Tranquillity, relaxation, unspoilt countryside, an enchanting town and sensational beaches are all to be found in and around the villa.
Set in a quiet location, amidst acres of orange groves near the Gilao River and Natural waterfalls at Monihos da Rocha. The villa is situated 3 km north from the centre of Tavira, one of the Algarves loveliest towns, which although popular, has retained its ancient architecture and tree shaded squares. The villa is ideal for a family or golfing group seeking a relaxing holiday. From a tranquil base, there is much to enjoy. Cultural strolls around Tavira, or ferry boat trips to fantastic beaches on offshore islands. Leisurely drives through the countryside or jaunt across the border to savour the Splendour in Seville.
A trip to the main town of Tavira, a historic tuna fishing port, is a must. Tavira is one of the Algarves oldest and most beautiful towns. Its a quirky gem with a hilltop castle, 39 surviving churches and chapels, jumbly houses, towers, medieval battlements and famous roman bridge. Elegant cafes spill out onto streets lined with feathery pepper tress and its restaurants serve the best seafood on the coast. There are plenty of cosy restaurants to relax and enjoy the wonderful selection of fresh seafood accompanied by the famous Portuguese wines.
The villa has marbles tiles throughout the ground floor. The lounge/diner is comfortably furnished with a sofa, 2 armchairs, dining table and chairs, an open fireplace, Satellite TV and VCR and has access onto the patio. There is a super private swimming pool to refresh sun-scorched bodies, and to the side of the patio there is a built-in barbecue ideal for those group evening meals with grilled sardines washed down with local wine. There are two ground floor bedrooms, a twin plus a double. These share a full bathroom. Upstairs, there are two twin bedrooms and a bathroom. All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The Kitchen is equipped with a gas oven with 4 rings, fridge-freezer, microwave and washing machine.
Features & Brochure / Information Pack
- Detached villa with private swimming pool and parking.
- Villa, swimming pool, patio, barbecue area, garden and parking area are situated in a 900 metre squared private enclosure (30 metres by 30 metres).
- 4 bedrooms: 1 double bedroom and 3 twin bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes.
- Lounge with digital satellite (freesat), 32” flat-screen LCD TV, DVD player and CD / radio stereo.
- Kitchen with full sized electric oven, gas hob with 4 rings, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, ironing board and iron.
- 2 eating / dining areas: table & chairs in kitchen and dining table & chairs at the side of the lounge.
- 1 bathroom downstairs, 1 shower room with toilet and wash-basin upstairs (bathroom towels and hair dryer provided).
- Private swimming pool: 10 metres by 5 metres (Shallow End: 1m 20cm, Deep End: 2m). The swimming pool light is set on a timer to come on automatically in the evening.
- Large tiled patio area with tables, chairs, sun-beds and sun-umbrellas.
- Built in barbecue.
- External lights covering patio and barbeque area.
- Maid service and pool cleaning service.
- 2 ½ miles from centre of Tavira, one of the Algarve’s most beautiful towns.
- 3 ½ miles from fabulous stretch of sandy beach of Tavira Island (Ilha de Tavira), one of the most beautiful and extensive of the sandspit beaches in the Algarve that can be accessed by a short and enjoyable ferry ride, or by a toy train from the neighbouring holiday village of Pedras d’el Rei.
- 3 Golf courses nearby: Benamor (3 miles from villa), Quinta da Ria (8 miles from villa) and Quinta de Cima (8 miles from villa).
- 25 miles from Faro Airport.
- Restaurants: variety of local restaurants and some international restaurants in Tavira, with excellent and well renowned fish restaurants in nearby Santa Luzia.
- Shops: some antique, ceramic and gift shops and a several boutiques in Tavira.
- Nightlife: the Docas Bars, Bubibar and Ubi Discotheque are popular nightspots, and there are several bars beside the river and throughout Tavira town.
- Public Transport: Some 15 trains and at least 8 express buses run daily between Faro and Tavira (30 to 50 minutes).
A 60 page brochure is also available at gostay.eu - the brochure is available in PDF or HTML format. The brochure / information pack covers everything you need to know about the villa and the beautiful town of Tavira.
6 Guest Occupancy Policy
We have a maximum occupancy policy of 6 guests (no exceptions).
Although we have been to Tavira before we found the property was in a more convenient place to explore the local area,close to Tavira and many lovely beaches. Barril with its little train to access the amazing long beach is great,its not far by car to most beaches and an easy drive to Villa Real and the border with Spain. We did spend time trying to find the waterfalls at Monihos da Rocha only to find that access is not possible,as there was a fire a couple of years ago and it burnt down the bridge to the falls.
The Villa is away from the main road in a small avenue of houses it is very quite and peaceful,the pool and garden were nice and we spent quite a bit of time relaxing by the pool.
Inside the the Villa it has a good size kitchen,bathroom,lounge and bedrooms,which were all clean and kept in very good condition.Owing to a short illness while we were there,we could not get out every evening therefore it was great having a television with British programmes.
We had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend Vila Alecrim to our family and friends,hopefully we will return soon.
Andrew from Frome
Stayed Aug 2013 - Family
We have just returned from a fabulous fortnight at Villa Alecrim, the villa is absolutely lovely, much nicer than the photographs which need to be updat ed as the bathroom and lounge are much nicer now than in the pics. There was plenty of space for all of us and the grounds are lovely and big and the pool is brilliant, a lot bigger than most private pools. The kitchen is very well equipped as is the whole place. We were met at the villa on our arrival (which was early but this wasnt a problem, we offloaded our luggage and went into town for a while) by Ian and Jan who were both lovely, showed us around and gave us some very helpful tips for our stay.
Tavira is a beautiful town and very unspoilt by tourism which was perfect for us.
I would say that a car is essential as the info says a 25 minute walk into town - this may apply to Usain Bolt but for us it would of been about an hour and probably not a nice route to walk either!! We had a car so this wasnt a problem anyway and parking was very easy in town and in the evenings we got a taxi which was around €6 each way. I would definitely recommend this villa to anyone it was totally idyllic and much as I like to go to different places every year for our holidays, we are seriously considering going back next year.
lisa from halesowen
Stayed Oct 2011
i would definitely recommend this villa for a family holiday as it was brilliant value for money and a clean and spacious villa. the children loved the pool and it is in a safe location away from main roads. saying that i would recommend a hire car is needed if you want to explore the area and go into tavira but if you want to just laze by the pool it is ideal. tavira is a lovely town and the kids enjoyed watching the fish in the river on the roman bridge and enjoyed the castle too. the beaches are gorgeous and to get to them needs a boat or a train ride which adds to the fun. the contacts were very helpful, ian gave us some great directions and advice on supermarkets (lidl and aldi nearby!) and richard was very helpful when we had no electric!! we had a great time thanks very much.
Conor from London
Stayed Sep 2011
Had a wonderful time with my family and friends at this villa, would definitely recommend it to others, location is great, peaceful and quiet, only 30minutes to faro airport, which was useful as I had to do a few runs to the airport. The larger area is wonderful with plenty to see and do, hills/villages/walks/cycling/horse-riding/beaches/jeep&boat-tours. The town of Tavira is splendid for restaurants and decents bars also, town market is a must visit, go early in the day and stock up on fish for the bbq. Also villa manager Ian and his wife will let you know everything you need to know about the area, of where to go and what to do and see.Villa is more spacious than it seems in the photos and the plants and trees around the villa add so much character.
Derek from Winsford
Stayed Oct 2010
The property was in an excellent position, safe and comfortable with everything you could want for an enjoyable stay. Ideal for families or a couple who want to have a base for touring around the many local sites, or staying in and around the Villa just relaxing.
The neighbour was very helpful and the maid and pool guy were friendly. Tavira is a lovely place to look around and short drives way are several shopping centres and places to visit.
Harvie from Windermere
Stayed May 2010
This is a great base for a holiday for family and friends alike. The Villa accommodation is very good, well equipped and a great location - very peaceful and quiet but with excellent transport links close by. A welcome pack of food essentials & drinks is provided by the Villa Owner, and we found this very welcome indeed on the day of arrival. Pool is a good size and the kids especially loved it.
The Villa has had a few updat es for this year with refurbed kitchen with pretty much all the equipment you need to make for a relaxed holiday. Bedrooms and lounge have also had a freshen up. Just needs the main bathroom updating to complete the set - although it is clean and perfectly functional.
Communication with the Villa owner and information provided by him is also excellent, which proved very useful during the course of the holiday.
Overall very good value and a good place to spend your holiday.
Just book it! Youll have a great time.
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Just like to thank you for putting a continuous smile on our faces. You will never know how happy you made us feel with the rental of your villa. My wife, children, grandchildren and I thank you wholeheartedly from our hearts.
The villa is well equipped and situated not too far all the amenities. I did apologise to Richard and his family if we made a bit too much noise but he said we werent any bother.
So once again I thank you.
Satty and family,
Well, what can I say about Tavira and the Vila Alecrim? There’s only one word – superb!
My family and I have been there on several occasions now, and undoubtedly will continue going back. The villa is always clean, more-than-presentable and well maintained by the manager, Ian, under the watchful eye of Charles, the owner.
Vila Alecrim, in comparison with other villas in Tavira, is competitively-priced, and the impression that I’ve been left with is that rather than it being just another holiday home in which the owner’s profit is the overriding factor, Charles gives a great deal of consideration to its upkeep and presentation. This means that although Vila Alecrim might lack one or two mod-cons, it is homely and bears Charles’ personal touch.
The principal attraction of the villa, especially for those with kids, must be the swimming pool. My son and his pals, not forgetting me too, love to splash around in it all day, and its size is more than adequate for a good 7-8 people to occupy it at the same time without being crushed in likes sardines such has been my experience of other ‘luxury’ villas’ pools in the Tavira area, which in reality have been nothing more than glorified paddling pools. Having emerged from the pool, it’s then time to crack open a few beers, fire up the barbeque and enjoy the evening on Vila Alecrim’s capacious patio. Whilst the adults enjoy a night’s carousing, the kids can entertain themselves watching the TV which has many of the usual UK freeview channels.
The villa is self-catering, and although Charles kindly provides a welcome pack of life’s essentials for guests, it seems that an amount of beer which reflects my consumption is not deemed necessary. Fear not! Within five minutes’ drive is both a Lidl and Aldi supermarket, where all necessities can be found, including ample supplies of the local brew, Super Bock. On my last trip, I remarked that Lidl has started to sell even “British bacon”, but be warned that they place drinking and distilled water next to each other, so make sure you get the right one. The bottles with a picture of a car battery on ain’t for drinking!
The town of Tavira is a few minutes’ drive from Vila Alecrim. Parking is ample, or taxis are easily arranged. The town provides so much to do and to suit all interests. Personally, I’m not hot on beaches (forgive the pun), but Tavira has that if you want. I’m more content to stroll around the town, popping in to one-bar-or-the-other, and then choosing where to eat, for which one is spoiled for choice. On other days, we’ve taken the hire car and gone to investigate either Spain, which is not far away, or other Portuguese towns between Tavira in Spain. All-in-all, neither I nor my family has regretted going to either Tavira or, especially, Vila Alecrim.
Needless to say, we’re already booked up to go again next year, and thanks to Charles for making the villa so warm, inviting and such a home-from-home.
Ralph from Liverpool.
This Villa is in a quite and very peaceful position, nice people next door with lots of useful tips of were to go to eat and places of intrest, the inside of the villa was basic but overall very enjoyable and relaxing holiday hope to return one day.