Alcaria Alta is a quiet retreat in ecological reserve, boasting many rare species of flora and fauna including orchids, storks, birds of prey and otters, wild boar and deer in country criss-crossed by tracks and lanes. The apartment is fully licenced by the local authority. Sheep, cattle, goats, hens and horses are farmed nearby.
We are dog friendly. We understand the needs of dog owners when they wish to travel with their pets. Please enquire about availability.
A pool is available on site, for your exclusive use during the hot weather, cleaned daily.
Two bedroom sleeps up to 5, with two terraces around the house affording stunning views. BBQ area and easy access to the tracks and lanes. Fully equipped modern kitchen with breakfast bar. Tastefully furnished with air conditioning, looking out onto the sun terrace. The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen and has its own chandelier.
The bathroom is also large and modern with a bath/shower for your convenience. Towels and mats are provided. Renowned for the quality of light during the day and the clarity of the night skies. A lovely place to unwind. Mains electricity. Long let available.
The house is surrounded by hundreds of lanes and tracks that are little trafficked. Well behaved dogs do not have to be kept on a lead.
Activities: There are many opportunities for outdoor activities which include swimming, cycling (you can bring your own mountain bike), horseback riding, walking, bird watching (some very rare birds visit here in the Spring!), golf (Silves is the nearest course), and on the coasts, sailing, surfing and snorkeling.
Recently spotted wildlife includes Storks, the Red-legged Partridge, Northern Lapwing, Eurasian Golden Plover, Thekla Lark and Hoopoe, amongst others. Bustards are seen near Castro Verde. We have local maps for walks and reference material for wildlife spotting.
The monte (farm) is located in the middle of a large area of Ecological terrain criss crossed by many dirt tracks. The hills are steep and the valleys beautiful, especially in Spring and Autumn, when the weather is cooler and there is some rainfall. The bees are active all year except the hottest months, producing the lovely floral local honey. This is for sale locally.
Birdwatching and walking: This area is particularly suitable for these activities due to the large number of tracks and lanes. Navigation is not difficult and we have some maps to help you.
We are near some excellent bird areas, including secluded oak woodland and rough hillsides for ground nesters. The lakes of Monte da Rocha and Santa Clara are also close, as is the ecological reserve at Castro Verde. Recent visitors who have travelled all over Europe have commented on the large numbers and varieties of rarer European birdlife found here.
On site we have open patios and platforms with views spanning the valley. There are also printed walk guides for those who wish to explore on foot or by car along the secluded dirt tracks and lanes.
Golf: Silves is the nearest golf course and is about 25 minutes away. There are many easily accessible courses near and in the Algarve, within 45 minutes drive.
Every April we have the Rally of Portugal (Vodafone) pass near the house. To be sure of a great view, book well in advance.
The lovely farmhouse provides a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Algarve, but is within easy reach of three market towns, the parks and activities of the Algarve and there local ruins, museums, markets and plenty of countryside ideal for walking and birdwatching.
Alternatively, you can visit the COAST (45 minutes away) either the South or West, with scenic mountain drives and lovely country roads.
Locally the cuisine is simple, but very tasty and at much lower prices than further South.
So you can spend the day travelling round to the numerous fairs, markets and historic amenities, or you can lounge around our lovely pool and soak up the sun surrounded by splendid views.
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Oct 1 2013 - May 31 2014
|extra night: €40|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.