Make a holiday villa in Espiche your home away from home
If you ask most any Portugal-bound holidaymaker where they’re headed, chances are they’ll say Algarve. This region to the south of the country is replete with tourist attractions. Stunningly beautiful beaches, plenty of restaurants and pubs to wind down in come evening, gorgeous inland landscapes, activities galore, you name it. The westernmost town of Algarve is Lagos and here visitors will find a town rich in history and culture. They will also find plenty of holiday accommodation in Espiche, a tiny, quiet village next to the Praia da Luz parish in the south-western reaches of Lagos. Among the holiday rentals on offer by HomeAway here are luxurious villas, most with private pools, some even equipped with tennis courts. Other extras included in these Espiche holiday villas are Internet access and cable/satellite TV.
Things to do
-Historical sites: The town of Lagos has many interesting landmarks that will pique the curiosity of history buffs and ordinary tourists alike. What used to be a slave market, one of the first in Europe, is now a museum which depicts the history of Lagos over the centuries. Statues of early explorers such as Prince Henry the Navigator are strewn throughout this town as well.
-Beaches: Tourists staying in Espiche holiday villas and apartments will not have to travel far to get to the inviting sands of Meia Praia. Here they can enjoy the summer sun as they lounge or as they promenade the 4km of the beach. Sand dunes can also be seen on this beach and these have been carefully preserved for the benefit of tourists. Other beaches are available in the larger Algarve such as the cliffy Praia da Falesia.
-Ponte da Piedade: One of Lagos’ other beaches is Praia de Dona Ana from here visitors can make their way to the majestic Ponte da Piedade which leads to the tops of some jagged cliffs. The views from here are simply to die for. Holidaymakers can also descend into the coastal grottoes here though it calls for climbing down many steps, and then climbing back up.
-Ancient churches: Visitors booked into holiday homes in Espiche need not confine themselves to the town of Lagos. They can check out the other Algarve cities such as Almancil which boasts the magnificent St. Lawrence’s Church. This church is renowned for its magnificent facade and the golden carvings inside it. Its hand-painted tiles are a true wonder.
-Golf: Those who would like to enjoy a round or two of golf while on holiday in the south of Portugal can take time to visit the Vilamoura locality. The resort and golf area of Vilamoura boasts an abundance of world-class courses where they can practice and improve their game or just have fun. Oceanico Laguna and the Vilamoura Old Course are particularly sought after thanks to their unique design and the many bunkers they have.
Weather in Espiche
The warm, temperate weather typically associated with Mediterranean locations is also experienced here. Even before spring has cleared out the temperatures are usually in the twenties, climbing towards 30°C during the summer months. Those planning on time in holiday villas in Espiche between June and August should expect temperature averages of 24-26°C and no rainfall. After September the weather gets chillier and by the time winter is in full swing, temperatures average at about 15°C.
Travel to Espiche
The main international gateway to this part of Portugal is the Faro Airport. This airport receives seasonal flights from most European cities. On arrival here visitors can get to western Algarve by taxi, train or bus. Taxi is the preferred option for many tourists as though it is a bit more expensive, it saves them time, enabling them to get to their Espiche holiday rentals faster. The other two require the traveller to first get a bus to the Faro town centre where the main bus station and train station are. If they’re using the bus, they’ll need to stop by Albufeira first before proceeding to Lagos. This will set holidaymakers something in the region of 15 Euros. Taxis can cost up to five times as much.