Desktop computer with high speed, WIFI, free phone calls anywhere! and 32" LCD TV in living room with over 50 English Speaking channels including BBC world News, 8 Movie Channels, CNN, CBS Reality, Disney Channel and Sky News. A/C units in all rooms. Fully equipped, luxurious apartment located in Alvor, a quaint fishing village in Western Algarve, close to Portimao. No detail has been forgotten when furnishing our 2nd home which bathes in sunshine throughout the day. Private 54sq.m terrace with beautiful panoramic views of the sea and Monchique mountains and overlooking the pool, or inside the 108sq.m apartment. There is a seasonal communal swimming pool with private poolside bar. You are a 15 minute walk from the unspoilt beaches of Praiha do Vau and of the town of Alvor. If you are a golfer, Alto Golf Course is only a 3 minute drive away. Many other golf courses within a short drive away. Changeover days are flexible - book when it suits you best! And, our most helpful property manager will meet with you the keys and show you around the apartment.
2 Bedroom, 2 bath apartment Alvor, Algarve, - Upscale, Well-Furnished. 5 Mins. From Alto Golf. 15 Minute Walk To Beach or Alvor
About Joyce Smalley
We live between Niagara Falls and Toronto on Lake Ontario in a small town called Stoney Creek. We have 4 wonderful children and 6 amazing grandchildren (all under 14 years old)! We are now both retired - I was formerly a Special Education Teacher and my husband, Mike, was in Retail Management. We have always kept ourselves busy with Property ownership and management also. My husband and I chose The Algarve as our 2nd home because people are helpful and kind, it is safe and the food and beaches are out of this world! We have made some wonderful friendships.
Joyce Smalley purchased this Apartment in 2002
Why Joyce Smalley chose Alvor
The Algarve has terrific weather year round and our apartment is just 15 mins walk to the fabulous beaches and village with amazing restaurants. You can drive up to Monchique Mountains for a leisurely Sunday lunch with the locals or walk to the Alvor and have fabulous fish or seafood in one of the many great restaurants. Alvor village also has many pubs and cafes! Most anything that you want is just a short walk away. You may wish to just soak up the sunshine by the pool or on our huge private terrace - BBQing one of the many fishes caught locally and have some fabulous Portuguese wine! Seville and Lisbon are only a 2 hour drive away.
What makes this Apartment unique
We have one of the most well-furnished, comfortable, apartments PLUS FREE use of desktop Computer with high speed internet, FREE long distance phone to Western Europe, Canada and the US, and WIFI. We also have a collection of over 200 popular books and 200+ DVD movies. . . anything to make your stay in our "home-away-from-home" more comfortable. When we go to visit, we really enjoy sitting on the terrace with views of the ocean and Monchique Mountains. There's sun all day but you can also sit under the umbrella, if you wish. One comment that we get time and time again -"we didn't expect your apartment to be this nice! We will definitely be back!" And. . . many families and couples have come back time and time again.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
We have visited the Alvor area many times and have now found this wonderful apartment. It is very spacious, extremely well equipped and has a gorgeous balcony. Os gave us a lovely welcome and explained everything fully. I recommend Alvor for the lovely beaches and restaurants and have no hesitation in also recommending this apartment. We had a lovely, relaxing stay in good autumn weather. We had a car as we love venturing into the countryside, but you are able to walk to the beaches, shops and restaurants.
Thank you for your kind words. We are very proud of our “home away from home” and hope you will come back soon.
Fantastic apartment, very good value for money.
Amazing apartment, everything you could possibly need. Even pool and beach towels. Very spacious, clean and well set out. Huge balcony with sun loungers and table and chairs, full sun all day. BBQ was an added bonus, great butchers in the town centre.
Great commutation with Joyce (the owner)
Pleasant 15-20 min walk to the beach and town center. Something to suit every taste, amazing tapas, fish and steak. Found some great little deli's on the back streets with amazing wine at good prices. 90 cents for a pint of beer at the back of the big supermarket.
Unfortunately we couldn't use the pool as had been closed down for end of season cleaning.
We were looking for a comfortable and relaxing holiday and the apartment was everything we could ask for. Walking in we were amazed at how big it was - it took the two of us a while to get our bearings! The balcony is about 6 or 7 metres long and gets the sun all day - no need to go to the pool or beach if you don’t want to.The apartment itself has a welcoming,homely feel to it and is equipped with everything you might need. We had a great holiday here, the apartment exceeded our expectations!
Thanks very much for all the positive remarks. We are very happy that you experienced our home away from home.
Alvor is Great for family holiday. Nice apartment. Location not great for family with young children
Apartment was excellently equipped and comfortable.Excellent internet WiFi and cable tv. Pool great for our 2 year old however Loungers etc could do with a bit of a refresh. Beach a bit of a trek well over 20 mins downhill walk to beach. Balcony is lovely but not suitable for young children. The apartment is more suited to a family with older children. We really enjoyed our stay in Alvor and will definitely return.
From start to finish-brilliant! Booking process and communication with Joyce was great. Os that met us promptly on arrival was super, told us every last detail about the apt. The apt was home from home, absolutely everything you could possibly need to make an absolutely perfect stay in Alvor. Air con so important to us and working perfectly. Balcony was a dream with sunbeds, table and chairs and a gas BBQ on the smaller balcony. Views to the mountains were unrestricted and beautiful. There is a poolside bar which is so reasonably priced: 1 euro 50 for beer, wine, soft drink and they do reasonablyy priced snacks too. A walk to Alvor via the hospital short cut was 20 mins. A very pleasant walk, slightly uphill on the way back but if fit no problem at all. Alvor beach is miles and miles of golden sand with a boardwalk behind-stunning! We found the best way to the beach was to walk to Alvor roundabout then take the left past Al Dente (fabulous Italian) then right. You must take a walk at some point far left to the rocks Here there is a majestic rock formation of a few outcrops and caves that you can swim through and there is a cafe set in the face of the rocks. Nightlife is a small area with plenty of quality restaurants (not over priced) and then a good handful of bars (many Irish) . We recommend Shenanigans (tell Allison we sent you) and if you have teenagers there is a pool table at the back of Stars Bar and the staff were really friendly. A traditional village that comes to life of an evening. Definitely take a bus or taxi to Lagos, a lovely town with a great old and new town to discover and a fab small beach. If you want to visit a beautiful area of Portugal and stay at a tremendous apartment with a great location, a top view and a truly homely touch then you need to visit this apartment. Go go go!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We appreciate it very much and are very proud to share our apartment and the quaint village of Alvor.
Kind regards. Joyce
Well laid out apartment with fabulous balcony!
We arrived on a grey morning at the apartment but the weather didn’t dampen our spirits as when entering the apartment we were welcomed by a good layout for our party of 4 adults and one 6 month old baby.
The 2 bedrooms were of a good size and both had ensuite / separate bathrooms. The beds were comfortable although ours was a little soft for us but it didn’t cause any issues. The open plan aspect of the kitchen and lounge gave the apartment a good flow and was a great social space.
The highlight of the apartment was the balcony. It had the sun throughout most of the day so was great for sunbathing and offered good views over the surrounding area.
The Swimming pool was small but ideal for our 6 month old. It was not heated but great for a dip on a hot day.
The apartment location was good, a 25 minute walk into Alvor but near a few good restaurants including Big Reddz which offered amazing ribs and steaks.
The Chicken Tavern where we enjoyed salmon, piri piri chicken and steak, it was all very well cooked and was a reasonable price for what we ate.
We also visited the Por do Sol restaurant where we sat outside which was nice. The food was good but we felt that the starters were better than the main courses. The staff were very friendly.
We spent our other evenings eating in the apartment using the bbq on a couple of occasions.
Minor issues we had included the hammock which unfortunately broke during the first few days and meant we couldn’t use it the rest of our holiday.
The stove broke twice meaning we had to call Oz (property manager) who was incredibly helpful.
One word of warning about the surrounding area is that the Portuguese love their dogs and the dogs love to bark to one another at all hours of the day.
All in all we enjoyed our stay.
Thank you very much for your thorough response. We apologize about the stove not working for a short period of time. We always try to maintain our apartment in perfect condition but we could not predict the problem with the stove. It had been serviced in March, 2018 and it was in perfect order at that time. I am pleased that Os, our property manager, was able to correct the problem prior to the scheduled appointment of the repairman.
We hope that you will consider staying at our "home away from home" again.
Joyce and Mike
15 minute walk to the beautiful Alvor beach or 10 minute walk to centre of Alvor. Beaches are beautiful with fine sand, caves and quiet beach restaurants/pubs. Many, many seafood restaurants and pubs/bars. Many great restaurants only 3-5 minute walk away!
Approximately a 45 minute drive from Faro airport and 2.5 hour drive from Lisbon airport.
For freedom and flexibility car hire is a tremendous benefit. If you would like to hire a car you will need a full driver's licence held for over a year and you must be at least 21 years of age. The best way to hire a car is at either airport. Car parking is available in front of the apartments.
Seville, Spain and Lisbon are only a 2 hour drive.
The quaint fishing village of Alvor is located between 2 large towns: Portimao and Lagos. The village has many bars with live music and different types of restaurants and pubs. Many restaurants are within a 5/10 minute walk. Shops of all sorts can be found throughout. Water sports are available on the beach e.g. sail boats, windsurfing and waterbikes.