Meet the team!

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Meet the team! Operating since 2003 and being locally based, AB Villa Rentals is proud of the knowledge and personal service it offers those looking for exclusive holiday rentals in Portugal. But as a pocket-sized setup, we also rely on a number of special people, who make it all come together behind the scenes. From the […]

The rebirth of a Portuguese tradition – canned fish!


The rebirth of a Portuguese tradition – canned fish! A can full of deliciousness! Summer in Portugal may be synonymous with sardines, but did you know that the country has a long tradition and love affair with canned fish? Basically, if you can catch if off Portugal’s coast, then it can be tinned: from sardines […]

Portugal’s national sandwiches!


Portugal’s national sandwiches! Ex-London chef David Eyre, thinks that Portugal’s national sandwiches are the perfect villa holiday poolside snack! This is how to recreate them… “I think that there is nothing more evocative than the smell and the taste of food, and as I spent my childhood in colonial Mozambique, I have had a life-long […]

How to travel to Portugal from your armchair!

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Whilst your holiday plans may have been postponed, there is no reason why you can’t visit Portugal without leaving home and from the comfort of your armchair right now. A book description, a certain film scenery or tasting a wine from a particular region, all have the power to transport you somewhere else in a […]

An Alentejo folly!

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The small Alentejo town of Estremoz, is a day trip away from your Comporta villa holiday worth taking! Howards Folly Winery has been around for a couple of years, but then we decided to build a restaurant too… How late is on time in Portugal? One of the challenges of being an Expat in Portugal, […]

Know your eateries and what to eat when in Portugal!

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Know your eateries and what to eat when in Portugal! Booked your villa rental in Portugal and now looking forward to some genuine food experiences? Here is our guide to what to eat and where to eat it! Padaria and Pastelaria Once a dying breed there are now many artisanal “padarias” (bakeries) springing up everywhere […]

Wining it on the Douro Valley

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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 twistier, like the river below […]

Made in Lisbon

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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 must-do genuine Lisbon city-centre experiences […]

Slow-Living at Cool Comporta!

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“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!

Joyous June in Lisbon!

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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 starts to fall off, the […]