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Licenced 1262/AL Apartment In Santa Luzia, Tavira, East Algarve With Sea Views

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Property

Updated: 03-Dec-2016
Apartment in Santa Luzia, Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal LICENCED REGISTRATION 1262/AL - Large Front Line Apartment With Sea Views 25m From The Lagoon Waters Edge In A Quiet Fishing Village

The apartment is registered by the Câmara Municipal de Tavira as Alojamento Local (1262/AL). This spacious first floor apartment with full AIR CON. and WiFi has great views and is right in the heart of the village of Santa Luzia, famous for it's fishermen who fish for octopus. There are plenty of mini-markets in the village, lots of cafes and plenty of wonderful restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets. Seafood dishes are a speciality. General stores, a bank with ATM machine, pharmacy, bakery and butchers are all within easy walk of the apartment. Santa Luzia is right in the heart of the Ria Formosa National Park and is a haven for wild life, bird watchers, cyclists and walkers. There are a number of long sandy beaches nearby,many reached by cheap water taxis or small ferry boats. Faro airport is 30 mins away and the Spanish border is only 20 mins by car. Three golf courses are with easy reach with Benamor being the nearest, only 5 mins by car. The historical town of Tavira, the 'Venice of the Algarve' is within 4 km and can be reached by walking, or catching the local bus or taxi.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I moved from the South of England in 2005 to find a calmer life in Portugal after working in the UK for many years. Over the past 11 years I have managed rental properties for friends, but now I have my own rental apartment. Although I still have a few years yet before I retire, I now love to take time-out to explore more of Portugal, meet and make new friends and enjoy the challenge of learning the language.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'a great apartment, everything you need. What a lovely quiet spot' M&SL May 2014

The village with it's authentic unspoilt feel was 1st class. Apr 14

We had a wonderful time. The apt is spacious & contemporary with everything you need. I&J Feb 2014

Such a lovely, clean & well kept apt. We will never tire of the views over the Ria..A&B North Staffs- October 2013

This apt is brilliant with everything you need & kept in such good order.Will return next year J&KS Oxford October 2013

We loved your apartment, the location, roof top, spic & span..F&DB Aug 2013

Another lovely stay in Sta Luzia. Apt v clean & comfortable. View superb, can see all around from the roof terrace which we enjoyed every evening. M.&RW June 2013

Lovely apt, clean, tidy & well equipped. Area is lovely, good food, drink. we will be back.. A&G, March 2013

We had such a nice stay in your beautiful apt. Had a wonderful month! Thanks & all the best, Hedi & Siegfried, Switzerland 31st Jan. - 28th Feb 2013
Nov 2012
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12 Reviews

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based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Northern Ireland
5

Great apartment in Santa Luzia

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Santa Luzia for a week every year around the halloween break, for the last 4 years. Going back to the same place regularly would not have been normal practice for us, but put simply it ticks all the boxes.

The weather is a very pleasant 26/28 C, and usually sunny. The view over the harbour is wonderful, and since it is tidal, it is constantly changing.

The terrace gets the sun all afternoon.

The apartment is lovely. It was spotlessly clean, and since we cook, the kitchen is great.

We find the drive from Faro an easy 45 mins, passing a supermarket in Olhao on the way.

The village has 5 or 6 restaurants still open, with the Vincent being tops.

Thanks very much Chris, and yes we will be back.

Cheers, Tom and Linda.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tom and Linda. As seasoned travellers to Santa Luzia I value your comments, and am certain new visitors will find the information vital in helping them understand the area, and accomodation. I am really looking forward to seeing you next year, if that is possible.
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5

spacious, immaculate, ideally located

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Santa Luzia was pure joy. The apartment was deceptively spacious, clean and excellently resourced with everything we needed, a real home from home. Chris has spent a lot of time making sure that everything we could need was present, from tips on transport, eating out and how to use the equipment in the villa. Santa Luzia is a beautiful village, we loved catching the ferry across to the beach and strolling along the promenade at all hours. We bought our 10 month old daughter with us and the villa was perfect for her too, she was able to toddle around and we didn't need to worry about too many potential hazards. The local restaurants are excellent, the seafood is divine and reasonably priced. A day trip to Tavira and Tavira island is a must. We also enjoyed catching the land train to Barril beach - very novel. All in all, a fantastic trip, one of our favourites! We can't wait to come back and hope to use this villa again.

Many Thanks, Gareth and Charlotte.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is wonderful to receive such a glowing report of your recent holiday. Thank you both very much. As a young couple with a baby, I was touched by your comments and it has been a delight to hear how much you enjoyed both the apartment and the location. I look forward to your return.
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5

Great apartment with post card views

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is lovely, located at one end of Santa Luizia. The town is beautiful with a range of so many good restaurants for such a small place. We still had plenty we wanted to go to as didn't get chance to after our week's stay. All restaurants we went to were of really good quality and good value.

The location of the flat is excellent for going into the village, and you can just as easily go to the larger Tavira, which is more touristy.

We ended up spending most of the time in Santa Luizia though as there were plenty of really good restaurants, easy access to the beaches, was peaceful, but at the same time had a nice buzz in the evenings. Tavira is also very good, but Santa Luizia still feels untouched and has the character of a local Portuguese town.

We also spent a few evenings in at the apartment as it's homely and the balcony had good views to have dinner on. There is a well stocked kitchen so it is easy to cook at home. There is also access to the roof which has stunning views of the surrounding area, a view that we felt spoilt to have as most visitors will just see the main road of restaurants.

Chris, the owner, was very welcoming and advised us of the areas to see and places to go. There's also plenty of advice written down in the apartment.

Overall, we highly recommend the apartment and hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great that you returned for a second time in June, and thank you both for sharing your thoughts. I know how much travel you have done over the years so I was very pleased to see you again. It is also good to know how relaxed you were after a week in Santa Luzia.
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5

A very enjoyable stay in Sanra Luzia.

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a very relaxing week at Chris's appartment. The appartment was in a lovely location with local restaurants serving very enjoyable food. The property was very clean with all you needed, ie kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine etc. The owner had left lots of information, literature and maps of the area which were very useful. I would recommend this property to friends and relatives. .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Mary for taking the time to write a review. It really helps others who may be unsure about booking online. It also helps me to understand how you feel after spending your 1st holiday in my apartment. I hope you will visit again soon.
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5

A little gem in Santa Luzia

  • 5 of 5

Sheila And Peter F.

We have just spent 2 weeks in this lovely apartment. On our arrival, we were welcomed by Chris who was very friendly and spent time with us giving us lots of local knowledge and advice. The apartment is beautiful: so spacious and clean and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. The location is lovely - a quaint old fishing village with plenty of restaurants serving locally caught fish and octopus. One of our favourites was Vincent's where they served beautiful food in a friendly, quiet atmosphere. Santa Luzia is not at all spoilt by tourism - no hotels, hustle or bustle - just perfect for a peaceful, relaxing holiday. We never tired of losing ourselves through the warren of back streets where you find even more restaurants, small bars and mini-markets. On our wanderings we would often find things of interest such as fishermen hanging out their catch on their lines to dry outside their homes and locals often having barbeques outside their houses. We will never forget standing by the lagoon watching the crabs 'waving' to us - what a comical sight. The walk to Barril beach is lovely and once there, the anchors are a sight to see. Tavira is a bus ride away but is also within easy walking distance. It's a large town spanning both sides of the Rio Gilao river with plenty of history and shops, should you need them. A short walk from the apartment are the salt pans, which are well worth a look as there are so many different birds to see - don't forget to take the binoculars from the apartment with you. We will be returning in the future and would definitely recommend both the location and the apartment.

  • Review Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Unreserved recommendation for the apartment

  • 5 of 5

As this was our third stay in Chris's apartment, it goes without saying that we would unreservedly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in a delightful village full of Portugese charm. The apartment was absolutely as described: spotlessly clean, comfortable and with those thoughtful touches that made it `home from home`. We had arrived very late on a Friday night and after all shops had closed but Chris had very thoughtfully provided some provisions that were much appreciated. Other reviewers have accurately mentioned the delights of the area and for anyone wishing to have a relaxing time in what is still very much the authentic algarve, this apartment, within walking distance of Tavira, is just a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both again for returning, not only to my apartment but to the village of Santa Luzia near Tavira, an area I still love and where I chose to move to a decade ago. Your comments truly sum up the ambience here in the East Algarve, and your description of my apartment as being a 'home from home' is reassuring. Each year I am making improvements to facilities on offer e.g. installing WiFi recently and upgrading fixtures and fittings if needed. It is wonderful to have clients, who are now friends, still wanting to return every year. I now have to advise them to book their future holiday dates for next year, as I am already taking provisional bookings for 2017! I do not want to disappoint anyone, and I certainly want to know what my clients think about me and my apartment.
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Location

From the Owner

I was born and raised near the sea on the south coast of England and now I have the chance to live by the sea, so I know how lucky I am. I want to share this quiet area of the Algarve with others, as it is so different from the Western regions of the Algarve. Only now this area is being rediscovered, by walkers, cyclists,photographers, bird-watchers & lovers of nature and good food. I chose to buy an apartment in Santa Luzia, a special place with a working fishing fleet and a number of beaches, set in the middle of the Ria Formosa Nature park. It can be quiet in the winter, yet you have the bustle of Tavira town within easy reach if and when you want it. In the summer months the place is alive with the Portuguese who love to take their holidays here, together with many other nationalities

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 28 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Used by Locals - family run bar at 25 Metres Nearest Ferry : Along the Promenade at 500 Metres Nearest Golf : Benamor at 7 Kilometres Nearest Train : Tavira station at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A22 motorway at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Casa do Polvo at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Barrill beach and Terra Estreita beach at 0.5 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

The Ria Formosa is designated as a natural park covering 170 sq km and is a protected area of special interest. Popular activities are walking, cycling, hiking as well as bird watching and fishing. Various boat trips are available locally and across the Algarve, enabling you to visit small islands and remote beaches.

Drive into the hills above Tavira and further into the Alentejo region and you will discover small villages and towns, and see a different area of Portugal.

Coast/Beach:

Local beaches stretch for miles and are very clean with beautiful white sand. You can reach the quiet Terra Estreita beach by taking the water taxi 250m from the apartment which only takes 3 minutes across the lagoon. The beautiful Barril beach is at the western end of Santa Luzia and can be reached by foot or by bike and then across the lagoon bridge to use the mini train. There is a local bus which goes to Pedras del Rei to catch the little train or follow the rail track & walk to the beach.

Travel:

Faro airport is approx 30 km and takes around 30 minutes by car. Faro city centre is approx 35 km. Regular buses run between Faro and Tavira, and Faro airport and Faro city centre. Trains run regular services from Faro centre to Tavira and across the Algarve. We can arrange a rental car and obtain quotes on request. Airport transfers can also be arranged. A car is not essential but is useful if you wish to explore further afield. Coaches to Seville and Lisbon run from Tavira bus station.

Distances:

Tavira town 3 km. Buses run regularly to and from Tavira. You can cycle back and forth, or walk using the main road or alongside part of the Ria Formosa. Once in Tavira you can catch the train from the local station which takes you to various towns and villages across the east and west of the Algarve, including Fuseta and Faro (30 km), and Cabanas and Vila Real Sta Antonio.

Further Details:

There are plenty of local cafes and good restaurants offering a variety of local dishes at reasonable prices. There is a local bank with ATM machine sited on the ground floor of the apartment buidling. Everything is within walking distance. The village has a wealth of excellent bars and restaurants, and the standard of food is kept high due to the healthy competition in the village. The main restaurants are as follows, Restaurant a Casa...for octopus dishes, look out for the Prato da dia (dish of the day). Capelos -Traditional Portuguese, probably the most famous restaurant on the Algarve, a little bit pricy by comparison. Casa Do Abade -The Abbots house, Tito and his wife/chef Paula will serve you with traditional Portuguese food and hospitality. Canto Azul - Dutch restaurant with fantastic views over the lagoon, Leonie and her husband/chef will delight you with great value for money food and wines. Alcatruz - traditional Portuguese at a good price, take a phrase book and you probably have to book beforehand. Casa do Polvo - The octopus specialities of the house are well known at this restaurant, as are the blue and white tiles on the walls. Fado, the traditional singing/music of Portugal can be enjoyed, live music and singers Thursday eves during the Winter months, especially during the low season when the locals join in. Vincent's down one of the side streets is a mix of French cuisine and mediterranean food, delicious but you must book beforehand to ensure you get a table.

Bars - there are many to choose from so here are a few, R+M - Silvio and his staff will serve you with really cheap drink whilst you sit and enjoy the sea breeze. Meia Pipa- Alvaro and barman/son Nuno can serve you with just about any drink you can think of, live music here most weekend evenings, try a tosta mista (ham and cheese toastie) brilliant for a late night snack!

Nearby Tavira has many bars and restaurants. Pessoa's Café is a wine bar/drinks served with tapas and tasty snacks whilst sitting by the river as the sun sets. The Bica or the Emigrante or the Belmar or Casa Simão for traditional Portuguese food or Brisa de Ria for a good European menu and a roof terrace.Tavira Lounge which is by the river near the Roman bridge serves tapas and good home cooked pasta dishes together with excellent home-made desserts. The Avenida up the Rua de Liberdade is also worth trying. For Vegetarians/Vegans try Encanto Natural restaurant, Tavira, opposite the Hotel Porta Nova. Wonderful fresh home produced products, very healthy and beautifully presented.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£207
for 7 nights
£207
 
 
Christmas
19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£270
for 7 nights
£270
 
 
Winter
3 Jan 2017 - 10 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£207
for 7 nights
£207
 
 
Early Spring
11 Mar 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£228
for 7 nights
£228
 
 
Spring
25 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£254
for 7 nights
£254
 
 
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£276
for 7 nights
£276
 
 
Early Summer
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£297
for 7 nights
£297
 
 
Summer
27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£313
for 7 nights
£313
 
 
Summer
10 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£350
for 7 nights
£350
 
 
Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£392
for 7 nights
£392
 
 
Peak
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£429
for 7 nights
£429
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£387
for 7 nights
£387
 
 
Late Summer
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£313
for 7 nights
£313
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£297
for 7 nights
£297
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 6.0%

Booking Notes:
Prices are apartment per week based on 2 people sharing. Please add £30 per head per week if occupancy is more than 2 persons. A separate security deposit of £100 is payable on booking. This is refundable after the property rental inspection, usually within one week. Payment is required in full if the booking is made within 8 weeks of arrival. Beach towels, cot, high chair & bikes can be hired. Please request more information if required
Please, no smoking except outside on the terraces.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible
Arrangements can be made to store any bags if you are arriving early or leaving late.

Notes on prices:
Payment can be be made online. A deposit of £100 is payable upon booking. This is to secure the reservation and acts as a deposit in case of any breakages. This is returned at the end of your stay after inspection of the property. Further details of how to pay the deposit to secure the booking and how to pay the balance when due will be sent to you.
The balance is due 8 weeks before arrival unless it is less than 8 weeks, then the full rental (deposit and rental fees) are due when booking.

Prices are apartment per week based on 2 people sharing, add £30 per head per week if occupancy is more than 2 persons. A REFUNDABLE security deposit of £100 is payable on booking. This is refunded after the property rental inspection, usually within one week. Payment is required in full if the booking is made within 8 weeks of arrival. Beach towels, cot, high chair & bikes can be hired.

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Facilities

From the Owner

I can watch the world go by from my apartment, take photos or even paint a picture if I wish. The views from the shared roof terrace are spectacular whatever the weather. Everything you need is close by e.g. restaurants, cash machine, small local shops. This small apartment block is on the front-line, and offers wonderful panoramic views from the main balcony and the communal roof terrace. I can choose to walk beside the lagoon, catch the mini train or little ferry to the beach or just sit in one of the local cafes. From my 1st floor apartment I can relax and experience a much simpler way of life.

Property Type

  • apartment

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

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

Suitability

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

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 76 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Heated towel rail, overhead wall heater, bathroom window
  • Fully tiled bathroom, adjacent to bedroom, with full suite. WC, bath with shower over, bidet, wash basin with light over mirror. Small external window. Heated towel rail and electric wall heater. Towels will be provided. HAIRDRYER PROVIDED.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed, large wardrobe and drawer space. Plenty of room for cot or single bed. Access to a choice of 2 x balconies via 2 sliding doors. Air conditioning unit heating and cooling, free-standing electric fan. Two side tables reading lamps

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Suitable for couples and small families. Ideal for a romantic holiday or short break. The apartment is located on the corner of a small block of 8 apartments situated just across from the lagoon. There are 3 balconies, with the main terrace getting the full early afternoon sun til dusk, and has views overlooking the lagoon. This terrace is shaded in the morning for breakfast. The main rooms have sliding double glazed doors onto the balconies, allowing a cooling breeze to circulate on warmer days or nights. New Air Conditioning units have been fitted in the bedroom & the lounge, offering heating & cooling.The bathroom has a heated towel rail and electric wall heater and an external window for ventilation. The large shared roof terrace is accessed by a spiral staircase and offers uninterrupted panoramic views across the lagoon and and beyond, in both directions. A table and four chairs together with two sun loungers are on the roof terrace for the clients' use during their stay. Outside: The main private terrace leading from the kitchen and bedroom has fantastic views over the Ria Formosa lagoon. On this terrace/balcony there is a table and 2 upright chairs together with a parasol available, and on the communal roof terrace there are 2 loungers with mattresses, and a further table and chairs for use when eating. The large shared roof terrace has far reaching views over the Ria Formosa nature reserve, a haven for bird watchers and photographers and artists. The 2 sun loungers and the table and chairs are for your private use. Utility Room: Large walk-in cupboard with storage space. Ironing board and iron. clothes-horse, vacuum cleaner, cleaning equipment. Various cushions etc. for outside furniture. Sun Parasol. Locked linen cupboard for use by the owner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Apartment cleaned before arrival, fresh towels & bed linen will be available on day of arrival, and provided for you to change after each week of your stay, or midway through your stay if 10 nights or more. Beach towels available to hire if required. Other: Front door with outside light above entrance, entry into hallway with library bookshelf and space for shoes & luggage. Umbrella for customers' use. Vase with dried flowers. Portable electric radiator on wheels for additional heating. Video entrance tel.

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