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Make a self catering Villa in Castelo, Portugal your home away from home

Situated on the southern coast of Portugal, Castelo is located on a sandy beach within a cluster of local shops and restaurants. It is just 10 minutes drive from the well-known resort centre of Albufeira, where there are banks, supermarkets and a marina. The narrow whitewashed streets of Albufeira also hold plenty of nightlife, from Irish pubs to local bars. Delicious Portuguese cuisine in this area centres on steamed shellfish, grilled sardines and Caldeirada, or fish stew. The countryside further inland is full of almond trees and grape vines.

Things to do in Castelo, Portugal

Castelo is known as one of the finest beaches on the Algarve, where fine sandy bays nestle prettily at the foot of the red sandstone cliffs. For sunbathing, Castelo Beach is perfect. The nearby Gale beach is four miles long and a little more commercialized, offering more beach bars. It is also a great beach for walking along the tide’s edge before breakfast.

Sports are popular pastimes in this area. Tennis, golf and water sports are all available within easy reach of your villa. Salgados is a popular place for playing golf at its best, with views of the sea and plenty of scenic lakes.

Part of traditional life around Castelo are the annual festivals. February 4th is the ‘Feira do Pau Roxo’; July sees the ‘Feira de Artisanos’ with many handicrafts; August is the month for the ‘Feira de Frango’ (Chicken festival) and the ‘Feira de Nossa Senhora da Orada’. The local festival ‘Feira de Nossa Senhora da Guia’ takes place on the last weekend in August. Go along and join in the party spirit and culture of these colourful events.

Places to visit near Castelo, Portugal

The nearby village of Guia has a good selection of local shops in its charming old town and it also offers an excellent daily market for fresh fruit and vegetables. The main church was built in the mid-1600s and contains a simply carved high altar and several statues. The Hermitage of ‘Nossa Senhora da Guia’ means Our Lady of the Good Journey. These buildings have a decorative façade and are in typically ornate baroque style. There is also a lake here, Lagoa dos Salgadoes, which is popular with bird-watchers.

Paderne was probably developed as a settlement around the nearby castle. The old white-washed houses are set haphazardly against the gently sloping hillside. Look out for the decorated chimney which dates back to the 18th century.

The Arab Castle is the pièce de résistance at Paderne with the Quarteira Creek flowing around its base. It was abandoned in the 14th century but the ruins of a small hermitage are still evident.

The typical 16th century Portuguese church has three naves, no less. It has monogrammed columns and is decorated with human figures.

Weather in Castelo, Portugal

From spring right through to autumn, the weather in Castelo and the Albufeira region of Portugal is idyllic. Blue skies and endless dry, sunny days are guaranteed from April to October with average temperatures ranging from 18-24C (64-76F). Winters are cooler but rarely drop below 10C (49F) making it a great place to escape the northerly winters too.

Flights to Castelo, Portugal

Cheap flights are available daily from all over Europe to Faro International Airport. Your self catering villa in Castelo is just 50km from Faro, a short and easy drive away.

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                                                                                              very good, peaceful & calm

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                                                                                              Telma the owner was exceptional, from start to finish her hospitality and genuine will to make sure we had a great holiday was just fantastic. Me, my wife and my 4 kids had an amazing, fun, relaxing and thoroughly enjoyed it. Great location with the most beautiful beaches. Praya da Coelhia is amazing and one I jogged to every morning. Well done Telma but then again I found every Portuguese people so friendly & welcoming. We are thinking to rebook again and so are the many friends & family I spoke to and show our pictures.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              C étais très bien à recommander .

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                                                                                              Mon impression c est que c est un endroit où on se repose bien en famille.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
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                                                                                              The perfect stay!

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                                                                                              We visited Casa Rebecca in August 2016 for 10 days with two kids and some grandparents! The villa is spacious, comfortable and well equipped, and very child friendly - no valuable breakables, practical furniture and a perfect layout. The outside area is also wonderful. Not only is the pool lovely, the roof terraces provide amazing views of the surrounding areas, and the barbecue area is both perfectly situated right next to the kitchen door, and a lovely place to sit in the evenings to have dinner at sundown. As we said in the visitors book, more lights around the outside eating area would allow longer evenings meals as the night progresses but sitting out in the cool dark wasn't too much of a problem! The security of the villa itself is excellent with door bars, a gated entrance with intercom and camera and treble locks on the front door. One suggestion would be to raise the wall around the garden though, as although entry to the house would be extremely difficult, the garden is very accessibly by just hopping over the low wall. A minor point though, and we had no problems at all while we were there. The pool is deep for younger kids, but the local mini market solved that instantly with a cheap pair of armbands, so even my youngest was constantly in the pool enjoying himself. The nearby beaches are beautiful - the atlantic can get quite choppy and so the waves can be a bit intimidating for the younger kids, but being chased by waves on the beach provided endless amusement. Although the blurb says beaches are walkable, I would suggest the timings are a bit ambitious with younger kids. Its definitely do-able but we ended up hiring a car (sorted out by Tony and Jackie, the management team, who were just fantastic all round) so that we could explore further afield. We also discovered a short cut walk to Evaristo, a smaller beach, which only took five minutes, which was perfect for the kids. The mini market nearby is great for essentials but there is a slightly larger one - a bit of a treck in the heat though, especially carrying shopping, another reason why the car was a godsend. You could defnitely survive without the car, but we found it much easier with one. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our 10 days and would definitely go back. Thanks to Tony and Jackie for being so helpful and friendly. The welcome pack in particular was perfect - you thought of everything!
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016