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.
There are two villas, Casa Franca has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, Casa Francisca has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bedroom leads onto a spacious terrace with splendid views over the sea. Both houses have air-conditioning and kitchens are fully equipped, suitable to prepare delicious meals with fresh, local ingredients which you can already find in Cabanas or at the fish- and vegetable market in Tavira.
Enjoy the unspoiled Nature Reserve Ria Formosa by booking Casa Franca - your ideal holiday home. The house, right on 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 Golf, long walks, bird watching as well as the amenities within the Golden Club Resort such as a sports centre offering squash, tennis, a gymnasium, heated indoor pool with sauna and jacuzzi, and two large outdoor pools.
The house is modern with fully fitted kitchen and large open plan living room and dining area. The living room has huge windows and patio doors leading on to a patio and garden. There are table chairs and sun loungers for the patio. The house looks directly unto the Ria Fermosa which is a preserved area of natural beauty with many species of birds and wild flowers. There are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Two of the bedrooms have balconies. The balcony of one of the bedrooms have the most stunning view of the Ria Fermosa and the sea. There is lots of storage space.
The house was very clean and well kept.The double bed which we slept in was very comfortable. There are two leather couches in the sitting room and a TV. The house has air conditioning throughout. The house is located in the grounds of the Golden Club Hotel complex with access to 3 pools, one indoor with sauna,tennis courts ,children's club, gym bar restaurant and many other activities. The owner is very helpful and gave us a list of places to visit locally and recommended great local restaurants which we tried and found excellent. This house would suit families with children as it is spacious and has great facilities. It also suits people without children as the house is in a very quite location in the grounds of the hotel. My husband and I loved the quietness of the house and particularly sitting on the patio or the balcony reading and gazing at the view and having a glass of vino verde!! The hotel has loads of facilities and the village Cabannas is a lovely little fishing village very friendly and safe. I would highly recommend this house to anyone looking for high quality accommodation in a beautiful location.
Decided to stay an extra week after the grand children and my daughter went home. Moving into the other villa on Sunday. The views were spectacular and the kids had ball. They can't wait for next year. The village is very picturesque with lovely restaurants. Try ideal, jeronimos & Pedro's excellent food. Fabulous beaches complex has a boat to the beach.
The property was very luxurious and spotless.
Certainly will be back next year with the grand children.
Thanks Cristina for your help!
We had a lovely time at this villa and the area is fantastic. (Octber 2009)The views are directly over the sea nad the Ria da Formosa and the sunrises from the main bedroom are really something to write home about (Don't bother trying to photograph them as it doesn't do it justice). The villa itself is well equipped and comfortable. The focus is on living space and the kitchen is smaller but more than adequate to cook for a family every night. It does mean that you have a large lounge and dining area for some family time and you don't feel too crowded (We were a family of 5 with 3 teenagers). The third bedroom is a very small bunk room. It was adequate for my son on his own but I wouldn't put adults in there.
If I "had to" find fault I would say that we struggled to get the hot water to work consistently. We had to mess with it to get it to give us five consistent showers. We didn't complain though so no fault to the agents for not fixing it because we didn't ask them to.
If you love the out doors, want untroubled views of the sea and a quiet time, this villa is perfect (in October half term anyway). Before booking it I would just ask if they have serviced the boiler and the fly screens needed a little attention. I am really hard to please but found the location of this villa ideal for our needs.
Pontos fortes: higiene,casa ampla, boa tv, ar condicionado, proprietários simpáticos, vista muito bonita de um lado.
Pontos fracos: obras na rua da entrada, com muita poeira.um dos quartos é minúsculo, tendo apenas um beliche e não tem estór. o gás está em situação ilegal, segundo o técnico que interrompeu as nossas férias. a iluminação é fraca de noite para quem quiser ler.não ha casa de banho privativa no quarto de casal. caminho para apanhar o barco para ir para a praia cheira muito a urina. pode ter que esperar meia hora pelo barco, quando está muita gente e só um barco em funcionamento. Não nos deram factura, apesar de pedida.
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.
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Rates are for 1 to 6 persons. Shorter breaks cannot be arranged or only for the weekly price. In case you are staying e.g. 8 days, a daily rate gets added to the weekly rental price. Children's cots are available at 20 € first week, 12,50 € for any subsequent week. A breakage deposit of 100 € will be collected on arrival or may be paid prior arrival. The deposit will be refunded on departure assum