We booked this having seen the reviews on TripAdvisor and wanting somewhere quiet where we could relax, away from tourism yet near enough to some beaches.... well this place gave us pretty much all we wanted.
Nestled up in the hills on a quiet dead end road (car is essential), and about 8km from the nearest large town Lagos, the resort is perfect for those of you looking for some peace and quiet to relax. The car park is down at the bottom of a short twisting drive up to the resort, we weren't sure whether to drive up at first.. but that's the best decision to do when arriving. On leaving the car we were met by Fernando who welcomed us and showed us around the resort and to our room. You can tell from the start that the owners have a lot of pride in what they have put together at the resort.
The resort rooms are split into two sections, the lower being single level open plan rooms with small kitchenettes, and the upper ones are split level with the bedroom being upstairs but no kitchenette but do have a fridge and microwave.. and this was where we were booked. To be honest, we were concerned at first that we couldn't cook for ourselves, but Fernando explained how cheap and great the local food is and he is correct. We ate out every night at the restaurants he recommended and enjoyed ourselves each time, and it was so cheap as the places are not there for the tourists, but the locals.
The beds are MASSIVE and you have loads of room to roll around ;) however bear in mind they are a bit hard if you are not used to it.
The resort has two pools, one shallower and nearer the rooms, and one deeper. Both are small in size, but perfect for the personal size of the resort.
The resort is B&B and they grow their own fruit in the gardens on the hill in front of the resort. Breakfast each morning was lovely and in a continental style, and once Fernando and Elizabeth knew our favorites.. they ensured we were provided each morning without having to ask. We loved the freshly squeezed orange juice, and chopped fruits they had grown... and the bread and tomato! my partner is Catalan and used to traditional 'pa i tomaquet' and they had spread tomatoes which she found were amazing, just like home.
The nearest village is about 6km away, and contains a number of the restaurants and small shops you'd need. There is a large supermarket on the edge of Lagos, which we used to buy us some bread, meat and cheese for packed lunches on the beaches.
We really must recommend the fish restaurant in Silves called 'Rui Marisqueria'. Was about 20km away but it was the highlight of the trip. Fresh sea food and at very reasonable price. Must try the 'Green Wine'... delicious and perfect with seafood.
If you want your holidays busy and mainstream, this probably isn't the place for you. But if you want peace, quiet, a lovely location, and the feeling of staying in someones home... then do check this place out.
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- Looking to laze away your days in the luxury of no one knowing where you are or what you're doing? Then the rustic-style Bravura will be right up your alley. Standing alone in sensationally scenic countryside, you really will feel like you're at the end of the line here. It's just you, the Monchique Mountains in the distance and lashings of tranquility. ... more less
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