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Make a holiday rental home or villa in Galamares, Portugal your home away from home

Galamares is located in the very heart of the Sintra Cascais Natural Park, in the south-west corner of Portugal. Many visitors to the region opt to stay in the nearby town of Sintra, but Galamares is a different proposition altogether, being a small village that sits on the fringes of the action. These peaceful surroundings allow you close and easy access to the beaches, towns and all of the key attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Things to do in Galamares, Portugal

Two of the main lures for tourists visiting Galamares are beaches and golf. The beaches are those of the south-west corner of Portugal, and attract visitors of all ages with their great combinations of sand and surf. Galamares golf options are also numerous, with several good quality courses in the vicinity, and the weather to match.

The entire local region is enveloped in the Sinta-Cascais Natural Park, which covers a total area of 145 square kilometres. There are a number of historical and natural attractions to be found within the park, which will also be of particular interest to nature lovers and outdoor pursuits enthusiasts.

The village of Galamares is quiet, traditional and peaceful, with the vast majority of the population being locals rather than tourists. Amenities are basic, rather than numerous, but there are enough food shops to keep the majority of self-caterers happy, and visitors can always make the short trip into Sintra if they require extra supplies. For reasons such as this, the use of a hire car is strongly recommended when staying in the self-catering villas of Galamares.

Places to visit on holiday in Galamares, Portugal

The town of Sintra is just 5km from Galamares, and should be explored to its fullest during your stay. Its finely-preserved 19th century architecture has lead to the town being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one that is often described as one of the most beautiful town’s in the world. Also within easy reach of Galamares is Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, which is marked by a 144 metre high lighthouse.

Weather in Galamares, Portugal

The summer months of July, August and September are the most popular times for a holiday in Galamares, with an average daily temperature of 29C. Winters are extremely mild, and even the coldest month (January) has a daily average of 15C.

Flights to Galamares, Portugal

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located 37km from Galamares, a journey which can be made in less than 45 minutes. The majority of UK airlines fly to this destination, including easyJet, British Airways and Bmibaby, so search around for the best deals.

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                                      A lovely big house with a heavenly terrace

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                                      We stayed at Quinta da Matalva for 10 days in April 2017. Communication from the English owner by email was good, and when we arrived we were met by a member of his family who was friendly, relaxed and helpful. There were beautiful fresh flowers and fruit in the house, picked from the garden, as well as bread, milk and wine - a wonderful welcome. During the stay the house and pool were looked after by the friendly and helpful Ana. The house was clean and very spacious, and the terrace is wonderfully secluded - you can barely see any other houses as you look out on a fabulous view over the mountains to the sea. The balcony off the main bedroom is gorgeous in the evening as the tiled bench warms up in the sun during the day. The Sintra area is absolutely amazing. The nearby palaces and gardens provided many days of exciting discovery. Though they got busy, we found it was easy to escape the crowds as their grounds are so vast. Our children enjoyed exploring them - especially the tunnels at Quinta da Regaleira. Although the driving along the nearby steep and narrow roads was a little challenging at first, we got used to it quickly, and found other drivers to be patient and understanding. We were able to manage without a car on a few days, walking to Quinta da Regaleira and down into Galamares to catch the vintage tram to the beach at Praia das Maçãs. Monserrate Palace is also wonderful and walkable from the house. We also spent a day in Lisbon (parked and rode the Metro from Reboleira) and one of the highlights was our catamaran trip from Setúbal to see the dolphins who live in the Sado estuary, driving back through the stunning Parque Natural da Arrábida. An amazing holiday and Quinta da Matalva was a delight.
                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                      High quality house with excellent views

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                                      We stayed at Villa Sintra Mourisca for a week in October. We had a warm welcome with excellent communication on where to find things and also tips on where to go. The house was very well prepared, clean and well maintained. It is bright, modern and spacious - we stayed there with two families including five children. The views from the living room and the terrace are magnificient. A very good place to stay - we will come back someday.
                                      • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016