Casa Almanchar is a luxury villa located just 450m away from the vast, 14km long, golden-sand beach of Meia-Praia, in Lagos, Algarve. Offering plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces and activities, it is the perfect house for relaxed family or group holidays, and ideal for children to play around in safety.
Casa Almanchar is a private family owned home in its 4th generation, and has charming indoor and outdoor characteristics. It is an example of 1940's regional architecture, and in it you will find plenty of rooms and spaces where you can ease off and have the perfect holiday. Its main characteristics are:
INSIDE: A living room with cable TV and fireplace; a dining area with table that can sit 10 guests; a library with couches and a working desk; a fully equipped kitchen, with one extra fridge just for drinks, one extra freezer, two cooking stoves and ovens, a firstline coffee machine, along with toasters, slicers, ice machine, microwaves, etc; two en-suite rooms with fireplace; all rooms but one have access to a patio that surrounds the house.
OUTSIDE: an eating area with BBQ facilities and two tables, each sitting 10 guests; two "chill-out" areas where you can lay down and take a break from the sun; a swimming pool (there is maintenance one a week); a tennis court of synthetic grass, which can be converted into a soccer field; a patio that runs around the house, with benches and and gardens throughout (there is a gardener once a week); parking space with 4/5 car capacity.
FOR THE COOKING LOVERS: Casa Almanchar has plenty of seasonal fruit trees (apples, figs, pomegranates, lemons, loquats and pine nuts) and a garden where organic crops grow throughout the year. If the fruits are ripe, you are welcome to pick them from trees. If you book with enough time in advance, you can request your own crops (ex: herbs, cucumber, carrot, pumpkin, or many types of tomatoes - we recommend the local specialty "coração de boi"), and we will try our best to have them ready by the time you move in!
There is also a firewood oven which you can use upon request.
Other things to note
GREATEST LOCATION: Casa Almanchar is quietly nested within a walled 7.500m2 area surrounded by pines and cypresses, providing the greatest tranquility and privacy possible, while being located just outside the center of Lagos, and at walkable distances to Meia Praia (a 14 km long golden sand beach), supermakets and everything you need. This villa is 55 km away from Faro International Airport, and is served by highway (A-22), just 4 km away from the old town centre of Lagos. Within 30 km westward, there are plenty internationally famous surf beaches of the Portuguese Southwestern Atlantic coast. Within 10km eastward, there is the famous Ria de Alvor, a marvellous aquatic nature reserve, with plenty of maritime wildlife, and ideal for Kitesurf lovers, as well as the charming port town of Alvor. It is also a mere 1 km away from Marina of Lagos, a modern yacht dock with restaurants and bars, where you can rent boats or buy tickets for deep seafishing, dolphin "seafari" or book visits to the famous rock caves that spread from Praia Dona Ana till Ponta da Piedade. Casa Almanchar is also located less than 1 km away from the beautiful 27 hole Palmares Golf course.
Lagos is a charming old sea town, which has undergone recent major improvements and renovations, with plenty of leisure and culture to offer (it was an important sea port of the Portuguese maritime expansion period), and apart from maritime attractions, you can check out its museums, castle, many old churches, a vivid 1924 fish market, and even what used to be a 16th century slave market, which is nowadays an art gallery and memorial to the many lives lost in slave trade.
Lagos is also famous for its nightlife, with the best offer of vibrant restaurants, bars and discos, in case you have dancing feet or feel like going out for a drink at night. Many of the best places with live music are also located throughout Meia Praia, working as beach bars during the day, and open air feet-on-the sand music bars at night.
We will be happy to offer more and personalized recommendations upon request.
Leave the house just like you found it, and feel free to ask if you have any questions during your stay. Free wi-fi is provided, but it might not cover the entire area of the house and spaces outside. The modem is located near the TV, so in those areas the signal will be stronger. There is fire extinguishing equipment and smoke detectors, and please mind for the danger of fire and avoid placing candles or leaving cigarettes anywhere near the pine woods.
Smoking is allowed outside.