Apartment in Pestana, Alto Golf, Alvor, Western Algarve - In a Peaceful Location With Minimal Traffic, No smoking.
C L Smith
About C L Smith
We are a retired couple living in Cardiff and we have equipped our apartment in Portugal from new to use as a second home following the sale of our Dutch Barge on the French Canals. Our eldest son and his wife are our neighbours in a block of 4 such apartments. We decided to choose Portugal mainly because of the friendly nature of the people, the access to rural locations, beautiful scenery and beaches and the unhurried lifestyle which it offers plus of course the climate! We have made many friends in the area and when we visit we are transported into a totally different lifestyle with a chance to enjoy local food (especially fish from the local market) and Portuguese wine. In particular we often use the apartment as a base to explore other areas of Portugal.
C L Smith purchased this Apartment in 2002
Why C L Smith chose Municipality of Portimão
This region of the Western Algarve is regarded as a hidden gem. Alvor remains as a peaceful working fishing village with a daily held fish market supplied from boats based in the estuary and some of the the most beautiful and extensive sandy beaches in the Algarve are located here. We decided to purchase this apartment as it is situated on a quiet no through road which is adjacent to the 10th green of Alto Golf Course and also because it is only a 10 minute walk from the nearest undeveloped beach. The location also provides ready access to all the local ammenities such as restaurants, shops and activity attractions. The area with its beautiful coastline provides an ideal environment for walking and the Monchique Mountains (as viewed from the front terrace) are only a 30 min drive away.
What makes this Apartment unique
When booking (or by request) guests are sent a disc of information and pictures. There is a shared pool (for 4 blocks of 4 apartments) in the rear gardens with a children's section. Of particular advantage (especially in hot weather) are the front and rear terraces of the apartment which provide shade and keep the indoor areas cool. A key is provided to the lock up storage area on the ground floor in which toys are kept for children in addition to pool inflatables and beach items. Guests who wish to play golf are offered a generous discount at the Alto Golf course and also on other Pestana run courses in the area. There is a Health Club with all usual facilities located approx 1km away. The apartment has a Rental Safety Certificate issued by the Portuguese authorities (gas free).
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
No restriction on age
Minimum age of primary renter:35
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Ball games in the gardens (which are intended for the relaxation of guests ) are not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Fabulous Apartment, Great Location,Owner apleasure
From the moment I made contact with the owner of this property I knew we were going to have a fabulous holiday. Colin was more that helpful from the outset, every email was answered very promptly and the amount of information that Colin supplied about the apartment, surround area, restaurants, beaches, places to visit made it very easy to get the full Algarve experience in Alvor.
The apartment is very spacious with two bedrooms one en-suite and a separate bathroom, a kitchen with everything you would need, a large living area with comfortable furniture, TV with more channels than you will ever need and a fantastic balcony overlooking the 10th Fairway. The swimming pool is only a stones throw from the apartment yet far enough away that you have complete privacy when in the apartment.
We are a family of five and Colin organised a very good quality fold up bed that was used by one of my sons, this apartment is very spacious and furnished to a very high standard.
If you are looking for a luxury apartment in Alvor you most certainly will not be disappointed.
We have just returned from yet another holiday in
We have just returned from yet another holiday in this wonderful apt in the quiet and friendly Alto golf. It always feels like home from home. Colin was as helpful as always before and during our stay - supplying us with lots of local information. Our children never want to leave..already we are planning our next visit.
Amazing and wonderful holiday!
What a perfect location and fantastic property. We had the best time ever and Colin was incredibly helpful. Fantastic apartment in a perfect location. Thank you!
wonderful apartment with everything you need
The apartment was excellent with everything you need, it was very clean and comfortable.
The pool and gardens are well maintained and lovely place to relax.
The apartment was in a quiet location, was approx 15 mins walk to the nearest beach which was very clean and ideal for families. A further 10 mins walk along the beach took you to 5 bars which also served food. (You could walk along the roads to these as well and it took about 25mins)
You needed to get a taxi or drive to destinations and restaurants further away.
The owners where very helpful supplying lots of information beforehand including directions to the apartment.
The maid service we had as we stayed for 2 weeks could also not be faulted.
i would stay there again
Another great 10 Days
Thank you for another wonderful 10 days in this peaceful, relaxing location. The owners have thought of everything you need for a fabulous holiday. Cannot fault it in any way.
Perfect for a very relaxing, luxury sunshine break
This was our fourth visit to this lovely and very well equipped apartment which just about says it all. We are lucky enough to travel a fair amount and we prefer to stay in apartments as we like the space and freedom they offer. This apartment is by far the best and most luxurious we've stayed in, It is extremely well maintained, beautifully clean and spacious, The beds are very comfortable and because it is quiet and peaceful we always sleep well. We love the view of the well-maintained golf course from the front terrace which has the benefit of a clever wall to wall folding window system which means you can either choose to have them closed for warmth in the autumn/winter or open in the summer, The back terrace at ground-level overlooks a lovely garden where we like spotting some unusual birds. The pool is a good enough size to swim and that too is well looked after and clean. The sunbeds are comfortable and we've never yet seen many people around the pool. I would say a car is essential - there are so many super places to visit.
The apartment is located close to what is widely considered as the most beautiful beaches and coastline of the Algarve. The nearest stunning sandy beach (called the Presidents beach since a the Portuguese President's Summer residence is located there), is only 10 minutes walk away and this links via a coastal or shoreline walk (at low tide) into the extensive Vau and Praia da Rocha beaches which eventually end at the Marina and breakwater which forms the entrance to the river Arade.
Faro airport is linked to the Western Algarve via a motorway (which extends up to Lisbon and also into the eastern Algarve and hence Spain/Gibraltar) and the apartment is approximately a 45 minute drive away. A taxi from the airport will cost approximately €60 each way. It is recommended that a car is hired (either at the airport or locally after arrival) especially if the area is to be properly explored and advice on this can be provided.
There is a good bus service available and a train service from Portimao (which extends from Lagos in the west along to the eastern Algarve close to Spain and also up to Lisbon). Car hire does of course give much more flexible access with both Alvor village and Portimao town being about 5 minutes drive away. These locations provide access to a wide range of shops and hypermarkets and Retail outlets. The picturesque sea front town of Lagos, the Monchique mountains, and the ancient town of Silves involve a 20 minute drive.
Alvor is an atmospheric and much loved fishing village located on an extensive estuary which provides a fantastic vista and includes a wild life sanctuary. This aspect can be viewed from a long waterside promenade. The region also has an extensive sandy beach. A maze of cobbled and narrow streets contain houses which are largely occupied by local inhabitants together with many restaurants some of whom barbecue fish on the pavements. In the surrounding area from the apartment numerous other restaurants can be visited to suit all tastes and budgets. For example Portimao is principally a Portuguese working town and it is an easy matter to eat where the locals do at much less cost.
Details are provided in the apartment (and on the disc supplied by post) of restaurants and the many leisure activities in the area which are kept updated. It is also possible to book many organised excursions (Seville, Lisbon, Gibraltar etc) from travel shops in Alvor.
Metered Taxis are easy to acquire and fares are reasonable (€5 from the apartment into Alvor for example) and the Golf Club reception, just a very short walk away, will call one if required.
Cash Machines are readily available outsibe banks and inside the majority of both small and large supermarkets. English is widely spoken in shops, bars and restaurants in the area. Contact for free disc of pictures of both the area and the apartment.