can be seen.

Visit Praia do Monte Clérigo at low tide and explore the rock pools

where you might be lucky enough to spot crabs, starfish or octopus. It is also possible to swim in the natural pools that form against the rocks. Behind the beach are some impressive sand dunes and as you walk down to the beach you will enjoy some fantastic panoramic views.

Nearby

Towns

Aljezur 10 mins
Lagos 30 mins
Silves 45 mins
Monchique 45 mins
Sagres 50 mins
Albufeira 65 mins
Vilamoura 75 mins
Loule 75 mins
Faro 85 mins
Tavira 95 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 105 mins

Beaches

Arrifana Beach 4 mins
Monte Clerigo Beach 10 mins
Bordeira Beach 30 mins
Salema Beach 50 mins

Airports

Faro 90 mins
Lisbon 180 mins
Sevilla 210 mins
Times are approximate

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