Miguel

Eastern Algarve

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Twin bedroom (A/C) with patio door to lower terrace. Shower room. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine)/living/dining room (WiFi, Sat TV, DVD) with patio doors to lower terrace.
  • First Floor: Entrance hall. Double bedroom (A/C) with patio door to upper terrace. Shower room. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and patio door to upper terrace.  
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds. Upper and lower terraces. Inbuilt barbecue. Private parking.       
  • Private gated swimming pool (8m x 4m) with Roman steps

Forming part of a select community of three properties, Miguel sits within private grounds high above the coastal plain commanding breathtaking views across a swathe of the Algarve from Vilamoura to Olhão, the Ria Formosa Natural Park, its beautiful islands and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

Reached via a narrow country lane, a shared driveway leads to a large private parking area laid in traditional cobbled stones, with steps up to the main entrance of the house. Deceptively spacious and understated in nature, the first floor of the house features two air conditioned bedrooms and a separate shower room. The principal double bedroom benefits from a tastefully decorated en suite shower room. Both bedrooms enjoy access to a shared balcony overlooking the pool and the splendid vista beyond.

Outside the swimming pool is accessed via a gate and overlooked from the front terrace, making it ideal for those families with younger children. Running the width of the house, a covered terrace provides welcome relief on warmer days and ample space for dining al fresco. Patio doors invite you into the lower floor of the house where the open plan kitchen/diner and living space are fully equipped and comfortably furnished. Traditional terracotta tiled floors lead through to a shower room and air conditioned twin bedroom with patio doors to the front.

A local restaurant and mini market are just 1.7km away at the bottom of the hill. For a choice of amenities and restaurants the wonderful village of Estoi (4.5km) is only a short drive away. Take time to relish the sumptuous 19th Century ‘Rococo’ palace, this striking building painted in a distinctive pink colour and surrounded by the most exceptional of gardens, has been reinvented as a chic hotel but remains open for all to explore. Beach lovers are spoilt for choice with Fuzeta (16km), and Faro (16km) being the closest but there are so many gems to discover. The ancient Moorish town of Tavira (25km) has retained much of its heritage and unique character, with a plethora of ancient buildings and decorative churches set along cobbled streets and enchanting plazas.

Please note: there are 16 steps from the parking area up to the main entrance on the first floor.

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Great Things to Do Near Miguel

Learn about the traditions of the area

visit the museum in Sao Bras de Alportel which houses a collection of traditional Algarve clothing throughout history and an exhibition about how cork is produced.

Go to the beach!

You can catch a boat from Olhao to one of the small islands just offshore where the uncrowded white sandy beaches are reportedly some of the best in Portugal. There are beach bars and restaurants available.

The nearby village of Estoi is famous for its Roman ruins at Milreu dating from the 2nd Century.

They are about a 10 minute walk out of the village. The 19th Century Estoi Palace and Gardens are also well known and attract visitors to see the ornamental fountains and the blue and white tiled terraces.

The delightful town of Tavira is well worth exploring

as it is considered by some to be the most charming town in the region. It is sited on two sides of the River Gilão and spanned by an elegant Roman bridge. As you wander around the narrow streets, take note of the portas de reixa, which are Arabic style lattice panelled doors. One of the claims to fame of the town is that it has some 40 churches!

Santa Luzia is known as the octopus capital of the Algarve,

testament to which are the hundreds of covos, or pots, that can be seen stacked by the quay, ready to be used. Needless to say, the day’s catch features quite prominently on the menus of the local restaurants.

One of the characteristics of Tavira are the 4 sided roofs on the buildings

A good vantage point for looking down over the rooftops is the Castle, which is a stopping off point for the little tourist train that goes around the town.

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.

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.

Birdwatching

The Algarve is a stop off point for migrating birds and as such is a haven for birdwatchers. One of the most important sites is the Parque Nacional do Ria Formosa, close to Faro and the wetlands are considered to be amongst the most important in Europe in terms of birdlife. Amongst the species that have been spotted are white stork, flamingo, hoopoe, stone curlew, Caspian Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff…..

Visit the Museu dos Frutos Secos in Loulé

– an unusual museum, which focuses on early harvesting methods for figs, carob and almond fruit. Indulge yourself afterwards at the exciting Pastelaria Baguetomania, just off Avda 25 Abril. You only pay as much as your plate weighs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Visit some charming inland villages.

Alte is a popular village with white washed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Explore the charming little shops and then relax in the shade with a picnic by the Fontes and have a refreshing swim in the freshwater pool.

The village of Guia

is renowned for the number of restaurants famous for serving the typical Algarvean dish of chicken piri piri. Naturally, they all claim to be the best but you can be assured that they are all very good and represent excellent value for money.

A delightful beauty spot to visit is Quatro Aguas,

just southeast of Tavira, which has lovely views of the lagoon. There are some very good seafood restaurants to try. The regular ferry departs here for the Ilha de Tavira, the sand dune island stretching 11 kms, popular in the summer months for its excellent swimming

Horse riding

Horse and Pony rides are available from Centre Hipico Quinta Almadena, Sao Bras de Alportel. Tel: (351) 289 997 118. www.clubsantamaria.com.

Nearby

Towns

Estoi 10 mins
Sao Bras de Alportel 15 mins
Faro 25 mins
Loule 30 mins
Tavira 30 mins
Albufeira 40 mins
Silves 50 mins
Monchique 70 mins
Sagres 90 mins

Beaches

Olhao 25 mins
Fuzeta 25 mins
Vilamoura Beach 35 mins

Airports

Faro 25 mins
Times are approximate

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