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Luxury Well Located Ground Floor Apartment With Communal Pools. Sleeps up to 5.



Updated: 02-Sep-2016
Apartment in Vale de Parra, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful Location, Overlooking Landscaped Gardens And Olive Trees But Only 10 Metres From Pools

Encosta de Sao Jose is a development located in Vale de Parra, in the Galé area of Albufeira. This ground floor spacious apartment is very well located on the complex and has been furnished to a very high standard. It has a south-west facing patio (with table, chairs, parasol and your own BBQ) which looks out onto a grassed area accessed through sliding doors from both the lounge and master bedroom. The gated complex incorporates communal swimming pools, sun loungers, landscaped gardens, children's playground, shared BBQ area and a gym area for 2012. The many local beaches are some of the best in the Algarve (Salgados, Galé, Sao Rafael and Evaristo). Vale de Parra and Guia have a good choice of very affordable restaurants which are family-oriented. There is also a shopping and leisure Mall at Guia. Salgados Golf course is within walking distance from the apartment. Vale de Parra is in the heart of the Central Algarve and everything it has to offer is easily reached.

We accept payment in GBP, Euros and CAD.

Rental licence No. 6070

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I jointly own these lovely apartments with my business partner David. We also run a renowned Project and Programme management company but like to escape from the hectic life whenever we can with our families. We have put a lot of thought and effort into making these apartments as comfortable for our guests as at all possible. Holidays (long weekends or for longer periods) are always special to us and with this in mind we were keen to make the apartment a 'home from home in the sunshine' for people (whatever the season) who rent from us. We hope you agree!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"The only complaint was that a week was too short!" John

"We had a great holiday in Vale de Parra. The apartment had everything we needed and the complex is very good". Simon

"Just a quick note to say a huge 'Thank you' for letting your apartment. It was the best holiday. The apartment was ideally situated and the complex excellent. We all had a great time and the weather was fab. The management company were really helpful and gave us lots of info about the area. We would definitely recommend your apartment to our friends and hope to visit it again sometime. So thank you once again". Jo and Nigel
Feb 2008
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect place for a relaxing family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Just spent an excellent 10 days in the apartment. It was well equipped with all you need for a self catering holiday. The room was just a few metres from the pool area and also located away from the road so no noise could be heard. Perfectly secure with roller shutters on the windows and code entry into the complex. Nice pool and although sometimes there were no beds available it had a nice grass area around the pool to relax on.

Never stayed in Vale De Parra before but loved it, some very nice restaurants all within 5 mins walk (Prima Pasta, Shaan Palace & Sao Domingos to name a few) couple of bars (Cabanitas, Arcadia) and a supermarket which stacked everything you need.

From VDP it took less than 30mins to walk to the beach, 20 mins to Salgados golf and cost approx 10euros in a taxi to get to either Albufeira old town or the other way to Armacao de Pera.

Outside the complex there's also a bus stop which can get you around and also a 24hr ATM machine if needed.

Return private transfer cost 54 euros to the apartment with Funny Orange transfers who were also very good.

We were met by Terry as arranged on our arrival to show us around and also on leaving, all went smoothly, thanks for our stay in you apartment Sue and having spent many a holidays in Albufeira we will definitely be returning here on our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Apartment very clean with excellent facilities. So close to pool in complex and 2 minutes walk to supermarket. Restaurants close by. Beach about 25 minute walk. We had a very enjoyable stay and would return

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

The Vale da Parra area of Albufeira is 'low-rise' and not heavily built up and there are no skyscrapers. Beautiful beaches are on hand along with restaurants, bars and essential shops. If we feel inclined to experience a more lively day/evening then Albufeira is an inexpensive bus ride or 10 minute taxi ride to the east. The 'Slide and Splash' complex is available at Galè and Zoo Marine is even nearer in the same direction. Our initial enthusiasm for buying the apartment in this location have been bourne out by comments from our guests e.g "You have a wonderful apartment well located on the resort. We could not have had a better holiday and we will certainly return again". John & Tricia

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 39 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cabinitas at 0.1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 0.5 Kilometres Car: not necessary


The beautiful and extensive sandy beach at Galé is close to the Encosta resort - a short service bus ride (or 20 mins walk) away. There are also beaches at São Rafael, Salgados and Evaristo close by. A narrow picturesque coastal path leads along the cliffs from Galé to Albufeira for any keen ramblers/cyclists. Bikes can be hired locally.


Faro Airport is 45km from the Encosta São José complex in the Vale de Parra Region of Albufeira and takes 30 mins by car on the motorway. Car hire is recommended but not essential as there is ample taxi availability and the bus stop is very near to the complex taking you to the centre of the old town of Albufeira. There is also a bus service between Albufeira and Faro, with a connection to the airport.


Salgados Golf Course, 2 km. Albufeira Old Town, 4km and the Albufeira Marina, 3km. Slide and splash 12mins drive or collected by coach, Zoo marine 15 mins. Albufeira shopping Mall at Guia is 7 mins drive.

Further Details:

Airport pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged at cost, upon request. Alternatively I can recommend web sites so you can arrange airport transport yourselves at a very much reduced price.Various welcome packs can also be arranged and will be placed in the apartment for your arrival. A meet and greet facility is in place and they will give you the keys to the apartment and show you around. They can answer any questions you may have and also provide a 24-hour emergency service. Should you have a larger party of family or friends it is possible for us to arrange rental of other apartments for you within the complex. A cot and highchair can be arranged in the apartment at an extra cost. There is secure underground parking on the complex and a reserved space for the apartment. A comprehensive information fact file has been prepared of local amenities, restaurants, trips and useful telephone numbers and this will be made available to all guests. We also have a larger luxury maisonette (sleeps up to 6), overlooking the waterfront and adjacent to the Ria Formosa beach at Cabanas, available for rental - ideal for those wanting a two-centre holiday. Owners Direct property reference P4935. We would be pleased to provide further details on request. No pets please. This is a non-smoking apartment. Further information on our apartment and our website address can be supplied on request.

GBP, Euros and CAD accepted for payments.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
25% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. Balance required 6 weeks prior to arrival. Breakage deposit of £150/150€ is payable 7 days prior to arrival and is refundable within 7 days of departure. Payment can be made in GBP, Euros, CAD, Paypal (GBP only) via bank transfer to our UK, Portuguese, French or Canadian accounts, or by GBP or Euro cheque. Email and telephone enquires welcome. To receive a selection of photos of the beautiful sandy Gale beach include the request in the enquiry.
Where the rate defines the price as 'from' that is the actual price and 'from' should not be displayed.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day. Departure by 10.00am on day of departure and no arrival before 3.00pm on day of arrival. These times may be flexible in low-season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per 7 night period (a week) in UK pounds and Euros. Additional days (or less) will be charged on a pro rata basis. Payment can be accepted in GBP, Euros or CAD directly into our UK, Portuguese, French or Canadian bank accounts. Discounts are available for longer lettings in low season. Bookings can be taken for a minimum of 3 night stays. The weekly rates in the columns are the actual rates and not 'from' rates as shown. The price includes all bed linen and apartment towels but not beach towels. It also includes cleaning after your departure.

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From the Owner

The location of both the complex and our apartment are ideal. We have the benefit of fantastic golden sandy beaches close by with rocks to ramble on if we choose coupled with a wonderful location on the complex. Everything is near to hand on the complex and we are far from any noise and busy roads which may disturb ourselves or more importantly our all important guests! We have ensured that the apartment is usable all year with air conditioning for the summer months and oil filled wall radiators for the cooler times. There are some good (and inexpensive) restaurants and bars close by. The Algarve Shopping centre is a short drive away with an impressive array of shops, a cinema, food court and bowling. It is open until 23:00!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • resort
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1: en suite to master bedroom has shower over bath, vanity unit with light above and shaver point, toilet and bidet. Bathroom 2: accessed from the hallway and comprises of shower cubicle, toilet and wash basin with mirror and light above.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom: double bed, built-in wardrobes/drawers, hotel-style safe, air con, patio doors to private terrace. Bedroom 2: 2 single beds, built-in wardrobes/drawers and air-con. A quality folding bed provides comfortable additional sleeping capacity.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment is suitable for guests of all ages. The air conditioning system also provides heating but oil filled wall radiators have been fitted in the lounge and both bedrooms. This makes the property ideal for renting any time of the year. A smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm are both installed and regularly tested. Outside: The apartment looks out onto pretty landscaped gardens to the front and rear. There is easy access through both the lounge and master bedroom patio doors to the private terrace of the apartment and open area with olive trees. The complex is well placed for all the local shops, restaurants, bars (including Sky), internet café and an ATM cash machine. The ATM machine is under one of the complex apartments and the internet café is no more than 150 metres away. There is a communal BBQ area with a toilet and washing up facilities (BBQ tools are provided in the apartment). We have also supplied a BBQ on our patio for sole use by our guests. Outdoor furniture is also available. At the front of the apartment there is a grassed area where guests can sit in the sunshine to get the morning sun. The afternoon sun is on the patio and grass immediately in front of it. The pool area has the benefit of the sunshine all day somewhere! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Equipped with all linen and bathroom towels which are changed regularly, however your own beach/poolside towels will be required. The washing machine in the apartment is available for laundering the linen yourself if required.

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