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Stunning Luxury Algarve Villa Rental, in Vilamoura, Portugal. This delightful air conditioned private Villa rental is set in large gardens with a heated private swimming pool. All the luxuries of a Hotel but the comforts of a Home.Prices from £895.00 pwView More12 Reviews Listed Jul 2011 VerifiedRegistration 53407/AL
Fully air conditioned, 3-bed single-storey villa with private pool and gardens, next door to Pinhal Golf Course. 5 minutes walk from the Old Village of Vilamoura and within 10 minutes drive of 6 championship golf courses. Log fire for winter stays.Prices from £650.00 pwView More1 Review Listed Nov 2010 Verified
3-bed villa in Vilamoura with impressive private pool and grounds, only 5 minutes from Vilamoura beach and the famous Marina. Choose from 5 nearby championship golf courses. This villa is complete with mod-cons including 37" flatscreen TV, DVD, aircon etcPrices from £695.00 pwView More
Information on Algarve
An Introduction to the Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve is located on the stunning southern coastline of Portugal. The region is adored for its sandy beaches, charming fishing towns and a delightful climate, all of which are combined to make it the perfect holiday destination.
The area is drastically varied, which appeals to many tourists with many unique tastes; there are immaculate family-friendly beaches, water parks for the younger crowd, excellent nightlife for couples and historic towns to soak up some real culture.
The Algarve also provides great value for money, especially compared to many other European holiday destinations, while the locals are welcoming, friendly and forward-looking.
Southern Portugal is a stress-free destination; hotels are of the highest standard, there are short flights available, many locals are English speaking and the overwhelming selection of bars and restaurants means that every taste or dietary needs are catered for.
A History of the Algarve
The southern coast of Portugal was for a while settled in different periods by various groups of people originating from the Mediterranean.
The Romans eventually changed the structure of the region by developing the production of salt and minerals. They also introduced new types of agriculture, based on huge agricultural estates (or latifundia) used for planting beautiful vines and olive trees.
Furthermore, they built roads, bridges and spacious villas in the Algarve, of which ruins can still be discovered to this day in neighbouring Milreu, Vilamoura and Abicada.
In terms of modern Algarve history, the region experienced an increasing economic recovery in the 19th century and in the first part of the 20th century. This was mainly thanks to fishing, fish-canning and agriculture that were the most popular activities on the Algarve until the 1970’s.
Since then, tourism has become the biggest gain for the region, meaning tourism is a huge part of the economy within the Algarve.
Things to do in the Algarve
Besides the rich history and wonderful beaches, the Algarve is a place of variety, and there's plenty on offer for all holiday-goers. It’s no surprise that over half of all visitors to Portugal spend their holiday here.
The popular central region boasts bustling coastal resorts, a variety of tourist amenities, and some of Portugal's greatest golf courses. Further east, a range of sandbar islands and lagoons form part of a stunning, well protected natural park, and a renowned Spanish atmosphere infuses the bordering villages and towns.
Over to the west, a very different Algarve is ready to be discovered. Eager and more remote, this area offers an escape from the crowds and is the perfect spot for surfers to seek interaction with an unruly Atlantic Ocean.
Here are our 5 top points of interest in the Algarve for all to enjoy:
Silves - the area lies inland, surrounded by wonderful orange groves and overshadowed by a red sandstone castle that stands tall against the skyline. You will also find a wonderful cathedral and a captivating archaeological museum, perfect for a cultural day out.
Via Algarviana - a fantastic 186-mile scenic walking route that runs from Alcoutim, close to the Spanish border, stretching across the interior of the Algarve to Cape St Vincent in the west of the region. Points of interest are pointed out along the way for your enjoyment.
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort - the first golf course built in the region, it remains extremely popular to this day and has two well-known holes – the dogleg fifth, with its large canal and lake, and the 13th, surrounded by water from tee to green.
São Lourenço Church - located just outside Almancil, this tiny church is known as one of the gems of the Algarve. The white and blue azulejos dress the cupola, the walls, the nave and vault to such wonderful effect that the richly gilded altar is slightly overseen.
Lagos - found in the southern Algarve region, close to Albufeira, this town is famous for its walled old town, amazing cliffs and beautiful beaches. Discover the steep wooden steps that lead nicely to the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo, or visit the nearby cliffs of Ponta de Piedade that offer breathtaking views of natural beauty.
The Top 5 Beaches in the Algarve
The Algarve offers some of the nicest beaches in southern Portugal, for all to enjoy whilst capturing the glistening sunshine. In no particular order, here are the top 5 beaches to visit in the area:
Praia de Albandeira - completely off the tourist radar, this tiny beach offers golden white sands placed between ochre rocks, offering no watersports, sunbeds, umbrellas and few visitors. Simply embrace the beaming sunshine or relax in the cliffs shadows behind you, but not to worry, you will find a rustic wooden bar above, among the rocks, serving ice cold beverages.
Praia do Anção - an endless, golden, blue-flag beach that is highly popular amongst families, offering calm seas and lifeguard protected sand dunes behind. You will find plenty of sunbeds, sunshades and boats available to rent, as well as great water-skiing facilities. The beach is a continuation of that at Quinta do Lago but is accessed down a rough track and offers free parking as a bonus.
Praia do Amoreira - located in western Algarve, this beach is the perfect spot for naturalists, boasting infinite rock pools, of which are home to many forms of nature such as starfish and sea urchins. The sea has an undercurrent, so it isn’t a recommended place for children to swim, but for surfers its the go-to destination. There are no restaurants nearby, making it a beach fit for a relaxing picnic.
Praia do Barril - located in eastern Algarve, this blue-flag beach is found on the island that forms part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, meaning you can visit the infamous Anchor Graveyard, placed by the tuna-fishing boats that once hooked their large nets here. Activities including sailing and windsurfing are popular in this area and one of the Algarve’s few nudist spots is also a short walk away.
Praia do Camilo - also placed in the western part of the Algarve, this blue-flag beach bordering the sands of Praia da Dona Ana (where you can experience the cave tours by boat) has graced many an Algarve postcard. Adore the amazing rocks, some rising up to 70ft from the Atlantic, and the shimmering shoreline of the Costa d’Oiro (golden coast) and explore the grottoes and coves.
The Algarve is renowned for its lovely temperatures, both during the day and in the evening. The Mediterranean climate is lovely during the summer months from May until the end of September. In the off periods, it isn’t quite the same heat, but it’s a town you can expect to enjoy pleasant weather all year round.
Algarve Travel Information
Many areas of the Algarve can be reached via Faro Airport or Portimão Airport, each of which are convenient depending on your final destination. The area can be easily reached by car, with the routes well sign posted, making finding the region rather easy.
Hire cars and taxis are in abundance throughout the Algarve, but we recommend an airport transfer for the most cost effective way to arrive at your villa.
When you arrive in the Algarve, using public transport during your stay is an option you may wish to consider. It is inexpensive and fairly reliable, but does require a little research before you set off.
The trains in Portugal, operated by the Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses, clean, affordable and dependable. You can travel right across the Algarve, stretching from Lagos to Vila Real de Santo António that borders Spain. Although not the most time-saving option, the train routes often wonderful scenic routes and the slow pace is much more relaxing.
Alternatively, all towns and many villages have express buses (coaches) to and from Lisbon and further afield. Popular destinations, including Faro and Albufeira, have 12 to 15 departures each day.
Accommodation in the Algarve
Here at Panoramic Villas, we are proud to offer exceptional Algarve villas to rent that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our stunning villa rentals also include a host of amenities and luxuries including:
Outdoor swimming pool
Private dining area with BBQ
High speed WIFI
High quality entertainment system
Whether you're seeking stunning sea views, a great location near the beach, a relaxing swim in a private pool or an inviting hot tub to jump into each morning, our wide range of family Algarve villas available has something for every holiday goer.
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Please feel free to browse our villas and for any additional information or questions you may have about our holiday rentals, contact us for more information.