Does the word villa conjure a specific image in your mind?
If so, let us tell you that there are so many different styles of villas available and you should easily find something to suit your requirements.
Maybe you are looking for the traditional villa, a large house with a wraparound veranda and a pool, if so you will find plenty in every area of Portugal.
But maybe you are looking for something different? How about a converted windmill or a farmhouse in the Algarve mountains or maybe even staying on an award winning vineyard.
The choice of styles is as large as your imagination
Imagine lounging by your private pool at Windmill Hill, Alentejo
Photo credit - Casa Poente
There are no set meal times, this means you can come and go as you please, just imagine getting up in the morning and sitting on your terrace, in the garden or by the pool and drinking your fresh squeezed orange juice and eating the fresh fruit and breads. Or cooking your favourite breakfast to eat at your leisure.
The same is for lunch and dinner, no queuing and the opportunity to sample some of the local restaurants or cafes, or just enjoying a BBQ in your private space, and if you have children, you know you will be able to give them exactly what they want. The shops in most areas of Portugal have a great selection of foods, both national and international and the prices will be a pleasant surprise especially the wine!
Eating is once again a pleasure, set at your own pace with your own choices.
Plus did you know many villa owners offer breakfast and other meals to the guests? Not all do this, but if you look you will find some.
And if you arrive in the evening, many owners will provide a welcome basket, so you can just settle in and not worry about a thing.
Photo credit - Portugalholidays4u.com - Eating out in Portugal can be great for kids (and those big kids!)
There is nothing better than taking a relaxing dip in the pool, unless you are sharing that pool with many other people. Imagine waking in the morning and leaving the bedroom to go straight to your own pool, the relaxation in the sun or for those athletic types, being able to swim length after length with no interruption.
And if you have children they can happily play while you relax nearby, without the worry of not being able to see them or the pool being too crowded or noisy with other children.
And in the evening sitting by the pool listening to the gentle lap of the water with your sangria, totally uninterrupted, the relaxation is second to none.
Photo credit - Oasis 6
Photo credit - Enjoy a swimming pool that is suitable for disabled guests with hoist at Villa Luz do sol, Vale formoso, Loule.
You will find villas located in every corner of Portugal, whether it is in the mountains, in a city, by a river beach, with sea views or in a traditional village. Villas are not restricted to the Algarve (though you will find many beautiful villas here).
This is one of the biggest benefits of hiring a private holiday villa, you can choose exactly where you want to visit, and how many neighbours you have nearby.
If you are looking for total peace and relaxation consider a rural retreat, if you are a wine aficionado you could book a villa in your own vineyard, want to be in the thick of the holiday action consider a villa in a tourist resort. Would you like to have a naturist holiday but not with others, then you will have the opportunity in some of the locations (but best to check with the owners first). The list is as endless as your imagination.
Photo credit - CORTÉM WINERY GUEST HOUSE a villa with private pool located on a vineyard
Villas come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, if you are holidaying with friends and family you can easily find a 5 or 6-bedroom villa that will accommodate you or maybe you are looking for a romantic holiday with a loved one, then a cosy cottage is perfect.
Would you like to experience the traditional Portuguese way of life, then how about a traditional villa in a Portuguese town? Or let your dreams come true and have a villa overlooking the coast with uninterrupted views and no disturbance from other guests.
Photo credit - Assenta sea View Villa Terrace with uninterrupted views
I hope we have given you a wider idea of what to expect if you choose to rent a holiday villa in Portugal. The only thing left to consider is the cost.
The prices do vary based on size and location, but compare this to the size of your party and the abundance of flights available from a variety of locations throughout the world.
Car hire is easily accessible from most airports and many villa owners are happy to arrange transfers.
All that is left to be said, is, that we hope you enjoy your holiday to Portugal where ever you choose to visit and stay.
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