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Beautiful cottage right next to the sea. Peaceful location, Ria Formosa Reserve

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Fisherman's Cottage Nr. Tavira, Eastern Algarve - In Beautiful Fishing Hamlet, on Ria Formosa

Casa Fabrica is a two bedroom fisherman's cottage situated in the stunning village of Fabrica on the Eastern Algarve. The cottage is on the bank of the Ria Formosa, one of the last remaining protected areas in the Algarve and a World Heritage site. Yet it is only half an hours drive from Faro airport. Fabrica is a small hamlet that is still home to many working fishermen. It is unspoiled and offers a welcome change from the more built up areas of the Western Algarve. It is home to the restaurant O Costa which is known throughout Portugal for its seafood. Fabrica is located one kilometre from Cacela Velha and its picturesque church on the cliff top. It is adjacent to the Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima golf courses and 5 minutes drive from the Benamor Golf Course. The house has been refurbished and has a new bathroom and kitchen. An additional feature is the roof top terrace with pergola, huge BBQ, sink and fridge.

Roger Down
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Roger Down

I am English and my wife is Portugese. We have owned and let out the property for many years and my father in law manages it for us.

Roger Down purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Roger Down chose Fábrica

We bought this property for the stunning view, its direct access to the beach and because it is in such a quiet and unspoilt village.

Guestbook comments from the owner

After travelling throughout the south of Portugal, I must say that the appointment we rented from you, was probably the best of all. Spacious, open, great design, superb roof. We spent a week in Ria Formosa, a great place of silence, dominated by the tides. Nice restaurant as well. It's a diamond in a golden country. Thanks.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fábrica in Vila Nova de Cacela

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower, wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds. There are two travel cots which will both fit in bedroom one.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: There are two travel cots and two high chairs. Please let us know if you will be using these. Outside: Patio to front of property. With outdoor furniture and barbecue. Stunning views directly over the Ria to the sea. The roof terrace is accessible by outdoor steps. It is a huge terrace with views over the Ria. There is a large brick built BBQ, a sink, a pergola, a fridge and outdoor furniture. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Changed at end of stay when house is cleaned.


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Beautiful cottage right next to the sea. Peaceful location, Ria Formosa Reserve
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 14 reviews

Pretty cottage in a pretty place

  • 4 of 5

We liked the Fabrica cottage because of it's position on the beach. It is good for birds and wildlife and is a peaceful, undeveloped beach. There is a good restaurant very close and a snack bar but it is all very relaxed.

The cottage has a lovely roof terrace with barbecue and loungers which we did use and enjoy.There are most things that you need but some things such as crockery, kitchen utensils ( no working coffee maker) and some of the living room furniture could do with an up date. Bedrooms were nice and fresh and the beds were comfortable. The shower works well but could do with a good clean. Overall we enjoyed our stay here and I can recommend "The Long View" by Elizabeth Howard which was on the bookshelf and i could not put down!

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A breath of fresh air!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a weekend getaway where we could relax away from the typical crowds of the Algarve. We found our little hidden gem! This place has a magical feel of time standing still. The quaint cottage has every modern convenience, and, even more importantly, it has character and charm well beyond any high rise hotel. The rooftop is amazing, and the restaurant across the street was one of the best we've tried in Portugal for fresh fish.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and lovely area

  • 5 of 5

Simple accommodation but charming and we enjoyed the big bathroom.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house on the perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

The house is cosy and the view from the terrace is overwhelming. Its location is perfect, right in front of a fantastic beach. There is no better place to relax and enjoy nature in all its glory. Thanks so much for this blissful week, we'll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location. Pleasant, simple house.

  • 4 of 5

I stayed here out of season so my expectations and impressions may not be typical. I wanted tranquillity and apart from a few barking dogs, that's exactly what I got. Fabrica is a wonderful place for peace and quiet - out of season. The house is charming but simple.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Fisherman's cottage in Fabrica.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is fully equipped and comes highly recommended for single persons , couples or small families. It is very well maintained and ideal for self-catering. The owner provided excellent customer service.

The location is idyllic and looks out over the Ria Formosa, a haven for wildlife and in particular resident and migrating birds.

If you are looking for a peaceful holiday away from the busier parts of the Algarve look no further.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
O Costa
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Car: necessary


The house is on the banks of the Ria Formosa which is a lagoon between the mainland and the Manta Rota peninsula and Cabanas islands. The beach is literally across the road. There are miles of open expanses of sandy beaches that are suitable for children. Even at the busiest times you have only to walk a few minutes to relative seclusion. At low tide you can wade to the beach or you can take a boat from the village. You can drive 5 minutes to Manta Rota and access the beach by foot.


Faro airport is a approximately half an hour's drive away. Lisbon is two and a half hour's drive and Cadiz, Seville and Jerez airports in Spain are all accessible. Hiring a car is advisable to get you to and from the airport and also bear in mind that the village has no shops (just a restaurant and daily mobile shops for basic provisions).

Further Details:

The village is a traditional fishing village. There are mobile shops that visit daily selling fish. However if you miss these then you will need to drive to the nearest supermarket (5 minutes). There is also an excellent restaurant in the village that is known thoughout Portugal for its seafood.

There are many restaurants/bars etc at Tavira, Manta Rota, Vila Nova de Cacela, Conceição and Cabanas - all 5/10 minutes drive away. The nearest food shopping is also in these towns.

You are actually in the Ria Formosa Natural Park which is very popular with birdwatchers.

Tavira (10 minutes) is worth visiting. It was described in The Independent as 'by far the most attractive town in the Algarve'.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.