Enjoy the unspoiled Nature Reserve Ria Formosa by booking Casa Francisca - your holiday home.
The Villa, right at the water front, offers you an individual time out. Due to the air-condition, the house is comfortable all year round. Summer time is ideal for beach holidays and what we call 'winter' offers a variety of activities like long walks, bird watching as well as the amenities within the Golden Club Resort such as a sports centre offering squash, tennis, a gymnasium, a heated indoor pool with sauna and jacuzzi, and two large outdoor pools. The complex also has a children's club with daily activities for younger children. The master bedroom leads onto a spacious terrace with splendid views over the sea. The living room leads onto the terrace and garden. The well equipped kitchen, next to the dining area, invites to prepare delicious meals with fresh, local ingredients which you can already find in Cabanas or at the fish- and vegetable market in Tavira.
The villa is located in the small fishing village of Cabanas, just a 40 minutes drive east from Faro airport. It is within the Golden Club Complex - a development which lies within the boundaries of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. The villa overlooks a sandy beach, which is accessed easily by boat. Amenities within the resort comprise a sports centre offering squash, tennis, a gymnasium, a heated indoor-pool with sauna and jacuzzi, and two large outdoor pools. The complex has also children's club with daily activities for younger children and there is also night-time entertainment during the summer season. There are bars, restaurants and a reception area within the complex. The fishing village Cabanas is just 5 minutes walk away. It offers a wide range of bars, restaurants and Portuguese life style.
Excursions and destinations around Tavira: We recommend hiring a car because there are so many places to visit in the Eastern Algarve and across the border in Spain. In addition to the golfing opportunities described below, you can go cycling or mountain biking, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, boating and swimming in both the sea and the calmer lagoon waters. For nature lovers, the Algarve is a treasure trove: bird watching is excellent at all times of year, but particularly fruitful in spring and autumn when the migratory species are on the move between Africa and Europe. Wild flower and garden enthusiasts will appreciate the time between January and April, starting with the almond blossom. For the history minded, excursions to the castles at Castro Marim and Alcoutim will also give you a look at life in the Algarve hills away from the seaside resorts. The picturesque border town of Vila Real Sto. Antonio contains a wonderful town centre built to the plans of the Marques de Pombal following the earthquake in 1755.
For families and children: There are many activities for families and children, beyond of course, the activities offered by Golden Club and the beaches. There is a children's club with daily activities for younger children and there is also night time entertainment during the summer season. As well a boat ride on the Guardiana River or the Ria Formosa lagoon can be fascinating or just to take the ferry boat to the beaches on the offshore islands is a treat. Most restaurants are family friendly. The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve has a lovely walking trail explaining the ecosystem of the Reserve. There is also a centre for the preservation of the Portuguese water dog at the Reserve.
More things to do: Tour the Roman ruins of Milreu at Estoi and the Estoi Palace and gardens and then relax with crazy golf at the nearby QM Garden Centre. Spend a day in Seville (about 2 hours away via the A22 motorway). Visit the Camara Obscura in Tavira and the astronomical observatory north of Tavira for a different sight of the Algarve's attractions. Tour the Mine Park which explores the mining history of the area through archaeological and historical displays ranging from Roman times to the 20th century. Or take a local train to Faro, the provincial capital and wander around its fascinating old quarter, the pedestrian precincts and the shopping centres. You also can take a local train or drive to the famous fish market in Olhao. Or if you are here at the right time, go to the Medieval Days Festival at the castle in Castro Marim or attend the outdoor film festivals in Tavira.
Fantastically clean, spacious, private villa with all the necessary kitchen equipment to look after a young family eg micro wave, washing machine, kitchen utensils etc. It also has a flat screen TV – we plugged our laptop into it and the kids enjoyed watching movies when then came in from a hard day at the pool !
The villa is located in a very private section of the hotel grounds and looks out to sea – the views are spectacular from the rear of the property. You wake to the sound of birds and sit up to see the fishing boats heading out to sea. The rear of the property also provides a well maintained grass area where children can play safely and run through the sprinklers !
This two bed villa is a winner for my family as my Father also travels with us. Both bedrooms have en-suites which is a must in those circumstances. There is also a downstairs toilet with shower. Very well maintained property.
The winning factor though is that it is in a very quiet, private section of the grounds, but on the door step of two great pools, hotel entertainment, (in high season), in-door swimming pool/jacuzzi/sauna etc and also of course the beach and many shops and restaurants that Cabanas has to offer.
I would definitely stay here again and recommend it.
It was hotel standard on cleanliness. It is truly a luxurious villa. Very quite where you hear the birds in the morning, yet just a stones throw away from the amenities of the hotel. We both really enjoyed our stay. Have booked again for next year.
Thanks again for the welcome and help.
Kate & John.
Parque Nature Reserve Ria Formosa - Golden Club Cabanas - Enjoy unspoiled country side, deserted beaches, superb golf courses.
Explore the charm of Cabanas - the former fishing village, offering bars and restaurants. The kilometre wide sandy beaches just off shore are within easy reach by small ferry boats. Even during high season you can find a spot just for yourself.
Amenities within the resort Golden Club comprise a sports centre offering squash, tennis, a gymnasium, a heated indoor pool with sauna and jacuzzi, and two large outdoor pools.
Tavira, the Venice of the Algarve, is just 8 km away, offering a wealth of history, culture and many excellent restaurants.
Faro, capital of the Algarve, is located 40 km west of Cabanas, Vila Real Sto. Antonio, boarder town to Spain at the river Guardiana, 30 km east.
Closes golf courses are Benamor 3 km, Quinta da Ria 4 km away.