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Castelo Django sits high looking to the sea in the south and across farmland to the hills of Monchique in the north. The panorama from the self catering villa rental is stunning. Yet this rural setting is only 1 km from Lagos centre, the last unspoilt Algarvean town with its un-crowded beaches and famous fish restaurants.
More of a comfortable family home than a 'wedding cake' villa, Castelo Django sleeps 10/12 with 2 doubles, 2 twins, 2 singles, 2 double sofa beds, 2 cots and 4.5 bathrooms. Ten adults are comfortable. Two extra children in the apartment cabins make up to twelve. We have had up to 14 but this is by agreement and the use of sofa beds. Some large family groups or students don't mind a little close company and we have had some very happy large parties. Just ask.
Don't underestimate the value of the heated pool which runs at 30C in summer. The children can stay in all day without getting cold and they end the holiday as little fish while you sit on the terrace relaxing. Normally a pool costs E110 extra for heating but ours is solar - green and free.
We live in our other house 50m down the track so we are always here to meet you when you arrive and show you around. We are also available for any advice on beaches or restaurants and any other little things that crop up during a family holiday.
We welcome families with children because the house layout and comforts are ideal for family groups, but it was also designed to be homely for smaller groups. In the main house there are two large bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and laundry. Plus a large self contained ground floor apartment with a lounge, shower room, kitchen, a double bedroom and two singles. The pool house has twins, an en-suite shower room and a kitchenette. For comfort all the beds have mosquito nets.
There are four separate terrace areas including a large roof terrace for serious sun worshippers which enjoys cool summer breezes and a panoramic view. There is plenty of space and privacy. Reverse cycle air conditioning (optional) is available in all bedroom areas.
Small groups/ winter lets. Although we sleep 12 we welcome smaller parties especially out of school time and in winter. The main house and the apartment have each been designed to be homely for a smaller group and they heat easily with the fan assisted wood fire, reverse cycle air conditioning and bathroom heaters.
The solar heated pool (9m x 4m) is on the main floor level and has a safe shallow area for kids, and a children's slide. The house is split level. On the main level there is a sun shaded terrace area with a bbq and a rear garden. The rear garden has a children’s swing, sand pit and toys. On ground floor level is an old covered well and the sun terrace for the apartment. There is plenty of car parking space.
We make sure the house is clean and ready for your arrival.
Lagos is now connected by a new motorway giving a journey time of about an hour from Faro Airport.
Look at our website www.rent-villa-algarve.com/djangos_2015.htm for more details of the self catering villa rental and for information on Lagos and it's activities.
The Algarve is famous for its reliable Summer weather which makes it the holiday choice of many families who love the uncrowded beaches.
In comparison to other destinations, Portugal is also safe from the threat of natural disasters and terrorism. At our end of the Algarve the streets and promenades are also free from the 'booze brigade'. Locals have seen what has happened to Albuferia, Praia da Rocha and the like and have developed their towns to maintain a more traditional attractiveness. Old fashioned family values mean a lot to the Portuguese. Children of all ages are welcomed anywhere, anytime and it remains a safe place to let them run around in freedom while parents relax. We are on British Summer Time so evenings are light and there are spectacular sunsets.
Hot, dry, reliable summers April through September with temperatures ranging from the 25C (77F) to 31C (88F) and beyond. Our solar pool is normally swimmable by mid April through mid October with temperatures between 25C and 31C. Winters temperatures in November through March drop to an average daytime of 18C (65F) down to 13C (55F) on cold days. So eating al fresco at lunchtime in the sun is pleasant and a log fire essential past 5pm. We get occasional frost at night. The rainy season in October depends on the Azores high which can bounce the depressions up to UK quite nicely.
* Lagos for a holiday
Lagos is a perfect centre for a family holiday. Local beaches range from the cosy Praia D'ana to the 4km emptiness of Meia Praia. The town lies on the river with a wide palm lined promenade, castle, fishing harbour and marina complex.
Great effort has been made to preserve the character of this ancient town with its narrow streets and many sidewalk restaurants. Disco's and live music bars provide plenty of life but they are discreet leaving the centre to the artists and street vendors. During the summer there are plenty of events in town most of which are free. Portugal is famous for its child friendliness. Your children are welcome everywhere at any time and the streets and beaches are safe. Food and wine are cheap from the large supermarkets and the gypsy markets and fairs offer local handicrafts at bargain prices. Children's clothes and shoes are good and cheap. Stock up.
In the past year Lagos has opened its own sports stadium and is now building a public swimming pool and an indoor sports gymnasium complex. Winter visitors can swim in the heated indoor pools and sauna for very little cost.
* What's on
A visit to Cape St Vincent for the sunset after a day on Sagres beach is a must. The artists village of Monchique with its old spa village is close by; Silves and its dramatic moorish castle, cork museum and daily summer show, visit Silves Cafe des Ingles on Sunday at 3pm for live Brazilian music on the terrace for free : Odiaxere horse fair ; the empty and rugged west coast surfing beaches - all worth a visit. We now have a very active boating scene with trips to watch dolphins at close quarters; which children adore. A few kilometers east at Zoomarine there are daily sea life shows with an option to swim with the dolphins.
A trip over the mountain range into the Alentejo region gives a different picture of rural Portugal. It is well worth a trip along the new motorway East to the old Roman town of Tavira and the fishing village at St Lucia. Olhao, the regions biggest fishing resort has a fine market and great fish restaurants and the opportunity to take a ferry boat out to the quaint fishing villages on the Isles of Armona and Farol with their fine beaches. More local are beach villages at Salema and Burgau.
For more action there are boat trips, wind- surfing, tennis, horse-riding, two big 'slide and splash' centres and flying, either micro light, sight seeing or aerobatic. We can arrange a day Surf Safari. Even a day sail on a 42 foot yacht.
There are good cinemas at Algarve shopping, Modelo Portimao as well as Lagos.
During the summer there are music and cultural festivals. Most Sunday afternoons a Brazilian band plays outside the Cafe do Ingles in Silves. The gypsy market visits Lagos on the first Saturday of every month. The horse fair and morning market on the fourth Monday of every month in Odiaxiere and is good for kids . Try the chicken and chips cooked al fresco, the cost is peanuts and you won't need dinner.
The area has plenty to offer apart from just lying in the sun and doing nothing at all...
Activities and attractions
Canoeing, Cycling, Deep sea fishing, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Horse riding, Jet skiing, Mountain biking, Sailing, Scuba diving, Swimming, Tennis, Water sports, Wind surfing, Winter hiking,
Amusement park 20 km / 12.4 miles, Boat trips 1.6 km / 1 mile, Bus station 1 km / 1100 yds, Bus stop 500 m / 550 yds, Cinema 1.6 km / 1 mile, Day nursery 1.6 km / 1 mile, Forest 10 km / 6.2 miles, Golf club 2 km / 1.25 miles, Historical site 1.6 km / 1 mile, Hospital 1.6 km / 1 mile, Municipal swimming pool 900 m / 990 yds, Museum 1.6 km / 1 mile, Nature Park 5 km / 3.1 miles, Nightclub 1.6 km / 1 mile, Pharmacy 1.6 km / 1 mile, Port 1.6 km / 1 mile, Restaurant 1 km / 1100 yds, River/lake 1.6 km / 1 mile, Sea 1.6 km / 1 mile, Shops 1.6 km / 1 mile, Supermarket 1.6 km / 1 mile, Taxi rank 1.6 km / 1 mile, Theatre 1.6 km / 1 mile, Thermal baths/spa 20 km / 12.4 miles, Town centre 1.6 km / 1 mile, Train station 1.6 km / 1 mile, Vineyard 20 km / 12.4 miles,
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