Well kept house close to nature
Submitted: January 5, 2009
Stayed: July 2008
The house was exactly as described, well kept, fully equipped and situated in rural surroundings. Small supermarkets and restaurants are within walking distance and provide everything you may need. The owner answers the phone and organizes local craftsmen to fix anything if you need it. The object is situated in an untouched area which gives you the feeling of staying in a natural reservation and not rather close to the country's capital. In fact the southern part of the peninsula is regarded as Parque Natural.
The beaches are clean, far from being crowded and within walking distance but you have to use the same small road as those who come by car (it can get a bit dusty). Expect some wind and sometimes rough waters, perfect for surfing but disliked by our two 7 year old girls. This leads to one of the biggest attractions of the area, especially if you are travelling with kids: Lagoa do Albufeira (check it out at www.maps.google,com) is a huge laguna which provides both: shallow water for kids and huge waves for the adventurous. The place has a small restaurant, one or two shops, a parking area and some flying merchants selling pastry, but again no large hotels, no tourist traps. It is a 5 minutes drive from the house and kids love it.
In summary, we got good value by renting the object and recommend it to those who want to taste the quietness of rural Portugal within a one-hour drive to Lisbon’s attractions. A car is a necessity.
Families with Young Children,
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