Set in a typical eastern Algarve village this spectacular large modern villa is equipped and furnished to the highest standards throughout. All rooms are very spacious and the house easily accommodates 12 adults. The impressive large and spacious lounge overlooks the south facing garden and open countryside, offering dramatic views of both sea and mountains from the garden and also from the very large roof terrace. There are large open spaces outside, including BBQ area, outside shower, very large patio with terrace furniture, large table and chairs for al fresco dining and sun loungers to ensure your stay has every comfort. The large garden, with its established almond trees, orange, peach and lemon trees, terraces and 8m fresh water pool (with pool fence) provides your personal oasis, as long as you can resist the fantastic nearby family-friendly beaches of which some of the finest include Monte Gordo, Praia Verde, Altura, Manta Rota, Cacela Velha, Fabrica, Cabanas and Tavira - all just a few mins drive from the villa! The ancient town & regional centre of Tavira is approx 10 mins away. You can also drive to Spain in 20 minutes or why not take the passenger ferry boat from Vila Real de Santo Antonio to the Spanish town of Ayamonte!.
Local Golf: The Eastern Algarve is famous for its excellent golf facilities - there are six 18-hole courses all very close to Santa Rita: Quinta da Ria -18 holes, Par 72, 6,016m designed by Rocky Roquemore and Quinta de Cima - 18 holes, Par 72, 6,256m the new sister course next to Quinta da Ria - both courses are just 2 Km from the house! Benamor Golf - 18 holes, Par 71, 5,500m designed by Sir Henry Cotton - situated near Conceiçao just off the EN125 & only 5 Km from the house. Colina Verde - 9 holes, Par 28, 1,145m is situated between Olhão & Tavira. Castro Marim Golf - 18 holes, Par 71, 5,265m designed by Terry Murray is situated near the historic town of Castro Marim. There is also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course at Monte Rei (ranked Top 20 in Europe & Top 100 in the world by Golf Digest USA - the only Portuguese course to achieve this ranking) and is just 3 Km north from the house!
Shopping, food and other activities: Both Vila Real de Santo Antonio & Tavira (with its new large Shopping Mall) are real-life small towns with shops for everyday items - some excellent bargains are to be had in household linens - towels, bed linen and table linen. Along the EN125 coast road & inland, fantastic local pottery is available. The beach resorts of Monte Gordo, Altura, Manta Rota & Cabanas provide great holiday shopping with gifts, clothes, shoes & beach equipment. There are many other activities open to the more adventurous - from walking, riding, cycling, sailing and surfing - all within easy access from Santa Rita. There are excellent restaurants within easy reach of the house, including Cacela Velha & Fabrica just 2 Km away & beachside restaurants at Manta Rota (try Sem Espinhas). Excellent restaurants abound in the Eastern Algarve, both in the towns and nearby villages and along the coast road. Choose from the local 'black' pork, cataplana (seafood stew) or fresh fish and you won't be disappointed.
Beaches: The villa is located only a few Km from the wide-open Blue Flag beach of Manta Rota, with lots of parking space and a pedestrian access way leading straight down to the beach. If you feel really adventurous just keep on walking - the beaches stretch for miles! The whole beach area is very much orientated towards families and is a very safe, clean environment with ample open space, even in peak times, for sunbathing, swimming and playing with the kids! This area is truly one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty - you will not be disappointed! Also try the beautiful beach at Praia Verde (green beach) and you will see why it is so special - set in a nature reserve with pine forest leading down to the protected sand dunes and fantastic wide-open beaches. The beaches at Cacela Velha, Fabrica (both just 2 Km away) & Cabanas are also worth visiting - taking the short taxi boat ride across the Ria Formosa to get to the stunning beaches is a real adorable treat!