Villa of the Month | Cliff Top, Albufeira, Algarve

Villa of the Month | Cliff Top, Albufeira, Algarve

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Our villa of the month is simply sensational. Villa Cliff Top is uber luxurious, perched on top of a cliff as the name suggest, with the most amazing sea views…

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This stunning villa in Albufeira oozes style, comfort and sophistication. Villa Cliff Top sleeps 16 people in luxury. There are 5 bedrooms in the main house plus a separate guest houses with three bedrooms. With plenty of room for family and friends and loads of space for your own me-time.

While cooking might not be what you first think of doing when on holiday relaxing, especially as in this area there’s a ton of delicious options for eating out, you might be tempted here. Wait until you see the professional kitchen and terrific outdoor cooking area – it’s inspiring and fabulous.

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Overlooking the ocean, giving you spectacular views, is an open plan living and dining area. From the garden there’s a pathway leading right out on to the bright golden sandy beach. There are outdoor entertainment areas, a large swimming pool with its own bar, jacuzzi, a fully equipped gym and a games room.

What to see and do nearby

For the adventurous and those who like to explore, you won’t be short of things to do here. Close by and highly recommended is Parque Aventura, an outdoor climbing space. Move through the trees, enjoying the excitement of zip lines, rope bridges, skateboards and much more. The staff are always on hand to give advice and help choose the right course for you depending on age and ability.

Discover the mysteries of the oceans at the Algarve’s best family theme park, Zoomarine Algarve.  Dolphins, seals and sea lions, plus tropical birds and birds of prey will keep the whole family entertained. There is also an amazing aquarium with sharks, a 4D Cinema, swimming pools and a new beach attraction, it will make your visit to Zoomarine unforgettable. www.zoomarine.pt

Retail therapy more your thing? Then Algarve Shopping Mall is the place to go. With lots of well-known retailers mixed in with designer boutiques, food courts, and places to sit and rest while watching the large televisions, you could easily spend a few hours here – shopping paradise!

Why we love Cliff Top villa…

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Entertainment room – loads of fun for everyone

Pool with bar – fabulous for entertaining

Beautiful interior design

Breath taking views out to the ocean

Great shopping facilities close by

Beach accessible from the garden – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Details for Villa Cliff Top

 

 

Enjoy a brilliant Christmas getaway in the Algarve

Enjoy a brilliant Christmas getaway in the Algarve

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There’s still time to book your Christmas getaway in the Algarve this year and enjoy golden sands, winter sunshine and a luxury break, the perfect way to end the year.

Imagine waking up to blue skies and temperatures of up to 18˚C instead of grey skies and drizzle. It’s the perfect climate for a game of golf – and in the Algarve you’re truly spoiled for choice when it comes to courses. Or how about a game of tennis, a walk on the beach, lunch outdoors in the sun, a dip in the pool, aperitifs on a terrace under the stars…

Christmas in Portugal

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Typically presents are opened on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day in Portugal. Christmas trees are common and nativity scenes are treasured, in fact the world’s largest nativity scene can be seen in Santa Maria da Feira, south of Porto, it covers around 3.5 hectares and features more than 7,000 figures.

There’s a lively atmosphere in the Algarve at this time of the year and its become more and more popular with tourists with more hotels and restaurants remaining open all year round. Though it’s not bikini on the beach weather, typically there are ten days of rain in December, the climate is mild enough for T-shirts in the day, jumpers or jackets in the evening.

Fabulous food plays a starring role at Christmas in the Algarve. Although salted cod fish is a traditional favourite for the Christmas meal in Portugal, turkey is quite usual now. If you’re in the Algarve at Christmas you’ll be able to buy all the ingredients for a traditional roast Christmas dinner  in supermarkets and butchers.

Enjoy the freshest seafood – “caldeirada” is a local favourite, seafood steamed in a traditional pan. Tempt your taste buds with olives, cheese and bread, and delicious deserts including the famous Dom Rodrigo, an almond delight. Local wines are starting to get noticed as in the last few years, production has undergone an evolution – fine red, white and rosé wines can be tasted and bought at the vineyards as well as the local shops.

What to do in the Algarve at Christmas

Boxing Day isn’t celebrated in Portugal and is the perfect day to get a round of golf in! With 42 nine or 18-hole, all year round courses, most designed by renowned architects, suitable for all levels and budgets, some of them in the top 100 best courses in the world, golfers will have a ball.

Take a wander, cycle or boat ride in the Ria Formosa Nature park, a unique lagoon system. There is also the Costa Vicentina Natural Park with its steep cliffs, beaches, sand dunes and mountains. And if you’ve a head for heights, the Monchique Mountains are the highest point in the Algarve and home to lots of wildlife.

Enjoy a stroll on a sandy beach, perfect for blowing the winter blues away – there are more than 100 beaches in the Algarve.

Explore historic towns and cities, Lagos for instance is a fascinating gem which dates to the Roman period. With many architectural features, cultural venues, restaurants and shops galore, it makes for a superb trip. Albufeira is the most lively of the towns in the Christmas season and especially on New Year’s Eve when there are festivities galore.

Indulge in a spa session – you’re on holiday after all. At Monchique there are wonderful natural thermal treatments on offer and many of the hotels have spa facilities.

Relax at your gorgeous Algarve Villa

At Palmer & Parker we specialise in the very best of the best of holiday rentals in the area. Luxurious and gorgeous, all our villas have pools, maid service, fabulous facilities, and are decorated to the highest standards. Some villas even provide cooks so that you can really take time out to indulge.

Take a look at our wonderful selection of magnificent holiday villas in the Algarve and if you would like more information, recommendations and help – please don’t hesitate to contact us, we want your holiday to be the best it can possibly be.

Photos featured 1: Villa Timosa, Vale do Lobo Close, on the Ocean Golf Course, near the beach , restaurants and facilities. 2: Villa Driftwood, Quinta do Lago with a gym, sauna, cinema room and everything to keep the whole family entertained. 3 Villa Talitha, Vilamoura, bordering the Vila Sol Golf Course with views out to 24th Hole. 4. Villa 22, Vilamoura, a brand-new luxury-built villa on the world-famous Victoria Golf Course.

Villa of the Month

Villa of the Month | Quinta Mansao, Algarve

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Our villa of the month is the sensational Quinta Mansao in Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal.

A stunning contemporary build that has a traditional feel with seven bedrooms, all en-suite – its perfect for families and friends. This villa is beautifully decorated, luxurious and roomy. The gardens are immaculate and idea for a spot of sunbathing, relaxing and swimming with a large, heated infinity pool which has superb views. It’s air conditioned, has cable TV with plenty of UK channels and a state-of-the-art cinema room that wouldn’t be out of place in Steven Spielberg’s home!  You’ll love the outdoor dining area, terrific for barbecues, cocktails and long lazy lunches.

This is a villa to relax in and to truly enjoy the luxuries of life.

If you can bear to leave this fabulous villa you’ll find plenty do in the area.

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What to see and do nearby

Golf courses – of course!  All year round there are five championship golf courses.  Wonderful sandy beaches with plenty of watery activities.

The nearby town of Faro has a lovely waterfront promenade and a fabulous shopping area. Explore its cobbled streets, take a guided tour, browse at the boutiques, dine al fresco in the sun round the harbour and soak up the ambiance in this lovely location.

Back at your villa, enjoy the gorgeous terrace and garden with a glass of local wine and with several vineyards close by, why not book a tasting and vineyard tour and buy direct (it always seems to taste better when you know the provenance!).  Head to Quinta dos Vales wine estate where they make award winning wines and offer a delicious wine tasting and tour.

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Albufeira is close by and great for days out with boat trips, dolphin watching, super restaurants and fabulous beaches. It’s a lively town and you’re spoiled for choice with things to do here.

Why we love Villa Quinta Mansao

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  • Fantastic location with everything you need close by
  • Gorgeous infinity pool
  • State of the art cinema room
  • Lovely barbecue area in a beautiful garden
  • Perfect spaces for sunbathing and cocktails under the stars
  • Light and roomy, millionaire style décor
  • All seven bedrooms are en-suite – what luxury!
  • Maid service so you really get to relax

Book your Villa Quinta Mansao holiday now… for people who love luxury

Fall in love with the charms of Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

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Once the location for an isolated farmhouse, Quinta do Lago is now the Algarve’s leading resort. In its superb location close to the ocean, surrounded by pine forests, it is unique, luxurious and authentic. It’s also great for families.
There are resorts within the resorts and it’s the setting for some of the most beautiful villas in the world. Spectacular golf courses, fabulous facilities from yachting to big game fishing, horse riding, superb restaurants and tempting shops make Quinta do Lago one of the premier resorts in Europe.
Here are just a few of our favourite venues for the whole family to enjoy when you stay at one of our gorgeous villas at Quinta do Lago:
Artur’s Watersports
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Based in the Ria Formosa Natural Park – classed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal, this is a great place for the whole family. A water sports academy offers a variety of lake-based water sports including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddling and pedalos. At Quinta do Lago beach enjoy adrenaline thrills with rides such as such as jet skis, water skiing, wake boarding and a banana boat trip.
If you’re after a bit more of a relaxing time, explore Ria Formosa Natural Park with its protected lagoon, and discover its unique natural heritage. Take a bike ride, tour by canoe or walk, there are guided tours that will reveal the fauna and flora of this carefully preserved unique ecosystem and local traditional activities, such as salt harvesting and traditional fishing.
Go-karting
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If you’re looking for something a bit different, a 5-minute drive from Quinta do Lago you’ll find Karting Amancil, the Algarve’s premier go-karting track. The late motor-racing ace Ayrton Senna was a frequent visitor to Quinta do Lago, describing it as one of the few places he could truly relax and unwind in privacy. He even inaugurated the track at Karting Amancil, so you’re following in the tracks of the truly great here!
A direct copy of the Formula 1 track in Brazil, Senna’s home country, the go-karting circuit is 760m long and more than 7 metres wide. It’s open all year round and is suitable for 3 years (junior go-karts) and upwards

 

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Quinta’s shopping mall is filled with trendy boutiques and specialist shops. There are several restaurants to take a break and an authentic Portuguese supermarket for stocking up on delicious specialities. Shop for specialities like gorgeous pottery in local towns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dine out in style
Famous for its many delectable restaurants, it’s hard to pick favourites but here are few we think are really irresistible:

Koko Lane: from mouth-watering breakfasts to daily bistro specials, the extensive menu is good for any time of the day. Located at Quinta da Lago’s driving range, there’s a traditional wood-fired oven where scrumptious pizzas are created and a play area as well as an ice-cream shop. They also do a takeaway service for when you want to have a delish picnic.

The Cheeky Pup: An Irish gastropub with a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Cheeky Pup serves fine wines, craft beers and food all day and has a lovely outdoor terrace. Live music in the evening and a great children’s menu. As this place has been an instant hit, its best to reserve in advance.

Bovino Steakhouse: The the most exclusive steakhouse in Quinta, excellent food and very smart surroundings. The two persons ‘Bovino Signature Cuts Experience’ is terrific and kids are catered for with a well thought out children’s menu and play area.

Dano’s: A brand-new sports bar and restaurant situated at the Campus in Quinta. Quality food and drink served alongside the fast paced action of the Tennis courts.  Time here is well spent watching a multitude of televised sporting events or chilling out in the Evening listening to the Live Music.

Villa of the month | Driftwood Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Villa of the month | Driftwood Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

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There isn’t a single villa in our portfolio at Palmer & Parker that doesn’t completely fit the term luxurious – it’s what we do, villas for people who love luxury.

We visit every villa and inspect every little thing – we want to make sure that when you book with us, you’re really getting the best of the best and Villa Driftwood certainly is just that.

Va va voom to Villa Driftwood for a dream vacation

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Airy and light filled rooms are furnished with tasteful pieces and have top of the range designer good looks. The four gorgeous bedrooms are spacious and two of them have lovely balconies, and all have ensuite bathrooms. The kitchen is fabulous, you might not want to cook while you’re here because the choice of restaurants is terrific, but you may not be able to resist a little chef-ing in this super room. Or dine al fresco, there is a magnificent outdoor living room and a dining terrace with built in barbecue. Of course, you’ll want to take a dip in the large, heated pool, and maybe a work out in the gym, and a steam in the sauna. This is the ultimate feel good villa, a place to relax, reenergise and recharge.

When it’s time to chill, you’re truly spoiled here. If you can tear yourself from the swanky cinema room, then you could be teeing off on the San Lorenzo golf course, right on your doorstep. This is one of the most sought out areas of the famous resort of Quinto do Lago and there are award winning golf course options galore.

Loads to do at Quinto do Lago

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Or maybe you’ll feel like a wander to the beach just 5 minutes away. Praia do Ancao has a long golden sandy beach, top class restaurants such as the famous Gigis as well as plenty of bars, loads of nautical sports, shops and boutiques and shady pine trees – what’s not to love.

When it comes to gastronomy, this area has oodles of charm and tons of choice. One of the most popular restaurants, The Shack, attracts the likes of Holly Willoughby, Coleen Rooney and Peter Jones (who all love to holiday in the Algarve) – and if its good enough for the fearsome Dragon of the Den, we’re pretty sure it must be something special.

Or, why not just put your feet up, lie out in the sun in the tranquil back garden and enjoy your break at one of the finest villas in the Algarve.

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Why we love Villa Driftwood:

  • We’d never want to leave the cinema room
  • The heated pool is just so enticing
  • Overlooking San Lorenzo golf course – simply superb
  • Close to some of the best restaurants in the Algarve
  • Dining al fresco here is an intoxicating experience – really beautiful day or night
  • Gorgeous home décor and uber luxurious living
  • Right by a magnificent beach
  • We love the Sauna and Gym, perfect way to start the day!

Details: Sleeps 8, maid service and uber luxurious: Villa Driftwood

 

Mums time sunshine breaks in the Algarve

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It’s the latest trend: short breaks for busy mums to get away from the stresses of daily life, take a quick, energising break with their friends and go home feeling positively recharged. And, one of the best places to take a mums-time break in luxury is the Algarve, at one our superb villas where you really will feel that you’ve got away from the usual, and escaped to the extraordinary…
Beaches and relaxing
From sun worshippers and mums wanting to simply relax and unwind, to those with a penchant for sporting activities, there’s a beach to suit everyone. In fact, Praia de Carvoeiro beach is the holder of the “Best Beach in Europe” award. Situated in the west of the region, Cavoeiro is home to a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafes and clifftops with fantastic coastal views.
There are plenty of cycling and walking routes plus of course the famous golf courses. The Algarve is the holder of awards for “Best Golf Destination in Continental Europe” and “Best Value Golf Destination in Continental Europe”.

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Wellness and spas

There are more than 40 spas in the Algarve, it’s not difficult to find one that’s just perfect for you. According to Conde Nast Traveller, Algarve’s spas are fast becoming known as some of the best in the world. Make some “me time” and enjoy a massage, detox, fitness, yoga, sea water therapy or beauty session and go home feeling fabulously recharged and reenergised.
Restaurants
There are more Michelin star restaurants in Algarve than in the rest of Portugal. This area is famous for its food and wines. Local, seasonal and fresh is the mantra here with seafood taking a star role in coastal restaurants. Traditional slow cooked stews, pulses, fresh veg and Algarvian bread are irresistible – not to mention local cheeses, wines and cakes! Take some time out from cooking and dine like a queen in the Algarve, or shop the local markets and stores and enjoy al fresco meals in the garden of your gorgeous luxury Palmer & Parker villa, followed by a dip in the pool and a spot of relaxing.
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Culture
The Algarve is rich in culture and authentic Portuguese charm; locals live through their arts and music and celebrations. There is plenty on offer for art and music lovers with cultural events throughout the year. Art galleries are located in most towns as well as concerts, theatre productions and dance shows. Enjoy wandering the wiggly, winding narrow streets and admire chimneys with varied shapes and designs. Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.
Check out www.365algarve.com to discover a rich programme of cultural events and activities.
Take home a souvenir the kids will love
The Algarve is home to a wealth of traditional and modern art and crafts, including embroidery, ceramics from the traditional “azulejos”, traditional painted tin-glazed ceramic tiles, to modern, hand-painted pieces at the cutting edge of design. The best pottery to be found in the Algarve is in the village of Porches – visitors can observe the skills shown by the artisan’s hand painting the pottery. Jewellery is also popular; handmade pieces using cork are for example available in a shop in Pescor. Local modern paintings and sculptures, basket-ware and leather goods made locally can be found in galleries and boutiques in the local towns and villages.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, fabulous gastronomy, loads to do, this is a mums-time-sunshine break you’ll love…
Discover more about the Algarve: www.visitalgarve.pt
Check out our Algarve villas here: palmerparker.com
And our regular special offers section here: special offers

Villa of the Month: Fanchonniere, Tourettes-sur-Loup, south of France

Villa of the Month: Fanchonniere, Tourettes-sur-Loup, south of France

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Between the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Alpes Maritime, the Provencal town of Tourettes-sur-Loup is at the centre of the “golden triangle” Nice, Grasse, Antibes. Our villa of the month is next to Tourettes-sur-Loup, with wonderful views across to another gorgeous medieval but less well-known village – Le Bar-sur-Loup.

Gorgeous villa in Tourettes-sur-Loup Provence

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This captivating holiday home is located in stunning French countryside with gorgeous views. It’s set in half an acre of gardens in which to chill, play boules on the floodlit court, take a dip in the large pool and soak up the scents of Provence.

When you wake up in the morning and open those grand French windows onto a view you’ll never forget, the sun shining down from a Wedgewood blue sky, you can’t help but feel that it doesn’t get better than this.

If you can drag yourself away from the tranquil, private surroundings of this 4-bedroom (sleeps 7) dream villa, there’s loads to do. At just 40 minutes from Nice airport, a 20-minute drive to the beautiful beaches of the Cote d’Azur and close to the perfume capital Grasse. Vence and Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Monaco, Cannes, they’re all close by from this central location.

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But first, head to the local village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, one of the most beautiful in the region. Set on a rocky outcrop, the sun-soaked medieval town is totally charming. Cobbled streets wrap around an impressive castle, little alleyways lead you hither and thither, past vine covered courtyards and enchanting doors that make you want to peep inside. The streets are filled with galleries and pretty boutiques, the “village of violets” as it’s known, will steal your heart. There are lots of excellent restaurants here and the Wednesday morning market is superb, a photographer’s dream.

We love the Villa Fanchonniere for

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The gorgeous pool with jet stream

The outdoor entertaining area – perfect for aperitifs and barbecues under the starry Mediterrannean sky

Cool chic bedrooms where you’ll sleep in luxury

It’s superb location in Tourettes-sur-Loup but close to the very best of the French Riviera

Floodlit petanque court, standing here with a glass of chilled local rosé, enjoying a relaxing game of boules – priceless.

Details for Villa Fanchonniere

 

Perfect Algarve luxury villa rentals for large groups

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Perfect Algarve…

If you’re looking for a luxury villa in Algarve that can accommodate large groups of friends and family – we can help.

The Algarve is one of the best destinations in Europe for family holidays with an all year round warm climate and around 300 days of sunshine. There’s loads to do for the whole family from toddlers to teens and older family members. Beautiful beaches, culture, historic towns, great wines, fabulous gastronomy, colourful markets and gorgeous restaurants – the Algarve has it all.

So why not share it with a group of friends or the whole family, and book one of our larger villas where everyone can have plenty of space and loads of luxury extras.

Villa Quinta Dalia, Vale Judeu, near Almancil, Algarve

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This large and gorgeous pastel coloured villa, located between lovely Vilamoura and Amancil has six bedrooms plus a separate annexe with a further 2 bedrooms. With a large pool, fabulous gardens and maid service, everyone will enjoy a relaxing holiday here. A restaurant and café are within easy walking distance and a short drive to any number of superb beaches. Nightlife and sports are close by including the sophisticated world-class golfing resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, about 15 minutes away by car. Vilamoura with its magnificent marina is also about 15 minutes’ drive.

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Details: Villa Quinta Dalia, Vale Judeu, near Almancil, Algarve

Villa Almara, Calicas, Lagos, Algarve

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Imagine waking up, taking a dip in the large pool, perhaps a game of tennis, a stroll in the vineyards in the back garden, picking fresh fruit from the orchards for breakfast. In the evening aperitifs on the terrace overlooking the town of Lagos and the ocean… Villa Almara is super special and in a really fantastic location, around two kilometres from Lagos, 1km from the beach and close to shops. The pool has slides and diving board, there’s a great barbecue area and huge gardens. The main house sleeps 10, an annexe has 2 bedrooms and pool house has been converted to a cottage with bedrooms.

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Details: Villa Almara, Calicas, Lagos, Algarve

Villa Pinhal Velho 11, Vilamoura, Algarve

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This is an exceptionally large house in a very scenic spot in Pinhal Velho, surrounded by pines and overlooking the famous Millennium golf course. With 9 bedrooms, games room, home cinema, gym, steam room and infinity pool – there’s plenty to do for everyone. The garden leads straight onto the golf course so for those who like to get a round in – this is absolutely ideal.

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Details: Villa Pinhal Velho 11, Vilamoura, Algarve

Villa Sao Afonso, Ferragudo, Algarve

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Overlooking the Bay of Lagos to the beach of Praia da Rocha from the cliffs of Ferragudo, this is a traditional Portuguese manor house with 9 bedrooms. There are stunning views over the ocean, a private chapel, grand piano that musical guests will adore, the house is beautifully decorated and has one of the best terraces in Portugal – that view!

Details: Villa Sao Afonso, Ferragudo, Algarve

Villa Diamantina, Quinta do Lago, Algarve

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If you’re looking for a contemporary designed house of the highest standard then Diamantina is it. Sublime, superb and sensational – this is one of the best houses in Quinta do Lago. Exquisite furnishings and state-of-the-art equipment, including smart home system and home cinema plus heated indoor and outdoor pools and a jacuzzi. It’s in the Monte Golfe area in the heart of Quinta do Lago, front line to the golf course.

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Details: Villa Diamantina, Quinta do Lago, Algarve

Villa of the month: Canavial, Porto do Mos, Lagos, Algarve Portugal

Villa of the month: Canavial, Porto do Mos, Lagos, Algarve Portugal

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Here at Palmer & Parker, we bring you only the finest holiday homes and in the Algarve we have a lot of superb villas, all with pools and maid service, they are the best of the best.

The Algarve is known for its beautiful beaches and superb climate which makes it an all-year round destination. Add to this a family friendly ambiance, great gastronomy, delicious wines, pretty villages and an enticing coastline with lots of sports and world class golf courses – and it’s an idyllic place for a holiday.

Villa Canavial, Lagos

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This beautiful villa has 4 bedrooms in a brand new contemporary house built with chic elegance, it totally lives up to our “best of the best” tag. There’s also a bedroom in an independent apartment with separate access – perfect for two families.

There is a stylish and very luxurious interior with exquisite furnishings and cool panache. There are large patio doors on almost all the rooms which fills the space with light and allows the sun to flood in. But, with the excellent latest modern heat exchange technology which provides for cooling/heating through the floors, you won’t overheat.

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This gorgeous villa is perfect for socialising with a 12m heated pool with infinity overview on two sides with sea views, hammocks dotted around the garden and built in barbecue. There’s also internet TV with UK channels, Wi-Fi of course, a chill out area for cosy evenings and outdoor fireplace with comfy seating.

The kitchen has everything you need to prepare a meal in style, whilst enjoying the sea views for when you’re not enjoying the restaurants within walking distance or in nearby Lagos or at the fabulous (Blue Flag) beaches of Porto de Mos, just a 5-minute walk away.

Lagos

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From Villa Canavial it’s just 15 minutes from Lagos, a historic town encircled by 16th century walls. It’s a joy to roam the picturesque, cobbled lanes and piazzas. You’ll find plenty of good restaurants, bars and a vibrant nightlife with appeal for people of all ages. The coast line here is renowned for its dramatic cliffsides, Praia don Ana beach is one of the most impressive in Portugal. The crystal blue waters and silky golden sands of several beaches are within walking distance of the town

Why we love Villa Canavial

In a prime location, 5 minutes’ walk to a great beach

Fabulous pool

Family friendly

Walking distance to shops and restaurants

15 minutes from lovely Lagos

Beautifully designed – a millionaire style home

Find out more here: Villa Canavial

Palmer & Parker – villas for people who love luxury…

10 Reasons to holiday in the Algarve

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  1. 300 days of sunshine

The south of Portugal is ideal for holidays all year round thanks to mild winters, hot summers, and warm springs and autumns.

  1. Brilliant beaches

The Algarve is home to some of the best beaches in Europe. Endless golden sands, great waves, beachside bars, water sports and perfect sunbathing conditions. There are 88 Blue Flag beaches (certified by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that meet its stringent standards) that cater for a variety of interests. And for those who love to seek out the unique and unusual, head for the Beangil Caves (top photo) near Lagoa. Whether you’re a sun worshipper or avid water sport enthusiast, there is a beach for everyone to enjoy here from families to surfers, golfers and honeymooners. And if you’re looking for the ideal holiday home, just check out our gorgeous luxury villas, you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Golf

A terrific collection of first class championship courses and amazing resorts strung along the sun-kissed coastline make the Algarve a par-fect place for golfers. We’ve got some truly amazing holiday rentals where the very best golf courses are, you’ll be welcomed for a game, membership not required.

Details: http://www.visitgolfalgarve.com

  1. Stunning holiday villas

Indulge in a memorable break in one of our exquisite holiday villas. They all have swimming pools, maid service and truly deserve the label “luxury”, we’re what the term dream holiday is all about.

  1. Easy to get to

At just over two hours away from most of Europe’s major cities and with quick efficient transfers from Faro airport to all tourist destinations the Algarve makes for a stress-free visit, perfect not just for longer holidays but for weekends too.

  1. Gastronomy

Inspired by Mediterranean style cuisine, the Algarve is a foodie paradise for fish and shellfish. There are loads of food festivals and fairs celebrating the regions’ gastronomy where you can sample local delicacies and join in the fun.  The annual traditional Sausage Fair of Monchique in March is a famously tasty event and August is seafood festival season in the Algarve – don’t miss the Portimão Sardine Festival and the Olhão Seafood Festival.

  1. Authentic local cuisine

The Algarve boasts the most Michelin Star restaurants Portugal with 8 Michelin starred restaurants. Many of the local restaurants in the towns and villages offer extensive menus made with locally sourced produce and ingredients. Portugal’s southernmost region is perfect for vines and the region makes some fabulous wines. Major towns that lend their names to the region’s four wine DOCs are Lagos, Portimão, Lagoa and Tavira. For these traditional wines, the main white grapes are Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Manteúdo and Síria, and for the reds Castelão and Negra Mol. More recently, new wine estates are making regional Algarve wine from national and international grapes: Syrah, Aragonez and Cabernet Sauvignon, Alvarinho, Chardonnay, Viognier…

  1. Great for nature lovers, hikers and cyclists

The Algarve is home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. Walk along the marked trails or cycle the rural routes that run through the mountain borders for stunning views. Nature lovers will love the birding hotspots such as the Castro Marim wetlands, the Ria Formosa and Lagoa dos Salgados. See the tourist office website for some awesome routes for hikers and riders.

  1. Culture

There’s loads for art and music lovers to enjoy with cultural events throughout the year. Art galleries are located in most towns as well as concerts, theatre productions and dance shows. Moorish influences are evident in the narrow streets and chimneys with varied shapes and designs which can also be seen in the local ceramics. Churches and castles built in previous centuries reflect a rich culture steeped in history. Local cultural artworks are to be found and preserved in museums in the major coastal centres and in smaller inland towns throughout the region.

  1. Arts and crafts

Discover a wealth of traditional and modern art and crafts, including embroidery and ceramics. The best pottery to be found in the Algarve is in the village of Porches where you can watch the artisans hand painting the pottery. Paintings, sculptures, baskets and leather goods made locally can all be bought in the boutiques in towns and villages throughout the Algarve.

Useful websites

www.visitalgarve.pt

www.visitportugal.com