AREA GUIDE

It’s more than a beautiful location. It’s a place to find focus, feel inspired, and work productively.

 

The coast. In the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park the flavour of the past has been preserved, due to the strict building rules that protect its sea- and countryside landscapes. Under imposing cliffs you’ll find welcoming beaches. On the south coast these include Figueira and Furnas, Santa and Barranco, Zavial and Ingrina. The West Coast is a true surfer’s paradise with beaches that may be less accessible but are just as stunning, such as Beliche, Castelejo and Arrifana. Throughout the area you’ll find sleepy whitewashed villages, like the beautiful Praia da Salema.

 

Cost. You can get delicious traditional dishes of the day from local tascas and restaurants for about €8. Evening meals in restaurants can be anything from €20-35/person, including starter, main, desert and wine.
The Portuguese like to spend their time in pastelarias (typical Portuguese cafés/snackbars), and these places are incredibly cheap (about €5 for two cakes and 2 coffees) and usually have good cakes, toasties, soups, sandwiches and maybe octopus salad.
Supermarkets are about the same price as in countries such as the UK and Germany. Whilst foreign products can be a bit more expensive, beer and (good!) wine are cheap. The best places from a quality and price point of view are the local markets.
Taxis are cheap and cost approximately €20 to Lagos and Sagres (very cheap when you’re many sharing a cab) and about €5-10 to the surrounding villages. We will be happy to give you a lift or help out with taxi bookings.

 

Gastronomy. We can advise you on the best cafes to enjoy a “bica,” and where to eat. Regional specialties include cataplana, seafood rice, grilled fresh fish, chicken piri-piri, and more. The seafood is wonderful throughout this area, as are the game dishes, and there is plenty of choice for vegetarians.
If you’re a fan of food markets you won’t be disappointed. There are small vegetable markets nearby, and Lagos has a wonderful fish market.
During countryside walks you’ll find almond, loquat, quince, fig, olive, and orange trees. The Algarve is also lined with carob trees; its fruit is the main ingredient in many traditional sweets of the region.

 
History. Our villa is located between the seaside towns of Sagres and Lagos.
Sagres was once known as the “end of the world,” and it’s where Henry the Navigator built his school of navigation in the 15th century. We’ll enjoy a cheese and wine sunset evening on the cliffs there during your visit.
Lagos still has its old town walls, constructed in the 16th century to protect the town, and beautiful old churches, dating from the 14th century.
A bit further away are Monchique and Silves. Monchique is the lush, mountainous area of the Algarve and its spa, Caldas de Monchique, was originally built by the Romans. Silves, once a Moorish capital, is full of treasures to explore.

 
Weather.  This little corner of the world is blessed by a mild climate year round. Autumn days can rival a good summer day. Bright, warm winters call for picnics on the beach and short sleeves in the midday sun. The almond trees blossom from February into spring, when it starts smelling of summer again. Throughout the year when the sun goes down the temperature cools, so you’ll want a jumper/sweater or light jacket in the evening.