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1 Bedroom superior apartment-air con, 2 pools & extensive gardens

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

holiday apartment-large balcony, sea view, air con, sleeps 2-4, NEAR GOLF

Modern, well-equipped apartment with south facing balcony and sea view. Available for Easter to end of October season.Easy walk or drive to centre of Alvor& beaches, CLOSE TO ALTO & PENINA GOLF, shops& good choice of restaurants nearby( 2mins walk). Extensive gardens and lawns surround the lake-size pool,snack bar, 2nd pool and a small play area located away from the quiet poolside.Gated entry to pool area . On 2nd floor (of 3), entrance foyer has 2 lifts and 2 staircases. Reserved parking space in secure garage. Kitchen and dining area has oven, hob, extractor, fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, clothes airer & a good supply of all utensils, cutlery, crockery & glasses. Lounge area has 2 sofas -1 makes a comfortable large double bed or 2 singles, TV, DVD, CD / Radio. Double, patio doors lead to an over sized balcony with wooden patio furniture. Air conditioning & heating. Power supply- all electricity. Car hire useful but not essential.Pool open May to late Oct

Golf and tourist attractions: Vila Marachique is NEXT TO ALTO GOLF , CLOSE TO PENINA GOLFand within easy drive of the Central Algarve's famous golf courses. Good deals for golf packages are easily found on the Internet. Alvor is an attractive fishing village in the midst of holiday apartments and large private villas with a wide choice of restaurants, bars, small shops and holiday activities. These focus on 2 areas: the harbour- lagoon area of the Rio Alvor estuary; and the extensive, clean, sandy beach and dunes that eventually lead to typical Algarve coves and rock formations as you move east towards Praia da Rocha and Portimao. Boat trips, canoe hire and dolphin watching trips are available at the harbour area. There are public tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool by the harbour and new fisherman's 'huts' - this is still a fishing village with fish market. Aqualand, Zoo Marine and similar attractions are within 35min drive. Or visit the historic towns of Lagos and Silves.

Beaches and restaurants: The local beaches are clean, sandy and protected from over development. They have all modern facilities-sunloungers, parasols for hire and cafes, bars and restaurants. Or walk a short distance and find long stretches away from it all. There are classic Algarve coves with cliffs and rock formations to explore.

Restaurants include traditional Portuguese and seafood, Italian, Indian ,and Chinese. 'India Hut 1' is an authentic treat.

There are restaurants next to Vila Marachique (recommend' Por do Sol') or go into Alvor and stroll around the small old town until you find your favourite. Try 'Casa da Rio' with a wonderful view across the harbour to the dunes beyond.

Bars include Irish and sports bars but most are Portuguese style -often with a cafe and snacks available. Try those at the 'square' at the top of the hill or by the 'new' market, for a light lunch or coffee, cakes and cold drinks during the day. Outdoor dining and roof terraces with sunset views are the norm.

Wildlife, 'Birding' and Countryside: Alvor has its own small wildlife reserve with protected , unspoilt beaches and dunes that form a safe harbour at the entrance to the Rio Alvor estuary. So if you have binoculars -remember to bring them. Dolphin -watching trips(small scale company ) leave from the cobbled promenade area.

It's a short drive to the beaches between Armacao de Pera and Salgados. Behind the beach (near the small river inlet at Salgados Golf Course ) there is a delightful lagoon with wild fowl and regular visiting flocks of flamingos-sometimes spoonbills and a good range of waders.

Algarve towns have storks nesting (see Silves, Lagos and inland villages) watch them soaring on thermals in the sky. They gather in fields outside Silves by the River Arade before migrating.

Drive up towards Monchique and Foia and you may see buzzards, vultures, eagles and lots of ' little brown birds' mainly of interest to serious birders! You can see bee eaters and occasionally kingfishers and woodpeckers. E-mail us for info.

More Details

Pam Gillespie and Rob Morris
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
8 September, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Just arrived back from Alvor having had a lovely holiday. Your apartment was ideal fot the kind of holiday we wanted and there was everything we needed. We just wish we were still there, having woken up to rain this morning! ' - MK

' the apartment was lovely and we really enjoyed our stay.'

'Nothing, I can think of really to 'improve' the apartment - we had everything we needed and more. It was the nicest apartment we have stayed in and I would certainly recommend it!!! ' JB
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Alvor in Mexilhoeira Grande

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • See booking form and contract for details of booking deposit/final payment date and cancellation policy.
  • Please read information about the use of pools and gardens (available in the apartment and at the pool)
  • 4th adult on booking by agreement with the owners. Apartment suits family groups of 3 to 4 .Or group of adult(s) and child(ren).Great for 2 people.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Modern, 4 -piece, white suite in a fully -tiled bathroom with storage cupboard around the washbasin. There is a shower over the bath, chrome grab-rail and non-slip bathmat provided. Bath and hand towels supplied. Tiled floor. Domestic hot water supplied throughout the apartment from an electrically- heated, water cylinder with thermostat ( sited on the balcony).
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , makes twin or double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , makes large double
  • This 1 bedroom apartment provides very comfortable accommodation for 2 or 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The sofa bed in the living room makes two singles or a large double bed.( with comfortable sprung mattresses). The bedroom has 2 x 95cm beds that form an extra large double or twin beds- with quality sprung mattresses. The large, mirrored wardrobe has shelving and a safe. There is additional bedroom furniture and a wall mirror (hairdryer provided). Patio doors open to an over sized balcony along the full length of the apartment. Air conditioning/ heating unit. Thermal lined curtains, up lighter wall lights. Ample bed linen and pillows provided. Mid-weekly and weekly changeover day maid service with change of linen and towels.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Lake size pool, children's pool and snack bar in extensive lawns & gardens- quiet location with private driveway. Mid- weekly and weekly changeover day maid service with change of bed linen and towels-bring your own beach towels. Air conditioning & heating. No smoking and no pets. Access to second floor (of 3) is by lift (2 in entrance foyer). Spacious well-lit public areas with wide staircases. Lift to basement garage- reserved parking space- and outdoor parking. Accessibility to the building is limited by steps leading up to the entrance to the Apartments-the lift does give access from the underground garage. The living room opens through double, patio doors on to the large balcony - with wooden patio furniture- table and 4 chairs, 2 deck loungers with cushions, small table, parasol & stand. The bedroom also has patio doors. The apartment and its balcony have a bright, south-west facing, sea view. Pool passes/fobs provided -pool season May to October.


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1 Bedroom superior apartment-air con, 2 pools & extensive gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Great Apartment in a fabulous Setting.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here in July 2017. The Apartment was spacious and very clean. Fridge, Hob and oven were modern. The Air con worked great in both the bedroom and living area. The Sofa bed was perfect for our two boys. The sheets and towels were changed on a regular basis.

Vila Marachique offers great facilities for families, kiddies pool, very large main pool, play areas, pool bar and green areas all of which are maintained superbly.

Alvor itself is a great location for families, lots of great restaurants and family friendly bars. Most restaurants we visited were very child friendly. The town itself has maintained its small seaside town vibe thanks to its small and narrow streets. Both the town and the beach were 10-15 min walk and taxis are 4-5 euro.

Pam and Rob were a pleasure to deal with from first contact to last and we would thoroughly recommend this property for a vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family enjoyed your holiday at our apartment and the lovely pools and gardens at Vila Marachique. The gated entry to the pools and gardens helps to keep them a safe and relaxing place. It is lovely when guests have a great time in Alvor as it offers so much and as you say retains a village feel in the old part. I like the mix of traditional and international choice of restaurants, the long sandy beach and the wooden walkways on the dunes and lagoon area, too. Thanks for taking the time to write your helpful review.Hope you manage to come back next summer. Pam and Rob.
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very impressed

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic week at this bright and spacious 1 bed apartment , lovely and clean with all amenities (kids missed wifi) superb location within easy walking distance to town , fantastic pool area , caters for all ages

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week at this apartment at the end of July and it was great. The apartment was exceptionally clean and fresh. The gardens surrounding the pool area were the best I've ever seen. You need a key to enter the gardens which means that no-one can just come in if passing! The pool bar serves good food and drink. I wouldn't think it would be very good for families with small children if you are looking for entertainment because there isn't any but for a relaxing holiday it fits the bill. Having said that there were lots of children when we were there and the kids pool is huge! Its a 20 minute walk into Alvor (all downhill) but if you don't fancy the walk back there are plenty taxis and cost only 3-4 euros. All in all a great place and we can't wait to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Happy Return

  • 5 of 5

Have just returned from our 5th visit to this lovely apartment with my daughter and 2 grandchildren aged 11 and 9. Everything was perfect and we had everything we could possibly need in the apartment which was immaculately clean thanks to our lovely maid Amelia who we have got to know quite well. The pool bar was even better than ever since it is now being managed by the residents' association and run by a lovely couple called Tony and Jane who even do breakfasts! They can also provide welcome packs on request which is an excellent idea although the little local supermarket is first class. Can't wait to go back - thanks Pam and Rob

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's very gratifying to learn of people's good experience of our apartment....not only for ourselves, but because it means they must've had a great holiday there....and we all need those don't we!
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M,A,A,and L.

  • 5 of 5

Had another wonderful holiday at Vila Marachique in July. The apartment is so comfortable and we were looked after excellently by Pedro the property manager and by Amelia our wonderful maid who was so friendly. The local supermarket is great and prices are comparable with the bigger supermarkets further afield which is unusual! The pool area was even better than last year as the pool bar was open and there were more facilities. The swallows on the balcony were absolutely amazing to watch and I hope that they nest there next year again!!! We certainly hope to return

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Wonderful Holday at Vila Marachique

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful holiday here with my daughter and two grandchildren aged 8 and 6. The accommodation, although compact, was absolutely perfect - well described by the owners and spotlessly maintained by Sofia our lovely maid. The pool area was superb and so safe for the children with the security fence / security access and the walk into Alvor was a pleasant stroll in the evenings where we had an abundant choice of restaurants to suit all tastes, particularly a granddaughter who had to have spaghetti bolognaise or chicken nuggets! Across the road was an excellent restaurant we used twice, Por do Sol, whose staff could not have been more cooperative with children (as we found in every restaurant we visited). I was a bit anxious about not having a car but there is a little supermarket just a few minutes walk away which met most of our needs and we did a larger shop in Alvor, returning by taxi at the princely sum of 3euros 90 ! All information was spot on and the owners provided an excellent service - I would recommend this apartment thoroughly and will certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
500 Metres
Alto Golf
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Alvor A22
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Por do Sol
Car: recommended

Alvor offers a choice of beaches and a harbour and estuary with a protected wildlife area, boat trips, canoe hire and dolphin cruises. A wide choice of restaurants- including traditional Portuguese, Italian, Indian and Chinese. It has speciality Fish restaurants and a variety of bars with terraces and roof terraces. Livelier night life at Praia da Rocha (3km) and shops and rail connection at Portimao (5 km). By car: Lagos and Silves are within easy reach, as is Caldas Monchique and the Sierras with Mountain terrain. Visitor attractions include: Aqualand, ZooMarine and the remarkable, sand sculptures at Pera. Portimao, Lagos (18km) and Albufeira all have marinas and shopping facilities. ALTO GOLF is 2 min from Vila Marachique oand PENINA GOLF nearby. Or, if you prefer, Vila Marachique offers quiet relaxation by the pool or on the balcony with sea view, with easy access to long beaches, pretty coves and the nature areas with dunes, lagoon and river estuary. Car not essential.

Other Activities: Nature reserve, Dolphin watching cruises, canoes, public indoor swimming pool, sky diving, Boardwalks with wheelchair and buggy access to dunes ,lagoon and beach. Water taxi to Lagos. Para motor rides.(high season).Car hire (Yorcar/Algarve car hire on main village street)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Alvor, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
EASTER Period 2018
23 Mar 2018 - 16 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low April May 2018
17 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High July August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Our local management company provides a key service and 24 hour helpline (details provided on confirmation of your booking). A cleaning service and change of bedlinen and towels are provided mid- weekly & weekly changeover. The breakages / security deposit is £150 and is collected by the local Management contact- cheque or cash

Prices in £ Sterling by cheque, bank transfer, online payment to bank transfer - Euro payments available by arrangement. A 25% deposit secures the booking with the remainder paid not less than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. Payment is in £ sterling or payment in euros by arrangement.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.