Last Updated on 10/01/2020 by VdB
A few words beforehand:
Welcome to a country characterized by its graceful beauty, rolling hills, quiet bays, enchanting beaches and picturesque fishing villages. One of the last almost untouched spots in Southern Europe where time seems to stand still. Nestled here, like a hidden jewel, are Vila do Bispo, Sagres, Cabo de S. Vincente and the Quinta da Fortaleza. Only a short drive from Faro International Airport and yet worlds away…. you will find your holiday apartment for a well-deserved holiday in the Algarve.
The view of the sea that is revealed here from the cliff heights of the Algarve coast is truly breathtaking.
An almost untouched landscape, long sandy beaches, fishing villages, hidden in rocky bays and more than 3.000 hours of sunshine a year.
This is the Western Algarve, an area full of contrasts – from the quiet hidden bays and harbours in the south, to the rugged hanging cliffs on the west coast, washed by the violent waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
These special characteristic landscapes of the Algarve merge at the mighty cliffs and the famous lighthouse of Cape St. Vincente, near the port of Sagres, which became famous through Henry the Navigator and was the starting point for the discovery of the New World in the 15th century.
The most south-western point of the mainland in Europe, where the ancient seafarers bid farewell to the Portuguese civilisation they knew and set off into the unknown.
It is an atmospheric experience to stand here on the cliff heights, looking out to the sea and with the thoughts of the adventurers who passed by.
The beaches along the west coast are of dramatic beauty. They are very secluded and are bordered by dunes and cliffs towards the land. On their shores the thunderous waves of the Atlantic Ocean break.
You don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate the many species of birds that can be found on the west coast. Here, in spring and autumn, you can watch the migration of seabirds from the headlands. If you are lucky, you may see huge flocks of birds on their migration between Africa and north-west Europe. Friends of the flora will also find an incredible variety here. Between Lagos and Cape St. Vincente, the flora offers a range of plant species that can only be found here.
A trip through Portugal is always worthwhile:
Portugal is a country that, in addition to the beautiful coastal region around the Algarve, also has fantastic destinations inland. The most beautiful route from Faro to Lisbon and from there on towards Coimbra and Porto leads over the Monchique Mountains. The health resort Monchique with the six nearby spas Caldas de Monquique is not only very popular with the locals but also with holidaymakers. From Foia, a good nine hundred metres high, the visitor has a dream view over the coast and the sea. A perfect place to stay in a holiday home. More information about holiday accommodation, holiday home, or holiday house in Portugal can be found at Villas and Homes.
The Alentejo, which begins behind the Monchique Mountains, is characterised by cork oak forests and olive groves, as well as vineyards. It is not exoticism that makes this slightly hilly landscape so attractive, but the barren terrain despite the many plants. In the district capital Evorá there are still traces of the Romans who once lived in ancient Lusitania. Very worth seeing are the Ruinas Romanas de Sao Cucofate near Vidigueira, a former Roman villa in the district of Beja, whose mosaic floor is still almost completely preserved.
On the way to Lisbon a visit to the west coast should not be missed. In this case you exchange your holiday flat for hotel accommodation. The dream beaches are only slightly frequented and not very developed for tourism, many small and larger bays provide a varied picture. Dangerous when bathing in the Atlantic Ocean after seventeen o’clock is the strong undercurrent, swimming and surfing are therefore generally forbidden from that time on. To reach the charming capital Lisbon from the south, you can either drive over Ponte, the big suspension bridge over the Tejo, or take the ferry from Setúbal. From Lisbon further north, Fatima, the great pilgrimage site, is definitely on the visit plan. Also the monastery Mosteiro de Sante Maria in Batalha, which is under UNESCO protection.