The house is located on the edge of Zambujeira do Mar, an unspoilt and picturesque small fishing village with a population of 900 inhabitants, on Alentejo's south-west coast, just south of Vila Nova de Milfontes and to the north of Odeceixe on the Algarve border. Within the protected area of the 'Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina' its beaches, some of them miraculously empty, constitute one of its most important attractions. Summer nights can be lively in the different bars, outdoor cafes and restaurants situated within walking distance from the house.
Who will enjoy it
Beach lovers who want to get away from it all and enjoy the rustic appeal of this charming, unspoilt and still unknown area, away from the bustle and over development of the Algarve.
We particularly enjoy the simple pleasures of being able to walk across the cliffs to secluded beaches and to wander down to the village to sample local produce fresh from the daily market. In the evenings there is a variety of bars, cafes and restaurants all at reasonable prices. Go to the Hammock Bar for the best 'Caipirinhas' in town! You'll be glad you only have to walk back home.
Our children love going to the main 'cool' beach where 'Baywatch' lifeguards monitor the progress of young bodies surfing, swimming and playing volleyball. We prefer to go to a secluded beach, 5 minutes walk from the house, (176 steps) which is 'cleansed' by the sea on a daily basis.
The house is the best place to 'chill out' and enjoy stunning views and amazing sunsets, while enjoying a drink or two in the hot water spa.
Who won't enjoy it
If you like crowds, lots of tourists and noisy night life, Zambujeira is not for you... It is certainly not boring, but OK and Hello magazines have not discovered the place yet (thank God). In fact you probably won't see any other 'Brits', as there are no hotels nearby !
There is an excellent 'Algarve Shopping Centre' in Guia, near Albufeira in the Algarve, with a variety of first class shops, (1-1/2 hours drive). If the children insist, you could link the shopping to a visit to the nearby Aqualand and Slide & Splash water parks.
Inland are the Monchique mountains (1-1/2 hours drive), where you can enjoy the best chicken 'piri-piri' in the world together with some of the renowned Alentejo wines.
There is an international music festival which takes place every year in the estate of Casa Branca outside Zambujeira at the beginning of August, which attracts crowds of around 30,000 young people and has featured international bands like Jamiroquai, Molokko, Portishead and P.J. Harvey.