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Attractive, South-Facing Apartment With Sea View And Communal Pool



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Apartment in Sesmarias, Sao Rafael, Albufeira, Algarve - 10/15 Minute Walk To Beautiful Coves And Sandy Beaches

Our lovely 2nd floor apartment is on small complex amongst private villas 2km west of Albufeira Old Town next to open countryside with fabulous coastal views. The beautiful beaches of Arrifes/ Sao Rafael are only a 10/15 minute walk away. There are restaurants and a mini-market within 5/10 minutes walk. Our apartment is very comfortable and has all the home comforts. The twin bedroom which also has a small sitting area is on a mezzanine level above the living area. The living area is spacious and airy. The lounge/diner and main bedroom have heaters and there is a log-burning stove which can be used during the winter months. Patio doors lead onto the sunny south facing balcony which overlooks the pool and restaurant and has a lovely sea view. The swimming pool has free sunbeds/mattresses and the tennis court is available at a small charge, payable locally. We have tennis racquets and a selection of beach equipment/parasol/beach chairs.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live in England with our 2 children. We both work, but spend most of our holidays in Portugal and have really fallen in love with the country.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'Lovely, comfortable apartment - ideal for long winter stays. Had fantastic weather in February. Loved our breakfasts on the balcony. Will be returning next year' - retired couple, Lancaster.

"Fantastic holiday - weather was great, apartment really comfortable. Will come back again!" - Anita & John
Jan 2007
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based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Couldn't ask for more !

  • 5 of 5

High quality furnishings. Fantastic taxi transfer. Amazing pool / sea view. Lovely beaches within walking distance. Great cooking falsities. Balcony space with table and chairs to enjoy dinner on whist looking over the pool and sea view. A real Home from home which you can tell the owner takes pride in. Will definitely be coming back and would 100% recommend this apartment to any family of 4, couple(s) and/or group of friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb apartment in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at this apartment twice and had a perfect holiday on both occasions. The apartment is spacious, modern and perfectly positioned between the old town and the strip. The apartment is also located close to the beach and the view from the balcony is amazing, ocean views! We love this apartment and are already planning our next visit. John & Dominique.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Apartment in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This is a modern well equipped apartment in a lovely resort of Sao Rafael. The nearest beach was a 10 min walk away and various other beaches nearby. We used the pool and snack bar at the apartment with plenty of sun beds. Less than 5 min walk to the nearest bar, supermarket and restaurants.

Casa vela was a home from home with fully equipped kitchen comfy sofa and British TV channels.

We had a pleasant Walks to the Old town of Albufiera and the marina daytime and at night.

We spent 11 nights in Casa vela, had a wonderful time and will be booking again in 2016.

I would like to thank Michelle for arranging airport transfers, useful information,prompt responses and a lovely apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Marie for your kind review. I'm glad that you had a great holiday and found everything as expected. It was a pleasure to be able to assist you with other aspects of your holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back to Casa Vela next year. Kind Regards, Mike & Michelle
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Case Vela ❤️❤️❤️

  • 5 of 5

Still smiling since we returned from a great 10 nights spent in this fabulous apartment of Michelle & Mikes! 😀

We enquired quite late about the availability of this property, and received a very prompt reply. At every stage of our booking Michelle was extremely attentive and informative about the apartment and the area. Assisting with taxi transfers, and even a checking in issue with our airline! Above and beyond what would normally be expected! Nothing seemed too much trouble for her.

As we arrived late at night the complex was quiet and so we settled down for the night, ready to explore the area the following morning.

As we pulled the shutters the following morning we were extremly happy with the fantastic view! A pool and sea view and not a cloud in the sky!!

The apartment was immaculate, and anything we may have needed was provided. We felt effort had been made in each room to give it a comfortable and homely feel! A real home from home 😀

The pool area was clean, with plenty of beds, and bar staff were very attentive and friendly.

Our favourite beach was Arrifes, with it's beach side restaurant Sardinhia, offering fabulous fresh fish dishes cold beers and wifi! It could be reached by foot following a hillside path offering spectacular views of the coast.

We had a restful 10 days in a resort that was relatively quiet yet within walking distance of the hustle and bustle of Albuferia old town and the marina!

We have been back less than a week and are already talking about going back next year!

Id strongly recommend Mike and Michelle's apartment at Casa Vela in a heartbeat to anyone!

Congratulations on getting it right! 😀

Rachel , Nigel & Dillon x

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Holiday

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the beautiful Sao Rafael in this beautiful, modern & very clean apartment. A perfect location for our family, with spotless pool facilities, friendly restaurant/bar & tennis courts. The accommodation was very well equipped with everything we needed, from fresh bed linen to towels etc & our lovely welcome pack with water/bread etc. Mike & Michelle were easy to deal with & friendly

We wanted something near the Old Town that would be quiet enough for our family, we were pleasantly surprised to find the small beautiful beaches & landscape that surrounded us & yet we were within walking distance to the Marina & then the vibrant Old Town. The shops were just a short walk or else a little further to the supermarkets. We will defo be going back again & highly recommend this apartment. We had a lovely time staying here as did our boys

Thanks again Mike & Michelle,

Francesca, Ian & boys

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review Francesca. We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay and found our apartment clean and comfortable.We are pleased that you like the area as much as we do and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kindest Regards, Mike & Michelle
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Praia da Falésia
Albufeira Old Town
Fisherman's Beach

From the Owner

After years of travelling looking for our favourite place to buy an apartment we finally fell in love with Albufeira. It has everything we want, an endless number of fantastic coves and beaches, a choice of lively or quieter nightlife, a wide range of attractions nearby, the beautiful Old Town with its cobbled streets and very importantly, a designer shopping complex nearby for our two teenage daughters!

Activity and Interests


2 beautiful beaches are within 10/15 mins easy walking distance. Each has a restaurant/beach bar open in the evening.

Sao Rafael begins a series of beaches and sandy coves stretching towards Gale beach with plenty of watersports.

The Old Town has 2 large beaches reached from the main street through a tunnel in the cliffs or take the new lift! Fishermen's Beach promenade has many restaurants.

The nearby coastline boasts countless stunning beaches, all of which are accessible by car.


Faro airport is 35 mins by car.

Car rental/returns are very convenient at the airport.

Transfer is straightforward with connections via the IP1 (A22). Driving is very easy along the whole of the Algarve coastline. Road networks are excellent.

Taxi transfers can be arranged.

The local bus service stops close to the apartment - also the zoomarine bus.

A car is not essential but recommended if you wish to explore all the stunning beaches within 20 mins drive either side of Albufeira.


Albufeira Old Town with cobbled streets, main square, restaurants, bars, boutiques & beautiful beaches 2km -5 min by car/taxi. 

New Marina-20min walk

Gale beach/watersports 10 mins by car.

Beautiful Salgados beach/golf- 10 mins

Guia - Algarve designer shopping/bowling 5km.

Zoomarine-Guia 8km : Bus pick-point 5 min walk from apartment.

Open top tour bus stop -5 min walk

Aqualand, Slide & Splash & Krazyworld less than 40 mins.

Maps, leaflets and guide books are available in the apartment.

Further Details:

The apartment is situated in the upmarket residential area of Sesmarias to the west of Albufeira Old town, just a short drive through the new Marina.

There is a mini-market which sells a variety of English products and papers and a bakery within 5 mins walking distance.

City bar alongside the mini-market has pool tables, big screen TVs and internet access.

Hotel Maritur restaurant - 5 mins walk

There is also a Chinese restaurant/take-away.

Other bars and restaurants nearby within walking distance.

There is a supermarket & cafe/bar alongside the Management office in Albufeira. You can park easily there and walk into town along the promenade and to the beaches.

You can also park in the Marina and walk into town, stopping off at the viewpoint or cafe. 

Albufeira has a lot to offer for all ages. The old town has character and a good selection of lively bars and restaurants lining the square and adjoining streets. Enjoy a meal along the marbled promenade overlooking Fishermen's Beach.

For a livelier night out take a taxi or the land train (in Summer) to "The Strip", a street packed with shops, bars and restaurants.

A car is not essential but recommended to enjoy all that Albufeira has to offer.

A great day out is at Zoomarine at Guia. There is plenty to do in a day. There are dolphin shows, sea lions, parrot shows, funfair, swimming pool with new slide etc. There is also the opportunity to swim with dolphins. A wonderful experience for everyone! We would certainly recommend it! The zoomarine bus pick up point is within 5/10 mins walk.

Taxis are reasonably priced and easily available. Cards/phone numbers are in the apartment.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 8
23 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season 2017
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable booking deposit of 20% is required to secure your booking. A low deposit may be available for advance bookings - please ask.
The balance should be paid 8 weeks prior to departure.
Payments may be made in Euros directly to our agency in Portugal.

Prices based on 4 sharing.  The fifth bed is a sofa bed in the twin bedroom, suitable for children/teenagers.

We can offer special prices for longer bookings. Please contact us for prices.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days can be flexible to help you to obtain the best flight deals. Short breaks/extra days accepted depending on availability. The apartment is available from 12 /1pm & vacated by 10.00am but this can be flexible out of season. Please ask.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week based upon up to 4 sharing.
Gas, electricity,linen & one set of towels per person/week included.
Use of pool/sunbeds & matresses.
Two electric fans available at no extra charge.
Complimentary welcome food pack.
5th person £30 - extra.

Special prices for long winter lets.
Payment may also be made in Euros (at current exchange rate) directly to the management office in Albufeira.

A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required at time of booking.

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From the Owner

The apartment is in a peaceful area alongside villas but only 5 mins drive from Albufeira. We never tire of the views across the hillside. We have a sea view and there is a lovely coastal footpath just outside the complex that leads to a series of fabulous beaches. The airport is only 35-40 minutes away and driving and car-hire is easy and convenient. We can leave England in the early morning and be in the pool or on the beach by mid-day! We have a local agent who can help with individual requirements. e.g. baby-equipment, golf, excursions, car-hire/transfers etc.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome

Location Type

  • beach
  • resort


  • marina

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Fully tiled bathroom with bath/shower, bidet, WC, vanity unit, shaver point.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is spacious with a Kingsize bed, mirrored fitted wardrobes and plenty of hangers!, chest of drawers & heater. Bedroom 2 open plan staircase to mezzanine level with twin beds, chest of drawers, hanging space, additional sitting area with sofabed.


  • Golf ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: An open tread staircase leads from the living room to the twin bedroom on a mezzanine level. Please be aware that there is no safety gate for younger children. We can provide a cot and highchair at a small charge. There is a panel radiator in the lounge/diner and master bedroom. The log burning stove may be used in the Winter months. Fans are available at no extra charge. Smoking is not accepted in the property. Outside: The sunny, south-facing balcony overlooks the tennis court and Casa Vela's swimming pool and restaurant. There is a patio table and 4 chairs. Seat pads and a sun umbrella are provided and a drying rack with plenty of pegs! The swimming pool and sunbathing area are in excellent condition and kept spotlessly clean throughout the year. Sunbeds and matressess are provided, free of charge. The restaurant is open during high season and meals, snacks and drinks are good value. The tennis court is available until early evening. A local charge will apply. The pool and restaurant area has a good atmosphere during the summer season but is never too crowded! Parking is available outside the apartment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned before/after each rental. 1 set of towels/linen are included per week.Maid service is provided in the middle of a 2 week booking. Additional maid service/laundry is available at extra charge. Please bring your own beach towels.

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