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: The Waterside Cottage does not have a swimming pool. During low tide it is 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.
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