Set among the grave vines of the Vale de Parra (Valley of the Grape), just west of Albufeira, are a range of stunning villas and houses. The region is blessed with both the glorious climate of the Algarve and the dramatic sandstone coastline, into which delightful cove beaches reside, surrounded by impressive, red natural formations.
The best beaches in the Vale de Parra are those of Sao Rafael, Praia de Gale and Castelo, which also have claims as being some of the nicest in the whole of the Algarve. The Vale de Parra has the added luxury of being relatively unknown on the tourist routes, so these stunning beaches are quiet too. Gale is the best known of the beaches and is lined with excellent beach bars, but the secluded coves which flank Gale are very secluded. There area numerous boat trips available from a Vale de Parra holiday rental which explore the caves, blow holes and features of the coastline, as well as taking fishing and water skiing excursions.
Walkers will love taking a Vale de Parra property for their holiday. The coastal walks and the trails into the grape and citrus laden valleys are blissfully quiet, and offer stunning views across the unspoilt landscape. Horse riding and cycling are also actively encouraged as ways of discovering the country too.
Family holidays making use of a Vale de Parra holiday rental are great too. The safe, gently sloping beaches are perfect for children, and the local attractions of the Aqualand Waterpark, Splash and Slide and Zoomarine make for exciting days out. There is an excellent golf course just down the road in Salgados too.
Albufeira, just 4km from the Vale de Parra, is famous for many things. The town is known as the gateway to the Algarve, with spectacular beaches on one side and lush countryside on the other. If you are staying in a self catering Vale de Parra villa, it is likely you stock up on food in Albufeira, as the town is the centre of commerce serving the region. The shops and nightlife in Albufeira will keep you entertained too.
With 300 days of sunshine every year and summer average temperatures reaching 30˚C, the beaches near a Vale de Parra property are a huge asset. Even in winter, temperatures average 17˚C.
The unspoilt valley of Vale de Parra is just half an hour from the busy Faro Airport (FAO), which receives a huge number of daily flights from right across the UK, especially during the summer. Due to the popularity of Algarve holidays, there are some very cheap flights to Faro available, which helps keep a holiday in a Vale de Parra villa even cheaper.