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Pressure 962.53 mbar
Douro Valley & North overview
EXPLORING THE PORT WINE ROUTE IS A MUST!
Douro Villa I for up to 6 guests (+ 3 on request) & its private pool plus TV/games room, benefits from spectacular vistas in the heart of the Douro Valley; self-catering with partial/optional cook service; it can be rented with Douro Villa II next door for extra large parties; included in one week rentals (or longer) at this property are added value extras such as a complimentary “local gastronomy” meal during the stay, a visit to one of the Port producing Quintas with wine tasting & weather permitting, a vineyard terraces picnic plus a two hour Rabelo boat ride on the Douro amongst other offers; rental prices range from €360 (Euros) p/night during the Low Season for 3 nights minimum (perfect for a weekend break) to €3,540 (Euros) p/week in the High Season.
This villa for 8 guests (+3 on request) has a TV/games room opening onto its private pool (a great area for the family to hang out) & enjoys outstanding views over Douro Valley vineyards & olive groves; self-catering with partial/optional cook service; it can be rented with Douro Villa I next door, for 2 families wanting to travel together but maintain some independence; included in one week rentals (or longer) are added value extras such as a complimentary “local gastronomy” meal during the stay, a visit to one of the Port producing Quintas with wine tasting & weather permitting, a vineyard terraces picnic plus a two hour Rabelo boat ride on the Douro amongst other offers; rental prices range from €420 (Euros) p/night for 3 nights minimum in the Low Season (ideal for weekend getaways) to €4,740 (Euros) p/week in the Peak Season.
The Vintage House Hotel in Pinhão
Ideal for an afternoon drink in the pretty gardens fronting the river Douro.
Quinta de Macedos is a table wine producing estate located just south of the Douro river; it enjoys a stunning setting and its the place to completely relax in peaceful retreat; this old Quinta has been recently converted into a spacious, modern and very comfortable family holiday home with 5 bedroom suites and a swimming pool, winery and wine lodge, surrounded by 7 hectares of terraced vineyards; the property accommodated 10 guests + 2 children and rental prices start from €5,040 (Euros) p/week; alternatively you can book into an all inclusive Wine Weekend during the harvest season in September/October for 8 guests over 4 nights @ €7,200 (Euros).
Douro cruise and historic train
Whether you want to enjoy a Douro cruise or go up river on the historic train (from May to October) we can organise it.
Wow” factor Santa Malfalda with its panoramic pool and Jacuzzi is located in a stunning location overlooking Port vineyards down to the river on the Douro Valley (an UNESCO World Heritage Site); the villa offers sumptuous interiors for 8 guests in 4 en-suite bedrooms as well as a games/TV room with most rooms enjoying spectacular views; available for self-catering rentals with partial/optional cook service; one week (or longer) rentals also benefit from a complimentary “local gastronomy” meal during the stay, a visit to one of the Port producing Quintas with wine tasting and weather permitting, a vineyard terraces picnic plus a two hour Rabelo boat ride on the Douro, all included in rental as well as other offers; prices range from €600 (Euros) p/night during the Low Season for minimum of 2 nights perfect for a weekend break, to €5,040 (Euros) p/week during the High Season.
Museu do Douro
The Museu do Douro in Régua is a real embodiment of the wine Region´s culture. the manor house housing the exhibits was once the headquarters of the general company of agriculture of the high Douro wines. If you can, attend one of the museums lectures.
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Pressure 767.32 mmHg
Silver Coast Overview
Mosteiro da Batalha
Spend a couple of hours exploring the gigantic gothic masterpiece that is the Mosteiro da Batalha in Leiria; or the Convento de Cristo in Tomar once the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Portugal. Both monuments boast UNESCO World Heritage status and will not disappoint!
These contemporary design townhouses & villas each have 3 en-suite bedrooms, a living room with fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, a terrace & a small outdoor pool, whilst enjoying views over sand dunes to the ocean; they are located on an unspoilt stretch of coast just one hour north of Lisbon; offering originality, comfort & hospitality within the structure of a small & very charming Eco Hotel & Spa resort; rental prices vary between €425 – €975 (Euros) p/night, minimum of 2 nights rental applies.
Convento de Cristo in Tomar
If you’re in the area this is a must visit – the Convento de Cristo in Tomar (also boasting UNESCO World Heritage status) was once the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Portugal.
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Pressure 765.82 mmHg
Lisbon Coast Overview
Take a ride on Tram 28
Lisbon is a hilly city & cobblestone streets abound, thus trams & funiculars help to get people around, very especially up & down hills & are an indisputable pictorial part of the city. The vintage yellow “Electrico 28” offers the most interesting route crossing the city centre, going through some of the oldest quarters & a few city attractions. We suggest starting from either end of the route in Praca Martim Moniz or at Campo de Ourique (Prazeres), to guarantee a seat so that you can relax and enjoy the scenery.
Garrett is an attractive & sunny holiday rental apartment located in Lisbon’s historic city centre within walking distance of Bairro Alto, Principe Real & Baixa; it accommodates 6 guests separately or can host 11 people when rented together with Camões; the apartments are approximately 300 meters away from each other; rental prices start @ €139 (Euros) p/night for 4 people, minimum of 3 nights.
Listen to some Fado
Portugal’s national song is mournful, sad & accompanied by guitars but quite an experience! The Capital also has a Fado Museum well worth visiting!
Want to celebrate a special occasion?
The Lisbon Butler can deliver a Champagne Breakfast, picnic, or organize a more elaborate event!
Camões is an attractive & sunny holiday rental apartment located in Lisbon’s historic city centre within walking distance of Bairro Alto, Principe Real & Baixa; it accommodates up to 5 guests separately or can host 11 people when rented together with Garrett; the apartments are approximately 300 meters away from each other; rental prices start @ €144 (Euros) p/night for 4 people, minimum of 3 nights.
Check out the beaches near the Portuguese capital!
Catching a train from Lisbon (Cais do Sodré station) to Cascais on the west coast, is a picturesque way to do so. They run daily and on a regular basis, taking no more than 45 minutes to reach its final destination, there are however quite a few stops with nice beaches before just take your pick!
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Comporta & Alentejo OverView
Comporta on the ALENTEJO WEST COAST
An earthly paradise offering amazing beaches with seemingly endless golden dunes, green rice fields, traditional fishermen’s dwellings, and a myriad of indigenous animal species, all of which you can discover for yourself on horseback, bicycle or kayak. We can also help you arrange for some dolphin watching during your stay – ask us about it!
If you love sand, sea & sunsets, the Beach Villa @ Comporta within walking distance of Praia do Pego (beach), is just the place for your next holiday rental; it has stylish design interiors, accommodates 6 to 10 guests & features a panoramic roof top terrace with a heated pool; the rustic & charming Comporta region just south of Lisbon has an understated stylish atmosphere & fantastic weather most of the year round; rental prices from €3,540 (Euros) p/week!
Alcacer do Sal
Arabian for salt castle, Alcacer do Sal is well worth a visit – the town’s name comes from the Moorish “al qasr” meaning the castle and “sal” refers to the age-old production of salt in this area.This dramatic medieval hilltop town looks down onto the Sado river, which becomes a nature reserve where the river meets the ocean. The reserve is not only vital for the people who live from its bounty, but also for the flora and fauna it sustains including storks, pink flamingos and bottle nose dolphins.
A luxurious rural villa for 10 guests with private swimming pool (no children under 5 years of age), this Portuguese Quinta is ideally located for exploring the Alentejo province; extremely confortable and equipped to a high standard, Marta’s Farm would suit a private or corporate get together, with lots to see and do nearby, including visiting castle town of Elvas and Roman Évora with its Temple of Diana (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites); rental prices @ €6,600 (Euros) p/week for 10 guests.
Explore Évora and Elvas
Évora and Elvas inland on the Alentejo; both boast the title of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Évora is home to the Temple of Diana, various churches and convents, the Bones Chapel, and the Fundação Eugénio de Almeida Winery & Museum; whilst Elvas is a fortified garrison border town dating back to the 15th century.
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Pressure 764.32 mmHg
Are you a foodie?
If you’re a foodie, we highly recommend that you book dinner one evening atone of the Algarve’s 2 stars-Michelin restaurants, Vila Joya and Ocean.
A spacious beach villa accommodating 19 guests; this house is ideal for large families or a golfing group; there is a lift to service all 3 levels, central heating available on request, a TV room, a table tennis & a private pool with heating on request; to enjoy some pure Portuguese magic we recomend walking along the beach (just below the house) to the small restaurants quayside where you can get delicious grilled fresh fish; rental prices from €5,820 (Euros) p/week!
THE HOWARDS, UK
“We had a fantastic time at Casa da Infanta last week, everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. It was the perfect house for a large group and for a special celebration. Regina was lovely and she and the other ladies did an excellent job. Our only comment would be that some of the beds are not very comfortable – hard mattress on a solid chipboard base, not to same high quality standard as the rest of the house, otherwise all perfect.”
Portugal is a golfer’s paradise both climate and choice wise, with the Algarve being one of Europe’s top golfing holiday destinations – we’re happy to help you make some tee-off reservations!
A compact beach villa Casa da Praia is perfect for small families being only a 50 metres walk-away from Praia Grande in Ferragudo; it has 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 6 guests + 2 extra children, private pool, outdoor dining terrace with built-in barbeque area & enjoys tranquil sea views; rental prices start @ €2,700 (Euros) per week.
Visit Monchique & Silves
The mountain range of Monchique is worth a visit & lunch stop to eat some cured ham& chicken “piri piri” (a spicy hot barbecue recipe, 2 specialties of the region), then drive to the summit at Foia – on a clear day you can view almost the entire Algarve coast from this point; whilst the former Moorish capital of the Algarve Silves, offers a medieval “castelo” (the best preserved in the province), a cathedral as well as hosting several festivals throughout the summer.
This villa for up to 12 guests has a beautiful lawn garden with shady trees, private pool & a championship size tennis court; it is somewhere to get away from it all, yet be close to good amenities with beaches & golf courses within a short driving distance; the villa is located close to the Moorish castle town of Silves; all the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, chestnut wood floors & are fitted with air conditioning plus under floor heating; there is a gym, games area with table tennis & table football & the pool has heating on request; rental prices for 12 guests start from £6,250 (UK Pounds Sterling) p/week.
The “Corte Real Gallery”
One of the area’s best kept secrets! Located in the heart of the unspoilt Algarve countryside it is an art gallery for art lovers. Before or after the beach, it is also a great place to chill and sip a glass of wine& you will be able to buy some exquisite gifts to take home.
Open: Thursday to Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.
Follow: “Corte-Real” signs from the village of Paderne in central Algarve.
Particularly suitable for large families, groups of friends or a sporting holiday for business/corporate colleagues; the villa offers an hotel like service and accommodates 12 or 20 guests (+ 10 children in extra beds); located on the southwest coast of Portugal, there are a wide range of sports & other activities to be enjoyed in the area; Lagos historic town centre is only 3 kms away & the nearest golden sandy beach is at 3,5 kms distance; as well as a private swimming pool, the property boasts a wine cellar where private wine tastings can be arranged, a gym, a sauna & a Jacuzzi; rental weekly prices from €4,400 (Euros) for 12 guests, but shorter stays are accepted outside the peak season.
Charcoal Grilled Sardines
For a bit of local colour, eat lunch under the bridge in Portimão: where fresh sardines are unloaded from fishing boats and cooked at rough-and-ready harbour side stalls, advertising their presence with the delicious scent of charcoal-grilled fish – there are various restaurants located between the old and the new bridge.