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We arrived at the villa around 11.00 pm in the recent heatwave with overnight temperatures at 39 degrees, thankfully there is excellent air conditioning in each of the bedrooms. The villa is tucked away in the hills around winding lanes, very private but with neighbours close by. You do need to hire a car to stay in this area. The pool was just perfect for our family and we really appreciated the safety screen around the pool as we had a 3 and 6 year old with us but felt confident when they were outside that they couldn't enter the pool area unaccompanied. The outdoor BBQ is just amazing and we dined outside all the time, in fact only the children used the lounge to watch CBeebies on the TV. The villa is spacious and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Santa Barbara de Nexe is just a few miles down the road and is our favourite place in The Algarve. A lovely unspoilt village with a fantastic Italian Restaurant with entertainment some evenings, a small supermarket and a petrol station plus a few café/bars and small convenience shop. Amazing views from the top of the garden area (this would make a fantastic seating area) and also from the private veranda (which is huge) off the master bedroom. If we come back as a family of 6 again we would definitely try and book Casa de Bica again. We would highly recommend this property you will not be disappointed.
The setting of this house is stunning. Careful thought has gone into the landscaping of the grounds. The children liked feeding the swans, chickens and sheep. The pool was perfect for cooling off in and the pool area had plenty of sun beds, shade and an outside shower. We lived outside. The comfy outdoor settees and chairs on the patio were well placed to enjoy the view looking out over to Faro. The outdoor dining table and barbecue worked well being so close to the kitchen. We were really impressed with how quiet the air conditioning was. It was very hot at night (28c)when we were at the house and needed the air conditioning to be able to sleep. The quality of the air conditioning meant we didn’t notice it being on. We went to Faro beach which took us about 15 mins to drive. It was busy but a good beach. We went island hopping around the Rio Formosa, swimming, eating freshly caught fish, bird watching. The best day was the Dolphin watching. Highly recommended. We also went to the amazing local Roman ruins of a country house and spent an evening in Tavira. We ate out in Olhao a lot because we had holidayed there in the past and had lots of favourite restaurants. It took us 20mins on quiet roads to drive down to Olhao. Eduardo and Clara are very good hosts.