The houses are located near the splendid beach of Guincho - world famous for its surf. From the villa there is a splendid view of the Sintra Mountains and the magnificent beach of Guincho. The cottage also has views, although less spectacular than from the villa. Both houses have ample garden space and parking area. There are picnic tables and barbecues for outside living which, in Portugal, can take place most of the year. The villa has three bedrooms; two of these have double beds, in the third bedroom there are two single beds next to each other. The cottage has double beds in the 2 bedrooms, and there is a sofa in the sitting room. Both kitchens are fully equipped. The owners live on the same property, but each of the 3 houses are quite separated so that privacy is never a problem. The cottage prices are about 20% lower than the villa. The beach is a 10 minute walk, the next village (restaurants, cafes, etc. is 12 minutes. Cascais - 10 minutes drive, airport 35, Sintra 15.
Activities: Guincho Beach is obviously an important part of the visit. The beach - as you can see from the photographs - is a magnificent expanse of sand with a great view of Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point of continental Europe. Guests enjoy walking on the dunes, wading, swimming - when the water is not too rough or cold - and particularly surfing. For surfers our property has ample room for depositing all equipment in security, and there is space not only for several cars but also for a trailer. Within walking distance of the property is not only the beach - 10 minutes on foot - but also the village of Areia, which has several restaurants. Some grocery shopping is also available. The lovely town of Cascais is a 10 minute drive. Cascais is known for many restaurants of all price ranges and fine shopping. There are splendid walks from Cascais along the waterfront to Estoril or also on the Atlantic side all the way to Guincho. A combined holiday with our cottage in Algarve can be organized
Sintra and Ericeira: I recommend a visit to Sintra with its three palaces and many mansions and great forest preserves. The route climbs the Sintra mountains and there is a short turn-off to visit Cabo de Roca - the high cliffs which are at the westernmost point of continental Europe. From Sintra there is a delightful road to Ericeira - a blazingly white fishing town known for its sea-food restaurants. Evora and Obidos are other suggested one day excursions.
Lisbon: Lisbon is about 35 minutes drive from the house. I often suggest leaving the car in Cascais and enjoying the lovely, inexpensive and no-worries train-ride to Lisbon. Taxis are cheap and public transport is finje in Lisbon and is a way of avoiding parking and traffic problems. For those interested in culture, I can suggest musems, churches and concerts. For those interested in restaurants, I have a list from expensive ones to the very memorable cakes of Belem - Pasteis de Belem. Also recommended are trips across the Tagus River - perhaps by the boats linking the 'other side' or crossing one of the two fine bridges. The Arrabida Mountains and the charming fishing town of Sesimbra are in easy reach.
I am an American concert violinist. Through music I have travelled to over 50 countries. I have been living in Portugal since 1964 and feel that I know the country and its culture relatively well. I enjoy sharing stories of my life and hearing tales from our guests. Clara is Portuguese, a retired social worker; her interests are gardening, cooking and current affairs, particularly in Portugal.
The location is superb with the view of the ocean and the mountains. There is plenty space for parking, a patio for meals and barbecue. The entire property is fenced and there is much room for children to play safely in the garden area. Also there is within walking distance a playground for children.
The proximity to the beach at Guincho allows walking to the beach rather than the difficult parking on summer days. Many people enjoy walking to the next village which has fine restaurants at popular prices. We are here almost all the time in our seperate villa and are eager to help with suggestions and recommendations to assure a splendid holiday. You can find more luxurious or cheap0er accomodation, but you will not find an owner who is more pleased to meet you and to assure your happy visit to Portugal.
Within a two or three minutes from the house you arrive at Guincho Beach. Cascais is 10 minutes with its lovely bay and historic center. Sintra is about 25 minutes and Lisbon is only 35 minutes. There are easy day excursions to places like the world-heritage city of Evora or the medieval walled town of Obidos. I love to suggest ways to make every day memorable. My wife and I know the area quite well since we have been living here for 40 years, and nothing pleases us more than helping people to enjoy the area.
Golf: There are world-class golf courses within a few minutes drive: Penha Longa, Quinta da Marinha and Estoril.