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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.

Villa Description
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 - 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).


Tranquillity, relaxation, unspoilt countryside, an enchanting town and sensational beaches are all to be found in and around the villa.


Property type: Villa

Room details


4 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 4: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private: Dimensions 10m x 5m, Depth 1.2m to 2m,
Outside lighting
Private garden


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Mountain Biking
Scuba Diving
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Night Club

Prices and availability

Last updated 15.03.2015

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
13th April 2015 to 31st December 2015 6

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st September to 30th November 364 Days 10%
1st December to 31st December 364 Days 10%
1st January to 31st March 364 Days 10%
1st April to 30th June 364 Days 10%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 14 Days 20%
1st January to 31st December 28 Days 15%
1st January to 31st December 42 Days 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st September to 31st December 15 Days 8%
1st September to 31st December 11 Days 5%
1st September to 31st December 8 Days 3%
1st January to 30th June 22 Days 10%
1st January to 30th June 15 Days 8%
1st January to 30th June 11 Days 5%
1st January to 30th June 8 Days 3%
1st September to 31st December 29 Days 13%
1st September to 31st December 22 Days 10%
1st January to 30th June 29 Days 13%


This property does not have any extras set


This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

  • Nearest beach: 5km
  • Nearest bar: 2km
  • Nearest restaurant: 2km
  • Nearest supermarket: 2km
  • Seville Airport: 170km
  • Lisbon Airport: 300km
  • Tavira: 2km


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20 out of 20 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 03 August 2013 with 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.
Stayed Saturday 08 October 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.
Stayed Saturday 17 September 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.
Stayed Saturday 23 October 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.
Stayed Monday 24 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.
Stayed Sunday 17 May 2009
My girlfriend and I have just returned from a week’s holiday here and loved it. A very short drive to Tavira with its shops, bars and restaurants, and beautifully set in a quiet location amongst orange groves. The villa itself was excellent – very spacious, private pool, and very well equipped. We would definitely recommend to anyone.
Stayed Saturday 21 June 2008
This was the utmost in a relaxing holiday area, no clubs, bars or noisy neighbours. This is our idea of a perfect holiday location, near the town with plenty of shops to cater for our needs and of course the traditional holiday presents. The weather was fantastic during the whole of our stay (21st June to 3rd July 2008). The villa was excellently maintained and the large pool was great for the kids (and us) and the large patio area. I would highly recomend this villa for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing hoilday with your family, no funfairs, gaming machines to tempt them. Easy to find and near the motorway to visit waterparks or just go for a drive and see where the road takes you.
Stayed Monday 24 March 2008
The patio area is superb and gets the sun from sunrise to sunset. The pool was an excellent size and the children were in there all day. We loved the market on the edge of Tavira which sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. We went there every morning to get freshly caught Tuna and produce for the barbeque. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back to the villa.
Stayed Sunday 23 September 2007
The booking process was quick and easy and the confirmation email from the owner Charles arrived within 24 hours. The downloadable information pack had all of the necessary info regarding directions and the villa itself; and also served as a comprehensive guide to the local area. The villa was clean and tidy and had everything you could need for a week away. We arrived late on the sunday night and found a welcome pack of essentials (bread, butter, bottle of wine etc.) which was a nice touch, especially as the supermarkets had shut. The villa is in a very quiet location at the end of a small lane and is a 10 minute drive from the center of Tavira. Whilst the property could be brought up to date with respect to decor and furnishings, we found everything to be in working order and comfortable and would certainly rent the proprerty again or recommend it. The villa manager, Richard, lives next door and proved to be very helpful with restaurant recommendations and directions! The maid came and serviced the villa every couple of days and the pool was cleaned whilst we were there. To finish, we had a very enjoyable and relaxing stay. Thank-you!
Stayed Monday 02 July 2007
This villa is in an excellent location with a really big pool area and a good size pool. The villa is quite rustic and basic but we really enjoyed that aspect. It is quite a big villa and there was more than enough space for us as a family of five. The upstairs shower will not accomodate a giant but apart from that everything was really first class. It was a really peacefull break (there is a farm across the way but the animal noises were quite funny and not a nuisance at all). It was a short car ride to the town and to the supermarkets and there are great places to eat all around. Plus good base for Markets especially one in Loule. Finally a mention for the two cats that visited us during our stay. Really freindly loveable cats and we all wanted to take them home. All in all well recommended holday.
Stayed Saturday 22 May 2004
I would just like to say a BIG thank you for the hire of your Villa. It was lovely. We all really enjoyed the stay. I hope we left the place in decent order for you.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the villa - it fully met, indeed exceeded, all our expectations as set by the information on the website. Ex pat Brits who maintain the place - Ian and his wife - gave us excellent local low down about Tavira on our arrival and the villa and pool provided an excellent base for our two families throughout the hols.
We had a wonderful stay at the Villa Alecrim. It has everything you could want. A brilliant outdoor space and swimming pool. The bathroom could do with updating but this was not important to us. The living room and kitchen were lovely. The bedrooms were spacious. We will definitely recommend to our friends and revisit the villa again. Tavira is very nice and unspoilt, we would recommend this area for a visit over the rest of the Algarve.
We had a very restful time- quiet surroundings, lovely big pool area, well-equipped villa. You must have a car, though.
Had a fantastic holiday in this Villa and already checking the prices to revisit next year. Idyllic position. Just felt at peace with the world as soon as we arrived. Received great help and advice from Charles the owner and felt we were very well informed about all aspects of the Villa and surrounding towns. The bathrooms certainly need updating and felt the some off the patio furniture has seen better days but this did not detract from the super week we spent there. Thankyou Charles hope to visit again in 2012
Lovely villa with pool, everything that we needed was provided. Very quiet area, but within easy reach of civilisation.
Everything was excellent from booking the villa, directions to the villa and finally leaving the villa. Would certainley recommend your web site and the villa we booked. We would like to thank you for making the whole experience of booking our accommodation an easy process. The accommodation was just has the write up stated and more.
Property could do with a bit of updating however it is still a lovely place to stay, nicely secluded with plenty of room. A car is a must even just to get to do food shop etc as we found the taxis turned up when they felt like it or even sometimes not at all. We had a lovely holiday at this villa, quiet & relaxing
the villa was fantastic. we thoroughly enjoyed and we will definitely go back again. the wether was also fantastic for the time of year (we went in october).
We have had a very enjoyable stay and would have no hesitation in returning. Whilst the property is internally quite basic & probably getting near to requiring a total re furb it is well equipped and certainly nothing I would complain about. The pool & patio area are large and ideal for parties!! with loads of sun loungers, chairs and parrasols. The location was as we expected ie quite rural but within short driving distance to all amenities. Unlike other reviewers we did find the animal noises disturbing - it wasn't the cockeral/hens but the dogs who began barking at first light. Maria, the cleaner, is lovely and although she didn't speak English we managed to comunicate to each other. There is a local shack a short walk away where all the locals go to drink and play cards (a small provisions shop is in one of the rooms), this is quite an eye opener and probably not to be recommended to the faint hearted but we loved it and found it hard to spend money there it was so cheap. All in all good value for money
3 other reviews
Charles, 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, Southampton.
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.


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