Casa Tranquila is a detached house in a superb country setting in the central Algarve region with 180º panoramic views to the east, south and west.
It stands on the southern slopes of a range of hills, is thereby protected from north winds and enjoys views of large areas of countryside and the distant sea.
It´s within a forty minute drive from Faro airport and is approximately 15 kilometres from the coast. The nearby towns of Silves and S.B. Messines are within easy reach.
There are a number of well-known golf courses within twenty to thirty minutes drive.
For local shopping Silves, the more touristic of the two towns, is probably the best.. Silves is a lovely town with an ancient Moorish castle, a number of good restaurants and a myriad of local shops.
Sao Bartolomeu de Messines is a much more traditional Algarvean market town where you will find a is a good daily market with fresh fish, fruit and vegetables (as there is in Silves) and also a supermarket near the municipal market with a good range and a butchery counter. There are many smaller shops, cafe´s and restaurants which are mainly aimed at catering for the locals.
For the ‘serious’ shopper, the Algarve Shopping Centre on the N125 at Guia is the best choice.It has a myriad of good class clothes shops, a modern fast food and restaurant area, cinema (showing the latest releases in English), bowling alley and huge supermarket which is at least as big and probably better equipped than the average Tesco in the UK. The fish counter is immense and well worth a visit.
There are numerous banks in Silves and Messines. The shopping centres and supermarkets also have Multi Banco cash point machines which will accept English cards. Banking hours are 08.30 to 15.00 Monday to Friday.
Directions to the Villa will be given on application.
If you hire a car you will need your UK driving licence (and for any other drivers), together with your passport. You will normally leave a blank credit card slip for the fuel deposit and for damage, unless you pay extra insurance for the excess. You are well advised to ensure that you lock your car at all times and do not leave valuables visible, especially when parked on beaches or attractions.
Links to a selection of car hire companies operating in the Algarve