'Casa dos Amigos' is a first floor apartment on the beautifully landscaped Sao Rafael complex in Sesmarias, approximately a ten minute drive from Albufeira centra. It is spacious, airy and light. It has one double and one twin bedroom, an open-plan lounge/dining area with fireplace, sliding patio doors leading to the main balcony with lovely sea views, kitchen, bathroom with bath/shower, basin, WC and bidet. It is equipped with Satellite TV although since the beginning of this year we have lost access to English BBC, ITV, etc. We currently have access to Sky News and several other channels but not the UK main channels. We have a DVD player and there are a small number of DVD's in the apartment. You can always take a few of your own to watch. There is a CD player, microwave, fridge, cooker, washing machine, toaster, kettle, blender, cutlery & crockery, hairdryers, fans, etc. All bed linen, tea-towels and bathroom towels are provided. We do have a sofa bed in the lounge area so it is possible to sleep an additional two people, if necessary. We also have a travel cot. Electricity, gas and water included. Maid service (one mid-week visit) can be provided for a small additional charge. Beach towels are not provided. It is privately owned and run and is not part of any large holiday company. Children are very welcome. Animals are not permitted. It is a few minutes stroll from the un-spoilt coves of Sao Rafael with its beautiful sandy beaches (European Blue Flag) & cliff top walks.
Golf: The Algarve is one of Europe's premier golf areas boasting over 300 days of sunny weather - all year round.. There are currently over 25 golf courses in the space of 100 miles of coastline, all within one and a half hours' drive of Faro International Airport, with some in very close proximity to Sao Rafael. Salgados, a challenging links course and the nearest course to the apartment, is five minutes drive. Others range from the Palmares to the Pine Cliffs to Benamor, all characterised by the favourable weather conditions and the immaculately manicured fairways and greens, each course in the Algarve adds to the beauty of the Algarve being Portugal's premier golf region.
Car Hire & Taxis: Whilst car hire is not essential, it can be easily be arranged by yourself through the internet. We are happy to recommend the companies we currently use who offer very competitive rates . Taxis are readily available and can also be pre-booked.
The Algarve is a truly beautiful area and the use of a car will further allow you complete freedom to explore and enjoy both inland and coastal areas. The office at Sao Rafael are normally happy to book taxis for the cost of a phone call. You will find that they are very reasonably priced. It is sometimes cheaper to hire a car for the duration of your holiday, rather than hire taxis throughout, even though you may only use it to transport your party to and from the airport, the choice, however, is yours.
Sao Rafael Complex & Apartment: There is a staffed office within the complex - with a window overlooking the pool area. Swimming pool tokens are available for our guests at this office to be used in high season. The girls in the office are lovely and are also able and happy to assist with the booking of taxis as mentioned previously, restaurant reservations, general enquiries about excursions, lost property, etc.
Any questions regarding our apartment are dealt with locally and we will give you a local telephone number to use whilst you are in Portugal. We can usually also be contacted back in England - my mobile number is 00 (44) 7956 971549.
We will need a telephone number which you will use whilst in Portugal so you can be contacted at all times.