We are situated between Estoi and Sao Bras do Alportel, just 20 minutes from the airport and the same to Faro beach.
Our villa is located in a rural non-tourist area with most surrounding land being hills, agricultural, ie. private, not overlooked but not isolated, being approximately 6km north of Faro town, the Algarve capital, and 8km from Faro airport, which is around 20 minutes by car.
We feel we are ideally situated for most holiday requirements – a car drive can take you to a very secluded beach or a busy beach with bars on the boardwalks, quiet and quaint Portuguese towns or the hustle and bustle of the towns on the western side of the Algarve like Vilamoura or Albufeira. Faro also has an excellent shopping mall with hypermarket, shops and cinema showing films in English language with Portuguese sub titles.
Our local small town is Estoi, which has shops, restaurants, post office and banks and is famous for the Palace do Visconde (The Pink Palace) and its roman ruins along with it’s very busy monthly market.
Sao Bras do Alportel has an excellent weekly market on a Saturday where you can purchase extremely fresh produce, fish from the catch of the day, a fantastic baker and a great English speaking butcher – the meat here is so tender and flavoursome. Along with the market you have the usual banks, post office, bars, restaurants and a small number of supermarkets too.
There are a large number of restaurants within a short car journey of our villa, ranging from Pizzerias to Traditional Portuguese, Indian and Chinese all very reasonably priced.
Most towns with have childrens’ play areas but if you are looking for something more there are many activites we can suggest for all ages, the most popular being Zoomarine which is about 45 mins from us, where there are animals, aquariums, slides and rides – a full days entertainment. Similarly Aquashow – about 30 minutes away is a good day out too with many pools, slides etc.
And with the Spanish border being ony 45 minutes from Toca do Mocho you can visit another country and a time zone too!