3 Suites sleeps 6 Walk to restaurants, Luxuriously Furnished, Airco, Wifi 5 Tvs
Originally I am from the UK and my wife from Canada. We have lived in the UK, Africa and Portugal for many years but now live in BC Canada and spend our winters at the villa in Portugal, best of both worlds!
Nigel purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Nigel chose Municipality of Monchique
We were in the business of building villas for expats and so we chose to build this one using our years of experience and putting our skills and dreams into action. We chose this location because of the spectacular views and that the area is unspoiled by tourism yet just a short drive to the best beaches, golf courses, shopping, airport and some of the best scenery in Portugal.
What makes this Villa unique
The Villa is tucked into the hillside with a Cork Oak forest behind which affords us both privacy and shelter from the cooler North winds in the winter months. We have Oranges, Peaches, Figs, Lemons, Grape Vines and even a Banana tree. Unlike the coastal areas we don't get frost in this area so its ideal for both summer and winter holidays alike.
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Unbeatable Value for a High End Villa
We stayed two weeks with our two teenage boys and Granny. Had a super time, the villa was perfect in every way, the beds very comfortable and linen and towels top notch. The lounge is well furnished and we used our Netflix account on the TV though there was a good selection of English programs as well. The kitchen is well equipped and the outside entertainment area was used every day.
The views from the villa are quite something, literally, from every window and we sat out late at night watching the sparkling lights along the coast. The kids were in the pool for hours at a time even Granny went in. The kids made friends with the neighbours black lab Duke. We had several barbecues and ate at some of the restaurants that the owner recommended, all were very reasonable with good food, friendly service, it was nice that we were not rushed, very relaxing, our favourite was the wild boar and an black pork, the kids loved the chicken piri piri, Granny liked the fresh fish.
We spent quite a few days visiting some of the west coast beaches, Arifana was the best for body boarding but all of them are unspoiled and not too crowded. We spent a day in Lagos which is a very nice town with a lovely marina that do all kinds of boat trips.
All in all the villa was very good value for the excellent quality provided and so we have decided to come back next year. We would certainly recommend this villa for any one wanting a quality holiday at a very reasonable price. Well done Nigel
Thank you Roger for your very kind review. It means much to us knowing that we are on the right track. Good to see you enjoyed the BBQ, I have just installed a new Stainless Steel insert with and extra rack, oh and a new LED floodlight which makes it easier after dark. We agree that the west coast beaches are spectacular and they will remain that way because they are all part of the national park. Again many thanks for your review.
Paradise at last!
We have rented villas on the coast of the Algarve for many years but have grown weary of the traffic, crowds and being overcharged in restaurants for mediocre food. So we tried Monchique, what a revelation!
We found Villa Vida Nova on the internet and discovered the cleanest and best equipped villa we have ever rented. The views are spectacular and the location very convenient for everything. There are dozens of quality restaurants serving dishes we never new existed at prices half those on the coast. The town is cute with quaint shops and cafe's, unpretentious, there is an honesty about Monchique, the people are friendly and the place feels safe.
We explored superb beaches on the west coast and found country roads which took us to villages, Alferce and Marmelete come to mind and the same integrity was found there. We are sorry that we did not discover Monchique years ago. We booked the villa with Nigel who gave us vouchers for discounts at several restaurants, he also advised us on getting a great deal on renting a car.Monchique and Vida Nova are going to become our first choice for our holidays from now on.
Thank you George for your great review, very much appreciated. We agree about the restaurants in and around Monchique, it really is a "Foodies" heaven here and as you say at half the price of the coast, thankfully we have some great walking trails here so we can discard some calories now and then. we look forward to your imminent return.
A great family holiday
First time to Portugal and it was jolly good. The owners provided everything we needed and more including cot and high chair, everything in the villa is to a very high standard of good quality and sparkling clean. The pool was warm so we swam almost every day and had a bbq on a few days. I would recommend this villa to any one wanting upmarket accommodation at very reasonable prices. We plan to return in the not too distant future.
Thank you Gord for your kind review, we look forward to you returning soon. You will be glad to know that we replaced the dodgy bedroom TV that gave up on you, actually we replaced 3 out of the five with Full HD Smart TV's for this 2018 season. See you soon and thanks once again.
Stayed here a week and sorry to have to go home. Cannot fault this villa and we have stayed in many far more expensive places. Extremely good value. Superbly appointed, clean and comfortable. The owners have done a great job in creating this lovely holiday home. A very peaceful, safe, private and sunny location with breathtaking views of the coast. Pool was warmer than I expected for October. The villa is everything if not more than what the website portrays. We have booked again for 2018, thank you Nigel
Thank you Sean for your lovely review, it was great having you stay at the villa and we look forward to your return next year, in the meantime enjoy the rest of Christmas and have a wonderful New Year celebration. Thank you.
Great holiday. We had 2 weeks at Villa Vida Nova. The villa had everything we needed - a fantastic location, plenty of space, tranquility, and hot sunshine. The villa was very well equipped, including everything you could need in the kitchen for cooking. It was very clean, and included a complete clean at the end of our first week and towel and bed change mid week.
We are a family of 4 with 2 teenagers, so 3 bedrooms was perfect. We rented a car at Faro and used it a lot to visit beaches - mainly west coast quieter beaches. Amoreira was great as it had both a river and beach with waves. Arrifana was our learning-to-surf and belly-boarding beach.
We had a number of lazy days at the villa in the pool, and many barbecues.
Although we speak a reasonable amount of Portuguese, we rarely needed it as most places that cater to tourists speak English.
We are keen cyclists and rented bikes twice from Musette.bike - great service and they provide a range of bikes. There were loads of cyclists going up the hill to Foia, but unfortunately we didn't manage this as we couldn't transport bikes on the car and it would have been too long a day in the heat to drive to the hire location then cycle up and down. They do deliver bikes for 3+day rentals, but we didn't need that long.
As well as the restaurant at the top of the drive, we enjoyed A Tasca just above the harbour in Sagres. Our second visit didn't work out though as when we arrived for Wednesday lunch we found that was their closed day!
Only thing we would have done different if we had our time over is to be careful over choosing inside or outside dining - some nights it was really hot in the evenings and you could eat outside. Other nights there was a chilly wind and so we ate inside at the villa - we didn't think about this when we booked a table on the terrace at O Luar de Foia!
Can definitely recommend - everything was great and Nigel was very helpful with advice etc., as well as providing a brilliant holiday location.
Thank you for a lovely review. I have to say that we prefer the west coast beaches too, there are so many to choose from, unspoiled and miles and miles of gorgeous sand. Of course we only get to enjoy them in the winter when we return to the villa, beautiful just the same. Bev and I hope you return in the not too distant future.Thank you.
We had two wonderful weeks at this amazing villa. Everything went to plan, the flights, the car rental which the owner advised us where to get a great deal, we arrived and were so grateful for the complimentary wine, we needed it. We stocked up with groceries at Intermarche and had a BBQ the first night. Hubby and his bro did some great chops and sausage whilst the children played in the infinity pool. We also had a dip later with the pool lights on, that was quite something as you can see the twinkling lights of the coast at eye level.
The villa itself looks like it was built yesterday, everything looks new and is so well kept, the maid never stopped working, she was lovely even though we could only grasp the gist of what she was saying. The beds are very comfortable and the sheets crisp, towels fluffy, kitchen was better equipped than ours at home, seriously.
We climbed the hill up to the closest restaurant, Luar something? It was brilliant, loads of food great service and small portions for the kids.
All in all this has been the best villa we have ever stayed in and would recommend it to anyone wanting something which is a cut above the rest. We intend making this a regular holiday venue, the location suits us very much, we love nature the greenery the peace and quiet and privacy yet we could walk into town, although with the kids we didn't. We are counting the days to our next visit!
Thank you Lynda great to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. Monchique and the villa, we look forward to your return later this year.
The Algarve with its famous pristine beaches and micro climate offers the best year round holiday opportunities for the discerning holidaymaker. Quaint fishing ports and historic cities and villages compete for the tourists attention. Secure family beaches and the west coasts wild surfing beaches offer a broad variety of scenery and seaside activities.
Over 300 sunny days every year make the Algarve, Europes favourite holiday destination. The Serra De Monchique is the Algarve's best kept secret, founded by the Romans which provides a historic backdrop and its natural spring waters are said to rejuvenate and even lengthen our days!
Talking about Romans, it was the Romans that built the stone terraces in Villa Vida Nova's gardens. They were built to retain the excellent soil for growing vegetables and fruit to feed the Centurians and troops, these days the terraces are still there but it's not the Romans getting fat on all that fruit..................
The Picturesque Town of Monchique
The delightful town of Monchique, which is only 2 minutes drive from the villa, has a pretty central square with street cafes in which to while away the time and people watch. There are beautiful gardens to admire and narrow historic streets to explore. By the way, parking is free everywhere in Monchique including the underground car park! There are several supermarkets for you to stock up on supplies, 3 butchers, numerous cafés and a tea room serving delicious home made food, two banks with cash points, two petrol stations, 2 chemists, wine shop, gift shops and newsagents selling foreign papers. Recently opened is the new Intermarche supermarket mall, with a selection of shops, plenty of parking and ideal to stock up your holiday provisions.
Superb Dining for all Tastes and Budgets
There are many excellent yet inexpensive local restaurants, some of the best are within walking distance of the villa. You will be tempted by the delicious regional fare, chicken piri-piri, black Iberian pork, wild boar with plums, lamb casserole, chicken with cherries, pork and prawn cataplana, stuffed squid, grilled fish, local cured ham and smoked sausage, honey and marzipan sweets just to name a few, all are locally produced. There is an amazing sellection of wines and ports to enhance your dining experience, don't forget to try the local firewater Medronho, and for the ladies, Melosa, served from a glass slipper! (You have to search for the slipper!)
The Serra da Monchique
Monchique is nestled in a valley between the only two mountains in the Algarve, Foia and Picota. The Romans who established Monchique , as mentioned above they built, with precision granite terraces all over the Serra de Monchique, you will see them everywhere. Villa Vida Nova nestles in 'Corga das Ervilhas' - Terraces of Peas! Corga is an ancient word not used these days and means 'Terraces'. Our terraces still produce, oranges, tangerines, lemons, plums, peaches, figs, sharon fruit, grapes, olives, cherries of which our guests are welcome to eat. We have also found, various stone hand tools, a bone needle, a bronze spur, a bronze buckle and slate buttons.
There are level walks, steep walks, walks to the top of Foia and walks to the cafes in town. Bird watching is very popular as we are on a major migratory route. Cork oak forests abound and offer welcome shade from the hot summer sun, and after all that exercise kick off your shoes and cool off in the infinity pool. Wind down with a glass of local wine or ice cold beer or test your culinary skills on the BBQ.
From the villa there are many attractions within a short drive. The peaks and contour roads of Foia and Picota afford 360 degree panoramic views, don't forget your camera! For the more adventurous, take some of the side roads and visit deserted watermills or the ghost village of Barbelote with its stunning cascade. The mountains here are quite spectacular and not to be missed ideal for the biker, hiker or just a casual stroll.
Local Spas and Wellness Centre.
The famous village of Caldas de Monchique with its health spa and wellness center is only 10 minutes drive away here you can take in the famous Monchique spring waters and enjoy being pampered in the health salons at either Hotel Termas de Monchique or Longevity Wellness Centre. In summer in the evening, you can listen to local live music whilst dining in the Caldas de Monchique square at Restaurant 1692.
A Short Drive Away.
There are several golf courses, the nearest just 15 minutes drive away, and the new Autodromo do Algarve, F1 designed race track, features various motorsport events and track days and if you are up to it, a stunning go kart track open to the public. The busier tourist areas of the south coast and the town of Portimao with shopping malls, night life, sardine restaurants, sandy beaches and marina is just 25 minutes away. Take a boat trip from Portimao or Lagos to watch the dolphins in their natural habitat.