How to discover a stunning Villa with Salt Pool and Hot tub in Lagos

How to discover a stunning Villa with Salt  Pool and Hot tub in Lagos
Lagos in the Western Algarve is a renowned family holiday rental destination.   There is no doubt it ticks all the boxes.   Long sunny days, accessible long sandy beaches,  cool charming restaurants with extensive affordable menus.

In this article, we introduce one of our holiday rental Lagos villas.  The property and the owners have gone through our verification process.  You might even meet some interesting people during your visit.   The very famous David Jones author of  Fireman Sam lives in nearby  Praia da Luz.

Villa entrance
Entrance to Villa
The villa is situated in a residential Cul de Sac on the outskirts of Lagos.

Thousands of holidaymakers visit Lagos each year.  The resort is a beautiful historical walled town that offers a wide range of holiday opportunities for all ages. The holiday villa is a short drive from the stunning Meia Praia beach (about 0.5km), which has an excellent selection of restaurants and bars Lagos Marina and several golf courses – including Palmares, Boa Vista, Penina.

The owners offer hassle-free arrangements for holiday guests. Just relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the area and enjoy the break.

Some of the features are:

Private 10 x 5m salt-water swimming pool.
Garden terrace and sun terrace with large seating area.
Hot tub – 6 seater.
WiFi access and UK satellite TV.
Bed linen and towels are included.
A weekly cleaning service is included. Additional cleaning services may be provided at an extra charge.
Basic welcome packs are included.
Children’s High chair, cot, playpen can be provided (subject to availability) at no extra charge.
The property is securely gated and alarmed.

Magnificent stairs
Glass-sided stairs

Upstairs:
1. Large family bathroom.

2. Balcony bedroom with double bed and wardrobes that benefits from the superb sunrise and morning sun.

3. King-size bedroom with ensuite shower-room, wardrobes, air-conditioning.

Downstairs:
1. Large bright modern entrance hall.

2. A clean, bright ground-floor studio apartment with en-suite bathroom, with large walk-in shower. The access to the apartment does not include any steps from the pavement outside the property. The studio incorporates a small kitchen. The studio offers a large terrace area to the front overlooking the garden, perfect to enjoy your morning coffee and croissant.

Lights in pool
Pool at night

Double Bed settee with memory foam topper.
Integrated small kitchen with hob, cooker, fridge/freezer.
Sofa.
Flat-screen TV with UK TV channels.
WiFi access.
Double doors lead either to the front garden terrace or to the rear swimming pool terrace.

3. The studio apartment can be locked off from the main house or opened.

4. Living room – comfortable sofas, large room with flat screen TV, UK satellite TV, DVD player.

5. Modern kitchen that is fully equipped – large fridge/freezer with water filter, electric hob, electric grill and oven, kettle, toaster, sandwich toaster. There is a dining table that seats 6 (plus high chair if required).

6. Utility room with washing machine and microwave. Iron & ironing board.

There are double doors from the kitchen that lead out to the rear pool area.

Accommodation
Maximum Sleeping Capacity
7
No. Of Bedrooms
3
Bedroom(s)
1. Balcony bedroom with double bed and wardrobes – benefits from the sunrise and the morning sun.
2. Main bedroom with ensuite shower-room, king-size bed, wardrobes, air-conditioning.
3. Downstairs bedroom, part of a studio apartment – can be separated from main house along with the downstairs bathroom. Sofa bed with memory foam mattress.A cot can be requested at no extra charge.
Bathroom(s)
1. Large family bathroom – bath, shower.
2. Ensuite bathroom to main bedroom – large walk in shower.
3. Downstairs bathroom with large walk in shower.
Kitchen(s)
Modern fully equipped kitchen.
Kitchen table with 6 chairs, high-chair can be requested (no charge).
Includes large fridge/freezer with water filter and ice-maker, electric hob, electric grill and oven, kettle, toaster, sandwich toaster.
Utility room contains a microwave and washing machine, ironing board and iron.
Other(s)

Bright entrance hall that leads to a large living room – comfortable sofas, flat screen LED TV, UK satellite TV, DVD player. Air conditioning.

Balcony, Barbeque, DVD Player, Garden, Jacuzzi / Hot Tub, Kettle, Laundry room, Living Room, Outdoor dining area, Swimming pool – private, Terrace / Patio, Toaster, Wardrobes

Cleaning/towels/linen/maid service

Welcome pack included at no extra charge.

We offer at least a weekly cleaning service included, with bed-linen and towel change. Additional cleaning services may be provided at an extra cost.

All towels and linen are included. Please bring your own beach towels.
Any special requests for extras such as wine/ champagne/ fruit & vegetable box (including organic)/ children’s pack etc. may be ordered at an extra charge.
Airport pickup/ car hire can be arranged on your behalf.

Notes On Accommodation
This Lagos villa is wonderfully located so that it is close to the Meia Praia beach, Lagos Marina and Lagos.  Holiday rentals in Lagos of this standard are hard to come by so its worth a look.   At www.goholidaylets.com we have many holiday apartments in Lagos all of a very high standard.

Ancient city of Porto home of the legendary Harry Porter

Ancient city of Porto home of the legendary  Harry Porter

Porto is an ancient coastal city sitting majestically at the mouth of the meandering Douro river, located in northwest Portugal. The Douro river valley with its rich fertile vine growing terraces, makes Porto world famous for it wine and port production. Porto is also popular for it’s splendid bridges traversing  the Douro river. The character of this great city resulted in it being chosen by author J K Rowling as home of the legendary Harry Porter.

Wonderful night view over the ancient city of Porto
Wonderful night view over the ancient city of Porto

Where to stay in Porto
Self-catering holiday apartments in Porto are easy to find and book using online travel agent like www.goholidaylets.com. In just a few clicks, you’ll have a comfortable home away from home. The holiday apartments in the area range from spectacularly refurbished properties to townhouses and studios in the areas suburbs. No matter what kind of holiday apartments you choose regardless of the amount you will find accommodation that best suits and your budget. If you book early you can get a discounted price other than booking when your travel dates are nearing.

When to visit
The best time to book a holiday to Porto is during the months of April to September when the sun is shinning and the temperatures are favourable. The off peak seasons months too are a great time to book holiday apartments in Porto since the temperatures are still favorable and there are deals on holiday apartments. No matter what time of the year you book your holiday apartment in Porto, your holiday home will be your home base during an unforgettable holiday in this vivacious Portuguese city.
Here are some of the things as a traveller you can visit while at your stay there.
Having a cup of coffee at the Majestic cafe. This café was founded several years ago and its situated in the heart of downtown Porto, this is a must on the list of things to do for all visitors. The café is a symbol of the city and you can pop in for morning pastries, lunches and dinners.

The Port Wine Lodge
The Port Wine Lodges or Cellars is situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, the place continues to be an important center for visitors because of the wine tastings and there are guided tours with multi lingual. Some of the wine tastings are free while others will charge a small entrance fee.

Porto s architectural heritage can be seen in it magnificent buildings
  Porto s architectural heritage can be seen in it magnificent buildings

Cruise tours
If you would like to have a spectacular view of the area is by taking a cruise sailing by the river, there are a number of cruises that are available from the bridges in Vila Nova de Gaia and eastwards of the port wine vineyards.
Enjoying the sunset from the beach

Porto has a good climate and is conducive for sunbathing, beach walks along the beautiful beaches. The beaches are perfect for enjoying the sunset and admiring the Atlantic Ocean while sipping a drink during the afternoons.
Enjoy a late night drink
The Galerias (as it commonly known) is situated in the centre of downtown Porto where there you can find load of open air bars, the area is the centre of night life in the city with different activities going on in the bars since most of them are open air. Most of our self-catering accommodation is located centrally.

Grapes from the Douro Valley play huge part in Porto commercial life.
     Grapes from the Douro Valley play huge part in Porto commercial life.

The Lello Bookshop
If you are a book lover, The Lello Bookshop is one of the most beautiful book shops in the world and makes another must see in Porto. The Bookshop was opened in the 1900’s and it has maintained it original carved ceiling, stained glass window and painted curved central staircase. In their you can find different genres of books and travel guides for those who want to learn more about the area, and while doing your book tour there is a coffee bar on the 1st floor. Feel free to list your holiday rental property with us www.goholidaylets.com for free.

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VISIT DOURO VALLEY IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL

VISIT DOURO VALLEY IN NORTHERN PORTUGAL

The Douro Valley is located in an area of Northern Portugal. At its centre the Douro river and the Valley consists of rich arable fertile wine growing land on its left and right river banks. We highly recommend you visit the area.The Douro river flows into the sea at Porto and its source is deep within Spain. Port wine production activities and the unique scenery sculpted by the Douro river and its tributaries are highlights not to be missed.

Douro Valley
 Douro Valley

As you follow the Douro upriver the water becomes clearer and the air fresher. The hills that surround the river banks are hand sculpted with terraces lined with grapevines that produce the famous Port Wine and the other table wines of the region.

If your reading local literature or websites like www.goholidaylets.com they use very passionate poetic language is used to describe the locality. Phraseology such as “canvas that changes with the seasons”. If you research this beautiful area you will agree with most of the flowery sentiment written by locals. This is a particularly beautiful part of the world. With the amount of lush vegetation season changes will give huge variety to the landscape.

Particular comment is made of the almond trees in blossom, white and violet blend with the green of the trees. In the autumn, the hills and valleys are covered in a carpet of copper and browns.

Douro Valley Train
    Douro Valley Train

The Douro has a number of tributaries that snake through this vast region. The river Sabor hurries through wild lands untouched by Human hands, the river Côa holds ancient treasures and the rivers Corgo Tua, Távora and Varosa encircle the heart of the wine-producing region. These are just a few examples of the Douro’s many tributaries that flow in harmony together.

The region is most famous for its wine growing and the side of the valley have been terraced to accommodate the cultivation of vines.

Douro is an internationally recognised wine-producing region. On a visit to the Portuguese Algarve on a self-catering holiday some years ago we were first introduced to Douro wine. A lady in a supermarket wine department recommended we try it and we had no regrets. In case some Algarvians are reading this article we have to say most Portuguese wine is worth a try. But Douro wine has unique characteristics and its colour, flavour and taste is excellent. The locals are clever, you can take part in the wine production process and participate in the grape harvest, which seems more like a celebration than work. This is definitely worth ago.

We will write a little about Porto maybe in a separate article but to explore the Douro you have to leave from the ancient city of Porto, where the river flows into the sea and where the Douro wines are produced on its hillside terraces, there are various ways to get to know this extraordinary landscape, listed as a World Heritage Site by road, by train, on a cruise boat and even from the sky. All will leave you breathless with the magnificent beauty of your surroundings. There various types of accommodation in Portugal, 5 star hotels, hostels and of course our preferred choice of self-catering accommodation. Both Porto and Lisbon has an array of self-catering holiday apartments within the area of both cities most will accommodate short stay.
Following a route between the viewpoints that offer the best vistas, you need to cross the river from north to south and back again. But along the way you can admire breathtaking landscapes over the river and visit vineyards, towns and villages until you reach Miranda do Douro, the point at which the river enters Portugal.

Start at Vila Nova de Gaia with a visit to the lodges where Port wine is aged. Take the opportunity to see the old rabelo boats on the river, the vessels that carried the wine from the quintas (which is a Portuguese farm) where it is produced to the mouth of river, before the various dams that made the river unnavigable were built. Before we go any further you might be interested in know a little more about the Rabelo boat is a traditional Portuguese cargo boat that for centuries was used to transport people and goods along the Douro River.

Native from the Douro region, it does not exist in any other place of the world. Its history is closely linked to the production and trade of port wine. Before the arrival of the railway, the rabelo was the fastest and the most efficient means of transport between the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced, and the city of Porto, where it was traded and exported world wide.

Porto Bridge
Porto Bridge

Although not in use anymore, still today the Douro River holds these vessels, belonging to port wine companies, in the cities of Porto and Gaia.
On the 24th of June each year, St. John’s Day, a race is held of Rabelo boats, an important and popular event of the festivities of Porto.

If you’re a fan of train travel, going alongside the Douro like in the early 20th century is an unmissable experience.

In this reencounter with the past, the stars are the steam and diesel carriages and engines which, travelling at 30 km/h, preserve the memory of a time when they provided the connection between towns and helped deliver the famous Port Wine.
You can follow the river on the Douro Line, between Régua and Tua. The Régua station was the most important in the region, and the Pinhão station is one of the most attractive in the country, with its tiled façades.

Porto
Porto

But you can also follow the Douro Line by regular train from Porto or combine a train and boat programme. You certainly have a number of options when deciding on away to explore this area.
South of Porto you will come across Fatima which is a huge place of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics. Further south you will arrive in Lisbon the spectacular capital of Portugal.
On www.goholidaylets.com you can see our Lisbon Collection.   We have a wide range of self-catering propertiesluxury rental villas  and serviced apartments in large town and cities.  Click on Advertise Here to list with us for FREE.

Holiday Rental in Historical Location – Algarve

Holiday Rental in Historical Location – Algarve

Get a sense of the anicent past of this welcoming holiday location.

The Algarve is known throughout the world for it beautiful sunny climate, long sandy beaches, and succulent lush green golf course. It is also known for its friendly welcoming local population together with its abundance of first class accommodation to suit all budgets.

GoHolidayLets home from home self-catering accommodation on the Algarve is second to none. Be it holiday apartments in Lagos, beautiful villas in Praia do Luz we have it for you comfort and enjoyment.

Lesser known about the Algarve is its historical significance to the rest of Portugal and Europe. If you have time it will be worthwhile to visit some of the site listed by us.

1. São Lourenço!! It’s a small village located near the town of ALMANCIL. Those of you regular visitors to the Algarve will recognize the town name of Almancil as its sign posted on the N 125 heading west from Faro. But before reaching Almancil it is worth stopping in to visit one of Algarve’s treasures, the Church of São Lourenço. Built in 1730 and miraculously unaffected by the Great Earthquake, its interior is an outstanding masterpiece of stunning tile panels, covering even the cupola.

2. ESTOI is 11 km (7 miles) from Faro, and the site of several Roman ruins dating from the first or second century AD. There are thermal baths, columns, mosaics depicting sea life, and a well-preserved villa dating from the 2nd century. Some other finds are now housed in Faro’s Archeological Museum. Overlooking the site are also the remains of a temple, which was later converted into a Christian basilica in the 3rd century, making it one of the world’s oldest churches.

3. Silves another area of huge historical significances. It can be reached by road or a pleasant cruise up the up the Arade River. SILVES is the former capital of Moorish Algarve that rivalled Granada in splendour and influence. Nowadays is a sleepy little place with an imposing castle standing above the surrounding orange and almond groves. Not much remains to alert the visitor to its influential past. In this area GoholidayLets home from home self catering accommodation on the Algarve is second to none. Just outside the castle is a 13th-century cathedral, largely Gothic and containing the tombs of the crusaders who helped conquer the town, and an archaeological museum, with a large Arab cistern.

4. Alte is a delightful village in inland Algarve, situated north of Albufeira on the N124. It is a typical, Algarve village of whitewashed houses with lattice work, handcrafted characteristic chimneys and narrow cobbled streets nestling in the foothills of the Serra do Caldeirão. The church is at the centre of the village small 16th century church. There are numerous little cafes in the surrounding area, to relax at and soak up the tranquility of the village. It is not too far from Silves, ALTE, one of the prettiest villages in Algarve. It has a timeless serenity.

5. MONCHIQUE to the north is another alternative to the beaches, the hills of MONCHIQUE, are rural, unspoiled area of outstanding beauty. In the town of Monchique there’s a parish church with a much-photographed Manueline portal, and in nearby CALDAS DE MONCHIQUE is a delightful spa complex, whose curative waters have been famous since the Roman Empire. In this area GoHolidayLets home from home self catering accommodation on the Algarve is second to none.