Casa da Figueira is a 3-bedroom vacation rental with private heated pool. Although Casa da Figueira comes with a private covered garage. Although, no car is needed when staying here. The villa is walking distance from a large sandy beach, many hiking trails, stores and excellent restaurants. Praia da Luz's local grocery store Baptista, even delivers your groceries at home. It is an ideal way to have your food waiting for you upon arrival. Several of our clients like to use this service, especially if they arrive late in the evening. Amelia, our housekeeper, can receive the groceries for you the morning of your arrival. Just let us know once you order food so we can make sure it is all ready for you upon your arrival.
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Casa da Figueira is a 5 min drive from fabulous golf courses, close to several wineries and located in Praia da Luz, a little coastal village west of Lagos, in the Algarve, Portugal.
Directions from airport: the best way to get to Casa da Figueira in Luz is to fly to either Lisbon or Faro (airport in the Algarve). Lisbon is a 3 hour drive to Casa Figueira and Faro is a 1 hour drive to Casa da Figueira. Both journeys are very scenic and on excellent highways. There is also an express bus and as well as a train connection between Lisbon or Faro to Lagos. Lagos is a historic town about a 10 min drive from Luz (or a 2.5 hour beautiful walk along the shore). Directions from Lagos and a detailed map to Casa da Figueira are available upon request (email owner via the Prices & Availability web page).
As can be seen on the map on the top left of this webpage, or just follow this active Google Earth map (click on this link), Casa da Figueira is extremely closely located to the beach. It is a traditional Portuguese villa in Parqua da Praia which is a little park with a dozen traditional homes, located right at the beach and near the cliffs (see photo on left). A 70 meter (approx. 70 yards) walkway gets you from the Casa da Figueira property to a little cobble stone street that is 200 meters, or one block from the eastern side of the beach. You can "hear" the waves from the patio! The villa is also one block from a nature trail that goes up the cliffs and is ideal for jogging, walking or witness amazing sunsets. Google Earth also provides a nice view of the large garden, the courtyard, the pool, and the enclosed garage with direct access to the property which is available to our clients for use.
The eastern limit of the beach of Praia da Luz is marked by the famous “black rock” noticeable since all the other cliffs are golden orange (the arrow in the right corner on the map image). This black rock was formed 150 million years ago by lava produced from twin volcanoes of the Monchiques mountains, 20-30km north of Praia da Luz.
Praia da Luz retains the charm and character of a traditional Portuguese village yet offers excellent facilities to complement the broad, safe, sandy beach. The narrow village streets meander up from the beach, past white-washed houses, an 16th century Fortaleza turned into a romantic restaurant and pretty yellow church offering many different religious services, to the village center with many restaurants, grocery stores, and a few pottery stores.
The Algarve’s long Moorish control, its Mediterranean climate, and its abundance of fine sandy beaches endow the Algarve with a unique character. Separated from the rest of Portugal by rolling hills, Algarve, the southernmost province, with its abundance of sun, sardines and tuna, is an ideal vacation location.
The closest city to Praia da Luz is Lagos. It is accessible from Praia da Luz with an easy 20 min Onda bus ride Linha 4. While Lagos is a very historic town, it has a refreshing, relaxing charm with lots of cozy restaurants, many bars, live music, local art shops and an active marina. A daily fresh fish market, weekly vegetable market and monthly flee market (on the first Saturday of the month but check to be sure) provide unique charm to the city. In fact there are many flee markets where you can find great treasures in towns all across the Algarve.
Most of Lagos was rebuilt in the 18th century, but some evidence of its past still stands in remains: The town has a seafaring tradition dating back to the 15th century, when Henry the Navigator had his shops built for voyages of discovery into the unknown world. Portugal’s first slave market is located in Lagos, the ancient walls still remain, several churches, and many statues. Lagos was under the influence of several cultures such as Carthaginians, Celts, Romans, Greeks, and Arabs and evidence of all can still be found today.
The climate in the Algarve is one of the best in Europe, rarely any frost or snow and seldom
excessive humidity. Temperatures range between 10oC and
20oC (50oF and 68oF) in winter and
20oC and 30oC (68oF and 86oF) in
summer. Winter rainfall is generally between 245mm and 508mm (10" and 20") and
less than 127mm (5") in summer. The coast faces south and spring starts early. Average annual sunshine
is over 3,000 hours
I hope you will enjoy your stay in Casa da Figueira as much as we do! To book your stay, please visit Casa da Figueira's HomeAway website.