Casa de Praia
Submitted: July 20, 2012
Stayed: July 2012
Ours was a mixed generation family of 11 staying one week in this very comfortable well laid out spacious house. There was more than enough room for all to gather up together or for each to find a quiet corner. The pictures don't actually do the house justice, particularly the bedrooms, which are more spacious than appear on the site. Note though that there are no spindles or glass on stairs to bedrooms,so small children need to be accompanied.
Our car rental arrangement (some were arriving by train and bus) fell through. The initial panic gave way to rational thought. We would have to have paid taxi fares of 140 daily to make up the price of the (admittedly large)car! The local friendly taxi service(ability to speak French helpful,if not Portugese) are highly recommended,and handled our large group with ease to restaurants,twice monthly market and return to Airport. A bus stop across the road was favoured by the younger members of group,who went to Sintra several times,and from there were able to catch the train to Lisbon. No car made the holiday more relaxing.....no pressure!!!!!
All within 5 minutes from the house (steep driveway) was the soft sandy beach,invigorating breakneck waves a few days, softer laps others, a great walk,accessed at back of beach past the hut , up an early steep incline,levelling off after 10-15 mins(if i can do it,most can, best with comfortable grip shoes esp for way back down and done early in morning) to as far as you want. View on satellite images first to see . I felt I had to retreat about 30 mins distance when coming to what looked like a small picturesque village turned into a dog barking frenzy. there must have been a guard dog at every house!
Also within 5 minutes of house are a choice of 3 places to eat of various price levels. We favoured the Bruxina(?).Down hill,first right then straight ahead. A friendly family run restaurant,particularly good for evening meals. Great value,superior food to the more highly priced restaurants in nearby villages.Of course there is also the choice of barbecueing at the house.
Only difficulty not having car was shopping for groceries. there is no local shop, though earlier mentioned restaurant will sell bread and milk,we discovered too late!
Our contact, Manuel was helpfull,informative and professional.
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this nice review Janny.
The villa is only two minutes walking distance from the beach and you have a easy away to do it, and the sea is great for surf... and at low tide is great for children to play in the natural pools among the rocks
All the best
Helpful votes: 4/4
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