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Make a holiday apartment in Arrifana your home away from home

Is there a place in Portugal one can get the rich beauty of the southern Portuguese coastline helped down with a dose of local culture, tinged with an Arab influence? Yes, Aljezur, a municipality in the Algarve region. Its very name is derived from an Arabian word meaning ‘islands’. As they explore ancient Moorish structures and the lush green countryside, visitors to this part of Portugal can look forward to spending the night in the comfort of holiday homes in Arrifana. This locality in the Aljezur parish is where visitors can find quiet retreat from holiday crowds and enjoy beautiful leafy surroundings and immaculate views. In addition to the cosy, lavish furnishings the holiday apartments in Arrifana promise, these rentals put holidaymakers within easy reach of the beach. For their those outdoor meals guests will have a barbecue and satellite/cable TV will be available if they need additional entertainment.

Things to do

-Beaches: It’s no exaggeration to say that Aljezur has some of Algarve’s prettiest stretches of coastline. The Praia da Amoreira is a perfect example of this; its fine, shimmering sands stretch into the horizon, ensuring no chance of crowding. Romantic couples can take advantage and embark on dreamy promenades into the sunset and then wind the day with a sizzling meal of freshly-caught fish at one of the beachside restaurants.

-Water sports: Praia da Amoreira, the Arrifana beach and other spots along the Algarve coastline provide perfect surfing venues during the cooler months of the year. Gear can be readily rented from nearby centres and those who can’t surf can ask for lessons from surf schools in the surrounding area.

-Historical sites: One only has to spend a few minutes wandering about the old town to feel swept back in time; everything from the ancient wall to the whitewashed, single-storey houses to the narrow cobbled streets points to the town’s medieval heritage. After they climb up through this section of Aljezur built on a hillside, visitors will come to the remains of a 10th century Moorish castle. Before leaving they can have a bite at one of the riverside cafes.

-Food and drink: Of course visitors can lavish their taste buds with the finest Portuguese cuisine if they’re not up to whipping up a meal for themselves in their Arrifana holiday rentals. There are a number of highly rated eateries in Aljezur including the Cafe Restaurante Primavera. This is where one can get a serving of grilled fish they’ll rave about for years to come, served beside sumptuous sweet potato. For finger-liking-good tapas, try the Restaurante L-Colesterol.

-Nature parks: Aljezur is home to one of Portugal’s, if not Europe’s most beautiful parks; the Costa Vicentina which encompasses the beaches of Amoreira and Arrifana. Visitors can choose to ride into the lush, green hinterland on horseback or bike through the dense cork oak and eucalyptus forests.

Weather in Arrifana

Arrifana enjoys the temperate, mostly warm year-round weather that characterises the Aljezur region. The majority of this locale’s visitors start trooping into holiday homes in Arrifana and Aljezur town’s other parishes as soon as summer’s cloudless skies appear in June. From this month till September, temperature averages remain above 25°C and there is nary a drop of rainfall to be recorded. But the climate does eventually cool, descending into the teens in November as winter arrives. Nonetheless, the coldest it gets it around 12°C.

Travel to Arrifana

Being located in the Faro district, Arrifana is not far from the Faro Airport, the main international gateway into the Algarve region. Most mainstream airlines and low-cost airlines have direct flights to this airport, especially during the peak holiday seasons. To get to their holiday homes in Arrifana, arriving visitors will first have to travel to Faro town on the hourly shuttle. From there they can decide whether to take the bus or train to Lagos. The bus costs about a Euro less. The Lagos-Aljezur journey is a fifty-minute bus ride. This may seem a winding way to travel but the alternative is to spend ten times more by using a private transfer or taxi.

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                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Not having been to Portugal for 25 years we chose more on outward appearance rather than the town or location. The apartment is a really good-sized property that is well-presented throughout. The kitchen is well-equipped and there's a decent patio and access in to the communal gardens. The entire complex is well looked after, we saw the grounds maintenance guys on at least 3 occasions in our 1-week stay. The only disappointing thing for us was the amount of traffic noise from the adjoining road & junction. I guess that compared to where we live it sounded noisy, however others may not worry about this. The complex is approx. half-a-mile from the centre of Alvor, so access to the wide variety of decent restaurants & bars is a breeze. Alvor itself is a really nice town and is not over developed like nearby Portimao (we visited Portimao one day & left within 30 minutes!) but you won't find karaoke bars and discos if that's what you're looking for. The nearby beach (10 mins) is golden sand and about 3 miles long. Plenty of space for us in October but suspect that it gets really busy in July & August. Also close by is the nature reserve, which has good pathways & boardwalks so that it can be enjoyed by young & old. We enjoyed our stay, we'll probably go back to Alvor & we will consider this property again when we do.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 08, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017

                                                                                                      Great apartment in the heart of Lagos.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Well equipped apartment minutes from the old town walls making everything in easy walking distance of beaches, supermarkets, shops and restaurants of which there is a huge choice. The underground parking was a bonus but a car isn't necessary if you are happy arranging your own transfers.Joining instructions were clear and easy. Liked it so much we have already rebooked for next year which is something we haven't done before on regular trips to the area. The only minor downside comment I would make is that the BBQ was tiny so we had to forego the usual cremation activity and as our bed at home is a superking size the standard double in the main bedroom was cosy. That said, overall a great place making a super holiday. Thank you Veronica. Au revoir!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 04, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017