Surroundings Algarve

Omgeving Algarve

Surroundings Algarve Vila Maria Carvoeiro-Benagil

Over the years Bungalow Vila Maria has grown into a spacious villa with a private swimming pool. Later came the garden. The 4,500m2 – 1-acre land was purchased in 1989, and a small house was built. A holiday home that was visited 2 or 3 times a year for scarce holidays. With time and the filling of the piggy bank, Vila Maria in Carvoeiro grew into what it is today. A place of peace, nature, and space.

Yet, all facilities such as restaurants and shops are within a short driving distance.  Walking to the sea takes 15 minutes! Then you are in Praia de Benagil. Somewhat further is the old smuggler beach, Praia do Carvalho. Both lovely sandy beaches are bordered between the impressive rocks along the coast. From Praia de Benagil you can take beautiful boat trips and enjoy the impressive rocky coast and the many caves. Together with a dolphin-spotting trip or even a beach BBQ event.

Algarve Beaches

Other beaches in the area include Praia da Albandeira and Praia da Marinha. The latter is known for its great rustic location. The fine beach bar is run by friend Rui. However, Vila Maria is an excellent base for many attractions or “must-see” locations. You can shop in Guia in the Algarve Shopping Mall. Visit a zoo with the kids in Algoz. Enjoy a castle visit in Silves or visit the most western point in Europe just above Sagres. You name it, it’s all there. All visits contribute to a wonderful holiday in our holiday villa with a private pool on the Algarve. Of course, there is adjacent Carvoeiro. Pure conviviality, delicious food, drinks on a terrace, and therefore great to enjoy the holiday.

Surroundings Apartments Aurora Mar in Carvoeiro, Algarve.

Carvoeiro is originally a small fishing village. It has a small but sheltered beach on which the characteristic fishing boats were pulled. To catch fresh fish the sail especially at night. The catch is delivered to the auction that is still active in the village. Firstly by the English and later by the rest of the Europeans, the beautiful location of Carvoeiro was discovered. Over the years the village grew into a very attractive location for holidays, wintering or having a second home in the Algarve. 

Carvoeiro falls under the municipality of Lagoa from where the policy is conducted. A very active municipality that organizes all kinds of events, such as the famous Fatacil, the gipsy markets, festivities, but especially has also determined that high-rise buildings may not be committed in Carvoeiro. You will not find large high-rise flats in Carvoeiro, which adds to the character of Carvoeiro and to the liveliness and conviviality of the village.


Photoalbum surroundings Algarve

Shopping in the Algarve, Portugal.

There are a lot of nice little shops and restaurants that have a very wide choice, including the pastelarias where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with a Pastela de Nata, many terraces on the beach and in the village. Moreover, there are many cafes and bars including the famous Brady’s Irish Bar and many other places to have a drink. Carvoeiro has its own village beach but in the area, there are many other wonderful beaches that are often sheltered between and along the impressive yellow rocks.

For example, Praia Centeanes is easily accessible, but also Praia da Marinha. Estombar has the Slide and Splash water park, from Portimao you can take many boating trips over the sea, but also via the Arade river to Silves. Guia has the ZooMarine that is worth a visit with the child and there are many attractions that make renting an apartment with a pool in Carvoeiro for the summer holidays very attractive.

Surroundings Algarve Apartment Vila Arade, Portimao

Portimao is the second-largest city in the Algarve. A trading city with offices, shops, and many restaurants. In the past, Portimao was a fishing town that made a living from fishing and especially the sardines. From the port of Portimao, the fishing boats left on the Arade River and after the catch, the sardines were processed in a factory recently converted into a museum where you can view the total processing of the sardines.

With the growth of tourism, Portimao has built a long dam in the ocean, creating a very large and wide beach. The name Praia da Rocha was given and it fully meets the plans; a lot of tourism, a lot of crowds, a lot of restaurants and bars, a casino, several hotels but also a lot of high-rise buildings that make it not really attractive in terms of view.


Fortunately, the apartment with a sea view is not in Praia da Rocha itself, but if you want to look up the bustle and liveliness, you can walk from your apartment in 15 minutes. If you walk the other way, you will soon arrive at the beautiful long boulevard of Portimao, where you can also enjoy many good restaurants and shops. And don’t forget to enjoy “under the old bridge” in one of the fine fish restaurants such as the restaurant Dona Barca. Make reservations in the high season.

Also, there are several malls in Portimao where there are all kinds of shops. You can shop at many places for your groceries. And, Portimao is a great base for many excursions. A drive to the imposing and rugged West Coast, a visit to Monchique, enjoy the view from Foia, or closer to home, a visit to Alvor, Praia da Luz, or Lagos. And, don’t forget Salema! An experience.

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