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Monte Gordo - The Portuguese Algarve

Travel time from Faro Airport 40min on Motorway...

Originally the road leading to Monte Gordo was an unmade track, the main traffic being donkeys and goats. The road was lined with blossoming almond trees, and according to Portuguese folklore, when the Moors came to the Algarve one of their princesses missed the Almond Blossom from her home so much that her Prince ordered Almond Blossom to be planted all over the Algarve. At certain times of the year there is an abundance of beautiful almond blossoms in the Algarve.

To reach Monte Gordo in the early 1960's was to drive from Lisbon Airport via Alentajo, or from Spain by car and boat. At this time Monte Gordo was a small sleepy fishing village, and the fisherman would sit mending their nets in the village square which consisted of a cafe and one shop.

The locals lived in very modest houses, and at the end of the village was a shanty town the whole village was surrounded by pine forests. There was one hotel The Vasco da Gama and an old Casino.

Once the airport opened in Faro, Monte Gordo began to flourish with further hotels and apartments being built and a new Casino. The locals prospered and today have nice homes, successful businesses all of which make Monte Gordo the holiday resort as we now know it. Many of the people in Monte Gordo are related, and up until recently everyone you met would originate from Monte Gordo.

Much of the Portuguese culture and traditions remain and there are often fiestas, carnivals, religious processions and folklore dancing. On a Saturday it is not unusual to see a convoy of cars parading around the village loudly tooting their horns, this is a local wedding.

The locals still gather in the square with their families on a Sunday afternoon to take coffee. Just behind the square is a pretty whitewashed church. The roads leading to the square host a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. There are 2 banks, several small supermarkets selling fresh bread daily cash machines, a post office and a daily street market... Some of the roads are lined with orange trees. The Casino which was rebuilt is still by the square

On the beautiful soft, sandy beach there are all of the relevant facilities such as sun loungers, parasols beach sports and activities. Life guards are on regular duty, and there are first aid equipped beach huts.

Beach restaurants offer a wide selection of good food and wines at reasonable prices. The perfect spot to enjoy Sardines and a bottle of Portuguese wine.

Early morning you can still buy fish from the fisherman as they bring in their daily catch. Also a great place for a treasure hunt as you can find a host of sea creatures from the nets including starfish and seahorses.

In the evening the beachfront comes alive with the bars and cafes, there are also street entertainers, amusements to suit all, and horse drawn buggy trips around the village. Many of the hotels also have evening entertainment.

The local football team Beria Mar has this year made 2nd division. The coach is a local who played for them when they used to practice on the streets and beach, His name is Jose and together with his brother now owns Johns bar see them if you would like to see the local team play.

Just along the road in Villa Real is the Olympic approved Athletic Stadium. Also from here you can take a ferry across the Guadiana River to the Spanish town of Ayomonte. Or you can drive across the bridge to sample the delights of Spain’s Andalusia and the Costa da Luz (Coast Of Lights).

There are many places of interest around Monte Gordo including the nature reserves with Flamingos and Storks, the salt flats, Castro Marim with its Moorish Castle, and 6 top ranking golf courses.

Tavira, one of the Algarve’s prettiest towns is 15 mins away

Monte Gordo is the main holiday resort for the Portuguese, and this has ensured that it has kept it Portuguese flavour.

Yes there are now restaurants from various parts of the world, and an internet cafe etc, but typical Portuguese food still features on most menus and you are amongst the Portuguese people.

We say if you want the English Algarve turn left when you leave Faro Airport.

However turn right and you will discover the beautiful unspoilt Portuguese Eastern Algarve

Written by Antonio and Lesley - Owners of Property 52525 in Monte Gordo, Portugal

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                                                              Tranquila localização, apenas a 5 minutos da praia

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                                                              Nós passado um mês neste villa em fevereiro de 2016. A moradia tem tudo que você precisa para casa de casa estadia. A cozinha é grande e funcional. Tanto a cozinha e sala de jantar tem portas de pátio com vista para o belo jardim isolado, com uma grande área de pátio e churrasqueira embutida. A sala de estar é muito espaçoso, com muitos sofás, ideal para grandes grupos, há uma porta do pátio levando a uma varanda com vista para a praça na frente da propriedade Nós especialmente se a lareira como as noites podem ser esfriar, mas há também são invertidos ciclo de ar condicionado / aquecimento em todos os quartos. A moradia é exatamente como apresentado nas imagens no Web site. A localização não poderia ser melhor para os amantes da praia, que fica a menos de 5 minutos a pé. A praia é impressionante, ele é limpo, amplo e se estende até onde os olhos podem ver. O bar da praia por perto é fabuloso. adorável alimentos e serviço amigável, muitas vezes apenas tomar um drinque e se sentar em suas cadeiras à direita na preto e ler os nossos livros ou você pode alugar espreguiçadeiras por um preço muito razoável. Nós amamos a caminhar ao longo da praia de Monto Gordo leva appx 15 minutos e depois desfrutar de uma bebida em um dos bares de praia, enquanto você observar os pescadores remendam as suas redes ou passear na cidade com muitos restaurantes e bancas de mercado. Isto são é plana e muito popular entre ciclistas, você pode alugar bicicletas em Monto Gordo. Se você quiser um sabor de vida em Portugal em uma área que não é muito turística, este é o seu lugar. Há tantos lugares bonitos para explorar no Algarve Oriental ou hop sobre a Espanha, nós dirigimos a Sevilha para um dia, que é cerca de 90 minutos de distância, o que é uma bela cidade. Há uma grande padaria / supermercado na esquina da praça (maravilhoso pão fresco e bolos) com o seu café / bar anexo. Isto tornou-se um lugar favorito para pop para uma bebida e assistir os moradores à noite. € 1 para uma cerveja ou um copo de vinho, € 0,70 para um café não pode superar este lugar.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Feb 2016

                                                              Spacious, comfortable holiday accommodation

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                                                              We spent a month at this villa. Our hosts were welcoming and accommodating. The villa has everything you would need for everyday living, entertaining and holiday enjoyment. The kitchen is large and functional. Seating for twelve in the dining room and on the deck was just great. The bedrooms are quite soundproof so was great for late nighters and early risers. We especially enjoyed the fireplace as in March , evenings were chilly. The pool area is sheltered and enabled us to enjoy the sun while blocking cool breezes. We loved the tapas night arranged by Andrew. The chefs were so personable. Their company was as enjoyable as the food. The villa is exactly as presented in the promotional pictures. The location couldn't be better for beach lovers. The beach is one of the best in the world. It's clean, wide and stretches as far as the eye can see. The beach bar close by was sweet and had the most amazing, friendly servers who continually helped us with our Portuguese. We could walk to Monte Gordo for happy hour at the many and varied bars there. If you want a taste of living in Portugal in an area that's not too touristy, this is your spot. There are so many day trips you can take that are within an hour or two away. It doesn't have the many restaurants or nightlife that you'd get in Albufeira. But you can mix with the locals at the corner pub to watch football and have a bevy or two . €.50 for a glass of wine and €1.00 for a beer. Can't beat this place.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                              Everything you need for a comfortable holiday

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                                                              Clean and comfortable holiday villa,10 mins walk to the beach,20 mins to Monte Gordo through the pine woods.Situated in a quiet residential area,the villa had everything we needed and was nicely furnished. Marina, the owner,answered all our queries quickly and living close by would be available if needed. Would definitely recommend and hope to return.
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