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Make a holiday rental apartment or villa in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal your home away from home

Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal, more frequently known as Messines, is a rural town in the Algarve, nestled among the hills north west of Silves. Having been largely overlooked by tourist for many years, a self catering villa in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines genuinely does offer a rare insight into the traditional lifestyles of rural Algarve.

Things to see in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Sao Bartolomeu de Messines is home to some beautiful buildings, not least of all is the impressively carved 16th century church, which transcends the Renaissance and Manueline styles. The daily municipal market is a thriving social centre, starting early in the morning and lasting until midday, and selling everything from freshly baked bread to traditional crafts. There are a great range of pavement cafes from which to watch the world go by, and for those looking for authentic Algarvian cuisine, the restaurants in the town are the best in the region.

The town is a hugely popular with walkers and hikers. The rolling hills of the Silves region and the Monchique Mountains are wonderfully unspoilt, and home to over 80 species of bird. There are almost endless trails running throughout the region, covering terrain from woodland to open scrub. Horse riding and mountain biking holidays are also extremely popular from Sao Bartolomeu de Messines accommodation.

During the summer months, daily temperatures peaking at over 40˚C can make the allure of the beach irresistible. Despite having a Messines villa with a pool, there is nothing more refreshing than a day beside the sea, and you are just 14km from the beach during your stay in a holiday rental property in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines. The beaches of Armacao de Pera, Gale and Carvoeiro are all within 20 minutes, not only providing you a perfect place to sit, sunbathe and swim, but also ample opportunity to go sailing, scuba diving and windsurfing.

Places to visit on holiday in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

A holiday rental property in Messines is just 17km from the centre of Silves, the ancient capital of the Algarve. There are a huge range of historical attractions to explore from a holiday rental property in Messines, from the huge walls of Silves Castle to the Roman Ponte Romana.

Weather in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

It is partially due to the climate that Algarve holidays are so popular. During the summer months, excellent weather is almost guaranteed, with temperatures soaring into the mid 30’s (˚C) daily from May until late September. The spring and autumn months are the best for walking and riding holidays in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, as conditions are still hot and dry, but some of the sting of the heat has been lost.

Travel to Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Portugal

Faro International Airport (FAO) can be reached within an hour of leaving your Sao Bartolomeu de Messines holiday home. There are no shortage of direct flights from Great Britain to Faro, provided by a great range of airlines. A hire car is strongly advised when taking Sao Bartolomeu de Messines accommodation due to the remote nature of the village. Hire car facilities are in good supply from the airport.

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                                                                                                Beautiful peaceful house and gardens, very helpful and friendly service

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                                                                                                The house location with garden full of birds is very tranquil. Pool is completely secluded and private, shared only with the odd bird stopping off for a drink. Michelle looked after us very well, the house was immaculate and some provisions were waiting for us on our late arrival. I don't think we've ever stayed in a nicer rental.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                One of the best, if not the best in Olhos de Agua

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                                                                                                This is our ninth extended winter break in this apartment, which speaks for itself. This one bedroom apartment is well-equipped and has been perfect for us as a retired couple. Many apartments are full of 'sad', ageing decor, furniture and equipment. Not so this one. In addition, when things have gone wrong, they have been put right quickly and efficiently. The views from the balcony are stupendous, as shown in the photograph. WYSIWYG; the photos shown are not taken when craning your neck, leaning out at a dangerous angle, and only occurring for 10 minutes at sunrise or sunset. The balcony is very large; there is plenty of room to spread out, which is again unusual. In the winter months, the sun rises just to its left and only disappears around 15h. at the earliest, later as the spring approaches. The local beach, with its active fishing community, is only a 5-10 minute walk down the steps, of which there are many; it may take longer to walk back! For those not wishing to use the steps, the lift down to the public car park six floors below brings you out near beach level. Once on the beach, at low spring tides and when the sand is plentiful, we have walked to Falésia beach and onwards to Vilamoura (a good few kilometres), and also the other way to Maria Luisa beach. Sand amounts do, however, vary considerably from day to day and year to year. In 2017 it would have been a scramble over rocks to make the same walks. We self-cater but even in the winter a few restaurants are open in the evening, more by day. If you have a car, as we do, then the parking two floors below is secure and easily reached by the lift just down the corridor towards the building's entrance. Olhos de Agua is an ideal centre from which to explore the Algarve; to Cape St. Vincent westwards or towards Spain across the Guadiana river to the east, and also inland to the Alentejo. The Algarve does not have the extremes of high-rise development which curse the Spanish costas; the countryside beautiful, and the nearby villages and towns interesting to explore, with lots of surviving old buildings, well-cared for by the Portuguese authorities. One of the best!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                Excellent stay, great location, close to the beach.

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                                                                                                We had a great week in this property. The pictures do not do it justice, especially the view from the roof terrace, where we made use of the bbq. The tv channels were an added bonus, with sky sports, sky tv, and numerous movies. The bed was the comfiest rental I have ever stayed in. P.S. All the other reviews I read had me concerned about a huge hill up to the property. I really don't know how old/lazy these people are but it was fine and we were pushing a little one in a push chair. Great stay in Carvoeiro!!!!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2017
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Jan 2017