Set in manicured gardens - this is an apartment for those who enjoy their comforts while having a peaceful holiday. The complex is small so the large pool area never feels crowded (there are plenty of comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas). The apartment is beautifully furnished in a contemporary style to compliment the cream marble / oak flooring. There is direct access from the apartment to the large landscaped gardens. A group of friends or families can be accommodated due to the flexible nature of the zip and link beds and an extra bed is also available if needed free of charge.There is MEO cable TV and also Netflix installed.We also offer free unlimited wifi.
The apartment has a large fully equipped kitchen, including a full regular oven, microwave/combo oven, ceramic electric hob, dishwasher, nespresso machine, coffee maker, washer/drier, smoothie maker and fridge freezer.
The living/dining room is large, it is air conditioned and has doors leading out to the front patio which is furnished with table and chairs. Doors also lead from the kitchen and dining room to an inner courtyard which also has table and chairs and a gas BBQ, it is a nice cool place to sit when it is very hot and at night with candles it is a lovely place to eat dinner.
A hallway leads down to the 2 bedrooms, the first is usually set up as a twin but can be made into a double if desired. This bedroom has use of the main bathroom opposite it which will be newly refurbished in Nov 23 with a large walk in rainmaker shower, toilet, vanity unit with sink and bidet. The Master bedroom is ensuite it can also be made us as single beds if required and has a rainmaker shower, vanity unit with sink and toilet. Both bedrooms have air conditioning and have shutters which can be closed at night. They have sliding doors leading to a narrow balcony ideal for a sundowner.
Many people come to the Eastern Algarve to bird watch as the Ria Formosa is the most important birding site in the Algarve. Covering 60km it comprises large areas of dunes and lagoons, channels and islands, saltpans, pools and river mouths. The diversity of habitat in the area means you can spot up to 50 species of birds in a morning from Greater Flamingoes to Eurasin spoonbills to Crested Coots.It is an area of great importance for a wide range of breeding, passage and wintering birds-hence it is a haven for the ornithologist.
There is an observatory located 7km north west of Tavira-Casa De Estudo Para Astronomia (CDEPA) was set up for astronomers and for families and friends to enjoy a visit to one of the best star sites in Europe. It offers a planetarium, Night Observations, Megalithic Astronomy, Introductory courses in Astronomy and Astrophotography. The main telescope is a 20 ins F5 Newtonian and is housed in a sliding roof observatory. Please contact owner for website address
The nearest beach is the Ila de Tavira-you can walk from the apartment to the riverside boat stop in 15 mins and there take the ferry to the beach.The bus station which is a 5 min walk from the apartment runs a bus to Quatro Aguas(QA) where you can also catch the ferry. If you have a car you can drive and there is plenty of parking at QA or you could drive to Pedras del Rei and take the mini train across to the beach at Barilla. There are plenty of restaurants/toilets at both beaches.
Faro airport is 35km from Tavira-it is an easy drive via the A22 motorway and takes between 20-30 mins. If you are not hiring a car it is possible to arrange a private transfer costing approx 70euro return for 1- 4 people -ask for details. It is also possible to fly into Seville airport-from there the drive is 1½ hour all via motorway-it is nice to stay a night in Seville and see the sights and if you have kids visit the fantastic Isla Magica theme park which opens from 1100-2300 in high season.
From the apartment you can walk to the Centre of Tavira in 10 mins along the river Gilao.There are several small fishing villages close to Tavira town-about a ten minute drive away is is the lovely village of Santa Lucia-it is the centre of the octopus fishing industry as seen by the heaps of earthenware pots on the quayside. There are numerous fish restaurants where you can choose from the days catch. The village of Cabanas has a new promenade and a craft fair in August which is worth a visit.
Tavira town has many shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. There is a daily market selling fresh friut, vegetables, meat and fish. There are several supermarkets in the town including Lidl and Aldi. There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. There is a mini train which gives a tour of the town and can help to get your bearings-it departs from the riverside near the roman bridge.To get a 360 degree view of Tavira you can visit the camera obscura which is located in a disused water tower in the centre of the town-not to be missed it gives a real time view of the town.
For those interested in history there is plenty to keep you busy with a walking tour of the town to see the Roman bridge, the castle and the numerous churches.
If you have children with you a visit to a waterpark is a must and there are several to choose from- Aqua Show, The Big One, Slide and Splash are a few examples-they are all accessed very easily via the A22 in about 30-45mins-it is also possible to take a day trip coach there from Tavira. Zoo Marine is also worth a visit with dolphin and seal shows as well as water rides and 3 swimming pools to cool off in. There is also a beautiful carousel and other fun rides.
Further afield going towards Spain you can visit Vila Real San Antonio-this is a thriving town with an architecturally impressive pedestrian centre laid out like Lisbon's Baixa district. From here you can take boat trips up the Guadiana River.It is the 2nd longest river in Europe at 778km.
The Spanish town of Ayamonte is only 10km away-it can be reached by ferry from Vila Real or via a bridge from Portugal. It has a wonderfully Spanish feel to it and there is a lovely old medieval quarter Portugal. It has a wonderfully Spanish feel to it and there is a lovely old medieval quarter with narrow streets and cobbled plazas lined with trees, restaurants and bars. When you have finished shopping in the wonderful array of shops relax with a glass of wine and some tapas.5 mins drive from town is the Isla Canela beach popular with wind and kite surfers-it is accessed via a bridge from Ayamonte.
A non refundable 25% deposit is payable at time of booking and the balance is required 6 weeks prior to arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/ £170 is payable to our agent on arrival, with deductions made for any breakages. A cot and high chair can be supplied for €5/day.New in 2015 unlimited wifi included in prices above. The extra Z bed for a fifth person with sheets and towels is supplied free of charge.
For short stays as cleaning and laundry supplement of €70 applies.
We are very flexible with regard to changeover day but request that clients vacate the apartment before 10am so it can be made ready for following guests.If there is no one arriving that day it may be possible to have a late departure please enquire.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros. Long term winter let €700/month for Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and March applies to rentals of 4 weeks min and includes unlimited wifi and the final clean.Utilities are paid at the end of your stay when our manager reads the relevant meters and are charged as per the standard rates the utility companies are charging at the time.Cleaning and linen/towel change can be arranged for you with our manager or you can decide to take care of this yourselves and extra linens/towels will be at your disposal. A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A refundable damage deposit of 200 euro/170 pounds sterling is payable on arrival and will be returned before you leave by our management team.
Please note there are steps within the complex and also a very long flight of steps involved in the walk to and from town (unless you take a taxi back! ) so this apartment is not suitable for renters with difficulties with steps.