Quinta dos Bisavos

Central Algarve

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Web Ref: 2320
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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Open plan living/dining room (Satellite TV, DVD, WiFi, CD) with doors to front terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom (AC) with en suite bathroom. Double bedroom (AC). Twin bedroom (AC). Shower room.
  • Outside: Shower room (washing machine). Sun terrace. Open and covered terraces. Summer kitchen (in built barbecue, pizza oven). Table tennis. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 4m) with Roman steps.

Hidden behind the long, low façade of this traditional Algarvean quinta is a most welcoming property full of warmth and a genuine Portuguese charm that only increases the further one ventures inside. Beautifully kept grounds and a pristine interior stand as testimony to the care and attention to detail invested by the owner, not just in the initial restoration of the property, but the immaculate preparation made for each guest.

Individual architectural touches are much in evidence. Archways from the living room into the dining area and country style kitchen are outlined by terracotta red bricks, echoed by matching brick edging around the decorative alcoves and fireplace. Other eye-catching, original features include a stone sofa with cushions, vaulted, beamed ceilings and wrought ironwork set into the doors producing an authentic and inviting ambience.

As is customary in this region, quality dark wood furniture throughout the living area and bedrooms is perfectly balanced by the fresh whitewashed walls that help keep the house agreeably cool in the height of summer. Sliding doors lead from the dining room to a front terrace and drive.

Trailing bougainvillea and citrus bushes add splashes of colour, a monkey puzzle tree set in the lawn beside the house offers additional shade while the private pool set in spacious terracing enjoys the full sun. Providing a lovely venue for al fresco barbecues, the covered summer kitchen on the far side of the pool features a unique glass-topped table fashioned from a wagon wheel alongside a very impressive and brightly decorated Portuguese cart. While, effectively, semi-detached (the charming property owners live adjacent), Quinta dos Bisavos enjoys good seclusion. Mostly enclosed, courtyard style, a combination of tall walls, flowering plants and mature shrubs ensure privacy around the pool and garden is in no way compromised.

Restaurants and a supermarket can be found in Ferreiras (1.5km), with a wider selection of restaurants and shops at Guia (4km) or Algoz (5.3km), a pretty village whose streets host a daily fish and fruit market. Just above Algoz, the chapel of Our Lady of the Pillar is a good place to stop and admire the panoramic view across rooftops and surrounding groves of orange, fig and almond trees down to the sea. The nearest sandy beach is at cosmopolitan Albufeira (7km) with a vast selection of smaller coves inviting easy discovery all along the coast. Vilamoura (15km) boasts numerous cafés, boutiques, tennis and water sport centres as well as several world class golf courses.

  • We mention for information only that the owners live adjacent to Quinta dos Bisavos. They do not use any of the house facilities and your privacy is completely assured at all times.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta dos Bisavos

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.

Go to the beach!

The Algarve is renowned for its wonderful beaches of soft golden sand. Most have parking areas, toilets and restaurant facilities and during the peak months most of them have lifeguards on duty. There are so many to choose from and it is fun exploring this delightful coast and seeing the variation of intimate sandy coves and long sweeping stretches of golden sand.

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 follow signs.

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.

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.

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.

Go shopping!

The Portimao Retail Park is worth a visit for some retail therapy. Shop until you drop at the many outlets in air conditioned comfort. It is situated on the Urbanizacao Vale which can be found either by exiting the A22 motorway at Junction 4 or from the EN125 at Sitio de Chao das Donas. It is about 2 kms north west of the town.

A church with a difference

A church with a differenceVisit the spooky Chapel of Bones, (Capela dos Ossos) at Alcantarilha near Guia whose walls and ceiling are clad with approximately 1,500 skulls. The chapel adjoins the church.

Wine tasting

Visit 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).

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.Why not start your evening in style by dining at the elegant restaurant and sampling the international cocktails at the exclusive Arabesque Bar and for entertainment, head to the Miralago Lounge, where you can enjoy the glitz and the glamour of the spectacular International shows.

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.

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.

Take a boat trip from Albufeira Marina

See this dramatic coast from the sea as you cruise westwards - rock formations, cliffs and caves, as well as seeing the delightful sandy beaches. You might even spot some dolphins during the voyage! Full day, half day and fishing trips are on offer.Algarve Seafaris. www.algarve-seafaris.com. Tel: 00 351 289 302 318.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

Nearby

Towns

Ferreiras 3 mins
Guia 10 mins
Albufeira 10 mins
Silves 25 mins
Loule 25 mins
Vilamoura 25 mins
Faro 35 mins
Lagos 40 mins
Monchique 40 mins
Tavira 45 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 60 mins

Beaches

Sao Rafael beach 15 mins
Gale Beach 15 mins
Albufeira Beach 15 mins

Airports

Faro 30 mins
Sevilla 120 mins
Lisbon 150 mins
Times are approximate

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