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Two beautiful 1 bedroom apartments, with blue flag beaches, stunning sea views - Belas Vistas 1, on small resort with 3 pools, gardens & tennis court



Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Apartment in Areias de Porches, Alporchinhos, Nr Armacao de Pera, Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful Resort, Great Central Location, 5 Minute Walk To 2 Beautiful Beaches, Everything You Need

Our two 'one bedroom' apartments are very light and spacious, beautifully furnished, having everything you could need to make your holiday comfortable and enjoyable. No Owners Direct service fees are applicable. Check out belasvistas.com. We provide all the essentials making you feel likes it's home, suitable for single travellers, couples or families of 3 or 4. As we have 2 apartments, ideal for going away with other family members or friends. We personally manage the properties so the standards are exceptionally high. We will personally meet you at the apartment on your arrival to show you everything you'll need to kick start your holiday and answer all your questions about the apartment and facilities, the resort and local area, places to visit, good places to eat as well as great places to visit, good local wines and different local foods to try.

Both apartments are located on the first floor, tastefully furnished with solid wood furniture designed with local interior designer. See separate descriptions of each apartment:

Unit 1 Belas Vistas 1 - (A/L 5803) is facing east and west with south facing aspects on both sides, in a prime position overlooking the ocean and open countryside. The front terrace with great sea views which has all day sun where you can watch the sun set in the evenings whilst having a pre dinner drink. There are also 2 balconies (lounge and bedroom), these are east facing so as well as the morning and early afternoon sun, provides a shaded spot later in the day. The lounge balcony has a sea view and views to the neighbouring villas and apartments and provide a quiet spot away from the pool.

Unit 2 Belas Vistas II (A/L 9474) - New in 2015. Facing west with south facing aspects on both sides, in a prime position overlooking the pool with views to the ocean and open countryside. The front terrace offers views to the south with a great sea view with morning sun to enjoy your breakfast. The 2 balconies on the lounge and bedroom are west facing so a great sunny spot and fantastic sunsets. Sunshade provided.

Both apartments are ideal for short stay however, also great for longer stay holidays with everything you could possibly need, reduced prices offered for bookings over 30 days during between November and March.

Ideally situated very close to the beach of Praia de Senhora da Rocha, close to the Portuguese town of Armacao de Pera, central for many attractions, waterparks and many great beaches.

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Details for holiday apartment Belas Vistas 1, on small resort with 3 pools, gardens & tennis court, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Luxury Apartment With Stunning Sea And County Views, 3 Shared Pools And Tennis Court

Peaceful Resort, Great Central Location, 5 Minute Walk To 2 Beautiful Beaches, Everything You Need

Sleeps 2/4 (1 Bedroom)

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We had been coming to the Algarve for our holidays and fell in love with it and like many people we dreamed of owning a property here. We decided to see if we could make it happen and applied to the TV programme ‘A Place in the Sun’, before filming started we stumbled upon Areias de Porches and fell in love with the apartment and area instantly. Two years later we took another large step and moved to Portugal permanently. We now live only 10 minutes away and personally manage the apartment ensuring it’s spotlessly clean and maintained to the highest standard. The best part is welcoming guests and seeing your reaction when you arrive and then hearing how much you've enjoyed your holiday and enjoyed staying in our apartment.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fabulous holiday, I cannot fault your holiday home or the way you run it. Everything ran smoothly from the internet booking query to my correspondence with you, payment, booking the extras, the refund of deposit. I can only thank you for such an efficient service. Your added personal touches made the holiday totally hassle free. The snowy white fluffy bath towels were fabulous as was the quality of the sheets & pillow cases, no horrible rough 'pilly' sheets. Having beach towels & bath robes was a huge bonus, the welcome pack & toiletries were a thoughtful personal touch. The apartment was beautiful, spacious, very clean, well equipped, in a great location. We’ve had a really lovely holiday. The apartment is beautifully done out made it feel home from home as you’ve equipped it with everything we could possibly need. I have filled in an 'excellent' rated trip advisor review & have already recommended you to friend who will be trying to book. Shiona
Mar 2011
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17 Reviews

based on 17 holidaymaker reviews


Amazing apartment and location

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was beautiful, spacious and immaculate. The location was ideal, close to the beach, restaurants and supermarket.

There is nothing to fault at all and we would highly recommend both the apartment and location.

Thank you to Stella and Jon for making us feel welcome and being so helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Little Gem

  • 5 of 5

I'm quite a fussy person and did a lot of research before I found this little gem of an apartment. It's beautifully clean and there are lots of little extras. There's absolutely everything you could possibly need in the kitchen.

We did plenty of walking around the area and particularly liked the walk into Armacao de Pera (30 minutes) - which we did twice a day - at lunchtime to have a beer and in the evening for dinner. So, as well as it being a relaxing holiday, we felt that we got plenty of exercise too.

We liked the fact that we could get several English TV channels - call me boring - but I liked to watch Emmerdale before going out in the evening! Loved it !

We came, we saw, we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Immaculate apartment with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is beautiful, spotless and exceptionally well equipped. Stella and Jon were very helpful from start to finish and arranged our transfers. They are very kind and thoughtful leaving snacks, wine and beer in the fridge- very welcome as we arrived late evening. On our last day they stored our luggage safely until we left and even came and collected us from a local restaurant so we did not have to walk back for our transfer to the airport! A great couple and a lovely apartment in a great location. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Dear Stella and Jon - we are so glad we found your apartment for rent - we had the most beautiful two weeks. We have holidayed many times in this area of the Algarve (usually near Portimao/Ferragudo) and your apartment did not disappoint. We loved the proximity to the beaches and despite thinking we are a mix of Pool and Beach people, we spent an hour by the pool during the holiday and all the rest of the time on the beaches! We had a car and visited Ferragudo for fabulous food at both Fim Du Mundo (best steak EVER) and the Indian restaurant called Tasca Davids - both places are run by ex pat ladies from the Manchester area and both serve the most lovely fresh food. You need to book at Fim Du Mondo in high season. We drove twice over to the west coast beaches and spent the day at Carrepateira - again beautiful and cooler than the south coast beaches which was welcomed when it was in the high 30's. We visited Lagos and ate at a great fish and chip shop called Ol' Bastards of all things and a Mexican place called the Green Room - both really lovely. For shopping you can't beat the Aqua shopping place in Portimao near to Praia de Rocha or the Algarve shopping mall - we always leave room in our case for purchases whilst we are in the Algarve! All in all, a lovely location, a spotless and incredibly comfortable home from home and just glorious beaches, seas and weather - made for the best Algarve holiday we've ever had and we really hope to return as soon as possible! Derek and Janet Barker (Sheffield)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent Property with many thoughtful extra features

  • 5 of 5

Our group comprised two grandparents (us), daughter, son in law and two very young children. On our arrival, Jon and Stella were most welcoming to the complex which is by far the smartest, best designed and well maintained in the surrounding area.The apartment itself, is very tastefully decorated and also extremely well maintained. There are several "extra" features that we greatly enjoyed. Two east facing balconies, a west facing terrace area (all with tables and chairs), his and hers dressing robes, music docking station, personal sun loungers, a choice of three pools, beach parasol, beach towels, buckets and spades for the children etc. etc. The apartment décor, the kitchen equipment and their information booklet all reflect a very high level of attention to detail and thoughtfulness. The beach at the local cove was a daily joy for the children and adults alike. It is safe, supervised and has a splendid bar/restaurant. We found it an excellent location for a family holiday and were delighted with the property, the proximity to more remote coves and beaches nearby and the helpfulness of the owners. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends seeking a family holiday .

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely feedback, it was a pleasure meeting you all, we hope to see you again. Best wishes Stella
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Outstanding Apartment , Outstanding Holiday.

  • 5 of 5

** Best Holiday Ever**

This was our first time travelling independently and based on this experience wished we had done it sooner.

Anything and everything was first class. We had a late arrival but Stella and John had very kindly left much appreciated provisions, we could not have received a warmer welcome so many thanks.

The apartment was above expectations everything that you needed or could hope for was provided and all the equipment in the apartment could not be bettered.

Even the weather was brilliant un-broken sunshine from day one.

Everything in the complex pools and facilities were well maintained and very clean.

We did find a couple of nice places to eat and drink in Armarcao De Pera - Rosarias near the Church in the main square very welcoming and gorgeous pastries and cakes

and Jimmy's Pastileria opposite the school in the old village "best cup of tea"

and Casa De Pasto Ze Leterio really good value fish restaurant "eat as much as you can" tip to get there early otherwise you will be one of the forlorn

faces watching others enjoying the food.

We ate in most nights - the Interrmarche supermarket 15 minutes walk (max) from the apartment had everything you would need as to food, fresh meat, veg, fruit and fish.

Stella and John recommended some lovely walks which were easily accessible from the apartment and there are some lovely quiet pleasant coves with beautiful sandy beaches.

We cannot recommend the apartment and resort highly enough and cannot wait to get back.

Ann and Jim (age range 50+)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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From the Owner

We love the area because of its perfect location, being close to many beautiful beaches and also close to the countryside. It has a lovely relaxed, laid back feel about it, so is a fantastic place to 'get away from it all' but at the same time you have everything you would want close to hand. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance and the supermarket and shops are all within walking distance too, so it's close enough to everything you need. Being in central Algarve means it's a great place to be based for access to the rest of the Algarve including the waterparks, shopping centres, golf and much more. It's an ideal location for couples and families and anyone who wants a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The Portuguese town of Armacao de Pera is only a 5 minute drive away.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 56 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Day Spas available at 5* resorts closeby. Water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, jet skiing, canoeing, sailing, surfing, kyaking and deep sea fishing are available. Also cycling throughout the region is a wonderful relaxing way to see the Algarve – organised cycling trips are available. Walk along the breathtaking coastal paths with views over cliffs and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with hidden creeks and spectacular cliff tops, peaceful countryside in the mountains still untouched by developers. Organised walks are available.

Bird watching - the Algarve is such a haven for birds and those who love to observe them. The region’s geography; wetlands, saltpans, marshes, and lakes both brackish and freshwater means it is a great spot for seeing many lovely species, such as White Stork, Bustard, Black-shouldered Kite, Hoopoe, Southern Grey Shrike, Lark and Cattle Egret. Autumn sees the migrations, with thousands of bird species making the journey from northern Europe to Africa.


A five minute stroll takes you to two of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve. Praia Nossa Senhora da Rocha, with full amenities and can also be accessed by car and Praia Nova, a quiet peaceful beach which can be accessed through a tunnel in the rocks from Praia Nossa Senhora da Rocha or down a flight of stairs and is generally a quieter beach.

Both are overlooked by the historic Nossa Senhora da Rocha chapel perched on the cliff tops, where there are panoramic views along the coast.

The nearest town is Armacao de Pera which has a 7km stretch of beautiful beache.


The journey from Faro airport to the apartment is a very direct route via the A22 motorway, electronic toll charges apply & takes approximately 40 mins to drive or you can take the (N125), approx. 50 mins. There is a choice of car hire companies at the airport or you could have your own private transfer from the airport that provides great value and we can arrange this for you, a car isn't essential unless you want to explore more than the local area, local taxis are cheap & readily available.


Nearest Airport Faro 56km

Nearest Motorway A22 (Jc't 7) 6km away, Electronic Toll Road

Nearest Train Albufeira (Ferreiras) 15km, Tunes 18km

Nearest Beach -Two beaches 400m

Nearest Town - Armacao de Pera 2km

Nearest Villages - Alporchinhos centre 1/2km, Porches 3km

Nearest shop - 5mins walk

Theme parks - Aqualand approx 5mins, SlideNSplash & ZooMarine approx 15mins

Nearest Golf courses - Salgados, Faldo, O'Connor, approx 10mins

Nearest shopping centre - Algarve shopping approx 20mins

Further Details:

Areias de Porches is a small resort in the Village of Alporchinhos, a small beach resort, it's 5 minutes from Armacao de Pera a bigger beach resort and 5 minutes from Porches a small inland village. Alporchinhos has everything you need for your perfect holiday. There is one large supermarket and 2 local convenience stores within walking distance. There are also several shops, bars and restaurants all within walking distance too. A regular bus service runs east to Armacao de Pera through to Albufeira and west to Portimao and Lagos.

Porches is renowned for its pottery and ceramics. Many a day tripper heads here to the pottery factory to purchase delightful and distinctive blue, green and turquoise pottery.

The village of Porches, although small also has some history behind it. The parish church with its bell that rings twice on the hour and tolls every quarter thereafter, was built in 1886 on the ruins of its 16th century predecessor. Porches was granted a royal charter in 1286. It has a history that goes back 1000 years into Moorish and Roman rule. Princess Caroline of Monaco has amongst others been at mass in this church, while visiting the discreet resort of the nearby Vila Vita Hotel & Spa which offers five-star facilities available to non residents.

Algarve Shopping with its 22 restaurants, 130 shops including many designer shops, bowling alley and multi screen cinema is only a fifteen minute drive away and a new shopping centre in Portimao opened in April 2011.

Further afield there are many other places to visit such as Carvoiero, Vilamoura, Silves, Faro, and Portimao. A 20 minute drive eastwards takes you to the old fishing town of Albufeira (also now a centre for night life, the strip and old town areas). Further east (30 minutes from the apartment) is Vilamoura with its large marina which hosts some very glamorous vessels, it is a lively resort with numerous restaurants and bars and five golf courses.


Rental rates

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Rate 4
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
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Rate 10
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
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Rate 6
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
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1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
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Rate 8
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
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Rate 5
22 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
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28 Aug 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
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5 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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Rate 3
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit required to secure your booking. The balance is to be paid 8 weeks before your arrival date. We require a €250 security bond payable on arrival and the bond will be returned within 72 hours of departure providing no damage has occurred.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. The usual arrival time at the apartment is 3pm and departure time 10am, however we will try to accommodate your arrival and departure times, depending on other guests staying in the apartment.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 2 guests, there is an additional £20 per booking per week for each additional guest to cover additional costs. Discounts for bookings of over 30 days Nov-March.
For that extra bit of luxury, toiletries and bath robes are provided.
We accept payment in Euros.
Wi-fi internet access available at a small additional cost.
Paypal accepted contact us for details.

Christmas & New Year - additional supplement - contact us for details

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 04-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

Our personal service ensures that the apartment is spotlessly clean and we will personally meet you at the apartment when you arrive ensuring that you have all the information you need to get your holiday off to a great start. We provide some extra little touches such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk, water, fruit and a bottle of wine for your arrival. Also those other necessities you need when you arrive such as washing up liquid, dishcloth, kitchen towel and toilet paper. We can also organise a food pack (for an additional €20) which includes cereal, bread, butter, jam, croissants and orange juice, especially useful if you arrive after the shops close. All linen and towels are provided and everything you need for the beach. We provide bathrobes for your use as well as some luxury bath products. We can organise cakes, flowers or champagne for all special occasions. There is a detailed information pack with all you need to know about the apartment and area.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


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

Location Type

  • beach
  • resort


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot


  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Wifi available (there is a weekly charge for this service). We have an official Portuguese Letting Licence. 5803/AL & 9474/AL The apartment has the advantage of air-conditioning units in the lounge/dining area, bedroom and bathroom which give hot as well as cold air. There are also fan heaters for the cooler months. There is a safe for your valuables. A good selection of DVD’s, books and games IPod/MP3 docking station This is a non smoking apartment, however ashtrays are provided for use outside the apartment. We are sorry but pets are not allowed. Areias de Porches is a fairly new exclusive resort. It is a 2 storey small development of individually owned 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. This superb apartment has generous living accommodation including balconies on the lounge & bedroom and terrace at the front with views of the sea and countryside. Outside: The lounge & bedroom balconies and the front terrace all have tables and chairs and cushions for extra comfort. We provide 4 cushioned poolside sunbeds for you to use by the pools. Also everything you will need for a day on the beach including beach towels, a cool box, plastic plates and glasses. There are tennis rackets and balls for using at the full size tennis court (free of charge). Security guards patrol the complex for your extra peace of mind. The resort has 3 exclusive communal pools, 2 adult and a children’s pool Landscaped lawns, shrubberies, native trees and palms surround the apartments. Benches are placed around the resort to enjoy the beautiful sea and countryside views. There are ample parking spaces within the resort and a secure underground parking space for the sole use of guests to our apartment (automatic key entry to underground garage). The resort is peaceful and safe for families, couples and golfers alike.

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