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Lisbon Spies & River Sights!

Lisbon during WWII At the start of WWII, the Portuguese government headed by Oliveira Salazar announced that Portugal would remain neutral during the conflict. Whilst it did indeed remain neutral, there were extraordinary pressures from both sides of the conflict – notably over the strategically located Açores islands with its…
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The Algarve’s best beaches

If you are planning an Algarve family holiday, southern Portugal’s main attraction are the seemingly endless series of beaches, considered by many, the most beautiful in Europe! The Algarve coast has some seriously spectacular stretches of coastline, sandy beaches and translucent waters, lacy rock formations and caves, all washed cleaned…
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Multi-generational family villas in Portugal for fun get-togethers

Multi-generational holidays are great for large family get-togethers wanting to celebrate a special occasion such as grandma’s birthday, a wedding anniversary, or simply to spend some quality time together. At these luxury family villas to rent in Portugal (located from the Douro Valley to the southern Algarve coast) you get…
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Wining it on the Douro Valley

All city stresses and noise were swept away as we left Porto and entered the magical landscapes of the Douro Valley.  The Douro Valley Words simply cannot do it justice. Rippling slopes of terraced vineyards wrapped their folds around us as we smoothed along roads that became gradually slenderer and…
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Made in Lisbon

If you have booked one of our Lisbon luxury vacation rentals, you may find it hard to drag yourself away from your private pool and ocean views. But you have to do a little exploring and get some gifts to take back home, right? We have compiled a list of…
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Slow-Living at Cool Comporta!

“This cool European beach town is the Hamptons of Portugal” - it is also where some of our top luxury vacation rentals in Portugal are located and it’s perfect for family and beach holidays or just slowing down!
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Joyous June in Lisbon!

From the colorful jacaranda trees to its street parties, June is the most joyous month to visit and stay at one of our Lisbon luxury vacation villas. Jacaranda Blossom The exuberant blue-mauve flowering of the jacaranda mimosifolia tells us that that summer is just around the corner; and when blossom…

Why a private chef or cook service at your luxury villa holiday?

Booking holiday catering is a great way to give “mum” an extra special vacation! At some of our luxury villas, you can get meals delivered to your holiday rental ready with instructions how to finish them off, have it all prepared in your own kitchen by the villa’s private cook or you…

How to live like a local when you book a Lisbon Coast villa

With more and more tourists flocking to visit the beautiful Portuguese capital, are there any places you can go in Lisbon and avoid the typical tourist routes, tuk-tuk trails and tacky travel souvenirs? Well, thankfully the answer is yes! Quiet corner cafes, hidden “Praças” and envy-inducing rooftop bars all lie…
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