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“Off the beaten track, but close to so much”
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Aldeia da Pedralva
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Off the beaten track, but close to so much”
Reviewed March 20, 2011

This place was great, a fantastic old village away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas, but still only 10 minutes drive from lots of beaches, towns and other attractions. There is a small shop and a couple of restaurant options in the village, but several other towns and villages are not far away. The village is almost completely free of cars, so the kids could roam around and explore. The village has been restored beautifully, it is a great place to get away from it all.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2011

We stayed here as a result of an article in the papers. We were delighted with out holiday. The owners made us feel very welcome and could not have been more helpful in suggesting trips locally. The house we stayed in was comfortable and it felt as if we were staying in a real village as locals were tending their gardens. The pizzeria in the village is wonderful . A restaurant was just opening too.
The locality was beautiful with a coastline crammed with fantastic beaches. It is not however spoilt as it is in a protected natural park. Inland there are hills and spas. A great place to stay and to tour from - but a car is essential.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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brighton
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

Firstly we have been coming to Portugal for the last 10 years, I also speak Portuguese. After reading about Pedralva in various magazines we thought this sounds great we really must experience this. It was rather Like a film set where it was made to look authentic but lacked any substance. Traditional Portuguese villages like Cachopo, Estoi or Alcoutim have variety , chaos, real life and mainly Portuguese people. Here was a scrubbed down floodlit tourist complex. Whilst waiting for an hour for a burnt pizza we didn't hear any Portuguese, the staff were mainly German. It was a far cry from the wild rugged unspoilt beauty of this west coast area. Alot of investment and alot of hype all in all.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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RuralHotelPedralva, Owner at Aldeia da Pedralva, responded to this review, February 3, 2011
Hi Mr. Hi Ronson Jonson. Thank you for your opinion, but Imust inform you that you arn´t in our client´s list in 2010. Perhaps you went to the village only to eat a pizza, in fact a kind of food not typical from Portugal (it´s italian food). In a next time, if you can stay with us, please try our restaurant and taste a very nice typical portuguese food. This village was rebuilted after we searched more than 200 owners and heritors. This was the begining of this Unique Touristic Project. Now we are giving a sepcial life to this village, with some artisans ateliers, events.......... and of course, a fantastic comfort in our cottages. We hope to see you soon.
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

Almeia de Pedralva
Almeia de Pedralva was pretty easy to get to from Faro once we got onto the correct road out of the airport. Approx. 90-120 minutes drive and we were in Vila Do Bispo and then turned towards Aljezur before taking a right turn to the village of Pedralva. We were welcomed by Sonia at reception and showed to our cottage which was called casa do tonel. It was a nice quaint cottage with sufficient amenities to self cater. They were mostly south European families staying in the village with some English families and some couples. While there we basically went to bed earlyish most nights after either eating in local towns or the two restaurants in the village. Both restaurants in the village are excellent but early booking is essential. As the residents of the village and wider locality seem to use the restaurants and bar also. Pedralva was a nice blend of being in a Portugese village atmosphere whilst also having enough privacy and the ability to get a good nights rest should you wish. Everyday we got up and walked all of 30 feet to the local gourmet shop to visit Phillipa! Where we bought lovely local pastries and bread from her and any other items we needed for our breakfast or to make our lunch. There we also got excellent advice as to which beach we should visit based on how windy it was on the day. The wind can be fairly strong in this area of the Algarve and can be a little bit annoying if one is not properly prepared or on certain beaches. We visited almost two beaches a day, one in the morning and then moving to another in the afternoon, every beach was almost more beautiful than the next. Beliche, Zaival, Amado (dangerous riptide on one side of beach!!!!), Cordoama, Castelejo, Martinhal and Tonel and there was still a couple locally we did not have time to visit. For couples it may not be so economic but for families it seems like an excellent choice as it has that blend of being isolated so safe for children to run around and the properties were large enough for large families or groups of friends to stay. Phillipa and Sonia were very nice and welcoming and all the beaches that are mentioned range from being 10-20minutes drive away so was perfect. I believe also that they are planning on building a saltwater pool for everyones use in the village which would be nice. We would consider going back with kids or with a group of friends, but there may be cheaper alternatives locally for couples. However you are unlikely to get the same lovely small village experience in such a good location. Events happen here throughout the year and there was a one day arts and crafts festival while we were there which was great fun.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

A great location, beautiful traditional houses, lovely staff, interesting approach but... we are still wondering if it's worth the price. We would have at least expected napkins, coffee, internet and other small similar details.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

We stayed at Aldeia da Pedralva after seeing an article about it in Nat'l Geographic Traveler. We expected a nice, comfortable stay in a beautiful area, which we had. But we also got far more than we expected, thanks to the incredible generosity of our hosts.

They all went above and beyond to make sure that our stay was as enjoyable and comfortable as possible, and by the end of the weekend, we felt like part of their extended family. Croissants from the town bakery in the morning, a personal tour of the beaches, reservations at the best restaurants nearby, and overall a welcome such as you would not believe.

The village and all the guest houses in it are beautifully modern and comfortably converted inside, without losing the authenticity of the town. Our house was a bit cold due to lack of insulation, but I'm sure if we had gone in any month other than January, it would have been perfect.

Thanks to the Aldeia de Pedralva, we had an amazing weekend in a truly gorgeous, wild, and undiscovered part of the Algarve -- skip the touristy southern beaches and head to Pedralva! It has our highest recommendation.

Also make sure to eat at the pizzeria in town -- the food is great and the owner is a hilarious, warm Italian man. By far the best pizza we've had in Portugal!

Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

Aldeia da Pedralva is a tiny village in the Western Algarve where the houses have been converted into holiday accommodation. The village is in a valley and a short drive from the towns of Vila da Bispo and Sagres. There are numerous deserted sandy beaches along the coast and several paths for walking/biking. Our cottage was cosy and well equipped. The owners and other staff were very welcoming and helpful with advising us on activities in the local area. The accommodation is more expensive than renting a villa/apartment elsewhere in the Algarve but we think it's worth the extra cost - the village looks like a 'real' Portuguese village and the service was excellent. We would definitely go back.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aldeia da Pedralva
Address: Rua de Baixo, Vila do Bispo 8650-401, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vila do Bispo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Vila do Bispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aldeia da Pedralva 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
More than an Hotel, a typical village experience. Alojamento, Turismo de Aldeia, Turismo Activo, Restaurante, Centro de Actividades, Aluguer de Bicicletas, Aluguer de Pranchas, Aulas de Surf, Btt, Caminhada, Mergulho, Trilhos de Btt, Trilhos Caminhada, Observacao de aves, Hikking, Trekking, Tourism Village, Hiking Village, Biking Village, Bike Hotel, Surf Village, Birdwatching Village ... more   less 
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