Vila Nova de Cacela
Praia da Lota
Quintas da Ria and Cima
Car: not necessary
Casa Smid is exactly located in Praia da Lota which is a just beside Manta Rota Village. Praia de Lota has a wonderful beach just a few minutes walk away from the house and as it is less well known, tends to be less busy in high season! Around 10 minutes walk away (or a short bicycle ride!) is the main Manta Rota Village which as a destination has retained its typical Portuguese charm and exudes a very relaxed and family friendly atmosphere. There is a great selection of restaurants and cafe/bars, a supermarket, butchery, bakery and cash machine, as well as a selection of shops selling local crafts. The beach is blue flag status and has long golden sands with sunbeds and shades for hire. There is also a selection of excellent courses close by for keen golfers. In the summer evenings, there are stalls and activities in the main square for all to enjoy. Car not essential, but recommended if you wish to explore other surrounding towns in the Eastern Algarve
THE BEAUTIFUL TOWN OF TAVIRA:
We would highly recommend a visit to the beautiful town of Tavira. You will not fail to be enthralled by its unspoilt charm, character and tranquility. As you wander along the cobbled streets, you'll see an abundance of history dating as far back as 2000BC. 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 ambience. The many churches (37 in total!), the town castle and the typical fisherman's harbour leading to the River Formosa Natural Park are all places to visit, along with the wonderful daily market selling fresh home grown produce. Tavira Island and its wonderful beach is accessible by ferry boat from the town and offers excellent facilities with a wonderful holiday atmosphere.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE AND DO:
By travelling a little further afield there are a good range of things to do for everyone. For nature lovers, forest walks, cruises along the River Guadiana or nature trails along the Ria Formosa Reserve where bird watching is in abundance! Travelling West there are some excellent shopping centres in Faro and Ghia as well as the famous Water Parks and Zoo Marine all easily reached by car or by day trip coach. The Spanish border town of Ayamonte is approx 25 kms by car, where the delights of another country can be sampled along with wine, Tapas and shopping. Ayamonte can also be reached by ferry from Vila Real. Seville is about 170km away, and budding historians may enjoy Castro Marim castle.
This is perfect accommodation for golfers wishing to sample the excellent courses situated in the Eastern Algarve. Within a 20km radius there are 6 courses to choose from. Benamor and the 2 Quintas (Ria and Cima) are the most popular and have fantastic scenery and sea views. The prestigious new Monte Rei course designed by Jack Nicklaus now has its first 18 holes open and is continuing in its development to the second phase offering the height of golfing luxury. Although a costly experience, this is a real treat for golfing fanatics wishing to experience a little high life! Travelling East to just before the Spanish Border, the challenging courses of Castro Marim and the Ballesteros Signature Course Quinta do Vale both come highly recommended. We can offer discounted rates and can organise a full golfing package with play at a selection of these courses, car hire and rental of this property.