The Algarve has one of the mildest and sunniest climates in Europe. That means it makes a welcome break from most of the European countries at any time of year: winter, spring, summer or autumn. The Eastern Algarve doesn’t really have a winter, it just goes from a hot dry summer to an extended spring. However, temperatures are lowest and rainfall highest between November and February. But within these months, there are many days of blue skies when daytime temperatures in the sun reach mid to high 20′s centigrade and you can quiet easily sunbath. These warm ‘winter’ days are some of the nicest of the year. However, when the skies are clear, the evenings and the early mornings can be chilly, though it is very rare for temperatures to drop to zero overnight.
At Casa Ericalena, you have the best of both worlds...a period restored typical Algarvian property with a small pool but within a stone's throw of the lovely little village of Vila Nova de Cacela where you will find supermarkets, banks, a pharmacy, a local market and plenty of good restaurants, bars and cafes. You are only 15 mins drive from the picturesque town of Tavira which is an absolute must when staying at Casa Ericalena. You will be enthralled by its unspoiled charm, character and tranquility. A Roman bridge links the 2 parts of the town across the River Gilao, its sides decorated with traditional old bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful drink or meal. Horse drawn carriages and a small train operate around the town and are perfect for sightseeing and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.
In the other direction is Vila Real do Santo Antonio which is the last town before you reach Spain which is great for a day trip to . discover the culture of another country, including wine, tapas and excellent shopping. If you want to travel further afield, you can reach the vibrant city of Seville in approximately one and a half hours where the architecture (and shopping) is amazing!
The East Algarve is a direct contrast to the West: The coastal towns of the eastern Algarve are ‘real’ towns, far more under-developed than those in the Central and Western area of the Algarve. If you are after a more relaxed style of holiday, away from the hordes of tourists and water parks, then the Eastern Algarve is the place to come. It is very reasonably priced and you get to visit the real Portugal especially further inland, where the area is completely undeveloped. Small rustic villages nestle in the remote countryside where you will find the local inhabitants going about their daily business, the same today as they did many generations before.
One of the real benefits of Casa Ericalena is the close proximity of the regional railway station that means you can catch a train from the back to the airport in Faro and also travel out and about during your holiday by train. It is inexpensive and reliable. It runs the full length of the Algarve to you can head towards Spain to Vila Real d Santo Antonio or West towards Vilamoura, Portimao or Lagos. It is a very popular means of transport and is only 5- 10 mins from the house.