"Vila Mar" is part of an "Exclusive", "Private", "Peaceful", "Well Maintained", "Secure", condominium,with a small Nº of Villas. Extensive Manicured Beautifully kept Gardens, with lots of trees & birds,rolling lawns surrounding the big Swimming Pool, with a separate shallower area for Children.Despite being walking distance to various Top Beaches, Excellent Restaurants,Viby Nightlife,Bares,Supermarkets,the "Old Town" of Albufeira,the famous "Strip",local "Giro" bus, Touristic Train, etc,the Condo. is very tranquil and peaceful.The Villa is South-facing, double storey building, with its private car-port. From the upstairs terrace of the Main bedroom, one can see snippets of the sea. Villa Mar has been decorated with a special charm and uniqueness. Downstairs is a private enclosed garden, with a green wrought iron table with 6 chairs, and strong big umbrella, including your private built in BBQ w/chimney. There are loungers for sun tanning/relaxing/reading etc.The little gate at the end of the garden takes you directly to the swimming pool. The complex has a locked entrance, a motorized gate, so it is quite secure and very private. There is a large pool and shallower children´s pool and attractive extremely well maintained very spacious gardens all around, with a Tennis court.The Children have lots of space to ride bikes and run free on the lush lawns, within the safety of a closed condominium. It takes 15 minutes leisurely walk along the Forte de São João Beach into the old town of Albufeira with its shops, bars and restaurants and fantastic night life. The famous Strip/Street of the Bars is 3 min walk. You do not need a car as the bus-Giro service is very good. There are plenty sightseeing tours available, car hire is available at the airport. There are wonderful beaches and villages along the Algarvian coast. A short trip inland takes you to the old Algarve where life has not changed much for years. It is a 4 min drive to Balaia Village Golf Course, 8 min to Salgados Golf Course and 20 min to all the Golf courses in Vilamoura.
- Villa10 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay7 nights
Villa in Albufeira, Central Algarve, Portugal - 5 Min Walk To Beach, Walking Distance To All Amenities
Manuela & Branca Marques da Silva
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- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 17, 2018
About Manuela & Branca Marques da Silva
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Perfect house in a peaceful setting
Thank you so much for giving us the most perfect 12 days in your home. It had everything we wanted, and it was in such beautiful surroundings. The pool was lovely, a nice temperature and fairly quiet. We were a party of 5, with a 5, 3 and 1 year old and this property was great for us, but I can see why it wold be perfect for people without children too. We would love to come back.
Hello Mari with the cutest Family! Adorable, Beautiful Sociable Children!
Thank you so much for your lovely words. It makes me so happy to know you and your Family had a lovely holiday at my home.
Thank you Mari for taking the time to write the review as I know how busy you are with your 3 little ones!
This means a lot to me, that you took the time to write the review! May you be able to visit again as I would love to see your little ones again.
You always most welcome.
Branca and Manuela
We had the most wonderful stay at this villa. We arrived to a wonderful warm welcome from Branca who showed us around the beautiful property after a warm welcome. The villa has everything you might need for your stay. It is spotlessly clean, fabulously furnished and has the most beautiful garden. Weather wasn't great, very unusual for end of May, early June, but as the villa was so comfortable with movie channels on tv and all the comforts of home, it didn't really matter. Nice stroll down to the OldTown in the morning took about 20 minutes and lazy taxi home cost less than 5eu. Couple of very nice local restaurants literally across the road and just around the corner a fabulous one, Stews & More. Taxi rank just up the road does trips to Aldi and Lidl for 5euros and a Spar just around the corner from there is great for the everyday bits and bobs. I can't wait to come back to the lovely Villa Mar. Branca is lovely and was quick to answer answer any queries promptly. We didn't use the pool as it was a bit chilly but it is a great size and I hope to make good use of it on our next visit!!
Dear Caroline and Family,
I Thank you for the lovely review.
You and your Family were very special and I will not forget you! Thank you for sharing my home and looking after it so well. Thank you for loving my garden!
You are in my thoughts, especially your little artist!
You are always welcome to Villa Mar.
A big hug and kiss from myself my Mum and Albufeira-Algarve-Portugal
Great villa with a wonderful welcome!
May 2018 - F Christie - We were a family of 4 adults and 2 children and found this lovely villa in the heart of Albufeira (in between the Old Town and close to "The Strip" where's there lots of nightlife). The Villa was set back from the main road and we heard nothing of the nearby nightlife, but would have been able to walk to the nightlife easily, if we hadn't been so tired from chasing after 2 young children all day!
Transfers were organised by Branca, the Owner, and she met us a couple of days later (when the in-laws arrived) to greet all of us in person which was very kind.
Branca was kind enough to advise on a couple of local restaurants and the transfer fella told us of the Chinese buffet ("Joyful Paradise" - 20 min walk), which was a lot better than any I've been to in the UK. My favourite (frequented by the locals) was "Restaurante Verde Minho" which is a self service (very informal) restaurant which had great local portuguese food - we went a couple of times -and is very reasonable. Closer is the restaruant "Festa da Praia" which has a a little play area for kids, and it kept our 4 yr old very entertained. Food was pretty good, but be prepared to wait a little when it's busy.
The pool was a little cold, but we were there in mid May so it wasn't really up to temperature - had it been hotter, it would have been an ideal pool for dipping in to cool off - none the less, it was good that it had a larger children's section which was nice for the children to have a splash around in most days.
Beaches were easy to access and it was a 15 min walk (would have been 10 if the kids hadn't slowed us down a little) to "Praia dos Alemães / Alemães Beach" - which was great for relaxing but not ideal for swimming, so in the other direction (again about 10-15 min walk) the other way is "Averios Beach" which is a little more sheltered and more suited for a swim.
This villa is ideal for a larger family looking for something quiet but close to lots of amenities! Great place!! Felt like a home from home!
Thanks for having us Branca!! We will definitely be back!!
Dear Christie Family,
I am a very lucky person to have met you and your Family, I am truly Tankful you came my way and that you looked after my Home like it was your Own. I have a little Angel whose little toe got hurt during the holiday, to THANK , for the most beautiful drawing she left behind for me of Villa Mar and my garden, it so beautiful and colourful I wished that I had a bigger paper for her. A 4 Year Old, Artist in the making, I will treasure it forever in my Visitor´s Book; may you one day come back and see your little masterpiece.
Thank you for a very informative review and kind words.
Villa Mar will always welcome you as will I.
Branca & Manuela
A warming feel with everything you need!
I took my mum, sister and brother away on holiday - it was the first holiday we've all had together in almost 20yrs. So after deciding on the Algarve I found a number of villa's to choose from and then stumbled upon Villa Marisol! Wow!! The pictures of this Villa do not do it justice, it is such a lovely place and the 4 of us couldn't of wished for a better find. It's in a great location (in the middle of old town/ new town) 10 minutes walk to 3 beautiful beaches and a very short walk to a fabulous Portuguese restaurant (stews & more which was amazing!!)
We made good use of the BBQ and pretty much had the pool to ourselves for the entire week of our stay. Branca (owner) was amazing - so lovely. She met us at the villa and took us to the supermarket so we could stock up on supplies when we arrived, then dropped off some freezer blocks for the cool box the next day for us. She works very hard to ensure you have a brilliant stay.
You won't need to bring much with you to this villa as it's well stocked with utensils for cooking, tons and tons of amazing books to read whilst soaking up the sun. TV and DVD player but the villa itself is the main attraction - it is just beautiful!!
When we come back to the Algarve - I'll be coming back here every time! Book this villa - you will not be disappointed!
Dear Lee & Beautiful Family,
I feel so honored you chose my Villa to come and bring your very Special ones on a very Special Holiday. I was the very lucky Lady to have had such a lovely Family in my home.
It truly feels so wonderful to hear you had a Good time all together in my Villa, with your Mum, Sister and Brother and wish to come back; that is all I could possibly wish for.
Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed, It is so nice to hear, one is appreciated.
Please convey my regards to your lovely Family, I really enjoyed meeting you all-You lovely, Lovely People!
A big hug and kiss, all the away from Albufeira and Me,
Had a great stay in this 3 bedroomed villa with a 3 year old and a 16 week old baby.
Villa is well stocked with a cot and toys too.
Very clean and in a great location. The welcome pack was a great surprise as we arrived quite late. We will return!
Thank you so much for your kind words.I am thrilled that you enjoyed your holiday at Vila Mar. Thank you for treating my home like it was yours, and leaving it in an immaculate state! I was really lucky when you walked through my door; what a pleasure to meet such a WONDERFUL Family.
I hope to see you again in the near future.
P.s. All my love to "Twinkle Toes" and Baby brother William too.
Fantastic family holiday
From the moment we arrived and had a wonderful warm welcome from Branca and her mum we knew we had chosen well, the villa was all we expected it to be and more. The location is exactly what we were looking for, in walking distance of the beach, the old town,park, bars and restaurants. The villa is really well equipped with everything you could possibly want for your stay including pool towels, inflatables and even buckets and spades for the beach.The garden and BBQ were perfect as was the shared pool which was literally just out of the garden gate.
we would highly recommend this villa for a family holiday with a safe environment for children
Dear Jane, Family & Special Little Grayson,
It was so wonderful to have had you enjoy Vila Mar...You were wonderful Guests, and I am so grateful that you looked after my Home like it was your own.
Thank you Grayson for watering my flowers, they look beautiful and happy.
You will always be always most welcome at Villa Mar, to enjoy many more Happy Holidays.
Thank you for the lovely card you left, it will be forever a treasure in my "Guest Book", as well as Little Grayson´s Hand Print, and the flowers he drew.
A big hug and kiss to you and your lovely Family.
Branca & Manuela
The nearest beach is Forte de Sao Joao, 5 minutes quiet walk away. Long sandy beach with rocks and cliffs behind-you can walk one way to the old town of Albufeira and the other way is a stunning cliff walk to Oura Beach. Quaint/small Aveiros beach (8 min walk)There are countless beautiful other beaches-nearby are Arrifes, São Rafael, Coelha, Castelo, Evaristo, Manuel Lourenço, and Galé to the West, with Aveiros, Oura and Santa Eulália to the East.
Faro is the nearest airport to Albufeira,a mere 40 min drive from "Vila Mar". Car hire is available and can usually be booked with your flight or from the airport. Alternatively you can hire a taxi or transfer for your airport journeys - it is not essential to have a car whilst staying at Vilas Marisol, as you are walking distance to all amenities and the tours available will take you the best places.The local bus "Giro" & Touristic Train , come past every half hour.
Albufeira is in the very middle of the Algarve, so it is convenient for visiting all the other towns, villages, beaches and places of interest. It is about 2 hours by road to Lisbon and also 2 hours to Seville in Spain. Albufeira is 1 1/4 hours by road from the Spanish border. There are plenty of coach trips on offer - these are excellent and good value for money. A variety of scenic (Caves & Coastline) and Dolphin boat trips,Para-Sailing,Diving,Snorkelling are available at Marina of Albufeira.
There is a Fresh Fruit/Fish/Meat Market everyday in Albufeira, behind the "Bull Ring", and another behinf "Lidl" and a popular gypsy market, every Wednesday in Quarteira. (Inexpensive Tours Available).Every Saturday, Farmers bring their fresh produce, like fruit,honey, almonds,figs, herbs etc. to the market behind Lidl All the towns in the Algarve have regular markets and you can find unusual bargains as well as Portuguese pottery and leather goods at excellent prices.
Just outside Albufeira is Algarve Shopping (15 min by car), a large Shopping Mall with lots of shops, Private Clinic, Food Court, with lots of different restaurants and a multi screen cinema. The Algarve beaches offer every type of watersport - surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet ski, fishing to name but a few. Salgados Golf is a mere 8m drive and Balaia Golf is even closer only a 4 min drive away.
Scuba-Diving, Snorkelling, Reef/Deep Sea Fishing, Dophin searches, Caves and Coastline Boat Tours can be found at the Marina of Albufeira, within a 6 minute drive. We have 3 "Great" Waterparks, Aquashow, Slide & Splash, Aqualand and popular ZooMarine, with their unique dolphin encounters.There are Quadbike adventures, even Safaris to the interior. With the delicious Mediterranean Cuisine being served in most restaurants, you will need the daily sea side walk, not to put on the extra pounds. The Albufeira Marina is a must for all its Nautical activities. The Lagos & Vilamoura Marinas are also very popular along with their cities Lagos for its History and Vilamoura for its Golf Courses.Eastern Algarve with its various Islands, which form part of "Ria Formosa", a protected area, with an enormous variety bird, flora and marine life. The Vicentine Coast to the West another protected area, with beautiful virgin beaches and its specific fauna & flora.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: At time of booking we require a 25% non-refundable deposit and the balance payable 6/8 weeks before your holiday. We accept Euro cheques or direct bank transfers to our Portuguese Bank Account. Refundable Key Deposit transferred into your Bank Account a week after your departure. Changeover Day: We are flexible w/changeover days. Please be prepared to leave the villa by 11am on departure day and to arrive any time after 16:00pm on the first day; These times apply mainly to the busier months, Jul/Aug/Sept, as changeovers occur on the same day. Notes on prices: Our Prices are quoted in British Pounds per week. Please note there is a £200-00 key deposit, which will be refunded at the end of your stay.