10 Brilliant activities in the Algarve

10 Brilliant activities in the Algarve

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The Algarve is known for its gorgeous Atlantic beaches and lush golf resorts. With whitewashed fishing villages and a coastline lined with luxury villas, bars and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to take a sunshine break.

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Take a boat trip or snorkel in Ria Formosa Natural Park. This unique coastal lagoon in central Algarve, was elected one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal in a peoples vote in 2018. You can see the largest community of seahorses in the natural environment here. The park covers 18,400 hectares and encompasses a barrier island system stretching 60 km between Ancão and Manta Rota in the eastern Algarve. Essentially, it is a lagoon separated from the sea by a coastal dune system and an important wintering ground for birds from northern and central Europe, as well as being an important stopover for migrant birds flying between northern Europe and Africa.

Visit Cape St. Vincent, the southern-most point of Europe. Take a scenic drive up the Vicentine Coast and enjoy the spectacular views.

Hike part of the Via Algarviana Trail. The 300km long route crosses eleven of the sixteen municipalities of the region. It’s a great way to discover the diverse natural landscapes and culture on foot with stops in gorgeous villages en route.  www.viaalgarviana.org

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Enjoy a day relaxing on the beach, doing nothing but chilling. From sandy beaches to deserted islands and award-winning beaches like D.Ana, Meia Praia, Praia da Marinha and Falésia beach, the choice is yours. Don’t miss a visit to the impressive Benagil Cave and the iconic Ponta da Piedade rock formations in Lagos.

Learn to surf or body board with the locals at Odeceixe Beach in Aljezur on the west coast. Whatever level you’re at – total beginner or total surf dude, the Algarve offers beaches to cater for all levels, with surf schools dotted along the coastline.

Sip the finest local wines from full bodied reds to delicate whites. Produced across the region, discover them via The Rota Dos Vinhos do Algarve (The Algarve Wine Route). rotadosvinhosdeportugal.pt

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Cycle on the Ecovia trail to discover the wonderful, natural landscape. Highlights include the lush greenery of the Costa Vicentina Nature Park, the birdwatching haven of the Alvor Estuary, and the majestic cliffs of Sagres.

Wine and dine! There are loads of restaurants to choose from Michelin Star to authentic tiny cafes. Nothing beats an alfresco lunch in the sun, especially when it’s local sardines or fresh seafood. In Portimão it’s hard to resist the lovely riverside restaurants.

Play a round of golf on one of the stunning courses in the exclusive ‘Golden Triangle’ of the Algarve: Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. Discover why the Algarve was voted the World’s Best Golfing Destination by the IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).

Take a walk through history. Visit some of the beautiful villages like picturesque Alte or Alvor for a glimpse into traditional rural and coastal living. The region’s sixteen municipalities each have their own identity but are bound together through their religious and cultural heritage.

We have the finest luxury rental villas in the Algarve, browse our listings or contact us for help with choosing the right villa for your dream holiday.

Tourism website: www.visitalgarve.pt

Villa Chloe in Antibes, southern France, Villa of the Month

Villa Chloe in Antibes, southern France, Villa of the Month

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Perched on a hill, just below the lighthouse on the peninsula of Cap d’Antibes, Villa Chloe is exceptional.

With stunning sea views from the house and gardens, you can easily walk to the sandy beaches of Salis (Blue Flag) with its pretty port from the villa. Plage de Garoupe is also within walking distance. It’s one of the prettiest beaches in the area with silky-soft white sands and crystal clear waters. Once a favourite with luminaries such as Ernest Hemingway and Picasso, it’s very exclusive and there are some excellent restaurants and bars there.

Quintessential French Riviera charm

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The villa has three levels. On the first floor it is all open plan with plenty of light and sea views. The living room has French windows leading out to the pool area. The dining area has steps that lead up to the large kitchen which is fully equipped with an American style fridge freezer and top range facilities.

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There are five double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. One has its own dressing room and two open out onto the terrace, with gorgeous views.

In the garden make the most of the glorious weather with the large dining and barbecue area. The loungers round the pool are so tempting.

There is air conditioning throughout the villa plus Wi-Fi and Bluetooth stereo.

Must-sees in Antibes

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If you can bear to tear yourself away from this gorgeous holiday home and those beautiful beaches, head to the town to discover its charms.

Situated within the old Grimaldi castle on the waterfront is a museum dedicated to Picasso. All the artwork is of the local area, which gives you a fascinating perspective, seen through the eyes of Picasso. There are fantastic sculptures on the outdoor balcony that overlooks the sea.

Antibes market is a great place to shop for supplies to create a wonderful feast to enjoy at the villa. You will find a terrific selection of fresh local produce from scrumptious cheeses and locally grown olives, fish and meat, herbs and spices. You can also get a mouth-watering truffle paste to spread on a warm fresh baguette bought from the bakery at the front of the market. There is one stall devoted solely to tomatoes! It’s a great place for people watching too.

Chapelle de la Garoupe is in an amazing place to visit, its nave is full of votive offerings essentially from sailors. You can walk there from the villa but make sure you wear the right shoes, it’s a bit of a climb. This listed historic monument has recently been restored and from here, you have a wonderful panorama over the bay. It’s the perfect place to see the sun set, you’ll experience one of those wow moments.

Why we love Villa Chloe:

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Truly stunning views of the Riveria

Pool that cries out to be lounged around – and a rather irresistible hammock

Amazing walks – just at the end of the garden

Cinema room and surround sound

Close to shops, beaches, restaurants etc.

Details: Villa Chloe, Antibes

More on Antibes from the tourist office: antibesjuanlespins.com