This villa is not for the faint hearted as it stands proudly on the top of a hill which can be seen clearly from Faro airport. Though the access road was difficult to find the owners were on hand to not only guide us up the steep track but also rescued us as our hire car stalled half way up.
The villa was emaculate, spacious and surprisingly cool considering it had no air conditioning. It's position on the top of a hill meant wonderful breezes which were very welcoming during the evenings after a day with hot temperatures. The pool was also great for cooling off and was cleaned twice a week, there was also a handy pool side shower.
Though this is a fantastic villa throughout, easily accommodating Six adults, it must be noted that its location is rather remote and therefore you must plan ahead. A good hire car is essential and if we were to return we would definitely up grade. This said it was easy to get to all the popular tourist attractions and we even popped over the border to Spain for a day trip.
Faro is only a 10 to 15 minute drive away and has a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops though isn't too crowded. There are also some larger super markets on the edge of Faro. We found the best beaches were in Vale de Lobo and Villa Moura though the sun beds and parasols can be expensive. We tended to go sight seeing in the morning and then stayed by the pool during the afternoons.
Santa Barbera De Nexe is a quiet village which has grown due to the villa complexes which surround it. It has a petrol station ( though the owners are a bit miserable) and a small super market which caters for daily essentials and is reasonable priced. There is a lovely restaurant which has an Italian cuisine, the staff are friendly and welcoming, though it is a bit pricey. We ate in some evenings as the local produce is excellent and the kitchen at the villa is not only well equipped but there is also a dishwasher. There is a bbq but with the evening breezes it can take a while to light and then keep a light.
The only downside of this villa was the limited wifi. The owner kindly provided us with a wifi dongle which gave a limited access. Personally I wasn't bothered but my three teenage children really seemed to suffer and were estatic when we went to a restaurant which had internet access.
Obviously the steep hair raising drive to the villa was rewarded with the most beautiful and stunning views of the Algave. Every morning we woke to the gorgeous panorama and witnessed some absolutely stunning sunsets.
In our opinion this is a beautiful villa and as long as you are not afraid of heights and prepared to plan a head this is a terrific find.
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