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From the natural splendour of The Algarve to the fading imperial glory of its bohemian capital Lisbon, it's little wonder Portugal holds a sacred place in the hearts of travellers the world over. Whether you come in search of history, golf, golden beaches or culinary delights, let Villanovo's selection of luxury properties, including many villas with swimming pools, provide the perfect base for your Portuguese escape.
Villanovo's team of specialists have compiled a fine selection of the very best contemporary villas and rural retreats from throughout Portugal. Carefully chosen, with an impressive range of options available, you will be able to scour a vast collection of stunning properties in the most sought-after areas of Portugal to find the villa that best suits you and your loved ones.
Whether you're looking gaze upon the beautiful scenery and palatial homes of leafy Sintra, get off the beaten track in Alentejo, take in a round of golf in The Algarve or sample the culinary delights and marvel at the fascinating history on offer in Porto, Villanovo's selection of beautiful luxury accommodation is sure to meet your specific tastes and requirements.
Our high-end properties feature beautiful architectural delights, where luxuriant gardens meet elegant swimming pools and tennis courts, comfortable bedrooms open to convenient kitchens and sleek fitness rooms and terraces offering breath-taking sea views combine with shady outdoor dining areas. Choose from our collection and wake up a few feet from your favourite golf course, or a couple of minutes from the beach.
We offer both catered and self-catering apartments, as well as a third option whereby staff (including a private chef) can be hired for a one-off occasion.
At Villanovo, take great pride in knowing that our clients have enjoyed the villa holiday that they desired. That's why we offer the expertise, experience and local knowledge of our dedicated concierge to assist in the planning and smooth-running of your Portuguese break.
We believe that planning a holiday should be a joyful experience. Let our concierge take the stress and guesswork out of making the arrangements for the getaway you and your family deserve. Whether it's assistance in arranging airport transfer, renting a car, bike or boat, providing tips on the best places to eat, sourcing a babysitter or private chef or, indeed, any other request you may have, our concierge is on-hand to take any stress out of the process.
Contact us today to find out how we can assist in making your holiday everything you wish for.
A holiday in Portugal is an open invitation to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as golden beaches, sunny skies, a leisurely 18 holes, delicious food and time spent with the family. However, for those looking for a little something extra, Portugal doesn't disappoint.
The major cities of Porto and Lisbon are brimming with historical sites to explore - including the 16th-century Torre de Belém and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monastery in Lisbon, and the colourful Ribeira district and Ponte de Dom Luis I in Porto - while the white-washed villages and fascinating rock formations of the Algarve, the wild landscape of the Alentejo and the untamed beauty of Comporta offer a completely different face to his surprisingly diverse country.
Portugal's vast, exposed coastline is a playground for fans of watersports, with the area around Nazare world famous among surfers for its record breaking waves, while the whole Algarve region provides plentiful opportunities to try your hands and watersports, with windsurf, kitesurf, paddleboarding and waterskiing all popular. Meanwhile, Lagoa, Pedra Da Torre, Pedra de Ancora and Berlengas, are all renowned scuba diving spots.
Fans of viticulture will enjoy a stroll among the vineyards of the famous Douro Valley, while hikers will revel in the vistas that greet you along the paths in Sintra-Cascais and the otherworldly Ria Formosa Natural Park, the latter of which is a haven for rare birdlife.
Kids will love a spot of dolphin or whale watching, although the more active among them will perhaps prefer a trip to one of the country's many waterparks (such as Aquashow near Vilamoura) and adventure parks where they can burn-off their energy.
Portugal probably doesn't receive the credit it ought to for the quality of its gastronomy, as it is somewhat overshadowed by the famed Mediterranean diet of its southern European cousins. However, visitors soon discover that it offers a rich and varied selection, with the fresh seafood drawn from its long coast responsible for many of its signature dishes, with bacalhau, or cod, and sardines featuring prominently.
From its inland regions, Portugal enjoys top-drawer meat, including Barrosa beef from Minho, goat and lamb from the Serra da Estrela, as well as Porco Bisaro and Porco Alentejano. To enhance the flavour of dishes, the Portuguese often use piri-piri pepper to flavour rice and meat and fish dishes, and also add olive oil, cinnamon or linseeds.
Then there is the small matter of its mouth-watering pastries, with the famous pasteis de nata (or pasteis de Belén, if purchased from the famous area just outside Lisbon) and their custard-like fillings a sugary delight guaranteed to have you coming back for more.