Altura is a fishing village, and the urbanization, which is recent and very beautiful, is mainly restricted to the traditional local style houses. Excepting the hotel, the village construction is at most of 4 floors and, for this reason, the population density is much lower than most of the typical tourist areas.
The village has several restaurants, 1 large supermarket and a smaller one, a traditional market (aka “praça”) where you get fresh fish and vegetables, plus several local trade stores.
It also has afternoon bars, as well as leisure and children parks (skateboard). In the summer it is common to exist some street animations for children.
Altura is very quiet and close to the field, you can easily discover a typical Algarve mountain.
It is relatively small, therefor pleasant to walk by foot .
Has some small bars, but for those who want night life, we recommend you to visit Monte Gordo, a nearby town.
The beach is extraordinary: it is huge, clean, with good sand, good access to it and several services on it.
My apartment, a 2003 construction, is situated near a cafe, where there is not a big movement, with a large terrace with internet where you can have your breakfast or relax in the evening. Parking here is always very easy and protected from the sun (see photos).
The apartment decoration is very simple, but cozy and beautiful (see photos). It has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, 1 big balcony and a small one, and a common space, combining the living room, the dining area and a kitchen.
Air conditioning is installed only in the living room/kitchen. Nevertheless, because the house is just sun-drenched in the morning, the walls are never too warm, which makes the house to be cool (as much as possible for a summer house in Algarve).
It is also a good house for the winter because, despite of sometimes it is not habited for a long period of time, and it never had moisture problems. It is equipped with a vacuum cleaner, laundry washing machine, iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, and a charcoal grill on the balcony. The kitchen is equipped with the essentials: microwave, blender, toaster, etc. The coffee machine is missing because the downstairs cafe has it, and it is so much better.
The use of bed linen and towels are included in the price, as well as the 3 bicycles.