: Faro (FAO)
: Vila Real de Santa Antonio (for a trip to Spain
: Vila Nova de Cacela
: Altura towards Spain/or Tavira towards Faro 10 km
: Manta Rota's beautiful Blue Flag Beach
: Monte Rei, Quinta da Ria & Quinta de Cima
: Manta Rota restaurant plus many more
Car: not necessary
Manta Rota on the Eastern Algarve is a small, unspoilt village boasting one of the longest and the best Blue Flag beaches on the Algarve.
Manta Rota has many bars, restaurants, cafes, shops,a butchers and a supermarket (selling fresh bread and pastries) all within easy walking distance of our holiday villa.
It is a short ride away to the busy Monte Gordo (8 km) with its casino, the historical Castro Marim with its prominent castles and Vila Real de Santo Antonio (10 km) with its picturesque marina located on the Guadiana River.
It is from here that you can catch a ferry which will take 10 minutes to cross over to Ayamonte in Spain with its relaxing atmosphere and numerous tapas bars/restaurants.
If you are looking for fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, the nearby Vila Nova de Cacela holds a small farmers market most days.
A 10 minute drive will take you to Tavira, steeped in culture and history and also the modern with its great shopping mall where you can find everything you need.
Other Activities: Relaxing by the pool or on the beach, or simply enjoying a glass of wine with the BBQ
Golf: There are 7 premier golf courses all within a 15 minute drive of Manta Rota:
Quinta da Ria (2 miles / 3kms) 18 holes, Par 72, 6053 metres, occupies an enviable location perched on the cliffs at the eastern border of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve;
Quinta de Cima (3 miles / 4kms) 18 holes, Par 72, 6586 metres, a championship-style course of great character and runs parallel to and inland from Ria ;
Monte Rei (4 miles/6km) 18 holes, Par 72, 6567 metres, newly constructed and highly revered Jack Nicklaus' 'Signature Course'
Benamor (5 miles / 8kms) 18 holes, Par 71, 5497 metres designed by Sir Henry Cotton was the first course to open east of Tavira and Faro;
Castro Marim (7 miles / 11kms) 18 holes, Par 71 (73 ladies), 5265 metres, is located in 225 hectares of gently undlating hills is the Algarve's most easterly courseoverlooking the Guadiana River and the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean;
Quinta do Vale (10 miles / 16kms) 18 holes, Par 72, 6206 metres, designed by Severiano Ballesteros which opened in October 2007;
Costa Esuri, Spain (12 miles / 19kms) 18 holes, Par 72, 6607 metres, designed by Jose Canales, situated on the 'Spanish Algarve'.