The villa is nestled in the hills, just outside the town of Sao Bras de Alportel, and enjoys magnificent hillside and distant sea views. Through its location, in the authentic Algarve, ‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ offers the best for all types of holidaymakers. It is ideal for people who want to get away from it all and relax by the pool in total privacy, yet the beautiful beaches are just a short distance by car. This location has something for everyone, from walking in the local nature reserves or peaceful country drives through traditional Portuguese villages, to the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve..
Other activities include: Golf, Slow Travel, Ecoturism Tours, Birding & Bird Watching tours, Water parks, zoo marine, fishing, horse riding, walking, mountain biking, cycling, and water sports.
The Algarve is known for its beaches, but the winter months are a prime time to visit one of the world's premier golf destinations. Each golf course offers a unique design taking advantage of the local landscape allowing the golfer a challenging yet pleasurable game.
With more than 30 top quality golf courses in the Algarve, you will never be short of a quality course to play. Quinta Fonte do Cascalho is ideally located to have access to a high percentage of these courses within just 20 minutes drive. To the East are Benamore, Quinta da Cima, Quinta da Ria, Castro Marim, the Jack Nicklaus signature course Monte Rei, as well as the Seve Ballesteros-designed Quinta do Vale. To the South is the Golden Triangle of golf with Vale do Lobo, Ocean and Royal, Quinta do Lago North and South courses, Sao Lorenzo and Villa Sol. To the West is the Vilamoura complex, with the Arnold Palmer design Victoria, plus the Old Course, Millennium, Laguna and Pinhal. Through our local contacts, we are able to obtain excellent golf discounts and equipment.
Eco-tourism and Eco-fashion:
Sao Bras de Alportel is situated in the Barrocal region of the Algarve comprising large open spaces, pure air and lush foliage of almond, fig, carob and cork trees; to which the region became the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal and the world. Today there are organized cork trails that take you through this beautiful countryside and a visit to the cork museum. In the centre of Sao Bras is the shop where you can purchase many eco-fashion items that are produced from cork such as purses, handbags, belts, shoes and even curtains, which you will find in the lounge of Quinta Fonte do Cascalho.
A Birdwatchers Paradise:
‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ sits in a natural area that is a fantastic habitat for the birds that frequent the Algarve. In addition to the Swallows and Martins that share the pool with you, from the terrace you would see: Golden Oriole, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Black Stork, Bee Eater, Hoopoe, Azure-winged Magpie, Bluethroat, Fan-tailed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Common Waxbill, Serin, Black-winged Kite, Black Kite, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture, Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle. Through our local contacts, we can arrange bird-watching tours, with responsible guides, for sea or the 10 reserved land locations for birds in the Algarve.
During the winter months, the Algarve is an ideal location for Lawn Bowling. There are numerous organized clubs scheduling regular games. Visiting players are very welcome to join in where clubs stock a full range of bowls for hire at a nominal charge. Tavira Bowls club, with an eight rink level green, is just a few minutes away from the villa.