The city of Loulé in the Algarve region of southern Portugal is a tourist destination bursting with history and culture. Those looking for a taste of the real, undiluted Portugal will find it in this municipality. Reputed to have been established way back in 400BC, Loulé is a godsend for the history buff, littered as it is with ancient architecture and captivating monuments. And as they explore the touristic goodies here, sightseers can look forward to tranquillity and luxury as they retreat to their Fonte Santa holiday homes. This quiet resort area promises holidaymakers quick access to the picturesque Algarve coastline and sublime views. Visitors who book holiday apartments and villas in Fonte Santa will also enjoy a host of incredible facilities such as swimming pools and barbecues. They will also have satellite TV and Internet access at their disposal.
-Religious monuments: Portugal’s Christian heritage from medieval times is visible in the many churches that dot its landscape. One of the most prominent of these is the Nossa Senhora da Piedade, a building with a unique dome shape that sits atop a hill. This 17th century edifice with a futuristic design is accessed via a trail that leads to another landmark church; Igreja Nossa Senhora da Assuncao. This church was originally constructed between 1520 and 1530 and has undergone subsequent renovation.
-Castle: One of Loulé’s better known landmarks is the Loulé Castle which dates back to the 13th century. It is built on a site that was once occupied by Romans and its majesty and aura of strength are still very much intact. The municipal museum is housed within these ancient walls that once upon a time housed the castle commander and his troops.
-Cultural events: Visitors booking holiday homes in Fonte Santa may want to think twice about a summer holiday if they want to take part in the colourful Loulé Carnival which happens every February. This is probably as close as one can get to the world-renowned Brazilian carnival without stepping outside Europe. This three-day fete draws revellers from all over Algarve and features long processions characterised by bright, colourful costumes and music.
-Food and drink: To save themselves the trouble of cooking, those who will occupy Fonte Santa holiday rentals can reserve a table at fine restaurants such as the Birds Nest. Here they can expect delicious traditional European repasts served in an intimate setting. Few places whip up a plateful of grilled Portuguese specialities like Retiro do Campones. It is a favourite with locals and visitors will find out why.
-Countryside: Those whose ideal holiday involves kilometres of leisurely through lush landscape and cobbled streets will find in Loulé what they’re searching for. And when they are finally exhausted they’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes where they can sit outdoors and enjoy the sublime weather. There are also places that offer horse rides through stunning scenery. Those who don’t know how to ride will find no better place to learn.
The weather in this part of southern Portugal is simply tailor-made for holidays. In summer, when most people scramble to book holiday homes in Fonte Santa, the skies are almost permanently a solid blue and temperatures hover between 27 and 30°C on average. Sunscreen is a necessity here as there even won’t be the relief of showers. Rainfall during summer in Loulé is virtually unheard of. Those who would want to avoid getting embroiled in summer crowds can choose to arrive a tad early as even April enjoys temperatures above 20°C. But even those who find themselves in Fonte Santa in winter will not have cause for concern as temperatures are usually in the teens.
Faro Airport, the main international gateway to the Algarve region, is just over 20 miles from this resort. Visitors from most European cities should have no trouble getting a direct flight to Faro, especially in summer. From the airport they can get to Loulé by bus in just about 40 minutes by bus. Trains are also an option but they’ll have to travel 5km out of Faro town to get to the station. Off-season tourists can simply fly to Lisbon and take a three and a half-hour train ride to Loulé from where they’ll easily get to their holiday homes in Fonte Santa.