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Make a holiday villa in Bensafrim your home away from home

Algarve is one of Portugal’s better known tourist hotspots and to its west is the amazing city of Lagos. This locale has a rich history stretching back over two thousand years. Traces of Lagos’ eventful past is seen in the remains of ancient constructions which both the history buff and generally curious tourist will enjoy. While ferreting out the delights of this attraction-laden town, tourists can find brilliant holiday accommodation in Bensafrim, one of the six parishes that make up Lagos. This former Arab settlement is a haven of Portuguese culture, hosting a lively annual fair. Holiday villas in Bensafrim are a great idea because they offer quick access to Lagos’ most interesting spots and many of them have private pools beside which holidaymakers can enjoy the summer sun. Transport links to this laid back locale have been recently spruced up to allow easy commuting to Lagos and beyond.

Things to do

-Historical sites: Among the many reminders of Lagos’ historical largesse are the 16th century walls that surround the old town. This calls to mind the time when this city was Algarve’s administrative nerve centre. There is also an ancient gate that has watchtowers beside it, which were part of constructions put up to protect the city from invaders. Religion has always played a central role in Portuguese culture, a fact to which ancient churches such as the 15th century Igreja da Santa Maria attest to.

-Beaches: Those booking holiday homes in Bensafrim holiday homes should however not think their destination is nothing more than a long history lesson. There are beautiful beaches such as the Praia da Batata from which one can savour the tranquillity of the whispering Atlantic and the warmth of the sun. There are also paths leading to the tops of cliffs which yield mind-blowing panoramas. At the Meia Praia holidaymakers will be spoilt for choice in beachside bars.

-Water sports: With the warm, clear waters of the Atlantic at their mercy, visitors can indulge in any number of water sports. Thrill-seekers can hire kayaks from a number of places near the beach and paddle through the ocean. The Lagos coastline is full of interesting geological features which Bensafrim holiday home inhabitants can explore on interesting boat rides along the shore. Dolphins are usually spotted during these tours.

-City square: The Praça de Gil Eanes is a place where people gather for various forms of entertainment and visitors who stop by there will catch the odd street showman balancing from a unicycle. If there is an important footy game featuring the national team, they will find hundreds of excited locals gathered before big outdoor screens cheering on Ronaldo and Co.

-Food and drink: By the time they’re leaving their holiday rentals in Bensafrim, tourists will have fallen in love with Portuguese cuisine thanks to the sumptuous fare offered by establishments such as Nah Nah Bah and Don Toro Angus Steak House. On top of delicious cuts to suit a wide range of tastes, they offer a nice, intimate ambiance to hungry patrons.

Weather in Bensafrim

Bensafrim enjoys beautiful temperate weather punctuated with abundant sunshine. The months between May and October all experience average temperatures above 20°C. Of these June, July and August are predictably the hottest, enjoying average highs of 25 to 26°C. This is relatively mild, though there are days temperatures surpass the 30°C mark. Rainfall should not be expected at this time of year. But winter is ushered in with some showers and a drop in temperatures from the twenties into the teens.

Travel to Bensafrim

Most major airlines plying the European skies will have flights, if only seasonal flights to the Faro Airport. On arrival here, travellers will be about an hour and a half from Lagos. To get there they can take the bus or a taxi. It is also plausible to jet into Portugal through the capital’s airport, the Lisbon Portela Airport and then connect to Lagos by bus. This four-hour trip should bring tourists to within minutes of their Bensafrim holiday homes.

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                                                                                              Magnifique villa !!

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                                                                                              Nous avons passé une superbe semaine dans cette magnifique villa où rien ne manque !! Villa spacieuse, moderne, propre avec des équipements de qualité. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié le fait que des boissons soient à notre disposition à notre arrivée (après un voyage de 4h00 sous un soleil de plomb) et que des serviettes pour la piscine aient été prévues pour chacun ! Les enfants (et les grands) ont adoré la piscine qui est relativement grande et bien entretenue. Tout le personnel (Joao Pinto, les femmes de ménage, les 2 personnes qui sont venues nettoyer la piscine) que nous avons rencontré était très sympathique et professionnel. Le seul regret est que la plage de Luz soit déserte à partir de 22h et que nous ne puissions flâner, manger une glace ou faire les boutiques en soirée comme il est coutume en bord de mer. Enfin, nous remercions Patrick et Patricia, pour leur disponibilité, amabilité et confiance. Nous avons d'ores et déjà recommandé cette villa à nos proches et espérons pouvoir revenir l'année prochaine.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              Lovely Family Accomodation in rural setting

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                                                                                              We had a lovely family holiday with our two boys 8 and 11. The cottage was cosy, though appliances were dated they were adequate for our needs and there is a lovely shady Bbq area. Pool and pool area lovely with plenty of seating areas and sun beds and fantastic views over the surrounding countryside, and an atmospheric soundtrack of buzzing cicadas ( which I at first thought was the electric power lines ) Carlos and Manuela were very welcoming and friendly and I would definitely recommend this accommodation, Liz, Rich, Doug and Ollie, Surrey, England
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                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              Beautiful property in lovely surroundings.

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                                                                                              When first travelling to the cottage, it was a little worrying as it was clearly in the middle of nowhere. However the directions were spot on and we found it easily. After just a couple of trips back and forth, finding my way was second nature. The cottage's location is, as I said, in the middle of nowhere, making it peaceful if not quiet (cocks crowing in the night, gunshots one morning, some activity across the valley some days), with beautiful views, including many windmills on the horizon. The best part of the cottage was the swimming pool which the kids loved so much they didn't really want to go out at all! The nearby Lagos beaches are ok, but without a doubt the beaches further afield are better, especially the last one we went to, Praia do Beliche. It was marked as a naturist beach on our map/navigation app, but apart from a few bare breasts, there was no actual nudity. What there was was a cliff at one end that kept us cool, great waves, some snorkelling possibilities, great sandcastle sand, and a really great day! The owner's parents who look after the place were friendly and helpful. The father, particularly, gave excellent directions to the nearest supermarket. I was extremely tired, fed up after some luggage went missing, and not feeling very good, but his directions were so clear I found the place with the greatest of ease. All in all it was a good holiday, and we wished we had stayed for two weeks and didn't want to return home. P.s. Buy lots of cheap oranges and make use of the electric juice squeezer provided. Watch out for Portuguese charcoal which is rubbish compared with English charcoal.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016