for 4 nights

4 + 4


2 + 1




“This charming retro-style beach cottage is located near postcard-pretty Cacela Velha and has a panoramic rooftop terrace for enjoying the great sunsets and views over the Ria Formosa estuary.”

The Waterside Cottage was originally built as a beach escape for a Lisbon family in the 1950s – back then the Algarve was barely considered a destination, there was no electricity and oil lamps were essential. It sits on a small hamlet called Fabrica which opens onto the Ria Formosa lagoon. Across it, there is a thin strip of sandy beach, its beauty constantly changing due to the shifting sea and winds. This is a unique place for slow living best suited for beach and nature lovers.

Recently renovated, the property now offers comfortable modern amenities with a certain retro flair. There are two double bedrooms plus a double bunk bedroom ideally suited for children. A cosy breakfast terrace at the rear opens onto a small private garden planted with fruit trees, whilst a very large rooftop terrace of 150 sq metres is the best place to enjoy the fantastic sunsets over the Ria Formosa. This terrace has a covered dining area and built-in barbeque as well as some sun loungers for enjoying some downtime.

During the day, we recommend that you take a picnic to the beach (picnic basket, shade and towels are included in the rental) using the complimentary taxi boat service offered. When back from the beach, the cottage has excellent WiFi coverage, Cable TV with HDMI cable connection for private computers, vintage games like pétanque as well as a number of table games. It is also possible to order a platter of local oysters, delivered to your doorstep.

The region was featured on a list of the “15 best beaches in the world” by the Spanish edition of Condé Nast Traveller magazine. The seawater as well as air temperatures of the Eastern Algarve, are remarkably warmer than on the west coast. This protected natural park of over 170 sq kms consists of a system of barrier islands that stretch from Olhão to Cacela Velha. It is considered an important stopping place for hundreds of different birds during the spring and autumn migratory periods. Ria Formosa oysters as well as clams area local gastronomic delights.

Fabrica is still an un-spoilt and quiet pocket of the Algarve most of the year-round. In the high season, however, whole Portuguese families in the know also come to enjoy this paradise and the area does get a bit more lively. A short walk away, the traditional village of Cacela Velha is best known for its bright white houses with cobalt blue decorations built around a medieval fortress with magnificent views of the Ria Formosa estuary.

A gem of the Eastern Algarve, Tavira is located just a few kilometres away – this small town has a historic centre with Moorish remnants, cobbled streets and delightful tiled houses. Other must-dos, is to dine out at one of the charming harbour front restaurants in the fishing village of Santa Luzia and to get a ferry to explore the beautiful Ilha de Tavira.

WARNING NOTES: Due to staircases and cactus plants around the property the Waterside Cottage is not ideal for unsupervised toddlers. The cottage also does not have a swimming pool: during low tide its possible to walk across the Ria Formosa lagoon to the beach, but otherwise a local taxi boat is available on a complimentary basis to take you.

  • Covered entrance terrace
  • En-suite double bedroom (bed size 200x180cms) with walk-in shower bathroom (rain shower)
  • Double Bedroom (bed size 200x180cms)
  • Double bunk bedroom (4 beds of 200x90cm in size))
  • Full bathroom with shower
  • Sitting/Dining room and a small varanda
  • Walled-in back garden planted with fruit trees & gated street access; extra shower bathroom for use when coming back from the beach; laundry area
  • Very large roof terrace with fantastic views over the Ria Formosa estuary
  • Bed linen included in the rental & changed at the end of each week; bathroom towels included in the rental & changed mid-week as well as at the end of the each week; extra linen changes on request
  • Hairdryers provided 
  • Mosquito netting on all windows & fans in every bedroom for keeping the property cool
  • Cot (w/linen) & high chair available on request, free of charge
  • WIFI internet access throughout
  • Cable TV with HDMI cable connection for private computers
  • Beach towels provided (one p/person p/week) as well a picnic basket & shade
  • “Pétanque” as well as a number of table games are provided; children’s body boards available
  • Kitchen equipment includes: ridge/freezer, gas stove & electric oven microwave, coffee machine, blender, juicer, toaster & dishwasher
  • Laundry equipment includes: washing machine, iron & ironing board
  • Maid service included at the end of the week (change-over days) as well as mid week 
  • Basic welcome hamper supplied on arrival (includes seasonal produce as well as essential cleaning products, spare electrical bulbs, candles & matches, mosquito repellent, charcoal for barbeque use)
  • A surcharge of €50 applies for late arrivals between 21:00-23:000 hours, paid in advance
  • Extra cleaning service on request @ €10 p/hour paid locally – minimum 2 hours
  • 50 metres in front of Casa da Ria at Fabrica: a small kiosque sells beverages, snacks & ice creams and there is a seafood restaurant. This is also where you get a taxi boat to the beach or to other destinations along the Ria Formosa.
  • Cacela Velha (a few local eateries): 1,5 kms 
  • Tavira (a wide selection of restaurants and bars, banks, chemist, food shops): 12 kms
    • Faro Airport: 52 kms


July & August (minimum 1 week rental)

€2,600 p/week 

June & September (minimum 1 week rental)

€2,100 p/week

April & May & October (minimum 4 nights rental/pro-rated)

€1,750 p/week

  • This property is available to rent only between April to October; minimum 1-week rental applies ​with Saturdays change-overs preferred June to September; minimum 4 nights/pro-rated rentals apply other periods
  • No smoking (outdoor only) & no pets with a penalty equal to the security deposit
  • Parties for more than extra capacity on request
  • Extra services on request, are subject to availability and should be booked well in advance especially in high season 
  • Check-in after 16:00 hours; check-out before 10:00 hours 
  • 50% non-refundable rental deposit required to reserve the property 
  • Balance due 6 weeks prior to start date of rental
  • Security deposit of €250 to be paid in advance of rental – this amount minus any applicable charges is refundable at the end of the holiday

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