Before summer packs its bags, we scour the country to make you feel more at home. Here are some ideal places for some last-ditch sunbathing and swimming.
Casa do Pego, Comporta
Estrada da Praia do Pego, Lagoa Formosa, Carvalhal \ +351 96 439 6509 \ www.casadopego.com \ €5000 (a week)
Located on the Alentejo coast, it was chosen by the British daily The Guardian as one of the best beach houses in Europe. Highlighted for its unusual architecture, this elegant villa (just one hour from Lisbon) is decorated in light colours and boasts different design features, with large windows and wooden decks. It has three double rooms for a maximum of six people. On the roof, surrounded by stunning scenery, there is a heated pool and a terrace with sunbeds. If you prefer a dip and soaking up the rays by the sea, Pego beach is just five minutes away.
Sobrenatura Ecoturismo, Arcos de Valdevez
Gração, São Jorge \ +351 91 754 0404 \ www.sobrenatura.com \ €80 – €140
Eira, Ramada and Lagar are surrounded by the lush and gorgeous scenery of the Peneda-Gerês Nature Reserve. A stone’s throw from the Spanish border, these three houses, which emerged from the ruins of 19th-century residences, are located in Aldeia de Gração, in the northern region of Minho. Adhering to a philosophy of sustainability, they offer modern comfort combined with traditional architecture. Beautifully integrated into the landscape, the swimming pool/viewpoint will leave you breathless when you see the vistas it offers.
Vitoria Village, Porto
Rua da Vitória, 29 \ +351 22 201 3477 \ www.vitoriavillage.com \ €108 – €140
In the heart of the city of Porto, amongst classic houses and narrow streets, this condominium offers a unique concept. The main 18th-century house (Casa dos Constantinos) invites to make our way down the stone staircase and towards outside spaces. Opposite, the modern rectangular building is made up of six two-storey villas, overlooking a pleasant and calm garden. Above the common breakfast room, there is a small viewpoint where guests can appreciate the charms of Porto, from its rooftops to various historical monuments.
Morada do Sol, Malveira da Serra
Rua do Cancelo, Cascais /// +351 93 433 1327 /// www.moradasol.com /// From €3000 (a week)
If you want to go on a group holiday, this farm in the Sintra-Cascais Nature Reserve, three kilometres from Guincho and its beaches, could be just up your street. Made up of three private houses, it can accommodate 30 people. When rented by a large group, the sauna, pool, games, lawns and all other facilities are included. One of the great advantages of Morada dos the semi-covered pool which allows guests to take full advantage of the sunny afternoons.
Casa Supertubos, Peniche
Rua Primeiro de Dezembro, Casais Brancos /// +351 93 626 5007 /// www.casasupertubos.com /// From €95
Between Óbidos and Peniche, Casa Supertubos was the culmination of a long-held ambition by the owners of choosing and redesigning an old house. The result is a combination of different woods, smells and beach colours (it’s just five kilometres from the Baleal, Supertubos and D’el Rei beaches). In addition to four rooms that accommodate eight people, three bathrooms and fully-equipped kitchen, it has two outdoor patios which are perfect for what’s left of the summer.
Luz de Tavira \ +351 96 902 6050 \ www.somewhere-special.com \ €630 (a week)
Located in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, in the Algarve, this fisherman’s cottage boasts rare birds for neighbours who like to land in the garden. The chirping of the feathered friends and the lapping of the waves act as an alarm clock to get guests up for bike rides or walks along the banks of the ria, be it in the direction of the Fuseta salt pans or Barril beach. However, beforehand, the house terrace makes breakfast even more delicious. Despite an inviting exterior, the interior appeals with a living room full of books and two cosy bedrooms. On an evening, end the day on a high note by climbing onto the upper terrace to marvel at the reflection of the stars and moon on the water.
Casa do Cerro das Ondas, Moncarapacho
Moncarapacho \ +351 96 902 6050 \ www.somewhere-special.com \ €1010 – €1262 (a week)
Painstakingly restored, this old farm is located in the Algarve interior, tem minutes from the coast, between Tavira and Olhão. The property is made up of a spacious main house and a small country house (both with two bedrooms). The refreshing pool is perfect for recovering from country walks. If you’re after quiet days with breakfast on the terrace and views of the countryside, dotted with olive and carob trees, enjoying magnificent sunsets while you’re at it, this may well be the place.
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