Our apartment has a living room with satellite TV, DVD and stereo, a bathroom with a bath and/or a shower and one or more bedrooms.
The apartment has been renovated in 2006 and has a fully equipped kitchen. There are many different terraces around the apartment with seating areas to have breakfast, lunch and/or just generally dining al fresco.
There is also a nice barbeque area with a little bar and parasol and sun terraces for the sunbathers. Aswell the patio offers a nice cool place to spend time or have a meal.
The apartment has a newly renovated and fully equiped kitchen. There is a stereplayer, with TV and DVD, we have aswell satelite TV/Astra.
Casa Roberto is situated in a small, typical fishing village named Santa Luzia, on the south coast of Portugal in the province of the Algarve. Santa Luzia is still a very unspoiled area and therefore is a very calm and peaceful place. The traditional house with the apartments lies at the waterfront, and gives a direct view of the national park of the Ria Formosa with its typical fishing boats.
In this nature reserve there is an island of 18 kilometres with white sandy beaches. You can reach the island facing the house through a footpath which brings you to the beach of Barril. During the summer months there is also a ferry which runs back and forth to the island and brings you to the beach of Terra Estreita.
You can enjoy a vacation of sunbathing on the beaches or you can go sightseeing to many other places from Santa Luzia via public transport.
The international airport of the Algarve is situated in its capital, Faro. Faro airport is about 30 kilometres from Tavira. Tavira, about 4 kilometres from Santa Luzia, is the nearest town.
Tavira is called the Venice of the Algarve, because the town is split by a river named the Rio Gilao. There are many bridges crossing the river. One of them is a Roman bridge with seven arches beneath.Tavira is one of the most typical traditional Portuguese towns in the Algarve. You can enjoy a lovely walk in the centre of Tavira, do some shopping, have a bica (little espresso coffee) on one of its many terraces or have a nice meal in one of its traditional restaurants. There is also a large choice of supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi and Pingo Doce and a wonderful market hall selling freshly caught fish, shellfish, meat, fruit and vegetables. Just outside of the city centre, there is a large shopping mall named Gran Plaza. If you want to shop in Santa Luzia, you can find almost anything in the local supermarkets around the church. There is a large choice of cafés and restaurants in Santa Luzia, many serving wonderful seafood and of course octopus for which the region is famous.
From Tavira you can visit the eastern and western coasts of the Algarve.
The east coast of Faro is known as the national park of the Ria Formosa. This is a long stretch of marshland that begins in Faro and continues all the way to the Costa de la Luz area of Spain.
In this national park, there are many salt mines where they develop rough cooking salt for culinary use. The park is renowned for its islands with kilometre long sandy beaches.
There are the islands of Tavira, Fuzeta, Culatra and Armona(accessible from Olhaõ). You can visit all of these islands by boat. There is only one island that is accessible by car, the island of Faro next to the airport. There is also one island you can walk to and that is Tavira Island, which you can reach from Santa Luzia. Each of these islands offers beautiful scenery, sand dunes and the nicest, longest, whitest sandy beaches in Europe. There are numerous possibilities for water sports, such as kiting, surfing, sailing and so much more.
The west coast is more well-known because of its rocky coastline. From Albufeira onwards, the coast becomes rougher and rockier until the most south-western point of Europe, Cape Saint Vincent. This south-western point of the Algarve is a must-see during your holiday. There are many beaches all along the route which have many nice restaurants and bars.
From Santa Luzia, you can easily visit some more cultural hotspots during your holiday. It is possible to visit Lisbon or Seville on a daytrip. Lisbon (capital of Portugal) or Seville, which is the capital of Andalucia are two of the most amazing cities in Europe and absolutely worth a visit.
During the summer months, there are plenty of local festivals, artisan markets and local bands playing during the evenings. There is always something going on in every little town or village during summer and thanks to the long sunny days - this makes it definitely worth a visit.
We are more than happy to give you any more tips and/or advice concerning your holiday during your stay with us.
Our apartment is situated in a small fishing village called St. Luzia about two km away from Tavira or 30 minutes drive to the airport of Faro.
The house lies directly by the Lagoon of the Ria Formosa National Park facing the 12km long island of Tavira.
A footpath will bring you to the beach of Barrill or in Highseason (June-September) you can take a direct ferry from the village, which will bring you the to Beach 'Terra Estreta'. In Santa Luzia you will find everything you need. There are plenty of very good restaurants, which sell all kinds of typical fresh food. There are aswell plenty of cafes, two bars with live music twice a week, three grocerystores with butcher, one bank, one pharmacy and a post office.
Tavira is only 2km away. Its the nicest town of the Eastalgarve, its old historic center is charming and you find plenty of very good restaurants and cafes. The spanish border is only 20min driving and Seville the capital of Andalusia is 90 min driving away. Aswell the Westalgarve, with its beautiful coastline and beaches can be reached in no time, f.ex. Albufeira or Lagos can be reached in no time. If you want to do outdoor sports this is the right place to come. This are the best beaches for kite and wind surfing. Courses and lessons can be arranged. For mountainbikers the Algarve is the Paradise, about 5000 km of different tracks to explore.
If you are a birdwatcher this is aswell the place to be. More than 200 different bird species pass or live in the Algarve.
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