O Ninho

Eastern Algarve

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Accommodation

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

Like a patchwork blanket flowing down to the shimmering surface of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, the sweeping panoramic views of the Algarve countryside at O Ninho are one of the best that we offer in Portugal. Approached along a narrow road and set within private grounds with its two sister properties, but still enjoying a high level of privacy, this hillside dwelling is sure to delight. Whether you are relaxing by the pool, enjoying a cool drink on one of the many terraces or savouring the orange and reds of an eye catching sunset, the scenery before you is ever present.

The main entrance, reached via steps, leads through to the first floor where one is greeted by an unfussy interior with subtle décor, terracotta flooring and well-proportioned spaces. Two south facing bedrooms share an upper covered terrace, an ideal place for enjoying a favourite read while taking in those majestic views. The principle double bedroom benefits from an en suite shower room and an outlook of the pool and beyond, with a further separate shower room completing the first floor make-up. For guests’ comfort and convenience, air conditioning is provided in all bedrooms.

The ground floor is shared by an attractive fitted kitchen, with access to the lower terrace, a spacious living/dining room, also with access to the lower terrace and a further shower room.

The swimming pool sits to the side of the lower terrace, with attractive Santa Caterina tilling surround, ample space for sun-bathing and a convenient barbecue ideal for making and enjoying meals al-fresco.

A short drive (1.7km) brings you to a local restaurant and mini-market. Local attractions include the pretty village of Estoi (4.5km), renowned for its stunning rococo Palácio, now an upmarket hotel open to visitors to enjoy its lovely gardens and beautiful Portuguese Azulejos. As ever on the Algarve, sun-drenched beaches are never far away, with Fuzeta (16km), and Faro (16km) being the closest. Further afield the picturesque towns of Loulé (24km), and Tavira (25km), are a must visit and for days out, an enjoyable time can be had exploring the islands on the Ria Formosa.

Please note: there are 30 steps from the lower parking area up to the main entrance on the first floor.

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Great Things to Do Near O Ninho

It is worth taking a trip to the border with Spain at Vila Real de Santo Antonio,

on the banks of the river Guadiana, which forms the border with Spain. Explore the twin castles of Castro Marin which were strategically placed to protect the settlement for many centuries.

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…..

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 Pego do Inferno

7kms northwest of Tavira this spectacular series of waterfalls stretch over 2 kms is well off the beaten track. It can be reached by a series of wooden walkways and wooden bridges. There are picnic areas and the pool is a great favourite with families who can enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters.

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

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.

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.

Capture the atmosphere of Faro,

steeped in history, by taking a walk around the old town, which is encircled by medieval walls. Evidence of the rich history of the town can be found in the Museu Arqueologico including a Roman floor mosaic and a collection of Moorish oil lamps. A visit to the Cathedral is a ‘must’.

Explore the very local town of Loulé

and witness craftsmen at work in many traditions such as copper, tin, brass and wrought iron mainly in the streets around where the market is held. Other items manufactured locally are shoes, cane furniture, pottery, wax candles and harnesses. Many a fascinating hour can be spent watching the craftsmen plying their trade.

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.

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.

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
Olhao 25 mins
Fuzeta 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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