Vila Real de Santo António, Faro
Located in the furthest eastern point of Portugal’s Algarve, with Spain just across the Guadiana river, Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a truly hidden gem.
Near the middle of the historic, pedestrian centre and with a charming marina in the distance, sits Casa Três.
Once a merchant’s house, this stately home has been renovated into an open, spacious property.
We’re currently in the process of finishing up Casa Tres, but we’re confident it will win you over nonetheless. Ready/Rentable May 2021.
A peaceful ambiance, both in- and outside
Upon entering Casa Três, you’ll feel welcomed by the airy and bright courtyard, where the old citrus tree and glistening outdoor pool will make you forget you’re in the city centre.
Centred around this small shaded oasis are three large bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and lounge area. The multiple roof terraces, saturated by the afternoon sun, are perfect for late-night dinners or early breakfasts.
Scroll right for more pictures
History, forest and beaches combined
Rent a bike at the corner of the street from Casa Três and cruise through the cooling Mata Nacional da Dunas Litorais pine forests. In less than 15 minutes these roads will lead you to the deserted beaches south of Vila Real, also accessible by car in 5 minutes.
Going east, small ferries will take you across the Guadiana river to Spanish historic town Ayamonte, for a relaxing day or afternoon out, or just to enjoy their delicious tapas.
Westwards along the coast, a delightful short trip will take you to Cacela Velha, offering incredible views, expansive sandy beaches and an idyllic village to stroll through. Make sure to include Fabrica, listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
While being located in the quiet historic city centre, a short distance will take you into a whole different realm.
A change of pace
Not your typical coastal town, San Antonio has a very different feel from most other local seaside villages. The streets are decorated with art and sculptures, built around a central square, bearing the name of its creator, Marquis de Pombal. Taking inspiration from the capitals urban grid, San Antonio is often referred to as Little Lisbon of the Algarve.
Perched on the edge of the Rio Guadiana, it’s the perfect starting point for a relaxed ferry ride to Spain or the rest of Southern Portugal.
Succulent oysters and rich cataplanas (traditional Portuguese fish stews) are worth the trip alone to Fabrica do Costa.