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Superior Apt On Waterfront, Amazing South Facing Sea Views, Adjacent To Beach



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Beautiful Waterfront Apartment in Cabanas de Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Quiet Location, Close to Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and Several Golf Courses Nearby

Aldeia Formosa is a development adjacent to the sandy beach, a fort, the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and close to 5 golf courses. The apartment is light and spacious and has been furnished to a superior standard. It is on the first and second floors of a 3 storey block, accessed through a locked and gated courtyard with entry phone. The pedestrian exit from the car park also brings you into the gated courtyard. There are south facing balconies on each floor with impressive sea views. Sandy beaches are only 2 minutes walk away and numerous affordable restaurants and coffee bars line the waterfront. Benamor golf course is less than 2km away and several other courses are within easy reach. Cabanas is a fishing village catering for a wide variety of outdoor interests - tennis, padel, lawn bowls, fishing, cycling, bird watching, walking, kite surfing and water sports. Fishing boats can be hired. The train station to Faro (in the west) or Vila Real (in the east) is a 12 minute walk away.

We accept payment in GBP, Euros and CAD.

License Number: AL59/2010

Wifi available via rental of Internet Dongle (paid locally) and pay-as-you-go service.

Cot, highchair rental at 15€ per week.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • 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

Last Monday, 15 October we returned from a 3 night stay at your wonderful apartment in Cabanas.We are taking this opportunity to say a BIG thank you for such a fantastic place to stay and explore the surrounding area. The apt. was very comfortable with all modern appliances available and central and so convenient for the waterfront, bars and restaurants. We did not want to leave and we will definitely be back-so much more to see and cannot wait to stay in your comfortable apartment again.

Many many thanks,Ginny & Richard

The apartment was lovely-very attractive and extremely comfortable. If we go to Cabanas again we will definitely be in touch. Vera was very helpful and approachable. Best wishes and take care, Margaret and Neil

Thanks, we have had a wonderful time. We have done this type of holiday many times and think that your apartment was one of the best we have stayed in. We love Cabannas and the locality of the apartment was perfect. Graham and Sandy.

We will be back
Mar 2008
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5

A very spacious, well equipped,secure apartement just two minutes from the boardwalk. Could recommend it strongly and would return. Thank you Sue and our thanks to your rep in Cabanas who waited for us to arrive some two hours late.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Apartment and Location

  • 5 of 5

Sue's apartment is first class and the location excellent. I enjoyed sitting on both balconies and can say that I was not overlooked in the two weeks that I was there. The apartment is very clean and well equipped and I would not hesitate in recommending this apartment and hope to return again. Lots of lovely cafes and restaurants along the front and side streets and can thoroughly recommend Dona Ines and also O'Eschalo for a night cap on the way home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic location and holidays, great apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is fantastic. The best location possible, clean, with all necessary equipments...

highly recommended...

hope to come back next year... to the same place... :-)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you and so pleased you enjoyed your stay.
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Very Comfortable and Peaceful Apt

  • 4 of 5

This is a very comfortable property in a quiet peaceful setting,every requirement possible is catered for , I am a current affairs addict and found the English channels a big bonus ... my reason for 4 stars is because every time I walked on to the balcony I envied my Neighbour's as they had an Awning which kept the sun away , It would be a great bonus to have the option of keeping the sun away as it does get extremely hot in July ... The Apt does not have a frontal Sea View it has a side view between 2 apt blocks and you are looking directly at the back of an apt block from the sitting room balcony, the balcony itself is very narrow. Its adequate if you don’t mind being overlooked by the other guests.

My real issues were with the whole resort , It is a huge family resort so be prepared for plenty screaming children in the restaurants ! that brings me nicely to just that subject THE RESTAURANTS .. 75% of the restaurants here belong to the headless chicken brigade and while food is inexpensive there is no organisation in the staff .. everybody does everything and yet nobody seems to be doing anything with the result that i saw several people leave or end up arguing with staff over service , you cannot book a table after 8pm..it wont be taken..now the local spar shop . This is another fine example of how not to treat customers I found staff to be unfriendly ,particularly the female staff , if there is a LOCAL having a conversation with them you will wait...every time i entered the shop packaging and boxes of goods for stocking shelves were littered everywhere and it was a real challenge to negotiate the aisles without colliding with other shoppers or falling over boxes ..Taxis ..they have to be called and you could wait up to 30 mins , the bus is a 20 min walk away .. there are 2 chemists but NO pharmacy that can dispense drugs,the nearest pharmacy is 1 km away ..A day at the beach here will set you back considerably as the ferry for 2 is 3 euro on arrival the sunbeds start at 20 e for front line and 17 e for the furthest back these prices are for 2 persons ..Front line beds went up to 22 e on Aug 1st and yet if you go to Tavira Island it is like a separate country, All the restaurants are properly and efficiently run, really friendly staff and the beach is Extraordinary(One of the best we have ever been on in Europe) and Sunbeds range from 12 e for 2 with shade down to 5 e for 1, the water taxi over is 2 e from Tavira , We would be very slow to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you found our property comfortable and very well equipped (and that you "enjoyed your holiday" – according to your email to us afterwards). This is entirely consistent with all previous guests’ favourable reviews – indeed several of our guests regularly return. The apartment has two balconies, one on each level. The upper balcony is considerably larger, has an arbour, and there is a very large parasol more than adequate for anyone seeking shade. This upper area is not overlooked by other guests. The comments about Cabanas and its restaurants are surprising and do not reflect the views of any other guests or others we know who frequently visit. Cabanas is by no measure a “..huge family resort” though during school holiday periods there will always be more children around (European and Scottish schoolchildren are on holiday much earlier than those in the rest of the UK). Without specific restaurants being named it is impossible to comment. Our restaurant experience and that of all of our guests over the years has been almost entirely positive. Only one restaurant has ever been singled out as falling short of acceptable standards of service.
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Well appointed apartment in pretty seaside village

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Cabanas de Tavira. The apartment was spacious, clean and very comfortable. The ensuite bathrooms and extra facilities downstairs were real luxury and it was great to have UK TV - an unexpected bonus. Cabanas is a really lovely village with a laid back atmosphere, great choice of restaurants, a Spar which stays open until 11.30pm and friendly, helpful locals. The beach over the boardwalk is simply glorious. We explored most of the coast between Faro and Spain. Cabanas is definitely the best place to be. We'll be back.

Kate and Chris

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Kate and Chris. It was a pleasure to help you with your holiday and we hope to see again if you choose to return to our apartment. Regards, Sue
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Totally gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Cabanas & the first time we have used Owners Direct. I can safely say the choice of apartment was perfect - clean, well appointed, good location & great support & information from the owner Sue before we went. Cabanas has a charm all of it's own, quaint, unspoilt & relaxing! We loved it & will return!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This area of the Algarve was highly recommended on the Channel 4 program 'A Place in the Sun' by Amanda Lamb as being beautiful and unspoilt. It is a truly gorgeous part of Portugal. We chose this apartment (with compass in hand) to get the best of the sunshine all day and because of the stunning views of the lagoon and Cabanas Island from both the lower and especially the upper terrace. The long golden sandy beaches are a sight to behold. We recognised that the apartment was ideal for families, golfers and people who are not tied to school holidays. There is something for everyone!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 38 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 200 Metres Nearest Golf : Benamor at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Conceicao at 800 Metres Nearest Motorway : A22 at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 150 Metres Car: not necessary


The sandy beach is adjacent to the apartment complex. A 2 minute boat/ferry ride across the Ria Formosa lagoon gives access to other beautiful sandy beaches, a bar, toilets and first aid post on Cabanas Island. Additional photos are available on request. There is also a kite surfing school in Cabanas and sea fishing from the new pontoon and marina. Several other beaches a few kms away are - Altura, Manta Rota, Praia Verde and Monte Gordo to the east and Barril to the west. Ideal beach for kites.


Faro airport is about 35 minutes drive from Cabanas on the motorway. Car hire is not essential as everything you may require is available within easy reach of the apartment complex. Bus and train services to and from Faro and Tavira pass through Conceicao which is within easy walking distance of the apartment. There are taxis, car hire, deep sea fishing, lawn bowls, tennis and cycle hire facilities readily available in Cabanas. Water taxis are available linking towns/villages along the coast.


To the west: Tavira 6km. Olhao 33km.Faro 40km. To the east: Vila Real de Santo Antonio 20km. Spanish border 24km. Seville 180km.

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.

Within 5 minutes walking distance of the apartment there is a fresh produce market, bakery, a small local supermarket and a variety of individual shops/boutiques, restaurants, post office and banks with ATMs. For larger groups of friends and families we can provide details of other apartments to rent within the complex. We have also provided a comprehensive information folder in the apartment which includes details on various trips to be enjoyed and restaurants etc. For those wanting a 2-centre holiday we have a smaller very well equipped ground floor apartment (sleeps up to 5) 4kms west of Albufeira, Owners Direct property code P4871. This complex has 2 pools on site. Further information, photographs and our own apartment website address can be supplied on request. The nearest internet is 1 minute walk from the apartment. Details on request.

The restaurants (a short stroll away) are all family run and offer both fish and meat. A typical plate of good food is less than 10€ and is substantial. A bottle of wine starts at about 5€ upwards with a Reserve wine at about 10€.

The apartment has a satellite with all the principle BBC and ITV programs. There is also Portuguese cable TV with euros sports, CNN/Fox news, films in English with Portuguese sub-titles, cartoons etc. There are 34 cable channels.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low to Mid season
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid season
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Pre-high season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A 25% non-refundable deposit is payable on booking, balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival date. Payment can be made in either GBP, Euros or CAD via bank transfer to our UK, Portuguese, Canadian accounts, or by GBP/Euro cheque. £150/150€ damage/breakage deposit is payable 7 days before arrival and refundable within 7 days of departure (subject to there being no damage/breakages). Our agent meet you, handover the keys and show you around the apartment. A 24-hour service is provided by them.

Changeover Day:
Arrival time 15:00hrs (negotiable in low season). Departure time 10:00hrs (negotiable in low season) Flexible changeover day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds and Euros.
Additional days (or less days) 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. Reduced rates for longer lettings in low-season. Bookings can be taken for a minimum of 5 nights in all seasons. We try to be as flexible as possible please ask, we are here to help as much as we can.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We have worked hard to make the apartment suitable for rental all year around. There is air-conditioning for the summer and oil-filled wall radiators for the cooler evenings. The apartment is 200 metres from restaurants, the waterfront, cafes and bars. There is something for everyone in Cabanas. We have ensured that the apartment is so well equipped that guests can either prepare a feast to eat in or take the small stroll to the local restaurants and come back 'home' for a digestif and/or coffee! We are proud to say we have guests who book with us again year after year and like us they don't want to leave at the end of their stay. One set of guests summed up their experience saying "Wow"!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
  • waterfront


  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 1: en suite to master bedroom has a shower over a spa bath, vanity unit, shaver point, toilet, bidet. Bathroom 2: en suite to 2nd bedroom, shower, wash basin, toilet. Bathroom 3: located on the 1st floor has a shower, wash basin, toilet, bidet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (2 En-suite Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: king-sized bed, built in wardrobes/drawers, safe, en suite bathroom, air conditioning, french doors to the generous terrace. Bedroom 2: 2 single beds, built-in wardrobes/drawers, en suite shower room, air-conditioning, doors to the terrace.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The air-conditioning in both the bedrooms and living room also acts as heating when required. There are also oil filled wall radiators in the lounge, hallway and both bedrooms making the apartment suitable for year round letting. Cots and/or high chairs can be provided for an additional charge. A smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm are both installed and regularly tested. The apartment is in a locked and gated courtyard which makes it secure for children. All the bars along the waterfront show SKY sports. Outside: Outdoor furniture on both balconies. A BBQ, loungers, table, chairs and parasol are available on the terraces. Both terraces enjoy splendid and amazing south facing views over the lagoon to Cabanas Island. There is a reserved underground car parking space for the apartment in the secure garage. Utility Room: Utility area with Bosch washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Equipped with Egyptian cotton bedlinen and bathroom towels. Your own beach towels are required or can be purchased locally. Linen is provided weekly. Additional changes can be arranged but this will incur a cost. The washing machine is of course available.

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