Solar da Montanha

Eastern Algarve

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Accommodation

  • Lower Ground Floor: Utility area (washing machine, tumble dryer)
  • Ground Floor: Living/dining room (AC, satellite TV, DVD, WiFi) with doors to poolside terrace, Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave) with doors to terrace, Double bedroom (AC) with en suite bathroom (roll-top bath). Cloakroom.
  • First Floor: Conservatory (off landing). Twin bedroom (AC) with en suite bathroom. Double bedroom (AC) with en suite bathroom and balcony.
  • Outside: Barbecue. Open dining area and terracing with steps to pool. Lawned areas. Landscaped gardens. Poolside shower. Private parking. Fully enclosed grounds.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

This impressive property sits overlooking beautiful countryside between the typical Algarvean villages of Bordeira and Santa Barbara de Nexe. Beautifully landscaped with flowers, ancient oak trees and stately palms, the fully enclosed grounds offer privacy and tranquillity within a relaxed rural setting. Imposing wrought iron gates open onto a traditional Portuguese cobbled driveway which weaves its way through the well-kept, lawned gardens where shaded, furnished terraces invite leisurely outdoor meals whilst appreciating the country views and markedly slower pace of life.

Guests at Solar da Montanha will find a welcoming, sophisticated home in which it is very easy to unwind. Stylishly classic with a hint of North American chic the light décor, contemporary furnishings and wood flooring in the living areas create a most relaxing space. An elegant dining area sits alongside the spacious beautifully equipped kitchen which has a central island and French doors to an exterior terrace. Also on the ground floor there is a large, air conditioned double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a separate cloakroom.

Two further bedrooms overlooking the pool are found on the first floor both with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. An inviting place to enjoy some time-out reading, or perhaps an afternoon siesta, there is also a lovely conservatory enjoying far reaching views. The lower ground floor is home to a separate utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

Venture away (if you must!) from this appealing location and you will find there is much to discover. The wonderful beaches, smart shops, bars and restaurants at Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are a 20 minute drive while, in marked contrast, the well-preserved Roman ruins at Estoi (5km) offer an insight into the area’s chequered past. The enchanting historic centre of Faro with its cobbled streets, pavement cafés and family-run eateries remains a little gem surprisingly unknown to many Algarve visitors and all along the famous coastline tennis centres, waterparks, numerous aquatic sports and over 30 top class golf courses offer a veritable wealth of tempting diversions.

  • Air conditioning usage of 12 hrs per day is included in the rental rate.

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Great Things to Do Near Solar da Montanha

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

Learn about the traditions of the area

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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.

Brush up your tennis skills

at one of the many tennis centres and academies in Vilamoura and Vale do Lobo. Take your own racquets. If you are lucky you might be there when some big names are in town to participate in a tournament.

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.

Go ride a horse!

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.

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.

Play a round of 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.

Nearby

Towns

Sao Bras de Alportel 10 mins
Santa Barbara de Nexe 10 mins
Bordeira 10 mins
Estoi 10 mins
Loule 15 mins
Faro 20 mins
Vilamoura 25 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 45 mins
Silves 45 mins
Lagos 60 mins

Beaches

Quinta do Lago 20 mins
Vale do Lobo 20 mins
Albufeira Beach 40 mins

Airports

Faro 20 mins
Sevilla 150 mins
Lisbon 180 mins
Times are approximate

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